Etch a Sketch …

In the middle of lockdown arty fartyness The Husband has some fun with a glass etching set that was my very cool Xmas pressie off Little Sister.

My plan was to cut some vinyl stencils for the etching but of course The Husband, being an artist, had way better ideas. He freehanded this traditional tattoo style anchor and waves onto a glass pane which separates our back porch from the dining room.

And to think I was going to hang a curtain there huh?

Tattoo Style Glass Etching

Winning Swing…

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!

Stay safe and healthy you all …

Sham Shui Po Fabric Market – Hong Kong
Inside Sham Shui Po Fabric Market –
So so much fabric – simply WOW!!!
Simplicity Vintage Swing Jacket ❤️

Granny Kazzy & Grampa Trash

Well sometimes life throws lovely things at you but completely from left field. With the big S Word birthday fast approaching, and absolutely no sign of any of my brood producing any grand babies, didn’t I just have the biggest surprise? Yep me and The Husband are soon going to be known as Granny Kazzy and Grampa Trash!

How exciting and what a gorgeously luscious excuse to start making lots of cute and lovely things huh?

Soooo … I found this gorgeous little pram blanket in an old Paton crochet pattern book dated way back in 1969 and it’s turned out so beautiful! I just love the thought of my little grandson tucked up underneath. Awwww makes me feel a little bit teary ❤️

Patons 1969 First Steps in Crochet Book

Sew pretty …

Sometimes a fabric calls my name and this beautiful blue poly-cotton, with a vintage sewing machine print, shouted ‘buy me buy me’ very loudly indeed. A lovely customer in the ThreadShed last summer made a half circle skirt out of the fabric initially but there was plenty left for this gorgeous sash blouse just for me. I used a New Look pattern which was a fairly simple pattern to follow and one I would definitely recommend to any newish sewist. The pattern is multi sized from size 10-20 so if anyone would like to book into The ThreadShed and make a similar blouse under my expert support and guidance then just drop me a message!

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!

Cute furry seat …

So my dressing table stool was falling apart. A couple of glue attempts hadn’t helped and it was time to give up. I have been keeping a little eye out for something lovely for a while and this morning I spotted a real beauty on FB marketplace for a simple £5. The tapestry top was dilapidated and the seat was a sunken mess filled with horsehair, wadding and sacking. All it needed was a couple of coats of linseed oil, a bit of ply board and some cute furry animal print fabric and afterwards I have a cute new dressing table stool. What do you think? I blinkin love it!

Better than a Xmas jumper …

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?