What a brilliant day I had helping a holidaymaker find her sewing mojo. The lovely holidaymaker had done some basic sewing in the past but really wanted to get back to it. She booked in at The ThreadShed during a week stay nearby. I was very impressed as truly her sewing was sooooo damn neat and tidy. She picked bright and beautiful bunny fabric too and honestly when finished her skirt looked completely fabulous and fitted her beautifully.
I just love to see the finished items leave The ThreadShed and truly the half circle skirt was simply FAB-U-LOUS ❤️
I had such a good time I need to do more really soon … who would like to book in with me?
I facilitate quite a few ‘arty farty’ workshops at The ThreadShed Fresh East – Sew Your Own Cushion Cover, Design Your Own T-shirt (which is the most popular), Design Your Own Mug and Design Your Own Pin Badges, but my favourite is Sew Your Own Skirt. This workshop lasts up to 6 hours and costs £50 per person. This includes all you need for your skirt (fabric, thread, zip and button) and so is an absolute bargain!
This week I spent some happy hours with a gorgeous, happy mum and daughter duo, who described themselves as complete and utter novices. Mum had used a sewing machine at school but not since, and Daughter not at all.
They were happy with the fabric choices on offer, soon mastered their sewing machines, and finished their skirts in around 5 1/4 hours! I was really impressed by how they both did and there really was some beautiful sewing!
Wearing something beautiful you have made yourself is a great feeling … why not book in with someone special to you and enjoy some sewing fun in the cute pink ThreadShed too?
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?
I am never really stuck for a special gift for someone. I just pop out to The ThreadShed and create something appropriate and personal. This week some friends in the village were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary with a party at their gorgeous beach front house The Dingle (Check it out as it’s available to rent for holidays in our beautiful village).
Let’s face it 25 years is mighty impressive in these days of ‘short term marriage’ so I really wanted to mark it with a special gift. After a bit of ‘mind craft’ I plumped for a plump, personalised cushion embroidered in silver of course.
The party was super, the Prosecco, was flowing, and the plump little cushion came up trumps.
Oh and I take orders for personalised cushions and I have hundreds of colours of beautiful embroidery threads and some gorgeous fabrics awaiting your own perfect creation for a perfect celebration.
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?
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?
We have become such a throwaway society. Clothes arrive and leave our wardrobes in a matter of months or weeks, or sometimes just hang there, brand new, with tags still on them. It doesn’t have to be this way! Get yourself down to your local charity shop and about the rails for some bargains which can be repurposed. Let me introduce you to this pure wool “Eastex Heritage” coat with wonderful vintage buttons – my 50p charity shop bargain! Warm and cosy, it just needed a little glamorising. Add in a fur collar and cuffs (from a £1.99 charity shop cardigan a couple of sizes too big) and I have myself a unique, high quality, glamorous coat for just pennies!
So let’s all do our bit for the environment. Why not recycle and upcycle beautiful clothes, and enjoy the wonderment of who has lived and loved in the clothes previously! Oh and if you see something you love but it doesn’t quite fit then I can very likely help!