Monday, 23 December 2013


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Forget the Christmas Jumper….

...the Christmas Frock is where it's at.

Fabric from Frumble.

I have been trapped in the christmas cookie kitchen practising star trees and snowflakes.

 I bought them chocolate santas and this is what they did, a little bit harsh I feel.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

End of Trading

We had a fantastic day at Rode Hall Farmers Market on Saturday Morning, our best days trading and it was only until one o'clock!

Obviously we were getting a little too confident and had a dire day at the Lichfield Christmas Market on Sunday.  I did manage to do a fair bit of shopping though from a few local makers and dealers, a lovely setting and a great event, will definitely be visiting next year.  The last bit of stock has hit ebay and we are done for the year, now for a bit of making for my people.

What LOL was made for, in my local "wool" shop.

Yesterday was my young embroiderers and we did some fast fun makes.
There were more than these but the others had flown off.

These were made by brother and sister twins, I took in some fabric from my young Cadet's newly adjusted monkey sleeve coat especially for the boys who wanted tough peg dolls.
Love them!

Monday, 2 December 2013

January Sewing Classes

Friday 10th January - Animal Cushion
Create an appliquer cushion featuring your own pet or favourite animal in leather.
9.30 - 12.30, £30 including all materials.

Friday 17th January - Up-cycled Tote
Bring what you have!
9.30 - 12.30, £20

Friday 24th January - Tweed Toy Making
9.30 - 12, £25 including all materials.

All lessons in Dunston, Staffordshire and payable in advance.
Maximum of 4 students with constant supply of tea and homemade cake.

Call Sarah 01785 714714

Birthday's and Christmas

Thanks to everyone for my presents and warm wishes on the big 41.  I managed to make myself a dress out of the above fabric as my birthday treat to myself.

We dined well with Mizz Thorneycroft at the Cheshire Cat,

then on to a ladies evening for St. Luke's Hospice.

Monday, 25 November 2013

What A Week

Wednesday was a 12 hour stint at Baden Hall, I came close to losing the will to live.  When I got home at 10pm that night I arranged a day out with my friend with a terminal brain tumour for some light relief!

After a swift stop at the doctors for a Shingles diagnosis we whizzed around the charity shops in Newport and then on to Oswestry and Textile Express - well worth the trip.  We stumbled upon a little gem of a tea shop, had brunch and then went back for lunch it was so good.

Saturday was a lovely day at The Ancient High House, met some lovely people, was very well looked after and sold plenty.

The Sunday was over to Sandon Hall where my youngest assistant had the best spot in the house, the library window…

 three radiators…

and what a view…

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Back On Duty

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Reindeer at Dudmaston

We are at Dudmaston for the Christmas Fair this weekend.
I have been trying out some Reindeer.
The floral is more or less as I would like it.

The brown wool was prototype no. 2.

The white wool was my starting point but the gusset defeated me and I couldn't wrestle with the antlers.
Sometimes you have to walk away.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Another Busy Weekend

On Saturday Miss Belle and I were at the Contemporary Craft Carnival in Stafford.
Next weekend the cadet and I are at the National Trust's, Dudmaston for their Chrismas Fair.
20th November, Baden Hall.
23d November, Ancient High House.
24th November Sandon Hall.
30th November Big Stafford Christmas Fayre.
7th December Rodehall Farmer's Market Pop-up.
8th December Lichfield Christmas Market.

My baby!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Another Day Another Assistant

We had a lovely time at the Alsager Civic, good cake, good company and excellent live music all day.  Miss Belle earned her keep and her commission.
The fabulous soft wool dress came from an Oxfam shop in Cornwall, it's superbly handmade and with a last-minute drop of the hem, a perfect fit.

Ready to roll.
We had a very enjoyable day and met some lovely people.
We'll be off to the Posthouse in Stafford next week for some more trading.

Apart from the cashmere bunnies I made last week I also made some fur and velvet muffs, child size and adult, mega wool lined.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Rodehall Farmers Market

He worked hard this morning at Rodehall Farmers Market, wet and windy but definitely worth the effort.  I made some super-cute cashmere bunnies with fluffy sheepskin tails and Liberty ears, I'm an idiot and didn't get any pictures, we sold out!

The rain came down but I carried on with my knitting, haven't picked any up in weeks, glad to get back to two needles instead of one.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Eat Up

Some half term fun at Eat Up.

Got to protect the Brora cashmere handed down from big bro,  
her children have got to wear it, not his!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Little House On The Prairie

O.M.G. This is fantastic, I watched on TV -  1974 -1982  -  as a kid but the books are magical.  Miss Belel and I want to go and live with the Ingalls family.
  Miss Belle cried when Jack the dog was swept away in the river...
 or was he?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Iris Apfel

Still recovering from the weekend but had an interesting discussion the other day about how you should dress as you get older.  Google images Iris Apfel.................... sorted.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Bakewell Woolgathering

A very enjoyable time was had, he earned a lot of commission and we hope to do it again next year.  Now to tidy the studio!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Self Portraits

Stitching from years 2,3 and 4...

I love them.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Still Stitching

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Be nice to me - I've had a hard day.

I found this little sweetie hanging around, 
she's been waiting since 1971...

now she's over on etsy.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Fox and the Hare

The Fox and Hare.
The leather work was going well when I got called away for a sporting injury...

Two knees, two elbows, one shoulder, two very sore hands, 
a bashed up face and bent spectacles.
You should see the other bloke...

she was a girl!