Piping up nicely …

It’s good to learn new things. Just recently I swapped an overlocker serger machine for my sewing skills as a lovely friend in our village had a pew bench that she needed covering. She also wanted upholstery piping around the bottom edge. Initially I was going to take the easy way out and buy some ready made piping but a quick consultation with the owner of the cushion ascertained she wanted piping to exactly match the fabric of the cushion. With the help of a You Tube video, and some fairly straight forward instructions, the piping (cut on the bias) was duly created and sewn into the upholstery cushion and some scatter cushions. The Moroccan themed, relaxed seating area looks absolutely gorgeous too!

I just love a challenge ❤️

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Bic Biro Bowling …

A little while ago Trashcan Emporium created our first fabric using lots of Lee’s Bic Biro Skull drawings for the design which we uploaded and ordered at the Spoonflower website. As we were attending a purple themed wedding yesterday I decided to use some of the fabric on a unique bowling shirt for Lee. Each individual drawing has Lee’s signature to it and there are 9 different skull drawings on the fabric in total.

I used a very versatile pattern by McCall’s, which mean that I could literally use this pattern hundreds of times and never make two shirts the same! However, I am in the middle of sewing another exactly the same for someone very special on the other side of the world ❤️

Do you love this shirt too? Or can you see it in different fabrics or colour? I’m happy to make these shirts to order so let me know if you’d like one made for you too!

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?

Anniversary Tees …

I love helping people get all ‘arty farty’ and I have such a happy time hosting creative experiences in The ThreadShed. This weekend a Mother and Son visited all the way from Connecticut in the good ole US of A and designed some fabulous Tees to celebrate Grandpa’s 99th birthday! (Fair play Grandpa that is pretty epic). Also the son was so impressed with Lee’s original artwork that he booked in to have the image tattooed on his shoulder and on his very last day in the UK too! Damn good taste that man!!!

The next day my visitors were an adorable, loved up couple, celebrating their second wedding anniversary by enjoying a gloriously sunny, long weekend in beautiful Pembrokeshire. The second anniversary is traditionally “cotton” and so what could be more perfect than making a couple of Tees in the ThreadShed huh?

Happy Monday all and another creative fun day for me ❤️

Knitting for All Illustrated

A kind friend gifted me a wonderful and much loved knitting book, inherited after the sad death of an elderly aunt. The book is undated but Mrs Google believes it was printed back in the 1940s or 1950s. The knitting patterns are simply wondrous with photos of each gorgeous pattern accompanying the simple to read instructions. I was so excited to start knitting from the book. There is everything knitted from stockings and bras for ladies, to some mad hats, to a “fashionable” housecoat. . After a delightful nostalgic ponder I decided to start with this Two Colour Turban, using old money size 10 pins previously used by my knit-loving mam, (who needs 3.25 metric pins huh) but I’m really having a little giggle to myself thinking that maybe my next knitting project from the book should be this vest and pants set for The Husband ❤️

Hammer and Knife…

We sometimes have some wonderfully unusual ideas brought to us. The other day Lee had popped down Main Street and upon his return to the studio found this on the couch …

He immediately went into high alert, wondering whether gang warfare was about to commence in sleepy Pembroke, until he was advised by Woody that a customer had just brought them in to support his idea for a tattoo design.

Lee then worked his magic for this very personal and unique design …

And we had a very happy customer who got the exact tattoo that was in his head created from his personal hammer and knife…

Message on a Bow …

Cancer is something we all have been impacted by – whether through a personal experience, a partner, a family member or a friend and when it hits it is tough! The message ‘fu#k cancer’ can be a really positive and affirming message which can help those facing the challenge of the nasty disease.

One recent special request I had, from a very lovely gal to whom those words mean a lot, was for a couple of black dickie bows!

I absolutely loved making the bows and think they look so cool on these lovely guys ❤️

You can ‘fu#k cancer’ on a dickie bow too – just give me a shout … or why not personalise it your way?