Message on a Bow …

Cancer is something we all have been impacted by – whether through a personal experience, a partner, a family member or a friend and when it hits it is tough! The message ‘fu#k cancer’ can be a really positive and affirming message which can help those facing the challenge of the nasty disease.

One recent special request I had, from a very lovely gal to whom those words mean a lot, was for a couple of black dickie bows!

I absolutely loved making the bows and think they look so cool on these lovely guys ❤️

You can ‘fu#k cancer’ on a dickie bow too – just give me a shout … or why not personalise it your way?

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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?

Knit Fast – Die Warm ❤️

So … this is what happens when you pop off to the shops and leave your artist husband alone with the key to your Thread Shed …

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)

Don’t chuck out the Chintz…

The stormy weather today has meant indoor play-time and, with Lee drawing up some new T-shirt designs, I was able to finish sewing the dress I started sewing last weekend. The gorgeous ‘bird and rose’ chintz fabric is genuine vintage sourced from auction and whilst it was probably meant for curtains I absolutely adore it.

This is the second dress I have made from this fabulous vintage Simplicity 3464 pattern, which is part of a huge collection of sewing patterns previously owned and of course sewn by my dress-making grandmother.

I am also wearing genuine 1950s sunglasses and a nasty red patch on my arm from an evil wasp that flew through the patio door and dive-bombed my arm-pit yesterday morning whilst I was relaxing in my bed. Ouch!

Fruity Cutey…

So … today I gave the knitting machine a rest and enjoyed a day of play with my sewing machine.

A little while ago I designed and made a really cute skirt in apple fabric which was inspired by those cute frilly 1950s aprons. Today I made another version in a fruity fabric.

Cute and girly with a little touch of retro in gorgeous fabric – this may well become my signature skirt under our Trashcan Emporium label ❤️