Emily - you've won the stack of eighths - congratulations! Can you email me your address and I'll be happy to post them on to you.
I'm on a winning streak too - it really is worth filling in those coupons at the back of magazines for the giveaways in the issue. This arrived out of the blue - love the colours and shapes of the buttons. There's loads in the jar, all different sizes - lucky me!
Friday, 6 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
I was going to call this Fantastic Mr Fox but didn't want to get into trouble with the Dahl Estate! Anyway, I've actually managed to make something for myself alongside the course work I've been doing - more about that in a later post ... Foxes are everywhere at the moment and this is meant to look like one of those fox fur stoles that ladies used to wear in the 30's and 40's. I think he does! Particularly the dangly legs! The pattern is from Issue 89 of Knit Today and is designed by Louise Walker. I've adapted it a bit though - instead of stocking stitch I used a seeded rib to give him a bit of texture and I also used the random yarn instead of a plain to give extra interest. I like to think of my adaptations as the first stage towards making patterns of my own. I love Mr Fox! Just need to make a pair of gloves to go with him now ...
Saturday, 30 November 2013
I put the finishing touches to a batch of aprons I had on the go, ready in time for Christmas on the Country Market. I only had a little bit of hand sewing to do on the ties and neckbands. Anyway, I can keep my little stock topped up now, by just replacing what gets sold on a one at a time basis ... everything I've made so far has gone ...
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Minding my own business, walking along a path in the Botanic Garden .. when suddenly ambushed by a cat leaping out of one of the borders! Literally! Nothing else in sight ... several minutes of twining round legs ensued and then off, no doubt to surprise someone else!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Well, I'm heading towards 35,000 blog hits now and 30,000 passed me by completely! It's also the countdown to Christmas and I thought I'd celebrate the first ever Sew Tiny, so I have this little stack of Christmassy eighths to give away. I've never seen eighths before, which are exactly half the size of fat quarters. I found them in a new sewing and quilting shop that's appeared in Ely. Anyway, all you have to do is tell me what you're most looking forward to about Christmas this year - just leave me a comment below. Open internationally. I can't wait for my week of leave! I'm actually planning to sew something large ... most likely my tartan coat. Anyway, good luck everyone! I'll make the draw in the next two weeks to allow time for posting.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
... would you find a little stall like this outside someone's house, with an 'honesty' box for collecting money ... or maybe you know different??? On one of my rare days off today, doing chores such as arranging a service for the car and jobs at home, I found I had to walk to the garage to collect my car and was glad I did really or I wouldn't have stumbled upon this ... A lady came out to chat with me too and explained that she had had to give up knitting now as she was too old ... I think she was pleased to find someone so enthusiastic about carrying the craft on .. So nice to take time out and just connect with people ...
|There are even little samples of how the yarns look knitted up!|
Monday, 18 November 2013
|Russell Scott Primary School - now gone and a motorway in its place! See the hat factory chimney in the background!|
An oven glove and an egg cosy. Looking at the oven glove, it's quite sophisticated really. There are two embroidery stitches on it, blanket stitch and a kind of variation on that, and it's lined in a striped cotton ticking type material. It doesn't have any padding though, which is why it probably still exists, as I think it's hardly been used. It's lived in a kitchen linen drawer for years on end. Then there's the egg cosy, with chain stitch to mimic water under the appliqued duck, which I've cut out quite neatly considering I must only have been about 8 or 9 at the time. I know that several stuffed felt animals came after - dogs, cats, fish, tortoises, owls, but sadly I don't have any survivors ...
Later in life, in my early 20's, I wrote my Polytechnic dissertation on the felt hatting industry of my then home town of Denton in Manchester. My Primary School had actually been surrounded by manufacturers and I can still remember the strange aromas emitted by the factories during hat production. Sadly, the industry no longer exists. My dissertation focused on manufacturing processes and changing hat fashions. There's a copy of it in Stockport Hatworks Museum should anyone wish to read it.
|Stockport 'Hatworks' Museum|
I've only recently started to be interested in using felt again. I've sewn up a couple of kits using felt shapes ...
and even made my own felt, which, as I discovered, is very labour intensive involving lots of damping and rolling ...
I love the non-fraying qualities and the feel of it in my hands. I'd like to try felting knitted pieces next and make up some more kits I've accumulated. I even bought one today as a Christmas treat!