Tuesday, 28 February 2017

What Would EZ Do?

I'm not always chained to my sewing machine, although I do love it, I occasionally get the chance to sit down and knit.  This is an Elizabeth Zimmermann EPS system sweater, it will be a Henley hence the steel stitches in the middle.  Lots of info on EZ at her famous School House Press. EZ was a very wise woman of knitting and I highly recommend her books, I took Knitting Around with me one Christmas when we went to Munich.  Her writing style is a real treat, Knitting Around is like a memoir, lots of stories and photos with knitting patterns, I was chuffed to say the least to be travelling to places that she mentioned.  This holiday is remembered by my other half as the time he was speared in the hand with a dpn!

The yarn is some Kauni Effectgarn that I bought at the Tivoli - a pleasure gardens with rides who would have though it - in Copenhagen, about 10 years ago before I was big into knitting and knew what I was buying, I must just have a sixth sense for the good stuff.  The main body is a cone of oiled Jamieson's lambswool that I got at their factory when I was in Shetland last year for Wool Week.

Of course the problem with visiting a yarn factory is that  your luggage may need to have a weigh in at the local gym!

I wanted to get to the bottom of every box.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Valentine Roses

I've been busy with the vintage barkcloth this week.  This one is just glorious, vat dyed, made in England, thick cotton barkcloth.  I wash all of my vintage fabrics in the washing machine and the really old vat dyed stuff is just the best, made to last.

I've got just enough to make one up for myself.  The greys, mustards and teals are just my thing.

This one is a French barkcloth, a little longer than my usual.

Photo bombed by Tinkerbell.

The Happy Lion is a lovely childrens story and he's looking pretty contented on this vintage wool waistcoat.  All hand embroidered.

I love the back.

A lot of red stuff has been coming through my studio this week.  I cut out the middle man and got myself a valentine gift from Red Houss Shetland.   I visited during Shetland Wool Week last year and will be returning,  Mike does fabulous silver with a little bit of Fair Isle.

Percy and Queenie have been keeping me company while I work.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Marimekko Knitting Bag

Todays work in progress trying to brighten up a gloomy day,
a bit of 1970's mustard stripe,

 with an equally good bit of barkcloth.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Vintage Barkcloth

I will admit that barkcloth is one of my weaknesses, 
I get particularly excited to find an unused bolt from the 1940's or 1950's.
The windmill was a recent find that will become a cross back apron just for me.

"Victoria" is a rather special barkcloth that I've had for a while,
a dark crimson red with greys and golds, a perfect colour combination.

 'Woodstock" is another gorgeous colour combo from the fifties I think, much imitated.

Another deep red with vibrant blooms, I cannot resist.

Eventually the time does come to cut into them,
 I wash them first just in case of colour run and shrinkage but this is hardly ever a problem as 60 years ago cloth produced and printed in this country was just top notch.
An apron is under construction in "Victoria" but for now I've managed a project bag

and a zip case.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Marimekko Project Bags

The timeless Marimekko Unikko, this project bag is the mini Unikko.
I've bonded the pure crisp cotton to some interfacing and then lined with a 1950's Irish linen.

A little bit of making for myself.
A very vintage French indigo woven canvas - a bit like an old school tarpaulin it feels like it's rubberised/flexible and it was woven in a very narrow width about 20" -
 with some patent leather from my last trip to Misan.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Marimekko Horses

A Marimekko Talvitarina cross back tunic.

I love this print,
 just black and blue at the edges building up to a colour and pattern explosion in the middle.

Marrimekko clutch, case, bag etc.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Marimekko Etsy

I've been busy with the Marimekko prints, 
I've listed a lot more than shown here and more still to come, if only the sky would brighten.

My unexpected favourite, 
Marimekko Tuppura with tan kid leather and fab top stitching if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


I've been busy in my studio with some new Marimekko fabrics.

A few Unikko.

Talvitarina tunic just waiting to be photographed.

I've teamed some with my new leather haul from Copenhagen.

I love the peachy pop of Tuppura.

Work in progress.

Unikko is now over 50 years old.

I love a bit of tan kid.

Also into metallic at the moment from Misan in Soho.

The walking foot has been doing overtime.

A little bit of Marimekko Sonja, the rest has been made up into a tunic.
Used my pinking blade for the first time, now I'm thinking what I can cut next!