Sunday, 8 January 2017

It's been a while...

.... nearly three years in fact! A whole lot has gone on and my creativity has been neglected somewhat but I'm feeling inspired again!

I've been thinking a lot about sustainability lately, in all areas of life. And how that impacts on my creative work. Buying new fabrics and materials just isn't ethical for me anymore, not when there is an endless supply of secondhand clothing and textiles available. I want to create work that is sustainable, using materials that might otherwise be discarded, giving them a second life.

I also want to allow myself the chance to experiment and play with my work, something that I haven't really done since finishing my degree. To try out different techniques and to create for the enjoyment of it! Ive been working on a few things lately that fit both these requirements and which I'm super excited about...!

Images are of a duvet cover I bought secondhand recently, the print is amazing but the fabric is so thin it's no good for its original purpose anymore, perfect for re-use!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Patchwork frenzy!

Since the success of the sewing room quilt I have gone patchwork mad! I'm working away on yet another quilt. I think I need help!

Making log cabin mats for the dining table using the loveliest vivid fabrics. 
And this little quilt and matching bibs for my gorgeous new born nephew, I love the chance to buy fabric with dinosaurs and cars and other boyish things! :)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sewing room quilt

Because obviously I don't have enough projects on the go right now, I decided when I was fabric shopping last weekend that what I urgently need in life is a sewing room quilt, I was inspired by the gorgeous sewing themed fabric that I recovered my sewing room lampshade in, I like to imagine myself cwtched under this quilt whilst hand sewing or knitting.

I was also inspired by this blog post on Posy Gets Cozy about speed making a quilt sewn from strips of fabric. I liked the idea of a quilt coming together so quickly (my other WIP quilt is currently timing at about 10 months and counting) so I followed the method of choosing fabrics quickly, not worrying too much about my choices, just going with what I like which is so unlike me.
I bought 10cm strips of each fabric, didn't even bother to straighten the cutting when I got home, which has resulted in a slightly wonky quilt in places but who cares? I certainly wouldn't show any of my quilts to an avid quilter, but they make me happy and even happier still when this quilt is finished, quilted and edged all within just over a week of having bought the fabric. Definite new record!

Sunday, 2 March 2014


Recent few weeks have been incredibly productive in the sort of way that I've started lots of projects, had loads of amazing ideas and picked up old projects that had been lingering unfinished for months in the back of a cupboard, which results in lots and lots of works in progress and very few completed projects! I've found myself being at a loss as to whether I want to do knitting, patchwork, dress making, bunting making, or something completely new altogether! So many pretty things to make and so little time!
This didn't however stop me from going fabric shopping yesterday of course where I bought fabric for another quilt, a couple of tops, a skirt, but also the backing fabric to finish two more quilts, which is good! I now need to concentrate on not getting distracted and finishing the myriad of items I have on the go. Focus! :)

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Sewing room lampshade

Finally I got round to replacing the lampshade in my sewing room and I couldn't resist this gorgeous fabric with little images of sewing machines, pins, knitting and all! And of course it wouldn't be complete without bobble trim! Part of me really wants a skirt of this fabric but can't decide if that would be odd! :)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Pretty pleats!

Recently I have been making a lot, a lot, of skirts. I never used to wear skirts, only dresses but recently I'm really into them. they need less fabric and are quicker and easier to make, I can whip one up in a couple of hours and be wearing it later in the day, that's my kind of sewing!

 I have to admit that 90% of my skirts are made in exactly the same style, high waisted with a wide waist band and gathered skirt, which is great but I wanted to try something a little different this time. Which lead me to the pleats in this skirt, I'm not exactly sure what kind of pleats these are classed as but they were incredibly easy to make and give the skirt a completely different look.

 I'm now a little obsessed, pleating has a endless variety and I'm really excited to try some different ways with pleats on my next skirt making episodes! The bow was an idea I saw somewhere on Pinterest  (of course!) and I love it, this is just a really sweet skirt that will be perfect for spring! :)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Stockings hung by the chimney with care...

...well we don't actually have a chimney, mores the pity! But we do have stockings. This Christmas is the first my FiancĂ© and I will have lived together and I always knew I would go a bit overboard with the Christmas making and decorating but stockings were a must. We went together and chose fabric which makes it even more special, I have very specific taste but I didn't want to be all about me! And as it turns out, even the fabrics I wasn't too sure about in the shop look lovely all together here :)
I made a template and quilted the strips together before cutting out the shape, they're lined with more polka dots and of course trimmed with bobble trim which we've recently started stocking at work and is consequently going on everything I make, I love it! The hanging loops are of a beautiful printed cotton tape that is another obsession and I probably have enough to last me for decades! :)


Friday, 8 November 2013

Fabric baubles!

Last year I visited a Christmas tree festival in a nearby town that I absolutely loved. One thing that stood out for me was a tree designed by a local quilting group that had the most wonderful baubles made up of overlapping triangles of fabric that made them look like pine cones I took a sneaky photo and resolved to try something similar myself but didn't have time last year, this year however I started early, I made these two back in October (or it may have even been September!)
They were easy to make, simply take a polystyrene ball and starting at the bottom overlap layer upon layer of folded fabric triangles, making sure the next layer hides the raw edges of the last, finished at the top with some Christmassy ribbon and a bow! They look lovely on the tree and are a great way of using up those teeny tiny scraps of Christmas fabric that I just can't bear to throw away!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Pink table DIY

Remember this blue table? Well I couldn't resist buying the next size up too and painting this one pink. I love painted furniture! I felt like we needed some more mood lighting in the lounge and of course a table lamp needs a table to sit on. I saw a gorgeous map lamp on pinterest and knew it would be perfect for our map themed room. I'd been hunting around for a traditional shaped wooden lamp base with the idea of painting it (green perhaps?) when my lovely fiancĂ© pointed this one out. At first I thought absolutely not (too manly) but I grew more fond of the idea and now am so glad it's the one we picked, the masculinity of the stand contrasts wonderfully with the pink table!
I tore the original pleated fabric from around the lampshade that came with the base and used double sided sticky tape to attach map wrapping paper. I felt it needed something to finish off the edges though and this velvet ribbon was just the thing. I'm so happy with how it turned out, I love it when something is as good in real life as when you imagine it your head (not always the case in my experience!!)

Friday, 1 November 2013

Wedding dress restyle

I love this dress, it had a beautiful tulle overlay skirt and a gorgeous silk bodice. All it took was to replace the puff sleeves with delicate straps and to add a little lace and sparkle and it would be stunning on any bride. I really enjoy doing make overs like this, I like exploring the potential in even the most dubious dresses!