Thread Shed open for business …

So it was the official launch of my glorious pink Thread Shed at the weekend. Friends and neighbours joined us for a Prosecco celebration as I cut the red ribbon and opened the door to my colourful creative workshop. From the Thread Shed there will be lots of sewing, knitting, creating and chatting, preferably over a coffee but possibly even a over a Prosecco or two!

Carpe Filum I say … (Seize the Thread)

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Trashcan Murials now booking …

Today we are launching Trashcan Murials …

Having already created some fabulous mural wall art in some cool locations we have decided to expand our Emporium work to include unique arty farty murals in your home, office, workshop or pretty much anywhere really.

The Trashcan service will include a full consultation and design service, with your nominated wall painted in bright, hard wearing acrylic paint.

How perfect for a feature wall in a study, living room, kids bedroom or anywhere you dare to be just a little different.

Prices are calculated on an individual design basis, but a rough estimate of about £40 an hour!

We are taking bookings for work commencing in October NOW so contact us to chat about your ideas.

Don’t chuck out the Chintz…

The stormy weather today has meant indoor play-time and, with Lee drawing up some new T-shirt designs, I was able to finish sewing the dress I started sewing last weekend. The gorgeous ‘bird and rose’ chintz fabric is genuine vintage sourced from auction and whilst it was probably meant for curtains I absolutely adore it.

This is the second dress I have made from this fabulous vintage Simplicity 3464 pattern, which is part of a huge collection of sewing patterns previously owned and of course sewn by my dress-making grandmother.

I am also wearing genuine 1950s sunglasses and a nasty red patch on my arm from an evil wasp that flew through the patio door and dive-bombed my arm-pit yesterday morning whilst I was relaxing in my bed. Ouch!

Sunlight on Glasses…

Yesterday was the last day of Lee’s exhibition. There were lots of lovely comments in the visitor book and positive feedback from people we talked with. Some of his work that we framed especially for the exhibition have now found wall space in the bungalow. ‘Bathing Belle’ and ‘Sunlight on Glasses’ are both now hanging in my dressing room. I love them both. It makes me smile to remember one young visitor to the exhibition, a little boy of about 6 or 7, who absolutely loved the gigantic skull and roses but looked at ‘Sunlight on Glasses’ with puzzlement upon his face …

“Miss” said the little boy, “why hasn’t he finished this one?”

What do you say huh?

Colourful Sweary Bobble Hats …

So … our sweary bobble hats really have been in high demand! I am just working on an order of 20 for some very smart bikers in Brum. In the meantime I have been experimenting with some different colours, contrasts and bobble sizes. This colourful bunch of sweary hats will be available £15 each from the studio this afternoon!

What do you think?

Groovy Baby …

The stash of vintage patterns I inherited from my grandmother helped put the ‘authentic’ into a 1970s themed party this weekend. A friend seeking inspiration for her outfit sought out a bit of help from Trashcan Emporium and granny’s patterns got put to work. Using a 1970’s Jiffy sewing pattern and some amazing 1970s fabric, sourced from an auction, we made sure our lovely friend looked groovy baby! What do you think? Do you dig it? ❤️

Hats All Folks …

Learning the knitting machine has been so so tough. I knit, I sew, I embroider and I crochet, and I do them all with confidence. However, learning how to use a knitting machine is a whole new league for me. I’ve made it my challenge to master the machine in 2018. With stripping, oiling and much perseverance I have my Silver Reed standard gauge singing beautifully. I am mighty proud of these beanies I machine knit over the weekend. The flower design was using one of the punch cards that came with the machine, but the other two are my first attempts at creating my own designs. Lee is very happy with the secret message written into the blue one. They are not wholly perfect but it was good learning and everyone starts somewhere right?