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!

Gothic Bride…

Yesterday we were honoured to be official witnesses at the wedding of some dear friends. A few months back the bride had an idea of her wedding dress and showed me some photos. Within a couple of weeks we started working on her design together, with a couple of days in The ThreadShed taming mountains of pink, purple and black tulle and net. The photos we took at the time were so lovely, with all the beautiful colours coming together on my little sewing machine. I posted a couple of teasers on social media back then, but finally I can do the big reveal and tell you that the bride looked absolutely stunning and the colours were just wonderful. When the wind blew the dress was a fascinating movement of glorious colour. Truly a spectacular, show stopping dress.

It was an honour to help this bride create her dream wedding dress and I would really love to help other brides create their dream dresses too. Oh and I have a huge box of vintage wedding dress patterns that need to be put to good use ❤️

Anyways … c’mon what do you thinking this dress?

Happy Pet T-Shirt Day!

I recently had a fabulous morning with a couple of bright sparks visiting the ThreadShed. A young holidaymaker and his cousin came to an ‘arty farty’ design your own T-shirt workshop. They both had a head full of creative ideas and designed some gorgeous T-shirts around their much adored pets – so Copper the pony and puppies Daisy and Libby are now emblazoned on some colourful and unique personalised T-shirts being worn by some very happy, smiley, creative kids!

Oh and if you want happy smiley creative kids too then book them in at The ThreadShed Fresh East where they can choose from a huge choice of creative experiences.

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 ❤️

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!

WIN WIN WIN – MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION ❤️⭐️🌹 Do you know of a super cool mother? We are giving away a Trashcan Emporium limited edition T-shirt to a super cool mummy. Simply like our page, share this post and in the comment box nominate a super cool mummy explaining which of these cool images you know she would love on a T-shirt and why! Competition closes at midnight on Saturday 30th March and winners will be announced on Mother’s Day and posted out to the winning ‘super cool mother’ on Monday 1st April …