Transformers … cardies in disguise …

I recently acquired two men’s V-neck pullovers, one in grey and one in green. Now, given The Husband is more likely to flick a V than pick a V, I wasn’t quite sure what todo with them both. After a bit of a ponder, I got out the scissors and with a slice up the middle, a crop of the sleeves and a slash of the waist, a quick overlock on the sewing machine a few rows of crochet and a bit of creative knitting, these totally cute little cardies were created.

A proper transformation huh? Which is your favourite … the cherries or the daisies?

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Digitising delight …

Now and again I enjoy playing with my posh embroidery machine. Up until now I’d only really used the built in designs or ones that had already been digitused for me. However, I decided to give the Sew Art Embroidery Digitiser a whirl on their free trial offer. I have 30 days to decide whether I’m going to purchase the full programme and during the 30 days I can enjoy digitising as many designs as I wish which I think is pretty damn good.

I started with a couple of very cool shirts for The Husband and his Oppo.

What do you think?

Yummy Mummy sewing time…

Some yummy mummies visited The ThreadShed Fresh East for an “Art Farty Sew Your Own Skirt” workshop this week. They were holidaying in the area and left the husbands and kids to their own devices in order to enjoy some happy sewing time together. The mummies, who were long time friends, chose absolutely beautiful prints to make their half circle skirts. I loved spending time with these happy, chatty, funny ladies, who were delighted to learn how to insert a zip, make a button hole and attach a waistband. Both their skirts were sewn so beautifully and I was blinkin’ delighted that one mummy sewed her skirt on my newly serviced Singer Capri from the 1970s which sings like a dream.

It really was a great day and the perfect way for good friends to spend some quality time together. I am hoping that the ladies are inspired to continue sewing and they have promised to send me photos of any future creations.

An Arty Farty workshop is a really great way to spend some time learning new skills, so why not book a sewing experience in The ThreadShed Fresh East and share it with a good friend of yours?

Vintage all the way…

A proper bright spark and her mum visited the ThreadShed this week. They were holidaying in the area doing lots of interesting activities and sewing cushion covers together was just one of the things on the itinerary. There is a great fabric stash in The ThreadShed and I just loved that Mum and Daughter picked some completely fabulous vintage fabric. Daughter loved orange and her choice of a bright 70’s fabric made a really happy and striking cushion cover, whilst Mum chose a beautiful ethnic style print in turquoise and browns. They both sewed beautifully and we all enjoyed the big reveal when the sewing was turned around and the cushions popped inside.

A Mother/Daughter sewing experience is a great way to spend a couple of hours together learning something new. Why not purchase a personalised gift voucher for someone you love and give them a simply perfect present?

Piping up nicely …

It’s good to learn new things. Just recently I swapped an overlocker serger machine for my sewing skills as a lovely friend in our village had a pew bench that she needed covering. She also wanted upholstery piping around the bottom edge. Initially I was going to take the easy way out and buy some ready made piping but a quick consultation with the owner of the cushion ascertained she wanted piping to exactly match the fabric of the cushion. With the help of a You Tube video, and some fairly straight forward instructions, the piping (cut on the bias) was duly created and sewn into the upholstery cushion and some scatter cushions. The Moroccan themed, relaxed seating area looks absolutely gorgeous too!

I just love a challenge ❤️

Bic Biro Bowling …

A little while ago Trashcan Emporium created our first fabric using lots of Lee’s Bic Biro Skull drawings for the design which we uploaded and ordered at the Spoonflower website. As we were attending a purple themed wedding yesterday I decided to use some of the fabric on a unique bowling shirt for Lee. Each individual drawing has Lee’s signature to it and there are 9 different skull drawings on the fabric in total.

I used a very versatile pattern by McCall’s, which mean that I could literally use this pattern hundreds of times and never make two shirts the same! However, I am in the middle of sewing another exactly the same for someone very special on the other side of the world ❤️

Do you love this shirt too? Or can you see it in different fabrics or colour? I’m happy to make these shirts to order so let me know if you’d like one made for you too!

Gothic Bride…

Yesterday we were honoured to be official witnesses at the wedding of some dear friends. A few months back the bride had an idea of her wedding dress and showed me some photos. Within a couple of weeks we started working on her design together, with a couple of days in The ThreadShed taming mountains of pink, purple and black tulle and net. The photos we took at the time were so lovely, with all the beautiful colours coming together on my little sewing machine. I posted a couple of teasers on social media back then, but finally I can do the big reveal and tell you that the bride looked absolutely stunning and the colours were just wonderful. When the wind blew the dress was a fascinating movement of glorious colour. Truly a spectacular, show stopping dress.

It was an honour to help this bride create her dream wedding dress and I would really love to help other brides create their dream dresses too. Oh and I have a huge box of vintage wedding dress patterns that need to be put to good use ❤️

Anyways … c’mon what do you think of this for a stunning wedding dress?