Jingle Hell …

Not quite so joyful during the festivities? Trashcan Emporium can help you express your feelings to the world with our 4 new and unique festive Tshirt designs…

1. Bad Santa (an original drawing sublimated onto a polycotton Tee)

2. Balls to Xmas (glitter vinyl on cotton Tee)

3. Jingle Hell (glitter vinyl on cotton Tee)

4. Ding Dong Merrily I’m High (glitter vinyl on cotton Tee)

(Message us to place an order)

Please do tell us which one is your favourite?

Unicorns and Cookie Monsters …

The “Arty Farty design your own TShirt” advertised on AirBnB as an experience is definitely the most popular thing to do in The ThreadShed. Each TShirt that leaves the ThreadShed is unique and is a wonderful reflection of the personality and character of the designer.

Recently two fabulous holidaymakers visiting the area came with their own pretty clear design ideas and it was great fun working with them both and watching their ideas evolve. Their final happy designs of a cookie monster bursting through a big cookie and a pink unicorn dead lifting giant balls of rainbow wool brought some smiles and will be a very unique reminder of their holiday in Wales.

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Arrive angry – leave happy …

Had a great morning in the ThreadShed with a young man down from England scouting the area for schools and houses with his Mam. He had wanted to head back home first thing but Mam had already booked him a design your own TShirt experience at The ThreadShed. Nevertheless he soon got stuck right into the creative process and incorporated all his great ideas into a very unique and personal TShirt.

Best of all he told me that he had arrived angry but left happy! Absolute result!

Happy space – happy place ❤️

Bats about Halloween …

Are you batty about bats? This cool bat drawing came straight out of Freshwater East (not hell) and was just finished by Lee. As a special Halloween Treat we will sublimate this image onto a soft, white poly-cotton Tee for just £12.

Order before 31st October for this special price. Pick up from the studio or we can post it out to you for an additional £3.

Bats all folks!!!

Happy Scrappy Skirt ❤️

I have an blinkin’ awesome fabric stash! I have lots of vintage fabrics and gorgeous prints sourced from auctions, markets, and old ladies who no longer have use for them! I love so many of these fabrics but some were too small to really make anything much with.

However, a little while ago, I was gazing adoringly at some of the gorgeous blue prints, when a little image of a patchwork skirt design using lots of fabric scraps popped into my head. It had to be made … so I cut lots of odd shaped fabric pieces and set about stitching them all together to form one long piece of material. I then used my ruffled sewing machine foot to gently gather the top and added it to a teeny tiny denim mini skirt that I found (for a bargain £3) in a charity shop. I finished it off with some gorgeous Ric-Rac, which I have been desperate to find a use for since I joyfully picked it up at the stunning “Stone Store’ in Keri Keri in New Zealand last November.

Just looking at this skirt makes me feel happy …

What do you think?

The Gift Bag that keeps on giving …

I have been busily stitching reusable gift bags and tags. So this Xmas (and all other occasions you get out the wrapping paper and cellotape) pop your gifts in a beautiful fabric bag tied up with gorgeous ribbon. Then write in pencil on the wooden tag (made from plywood offcuts and hand cut by little old me) and attach it to the ribbon. Pop inside the bag the accompanying poem (see below to read) which explains that this is a gift bag that keeps on giving.

Can you imagine a Xmas, birthday or anniversary with your gifts in gorgeous recycled, reused fabric bags and you doing you little bit to reduce impact on our planet?

I’m taking orders … range of different size bags and 4 wooden tags for just £4 each or £15 for a set of four!

Who would like some?

Poem left on a card inside each bag says …

If you keep this pretty fabric bag

And erase the pencil on the wooden tag

You can pass it on without misgiving

And make it the gift bag that keeps on giving …

#recycle #reuse #reduce

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. ❤️