Bags of fun …

Soooo … it’s half term and I got to have another fabulously creative session with a lovely young lady who was once again in the area visiting her nanny. This creative 11 year old was gifted her first sewing machine for Xmas by her very clever mummy and so has already started to enjoy her sewing at home. She arrived at the TheadShed with a head full of ideas and said that she had been thinking of making a denim shoulder bag with a seaside theme. We were soon busy planning and hunting through fabric. We cut out some perfect beachy images from white vinyl, picked a navy anchor fabric for the strap and finished it all off with a beautiful true vintage shell button. I was very impressed – this creative miss transformed her lovely idea into a really cute bag in just a couple of creative hours. Absolutely blinkin’ fabulous!

Self starter …

I am most definitely a painted lady. Lee has painted and drawn me (and on me) many times which is always such a beautiful compliment. He has also painted us together. However, I really wanted Lee to paint a self portrait and recently suggested this. I am always in complete awe of The Husbands talent but looking at the start of his piece, just roughly mapped out in pencil and ink just dropped my jaw. Truly I am blown away and I can’t wait to watch the painting progress and grow. So damn talented ❤️

Start of a self portrait roughly mapped out in pencil and paint.

Sew pretty …

Sometimes a fabric calls my name and this beautiful blue poly-cotton, with a vintage sewing machine print, shouted ‘buy me buy me’ very loudly indeed. A lovely customer in the ThreadShed last summer made a half circle skirt out of the fabric initially but there was plenty left for this gorgeous sash blouse just for me. I used a New Look pattern which was a fairly simple pattern to follow and one I would definitely recommend to any newish sewist. The pattern is multi sized from size 10-20 so if anyone would like to book into The ThreadShed and make a similar blouse under my expert support and guidance then just drop me a message!

Who gives a flying F$€#!?

The husband has a very strange and superbly creative brain. He so often comes up with weird and wonderful ideas, that sometimes (just sometimes?) leave me a little puzzled. But, do you know what, I blinkin’ love this hand cut, hand painted, wooden plaque which is almost 24 inches wide and 9 inches tall. Why not be a little different and dump all the usual “live, laugh, love” stuff that everyone else has on their wall and instead hang up a very original “statement” piece of art instead?

So … if you would really like to give a ‘Flying F$€#’ of your own – orders are now being taken… just drop us a message!

Pride with different sides …

Well Storm Ciara May be blowing a mighty gale here in a Pembrokeshire but it is always warm and cosy in my little pink shed. It is such a lovely, cosy, creative space and simply the best environment to help others find a bit of arty fartyness too!

This week I undertook a fabulous sewing workshop with a lovely local lady who had found her own creativity through a very inspirational friend. The local lady brought in her own fabric and we decided to make a cushion with contrasting sides. We added a buttonhole and a vintage button as cute feature on the reverse.

We both loved the cushion, which was sewn beautifully, and I really think this lovely lady’s inspirational friend is smiling rather proudly right now!

In just two hours you really do learn so much … so why not spend some happy, arty farty time in the ThreadShed, Fresh East? ❤️