Inspiration from the Cotton Mills of Lancashire

The Cotton Mills of Lancashire have inspired a great deal of my work, especially my latest stitchery project.

I’ve combined my love of red thread with a vintage garment and the job titles of those working in the cotton industry to make a piece of wearable art.

I love red. This wonderful pincushion from Beyond Measure is made using cloth woven in Lancashire.
It’s a work in progress – my mind is already busy thinking about the next two pieces of embroidery I want to create! Does is happen to you too?  

The Making of a Quilt Charity, a Group Project

What makes a perfect evening – Fabrics, sewing and good company. This was me at my quilt group.
We’d had a wonderful talk on scrap quilts then we were set a task – to make a quilt block by hand in an hour – making blocks for the quilt pattern above. 
If you’d like to make one, this is how to do it.
Start with Cream fabric and Pink fabric cut as follows – 4 x two and a half inch squares and 4 x two and a half inch by four and a half rectangles. 
Draw a pencil line diagonally on the wrong side of the square blocks, pin onto the rectangles (right sides together) as shown above, then stitch using running stitch, as shown below.
Trim,  finger press the seam open and stitch the blocks together as shown below using a quarter of an inch seam allowance.

Then stitch the pieces together to complete the block.
My own eight and a half inch square block is for a charity group quilt for MacMillian
Have a go yourself x.

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.