Transformers … cardies in disguise …

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?

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London calling…

Sometimes a mother and daughter just need a little quiet time together away from the hustle and bustle of life. Visiting The ThreadShed recently was a lovely Mum and her very gorgeous Daughter, both from London. They were holidaying in the area to celebrate a birthday and a graduation, and of course Pembrokeshire is the perfect place to cosy away, relax, celebrate, appreciate, and simply just breathe awhile.

For Mum and Daughter, getting all “arty farty” at The ThreadShed, Fresh East brought back lots of memories of them doing creative activities together through Daughter’s childhood too. We started with T-shirts, took a break for a scrummy ‘lunch with a view’ at our picturesque village pub ‘the Freshwater Inn,’ and moved to mugs in the afternoon. We explored lots of different creative ideas for their designs, but both Mum and Daughter were chuffed to bits with their final choices.

They were happy, funny, interesting, smiling people and it was a joy to spend a few hours with them both. I am so glad London came calling on this faraway town (village actually … but that didn’t work as well) 😄.

Tickled by Feathers…

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. ❤️

Digitising delight …

Now and again I enjoy playing with my posh embroidery machine. Up until now I’d only really used the built in designs or ones that had already been digitused for me. However, I decided to give the Sew Art Embroidery Digitiser a whirl on their free trial offer. I have 30 days to decide whether I’m going to purchase the full programme and during the 30 days I can enjoy digitising as many designs as I wish which I think is pretty damn good.

I started with a couple of very cool shirts for The Husband and his Oppo.

What do you think?

Yummy Mummy sewing time…

Some yummy mummies visited The ThreadShed Fresh East for an “Art Farty Sew Your Own Skirt” workshop this week. They were holidaying in the area and left the husbands and kids to their own devices in order to enjoy some happy sewing time together. The mummies, who were long time friends, chose absolutely beautiful prints to make their half circle skirts. I loved spending time with these happy, chatty, funny ladies, who were delighted to learn how to insert a zip, make a button hole and attach a waistband. Both their skirts were sewn so beautifully and I was blinkin’ delighted that one mummy sewed her skirt on my newly serviced Singer Capri from the 1970s which sings like a dream.

It really was a great day and the perfect way for good friends to spend some quality time together. I am hoping that the ladies are inspired to continue sewing and they have promised to send me photos of any future creations.

An Arty Farty workshop is a really great way to spend some time learning new skills, so why not book a sewing experience in The ThreadShed Fresh East and share it with a good friend of yours?

Vintage all the way…

A proper bright spark and her mum visited the ThreadShed this week. They were holidaying in the area doing lots of interesting activities and sewing cushion covers together was just one of the things on the itinerary. There is a great fabric stash in The ThreadShed and I just loved that Mum and Daughter picked some completely fabulous vintage fabric. Daughter loved orange and her choice of a bright 70’s fabric made a really happy and striking cushion cover, whilst Mum chose a beautiful ethnic style print in turquoise and browns. They both sewed beautifully and we all enjoyed the big reveal when the sewing was turned around and the cushions popped inside.

A Mother/Daughter sewing experience is a great way to spend a couple of hours together learning something new. Why not purchase a personalised gift voucher for someone you love and give them a simply perfect present?

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 ❤️