Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Postman has delivered a parcel

I love it when the postman arrives. I'm so excited!
A wonderful collection of books from Merchant & Mills and The Maker's Atelier.

 

 

 

 

 
 

As you know, I'm an embroiderer, quilter and felter, and very new to dressmaking.
I'm so lucky to have a very, dear friend who's a tailoress. She's wonderful at giving me the confidence to expand my dressmaking horizons. So watch this space for some future creations. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Cut, Pin, Sew - Pocket Sewing Case

After a few extra days of stitchery, I've completed the piece I started at a recent Jessie Chorley workshop.

 

 I couldn't resist using this vintage handkerchief.

 

A bit of stitchery later.

 
 

 
 

 

It's ready to pin onto my apron pocket.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Textile Treasures at Denman College

If you expect the Womens's Institute's Denman College, to be all about Ham, Jam and cake, then think again. Prepare yourself to be bowled over  - it's Needlework heaven.
I was there for a day's visit with my fellow Paper Dollies on a guided tour of the house and grounds. It's a beautiful venue.  It wasn't until we were shown the studio space, that my heart really skipped a beat. Exquisite hand embroidery, Dorset Buttons collections and vintage needlework lined the walls. I was in absolute heaven. 
Which one is your favourite?

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect day was rounded off with a visit to the College Fabric Shop... 

 

... where I found these fabulous, vintage treasures.  Happy Days x

 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Textile and Haberdashery Shopping in London

This week has been very decadent. Two trips to London in two days with my very good friends who share my adventures.
Sunny Thursday, was all about buying dressmaking fabrics and sourcing silk for future Nuno felting projects with the Felt Makers. We'd met Mr Rosenberg many times at the Knit and Stitch Shows. So when he invited us to visit his new warehouse, it seemed rude not to accept.   
It's a stunning space. Every type of fabric imaginable for making garments - and plenty more hidden is the back.  We were looked after by the lovely Jenni who made us tea whilst we browsed.  
 
Look out for the Art Deco building and number 17

 

 
  

I came away with some gorgeous, red boiled wool, brocades and plenty of silks to play with.

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Friday was my Birthday and I spent it with a dear friend on a trip to Marylebone High Street. It's a place like no other. There's a French feel to everything.  Fabulous high end clothes shops, wonderful cafe's and then there is the one and only VV Rouleaux.  How can I describe this heaven of a shop. Words can't do it justice. Just look....
 
 
 
 

  
 
 
 
Trimmings galore and they do workshops too! 
It's a shop I'll be introducing some more of my friends to soon. ✂️

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Sewing Heaven in Soho

A visit to Oxford Street isn't complete without popping into Soho for drinks and a spot of shopping.
With only an hour before the train home, I opted for a quick espresso and dedicated the remaining time in a heavenly shop we all know as The Cloth House. It's a fabric and haberdashery destination for all my sewing friends.
Not enough time to settle on what to buy, but plenty of time to photograph the gorgeous window display.
 
 

 

 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Sewing with Jessie Chorley

If you're looking for an amazing, creative reboot, then I can heartily recommend a Jessie Chorley workshop. Her work is stunning. Handmade and hand stitched.


 
 

I had a brilliant day. The class was held at my local Embroiderers' Guild and was designed around making a Pin & Needle case that could be worn as a brooch. 

 
As usual I took the idea and added my own twist, making a larger piece that could be worn on an apron pocket - starting with a colourful, vintage handkerchief.


 
A brilliant day with stitching friends - sewing, chatting and sharing sewing ideas - with a bonus of lots of stitchery homework to keep me happy tomorrow. What a perfect day. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Cut, Pin, Sew

An evening of late night stitchery, making a brooch for a sewing day with friends in the morning. 
I love red .

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