After subscribing to the Simply Sewing Magazine for some time, I was delighted when this Kimino pattern was included – I simply loved the look of it!
So, I started making it. Sadly, the pattern was not as “Easy to sew” as indicated – my mother (a textiles teacher for over 35 years) and I struggled with the scanty instructions (even in terms of cutting out of the pattern in the fabric!).
HOWEVER, we gave up on the pattern, and used our knowledge to finish it ourselves…
I am happy with the result! Read more
Being a big fan of trawling the internet looking for patterns and yarn, almost 50% of my purchases involve US sizes and yarn weights. So here are some conversion charts, for those who require them!
Your sewing machine will come with a variety of feet for you to use – but feet for a sewing machine are not just for show – they facilitate you achieving the best from your stitching and fabric: difficult tasks become a breeze (and more fun!) if we take the time to swap over a foot. And this is how a foot fetish begins! Speciality feet do vary between brands, so check what is compatible with your sewing machine make and model before purchasing!
I do not own every single one of these feet (yet!) but hope too (soon)! It is not a comprehensive list of what is available, but there are (more than) a few useful ones. Read more
I have never attended a craft related trade fair before, and only went to The Festival of Quilts to check out the Storage4Crafts Storage units, with the veiw of helping me organise my *new* sewing room…. (That in itself is a good story….) Read more
Found a much less snaggy way to keep track of my knitting whilst browsing Etsy last week… snag free stitch markers! Rebecca’s Room offers a range of really pretty stitch markers for a variety of needle sizes…
Taking the Fabric Strawberry Bouquet as a rough pattern and inspiration, I decided to make a punnet for a friend of mine for her new home!
- Fabric in shades of reds and pinks
- Green felt
- Thread (in red/pink to match fabric)
- Green embroidery thread
- Needle (although a sewing machine can be used for the first step to save time, this can all be done by hand 😀 )
- Stuffing Read more
I started a hat for my sister-in-law, Jen, but she was so excited it ended up being a headband! Doesn’t she look happy (and warm!) with my little Nephew, Antoine, in the picture?!
I took the Noro hat pattern and Aran weight wool (A lovely Marino-Soy mix! So soft!) but adapted the pattern to make it into a headband as follows: Read more
You will now see that there is an Events page in the menu, and a short overview is listed on the right menu.
This will be built upon to include international events at some point, but is currently in a trial period lol.
I always have the aim of finishing all Christmas present making (or buying!) by the 31st of October: It allows me to relax whilst everyone around me panic-buys!
Last year, I make a lot of my friends the Phoebe Bag from the Craftsy website. Not only is this a lovely bag pattern, but it is FREE to download!! Read more
I made this cowl as a graduation gift for my cousin, and cant wait to hear what she thinks!
This is fairy easy to knit – no fancy stitches, but the result is very pretty!