Knitting for All Illustrated

A kind friend gifted me a wonderful and much loved knitting book, inherited after the sad death of an elderly aunt. The book is undated but Mrs Google believes it was printed back in the 1940s or 1950s. The knitting patterns are simply wondrous with photos of each gorgeous pattern accompanying the simple to read instructions. I was so excited to start knitting from the book. There is everything knitted from stockings and bras for ladies, to some mad hats, to a “fashionable” housecoat. . After a delightful nostalgic ponder I decided to start with this Two Colour Turban, using old money size 10 pins previously used by my knit-loving mam, (who needs 3.25 metric pins huh) but I’m really having a little giggle to myself thinking that maybe my next knitting project from the book should be this vest and pants set for The Husband ❤️

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Cartoonize Your Doggy …

After the recent cartoonizing of the very handsome George I soon had another request to cartoonize another lovely pup.  Myla, a 4 month old Golden Retriever is the latest doggy addition to our dog loving family, and is owned by Daughter and Boyfriend.  Myla is one adorable little pup and I was delighted to cartoonize her.  I so enjoyed transforming Myla into a Pink Retriever but Daughter was determined that Myla should only be cartoonized as golden, being a Golden Retriever and all that.  I did have such fun with Myla’s gorgeous image and I am really delighted as how the cartoons came out.  I love how vivid and golden she is and of course that soulful expression pulls on the heart strings.  Sublimated onto a black Tee Myla looks absolutely stunning and I also popped her cartoon onto a little black rucksack for when she goes on doggy play dates or sleep overs.

If you would also like to cartoonize your doggy (or moggy), onto a bag or a Tee or whatever, then I’m your gal, and you really don’t need to keep your Golden Retriever golden, your Chocolate Lab chocolate or your Red Setter red either …

 

 

 

 

A little bit of knitting 🧶

I blinkin’ love love love knitting and I was so excited when Daughter asked me for a big knit sofa blanket. When my needles arrived with gigantic skeins wool I dived right in there. I used jumbo acrylic but next time I think I’d like to try beautiful merino wool as it would be so much softer. The blanket measures 30inches x 50 inches and used 4 skeins in total. It was a great project and even if I never do another blanket I suppose the needles could come in handy for a bit of vampire slaying!

A Muggy Afternoon

I had a lovely afternoon in The ThreadShed today, creating unique and personalised mugs with two beautiful young dancers who were holidaying in the area. The ballet loving friends were gifted the experience for Xmas by a smart dad. They told me on arrival that they weren’t at all creative and didn’t have any ideas for their mug whatsoever. With the help of some suggestions from myself and Mr Google we soon got the creative ideas flowing and set to work. The girls were so pleased with the end result.

Don’t forget if you are interested in spending some creative time with me in The ThreadShed there are also other things we can do. The ‘Make Your Own Mug’ is just one of the experiences on offer at The ThreadShed in 2019… we can sew a half circle skirt, create a beautiful embroidered cushion or design a unique T-Shirt.

I really do just love being arty farty in The TheadShed …

Skull Skirt

I wanted to sew a little holiday skirt out of the cool fabric we designed using Lee’s Bic Biro skull drawings and had printed through Spoonflower. Despite having hundreds of sewing patterns I couldn’t find one that matched the picture in my head and so I just drew up a sweet design myself.

I wore the skirt for the first time yesterday and had lots of compliments. Blinkin’ loved that I was wearing a skirt made by me, using fabric designed by me created from drawings penned by Lee. Now that is truly one-off skirt!

Oh and surely every girl needs a skull skirt?

5 Star Skirt Workshop…

Recently The ThreadShed had it’s very first workshop visitor, booked through AirBnB Experiences. These experiences are a chance to do something different from the norm when you are travelling, and The ThreadShed is on there offering a few different experiences.

The very lovely Kate, who was holidaying in the area, spent a happy Saturday morning with me in The ThreadShed on an ‘Arty Farty Make Your Own Skirt’ workshop. Kate, who had very little sewing experience, learnt how to make a half circle skirt without using a sewing pattern. She inserted her first zipper, stitched her first button hole, attached her first waistband, and finished her very first garment.

I forgot to take a photo of the skirt at the end of the workshop and so Kate very kindly sent me a photo to share. She also gave the workshop some very positive feedback which I was blinkin’ chuffed to bits with.

Kate now is the proud owner of a stunning half circle skirt made by herself in a wonderful, unusual true vintage fabric. Kate’s skirt is an absolutely unique and beautiful item of clothing, with a story attached, and a memory of a holiday in Pembrokeshire.

What do you think?

Thread Shed open for business …

So it was the official launch of my glorious pink Thread Shed at the weekend. Friends and neighbours joined us for a Prosecco celebration as I cut the red ribbon and opened the door to my colourful creative workshop. From the Thread Shed there will be lots of sewing, knitting, creating and chatting, preferably over a coffee but possibly even a over a Prosecco or two!

Carpe Filum I say … (Seize the Thread)