Super stools …

Well my linseed oil and furry pink animal print renovations didn’t stop at the dressing table stool but moved onto a couple of old kitchen stools that I picked up last year for £10. They have come in very useful when I am running workshops and classes in my little pink ThreadShed and now are going to match and of course look simply fabulous!

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

Pembroke saves the Planet

I was listening to an article on the radio this week about how more and more people are realising how very bad throw away fashion is. Being ethical about our clothing involves spending less and recycling or up-cycling more. The report highlighted a rise in the ‘vintage consumer’ with younger people seeking to be more conscious of their clothes shopping decisions.

It is a way of life in Pembroke, as an afternoon clothes shopping in town can only mean a visit to Tenovus or Paul Satori as we are utterly devoid of any other clothes shops on Main Street. This is great for my own personal style and shopping choices and also for my ThreadShed sewing business.

This stunning vintage tweed jacket arrived with me last week as it needed taking in at the shoulders. This jacket was never store-bought and had been home made and hand sewn originally. The unusual shade of green and the beautiful flecks of amber meant that, despite two huge boxes of thread, matching the colour was a pleasant challenge. The fabulously arty holiday maker, who brought it to me for the simple alteration, now owns a beautifully fitted, top quality, vintage, tweed jacket. Her purchase has not only helped our environment and supported a local charity, but has also put money into our local economy instead of a huge chain stores.

Ethical shopping and fabulous clothes. Absolutely blinkin’ love it! What do you think?

Recycle Upcycle …

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!