Monday, 28 September 2015

Quink Denim Cross Back Aprons

These have been waiting to be finished for a while, 
it's a distressed black blue denim that has broken many a good needle, 
I had to walk away from them for a while!

I love this cross back style,
it's comfortable and distributes the weight evenly across your shoulders rather than neck, 
 which is good when you fill the ample pockets as you work.
I've added a few of these to my Etsy shop.

Friday, 25 September 2015

London Underground Moquette

I've done a big shop up-date today.

I love the fabrics on London Transport and was thrilled to learn that Transport for London were recreating some of the iconic moquette designs from London Transport Museum's archive.

I had to get hold of some!

I chose the Piccadilly Line above.

District Line, above.

My favourite I think is from the buses. 
 Marylebone, developed in the late 1930's and first used on a new batch of RT-Type London buses.
I may have sneaked one for myself in bright orange, grey and charcoal with brown leather and bright orange stitching and it may currently be in my handbag with sock knitting tucked safely inside.
 I cannot stop stroking it!

The smaller ones are perfect for cards, change and keys.
 Mid sized fit a mobile phone, money and door key.
The larger ones maybe make-up, travel documents or a small knitting project.

Plum and grey is rather nice.

I do love the blue, I've teamed it with a black leather that looks more navy with the bright blue contrast stitching and zip.  This one more than any of the others reminds be of how bus seats used to be a long long time ago with the leather over the moquette and bold stitching.

I also had a piece of the most glorious tweed from 1908, meticulously labelled, timeless.
The weft is brown and the warp thread is cream with slubs of bright red, blue/green and yellow. 
I used the twisted selvedge against the tan leather because it's just so clever.  

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Stolen Fabric!

My domestic staff have been complaining about our shoddy peg bag for a while now.  I made it at least 15 years ago and I am disappointed it hasn't lasted longer,  even with repairs!

Go hard or go home, I had to seriously up the fabric quality in this essential item. 
 I recently acquired some gorgeous barkcloth that was just right for the job.

An un-returned sample, the shame of it.

I had the perfect companion in my stash, another un-returned sample.
Both top notch fabrics made in England, 
56 years ago for the cotton and far longer ago for the mohair.

 I put all other work aside for the happiness of my little laundry assistants who are forever leaving a trail of pegs down the garden, Hansel and Gretel style.

A definite improvement, I'm expecting at least 25 years out of this one.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

World Spin In Public Day

The sun was out in Stafford town centre today for World Spin in Public Day.
 Stafford Knot Spinners performed well although according to comments from the general un-spinning public some of us were much too young to spin, some of us were just old ladies and everyone was looking for Sleeping Beauty.


I conducted an investigation in to the Sleeping Beauty pricking incident some time ago, I concluded that she must have been using a Great Wheel, this has a very long and dangerous spindle.
 Despite my best efforts I could not induce a long and restful sleep.


Thursday, 17 September 2015

We Are Golden

Cumbria from The Fibre Company in Buttermere colour way.
Despite the short comings of the information in the publication it's looking good, 
just need some sleeves.

I've been working with some reproductions of London Transport fabrics in moquette and leather. 
 I'm not overly keen it's similar to a very fine carpet which means pile which means movement.
I am chuffed with the contrast stitching on the leather against the moquette though, 
it makes me think of a train seat, which it should!

Monday, 14 September 2015

A Bit More Linen

Yesterday was like Christmas, I managed to purchase a fair bit of linen.
 The 198 year old linen sheet is divine, it's had a good soak and will be on my bed by tomorrow night.

Monogramed linen for Miss Belle.

Down market a little bit but I love it, a full set of unused 1960's cotton sheets.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Victorian Quilted Petticoat

I had a brilliant morning in Manchester.

My winter wardrobe is sorted, can't wait to wear this one.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Fabric Shopping

I have projects lined up for these two, watch this space.

Miss Belle has made a start on hers which cost twice the price of mine!

Friday, 11 September 2015

A Few Of My Favourite Things

Welsh Tapestry is one of my favourite fabrics but there is very little that I can find written about it.  The Flannel Makers is a very interesting read and I learned a lot about the Welsh wool and weaving industry/cottage industry but nothing I didn't already know about Welsh Tapestry. 
Maybe I'll write a book myself.

I love a bit of textile reading on my hols, last time I read the brilliant Counting Sheep
by Philip Walling.  A fascinating book for anyone interested in wool, sheep, farming, 
British history, economics and trade.

We were recommended an excellent book shop and I came away with Tove Jansson Work and Love.  I've made a start but am trying to savour it.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Harris Tweed

While I was in the whirlwind of excitement that was Glasgow a couple of weeks ago I purchased a bit of cloth for myself.  Just before I got the train and with a  book heavy rucksack on my back, handbag strapped across me, cloth bag on my shoulder full of yarn, cloth bag in one hand full of charity shopping, woven plastic shopping basket full of cheese in the other and a brand spanking new, still in its original packaging Aloma pure wool blanket from the sixties under my arm - I couldn't leave it, I thought I'd just pop in to Remnant King.  This Harris Tweed will forever remind me not to squat down and rummage through bargain fabric whilst fully laden!

I am thinking a pinafore type dress for winter, I don't think I'll use the label that comes with it on a dress but I might use it on a tweed and leather tote.  The leather shopping is another story.

My waiting to be embroidered Harris Tweed jacket collection keeps on growing, it takes a fair amount of time to let them soak in a bucket and keep rinsing and soaking until the water is clear and they are refreshed, then air dry them and then fix any problem areas.  This one I purchased because of the patten but I don't expect ever to come across a gentleman or lady who will fit such a slim and extremely long jacket.  A.H.Martin Esq. must certainly have stood out from the crowd in 1972.  It's been fully deconstructed and soaked and is now waiting for the next adventure.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Vintage Embroidered Cross Back Pinnies

Cross back pinny now in the shop. 
 Made from a vintage hand embroidered linen tablecloth, they don't make them like this anymore

 Here's another one, hot pink embroidered pomegranates.

Perfect work wear but also good for just looking creative and industrious!

Sunday, 6 September 2015


Atelier, a very straightforward knit from Heidi Kirrmaier.
  A brilliant piece of engineering and great to wear, it hangs so beautifully, 
I just love the detail on this piece.

I have also knit Climb Every Mountain, also by Heidi.
We live in a great age, thanks to the internet and Ravelry of course, 
when talented indie designers can sell their wares to people who really appreciate them.

I got the pure wool fingering weight yarn from Wonderwool Wales
 a couple of years ago from a bargain box,  £4 for a 400g skein. 
 This cardigan weighs in at 185g, warm and light, meaning I still have another 215g to go at.  
Costing £1.85 in wool and a lot of woman hours.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Busy Week

We spent this week in Wales, I challenged my young assistant to a bit of sock knitting.  Louis is knitting some Blue Faced Leicester that he dyed with Koolaid - don't drink it -  years and years ago, in his pants so that he didn't get it on his clothes, I have a photo somewhere.  Miss Belle is knitting some pink sparkle sock yarn that she had from Woofest.

We took Iris with us, what a treat.

Percy did a lot of bouncing across the beach with no paws on the ground.

Back home today I was lucky enough to be asked to judge at Barlaston Village Show.

I've been doing well at reducing my sugar intake for about 18 months now, thank you Robert Lustig, there was a recent incident with a pavlova in Glasgow but not many witnesses.  Today I was forced to eat Battenberg, Bakewell Tart, Rock Cakes, Madeira Cake, quiche, jam, chutney and fruit cordial.  I also judges the 'craft' classes, some great talent around Barlaston, including the veg and flowers.