Monday, 28 December 2015

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

We popped over to Viking country for the Holidays.

Miss Belle living it up in Charity Shop Chic - sheepskin waistcoat a fiver from the rag market,
Stella McCartney overcoat scouted out in a charity shop by a friend with a very good eye 
and a £2.50 leather handbag.
  She spent some of her Christmas Krone on a vintage fur muff that put her gloves to shame, toasty.

Louis sporting a Baa-ble Hat - with monster pom pom - designed by Donna Smith for Shetland Wool Week and carrying a very useful Shetland Wool Week bag.  
He is also wearing theTardis scarf that I knit him..

Out by the sea we definitely needed the wool for warmth.  I like to get my wear out of a hand knit, Miss Belle has been wearing this hat since she was two, that's eight years and a few more in it yet. We christened it the 'Dora' hat after Dora the Explorer all those years ago, I think because it's the same pink as her t.shirt and I didn't want to buy her an acrylic Dora one,  anyway it did the trick and it's still her favourite.

The Tivoli was fabulous as always, who would have thought 
a one hundred year old wooden roller coaster could be such fun,
I think they rode it about a dozen times, I could only manage it twice.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Paris Toujours

A fab shawl from a Ravelry pattern,

4 Skeins of Baby Llama.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Lucky Harris Tweed?

The last couple of Harris Tweed for this year.

A super 1950's tweed with Clover or shamrock 
and some little Scandi birds on a ladies 1980's Harris.

My lovely assistant earning his keep at the weekend.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Vintage Barkcloth

The last shop make for 2015.
 A gorgeous piece of 1960's pure cotton barkcloth, 50 years old and still going strong. 
All packed up ready for Rode Hall Farmers Market tomorrow.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Brand New Harris Tweed

Obviously I love my vintage Harris Tweed, the older the better, but recently I have discovered the new stuff.  I bought a frocks worth whilst I was in Glasgow in the summer and more recently I acquired this bold red, red, white and blue, from Shawbost Weaver over in the Isle of Lewis.

I've had a new assistant helping me in the studio and this is what we've come up with.
 Harris Tweed and denim, the perfect combination.

 I was very excited  this morning at the arrival of my latest Harris Tweed from Christina .

Obviously the yellows are mine!

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Happy Lion

I can't resist a good picture book and this is one of my favourites, The Happy Lion's Rabbits. 
The original book was The Happy Lion, they were written by Louise Fatio but more importantly illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.

I found this waistcoat a while ago, it's a bright red wool moleskin, beautifully made with a fair bit of hand stitching.  I thought it would be a good canvas for a bit of embroidery.

The Lion ends up with so many rabbit friends that he has to give them away.

Here he is with just a few of his little friends.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Harris Tweed Visible Mending

A bit more Harris Tweed embellishment.

In the shop and ready for next Saturday at Rode Hall Farmers Market.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Multi Coloured Harris Tweed

Decisions, decisions.

Which colour combination to go for?

All of them.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Magpie Harris Tweed

Heavy rug-making-esque embroidery.

Understated for a change.

A Bit More Welsh Tapestry

A couple of very useful pouches.
Green used to be my favourite colour but I'm edging towards yellow.

Both now residing over in the shop.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Visible Mending on Harris Tweed

I'm at Rode Hall Farmers Market in a couple of weeks. 
I have a rail full of vintage Harris Tweed of all shapes and sizes
that I have washed - a very long soak in a bucket - 
and now they are just waiting for me to find some inspiration.

This is the second, I'm almost done on the third, a fair few holes to make pretty I think.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Welsh Tapestry Ta-dah

I've had this in my head for a very long time, Welsh Tapestry in a bag but useful and contemporary.

I love a good bit of contrast stitching, there's nowhere to hide.

This one is over in the shop.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Welsh Tapestry and Denim

Today I have mostly been nursing my sewing machine and then throwing it in the back of the car and running it to the emergency room!  I love these colours and for once it's relatively straight forward sewing because both fabrics are uncut vintage fabric pieces, they've never been made up into a garment, they've just been biding their time.

It's a treat to work on straight forward geometrics, you know where you stand with them and they're easy to match up or play around with.

I would have had a finished item if my machine had behaved but 
that's the biggest problem in my life at the moment so I'll just get over it.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Ukulele Bags?

I've been busy bag making two styles of bag, an everyday bag and ukulele bag.
Above is your ordinary very useful bag, this is made from some super soft vintage Laura Ashley corduroy,  lightweight but strong, washes well and holds a tonne of stuff.

In the gorgeous 40's bark cloth is what I am calling a ukulele bag, or a yoga bag, or a baton bag, or anything you fancy really bag.  It's a very clever design that is ever so slightly off centre at the handle and cut lower on one side, it's very deep. When I've been cutting them I've been toying with the idea of calling them half vest bags, but that's probably not very catchy.

A boxful shipped off to their new home today, now onto some in Welsh Tapestry.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Remembrance Day Parade

Louis on the massive drum.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Harris Tweed

On the cutting table today from Shawbost Weavers.