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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Country Totes

Another simple sew ...  I made these for the local Country Market.  They didn't take long and I delivered them this morning.  A nice day weather wise and it's the Easter weekend, so fingers crossed they should sell. The aprons are already going well ...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

A little flower ...

Made from a kit on this month's Mollie Makes magazine.  OK, it's little, but at least it's sewing ...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Share in Style - Flowers

Rosy over at SewingAdicta has invited me to take part in the second of these posts, this time with the theme of 'flowers'.  It's funny, or coincidental, that today, I spent my time at a Botanical Art Class in the lovely village of Madingley in Cambridge - in the thatched cottage on the right!  Isn't it beautiful?

I am trying to recapture my painting skills.  Apart from my illuminated letter class a few weeks ago, it's many years since I picked up a paintbrush to do this kind of art.  The day passed by so quickly!  I even learned some things about colour that I'd never encountered before.

I'm mixing cleaner and more considered colours and getting the colour matches accurately.  Mind you, my tutor, Georita Harriott, is an illustrator for Kew Gardens and the Cambridge Botanic Garden, so I would hope so!

Botanical art is more scientific than the kind of flower painting I'm used to - for textiles.  I painted these pansies years ago, and they lean towards the 'decorative' rather than 'realistic'.

My goal then was to paint for textiles, as in this shirt I've made from Italian printed cotton that I found in Goldhawk Road, London, a couple of years ago.

I love prints and these form part of my style.  It's one of the reasons I like to sew ... I get the chance to use lovely fabric and patterns.  So thanks Rosy for remembering me and I hope to stay a part of your new community.  I want to start sewing again as soon as I can and am sure I'll draw strength and encouragement from your group.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Why I'm not sewing yet ...

I'm busy designing my first ever knitted sweater.  It's quite daunting but I'm giving it a good go and also enjoying the process.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  I've been in sewing school again too - a post coming up soon!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bag making coming up soon ... Honestly!!!

'Cause I've gone and given in and enrolled for another class from Craftsy.  This one looks really interesting, building on the making of basic shapes by using patchwork.  I've got a huge bag full of fabric scraps from my Sew Weekly days.  Can't wait to start one!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Share in Style ... Be Free

I've been invited to join in this by Rosy over at SewingAdicta and I so wanted to take part.  Although I don't have a new project to post, I reckon I have a fair idea of styles that suit me and can put something together based on past work ...

At the risk of sounding 'frumpy' I like comfort!  I like to feel relaxed in my clothes and not have to think too much about what I'm wearing ... so I think I am basically quite 'classic'.  I do like strong colours - blues, fuschia, black, navy and most of all, prints!  I like swishy skirts and shirts, shirtdresses, tops with little sleeves, long tunics.  I want to get into bag making too and already have one cut out ...   I'm glad this project has given me the opportunity to really think about things ...  I do love my jeans, so anything that goes with those is great with me.  Then there's the knitting - although coursework means I haven't had chance to make anything for some time ...  So here's a little collage of 'me'!  Go and have a look at everyone else's contributions over on Rosy's blog here

Thursday, 27 March 2014

My little cottage jug

I think someone had taken an entire jug collection to one of the charity shops in Cambridge and I managed to get this cottage jug as well as the miniature Tower of London one - I already have a larger cottage garden one, seen in the background.  It's a bit sad really when I come across instances like this, as I often wonder what's happened to the previous owner ...  At least part of their collection is well loved in a new home.