It’s been creative central at The ThreadShed over last few lockdown weeks. A dear key-worker friend put in a request for a supply of some face masks and sent me a fabulous free pattern from http://www.hellosewing.com. The snug fitting mask is made with two layers of tightly woven cotton and has a pocket between the layers to insert a filter (heppa paper or paper from hoover bags is a cheap option) if you want to.
Currently there are some very mixed messages about the use of face masks and evidence wise not much to go on, although the widespread use of masks in Hong Kong is what is believed to have limited the spread. The general advice is not to touch your mask once it’s on and to remove it for washing as soon as you get home. Right now some countries are making the public use of face masks mandatory (eg Austria, Slovakia, Bosnia) and some are now recommending the public wear them (USA). Only yesterday there was a lot of speculation that UK may soon follow suit.
The World Health Organisation advice that face-masks are not necessary is now under review as the previous advice is believed to be at least partially aimed at ensuring that all vital PPE supplies are kept for use by health care workers.
Whilst there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the public should leave surgical face masks for the healthcare settings I think snazzy jazzy home sewn masks are the next best thing, plus they look pretty gorgeous too. I sent out lots of little packages yesterday to some of my special people and if you would like any do let me know!
With us all in lockdown I hope you are all finding plenty of lovely ways to pass away the hours. Nowhere safer than your own little sewing room or ThreadShed to while away the time.
I have so enjoyed a quiet few days of sewing. I sourced this stunning Simplicity 1950s vintage pattern from a fabulous little market last Autumn. I made up my first one for Little Sister’s Xmas present using a beautiful pure wool houndstooth which I lined in red satin. That turned out to be my practice run as I have just made another for lil ole me… this time using Chinese Silk fabric that I sourced in the most amazing fabric market I have ever visited whilst on Hong Kong about 18 months ago. I have lined this one with a red poly cotton.
This gorgeous jacket only needs to be pressed but the thought of ironing it terrifies me … my sewing skills certainly outweigh my ironing skills!
If anyone needs help or advice on any creative projects that you might be undertaking during lockdown then I am happy to have video calls or messages!
Lots of creativity going on in the Trashcan household during these crazy times. We hope you are all staying safe and well.
Lee just created these beautiful wooden brooches … they are hand painted and are just 3 inches high. They are £20 each for an original piece of signed art that you can wear proudly every day! We will throw in free postage and gift wrap if you want to purchase them as a gift to brighten the day of someone you love!
Three of my absolute fave stars … Bowie, Monroe and Presley – I absolutely adore them all but which is your favourite?
Well … today I can share some of my brand new makes using my hand crafted miniature knitting needles. It all began as I wanted a knitting themed hair slide. I searched online in the usual places to no avail so decided to craft my own. They turned out so gorgeous I soon crafted some brooches to match.
I wore mine today and almost the first person I talked to commented on my beautiful hair slide. I think they are the perfect gift for a yarn lover. With Mother’s Day fast approaching I can gift wrap and post out directly to your lovely mummy enclosing a gift card and your personalised message. Or why not simply treat yourself to one?
£7.50 each plus £3 p&p for something quirky, unique and very different.
Over the festive period I decided to make good use of some absolutely stunning fabric I had (some of it true vintage) and set to work making some beautiful festive skirts.
These beautiful half circle skirts are made without a sewing pattern and just need the waist measurement, the length required and a bit of maths. They are such a flattering shape and just feel so feminine. They are also full enough that you can wear a flouncy petticoat underneath too. Each skirt also came with its own little dolly bag to keep it safely in year after year.
I made lots of these gorgeous skirts exactly to customer measurements in December. I was also really chuffed when one of our regulars at the tattoo studio had some made especially for his Mum and Sister as surprise Xmas presents.
Here is some super feedback …
“My mum said she hasn’t had a nicer style, fit or quality of skirt for a very long time.”￼
“It’s swishy and I love it!”
“Skirt is fab!”
“I love my skirt!”
I can make you a skirt just like this out of any fabric you like or why not book yourself a sewing workshop at The ThreadShed Fresh East and I can teach you how to make one for yourself?
I am slowly working my way through my (lengthy) “Work in Progress” list and just finished by hand this gorgeous yellow jumper that came off the Empisal knitting machine many months ago. I used a simple pre-designed punchcard and the easy cut and sew method of shaping. The ribbing around the neck and arms was hand-knitted in front of the TV as was the cherry appliqué. Blinkin love love love it and it went on it’s maiden voyage today when I went for a browse in ‘Crafty Stitch’ in the St Govans Centre, Pembroke Dock and had the pleasure of meeting fellow sewist Jenny. Her store has some gorgeous fabrics, lots of important bits for the happy sewer and some great vintage sewing machines on display. It’s well worth popping in.
I think my gorgeous jumper has Trashcan Emporium all over it … what do you think?
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.
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 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?
Every so often I get gifted things to get all ‘arty farty’ with. Yesterday I was so excited when my lovely neighbour popped over to tell me that she had got her dad’s old trunk out of the attic and did I want to take a look. Of course I was gazing adoringly into the trunk practically before she had even finished her sentence, as it was absolutely filled to the brim with beautiful feathers, sparkly trims and chenille wools, and I really mean filled to the brim.
It transpired that my neighbour’s dad had been a passionate fisherman and the colourful contents of the trunk had been used for making his own flies and lures. I saw some examples of his work and they were an art form in their own right.
I had a glorious afternoon playing with the feathers and trims. I added in some of my vintage buttons and ric-rac, and I used my vintage daisy wheel to make flowers with the chenille. I am absolutely chuffed to bits with my first creations – two gorgeous, rockabilly fascinators.
So here’s to the proud and creative fisherman Lewis John Jenkins. I really hope that he is fishing at the end of the horizon somewhere stunning and smiling happily over his life’s collection being used in a very different ‘arty farty’ kinda way. ❤️