Bless this f€%#*$g lush house!

Been playing on my amazing embroidery machine and of course pretending to be one of the Bronte sisters, sitting by the open fire, patiently stitching my sampler (have imagination – run wild).

The result is this gorgeous grey fabric embroidery piece in a vintage wooden frame for that authentic look.

It is just £20 – can be picked up from the studio or we can send out to you if you add £3 postage and packing!

Oh and I can also make these to order with your own “sweet” wording ❤️

Golden Cushion …

For me, the most difficult part of sewing is when I have the scissors in my hand and the pristine fabric in front of me. I guess it’s like looking at a blank sheet of paper for a writer. However, once that scissors slides into the fabric and my creativity kicks in, all feels good and away I go. When the fabric is a special piece of clothing then that first cut is even tougher. I was recently commissioned to create a unique and wonderful memory cushion from a shirt worn to the Golden Wedding celebrations of a beautiful couple. The shirt means a lot to his wife and knowing that she trusted me with this task means a lot to me. John loved his wife, life and music, and I really think this gorgeous memory cushion captures it all. ❤️

A feather in my cap…

I blinkin’ love weddings I really do! I’m so happy to have found the perfect dress to wear to a wedding I’m going to this week and I am excited to wear it for the first time. However it’s the little finishing touches that I have such fun with and so I made this teeny little fascinator hair slide to exactly match my fabulous new (to me) true vintage dress. I think that the fascinator is a proper feather in my cap don’t you?

Dado’s Memory Pillow …

Sometime I am entrusted with important sewing tasks … such as taking the hem up on an exquisite wedding dress, or altering the waist on a beautiful prom dress. I understand that handing over any item of clothing to a dress-maker for alteration requires trust and confidence, even more so when the clothing has special memories attached and belonged to someone who is greatly loved and missed.

This week I was entrusted with the cardigan of a husband, father and grandfather and his memories have been loved and treasured by his family for many years. His much loved cardigan was often worn by him and features in photographs with not only his own children but also his grandchildren. His cardigan has been so very precious to the family and of course represents happy memories, sweet sentiment, big smiles and huge love.

After a visit to The ThreadShed the cardigan has been transformed into ‘Dado’s Pillow’ and instead of being tucked away in a drawer can be kept on the sofa to bring cuddles and comfort to his family at all times.

Many thanks to his daughter Hannah for her trust in me and for understanding what a precious birthday gift it would be for her Mam. I really hope that Dado is smiling down on his family and enjoying the transformation of the cardigan that he adored so much ❤️

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?