Sunday, 29 June 2014


The second meeting of our new sewing club went well, even though there was a little less sewing this time.  My niece wanted to make a special card for her friend and I had to make a card as well. 
The navy polka dot dress is coming on nicely - it is ready for the skirt to be attached to the bodice so the fit can be checked. A very careful check was made to ensure that the right sides of the fabric were matched, the difference is very slight but get it wrong and it would show.

My dress (from the eighties judging from the size) that we are making over for my niece is also ready to be fitted. I pinned the skirt back onto the bodice with mini safety pins so no one gets jabbed.  It has been very hard to part with this dress but my niece has promised to wear it and to give it back.
My sister carried on with a lovely waistcoat she is making for her husband.  It is now turned right side out and pressed.
This sewing club has been very good for me - instead of spending far to much time on Pinterest (and other sites) I have been being creative.  
This week I have been finishing a bag to go onto my Etsy shop               
Last night because the cat needed to sit on me I did some sketching.  This is a talent I didn't know I had and need to practise.  It is a great joy to be able to draw and paint especially as for most of my life I did not believe I could.

Sunday, 15 June 2014


A few weeks ago my niece asked if I had any cross stitch books that she could borrow as she didn't like many of the designs she had found in the magazines. I mentioned that my sister and I were planning to learn stump work embroidery and this lead (of course) to our own little sewing club.  Four of us met at my house on the seventh of June and did a lot of talking and a little sewing.  I have never sewed in a group like this and it was a lot of fun.  
It was a bit of a mixture - my niece worked on a piece of applique she is making for a friend. My sister unpicked the bodice of a dress we are making over for my niece and I helped my nieces friend with her first piece of machine sewing, a hair tie to match the dress she will be making in the next few weeks.
I had quite a few plans for what I would do and although I didn't get any of them done I was inspired to carry on after everyone had gone home. 
To begin with I mended my favourite Tee shirt - ok its about ten years old and I could get a new one but I love it so. 

I mended a tear near the hem of a very full skirt and then embroidered lazy daisy stitch and french knots over the mend. I am not that fond of mending so feel quite pleased I got it done.

I also finished lenghtening the pockets in my parteners new jeans so there is room for his phone.  The original pockets were very shallow.  Finally I traced a blouse pattern from the BURDA magazine for me to make.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014


While getting the plates out for dinner last weekend - similar crockery can be seen in the Good's kitchen (The Good Life, a seventies sitcom - I realised that many of the things in every day use are distinctly old.  This has been an accidental occurrence, for the most part.  Apart from the odd item such as the glass jelly moulds I found last year most of my old/vintage treasures have family history. 
The plates we have been using for over twenty years, every so often I suggest getting a new dinner service but to be honest I do have a soft spot for our old plates.

A bit battered but it is 61 years old and still in everyday use

I am now the proud owner of the tea caddy from my childhood - this was one of the wedding presents my parents received  Once it was mine I read the Royal appointment for the first time, To his late majesty George VI.  

There is the cardboard box that contains cake cases, price one shilling.  Three tins originally sold for keeping cream crackers in which are full of cake cases - some of which date back to the 1970's and were my mothers.
There is also what I refer to as my 'mock crystal' which is genuine Woolworth's and I believe the same age as me.

One of my most cherished possessions is not accidental MY GRANDMOTHER'S tea set -this was one of her wedding presents in 1929 and although I would hesitate to use it I love to look at it and when planning my kitchen I made sure there was somewhere to display it.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sock Loom and how I coped

I love all the types of weaving that I have tried.  Some I have taken to like a duck to water, some I have struggled with.  These latter types have been some of the newer looms. 

In my early teens I collected the GOLDEN HANDS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRAFTS and tried many of the techniques. I tried Kumihimo after buying a book by Jacqui Carey and although I had to make my own loom I managed very well.  Inkle weaving, tablet weaving - if I see a different type of weaving I like to try it. 
So when I saw the sock looms at Christmas I thought I would give it a try.  Easy I thought, take it everywhere.  I struggled, from the beginning .... I am not certain if this was just my own stupidity or if the instructions were not very clear.  It took me about ten goes to stop dropping stitches and tangling the yarn, and then a similar problem turning the heel.  I think I spent more time unravelling my work than I did weaving.  But once I got the hang of it it became easier and it is a very portable form of weaving.  Now the problem is stopping, the temptation is to do just one more round.  
I am still not convinced this is something that will get much use.  I think that it could be rather limited in what can be done. 
Basicly it works in a similar way to french knitting.

Winding the yarn round the wire loops and then slidding the previous stich over forming a knitted tube.
It is very mobile (but then so is conventional knitting) as these pictures in the car show.  My main concern is the tool used to make the stitches seems very flimsey and bends easily.  I would be unsuprised if the tool snapped. 

 Having said that I have just purchased some lovely yarn to make a proper pair of socks - my trial run with one ball of yarn won't be enough for the correct  foot length although its close. Although I will have a pair of part socks.