About six months ago I found myself wandering through a needlecrafts exhibition, admiring the rows and rows of pretty things, all perfectly placed to draw the eye to temptation and make the purse clasp spring open. Whilst I was rummaging among the wares of one …
About six months ago I went to a stitching and craft show in Birmingham, where I found myself plunged into two giant rooms full of stalls plying wonderful wares: craft materials, yarn and fabric of all styles and colours. Whilst there I found a particular …
I often think that at times when you feel creative or energised to be productive but are prevented by either lack of materials, physical problems or time, that the creativity increases its manifestations by way of ideas, building up those pre-sleep imaginings of all the things you wish you could be making.
After the organisation and then celebrations of the last few months, the quieter time that followed has led to a time for all of these ideas to finally burst from daydream to reality, and so I have begun a number of new projects.
The first is a skirt made of some fabric that I purchased whilst on honeymoon. It’s a cute turquoise approaching on teal cotton with dark grey polka dots, though occasionally a polka dot instead makes way for a bunny rabbit.
I bought this fabric for no reason other than that I liked the colour. And I love polka dots. And bunny rabbits. And it was half price. Obviously, it was perfect.
My shopping has extended beyond fabric and into yarn, because obviously I did not have enough already. Actually, the project that I had in mind for this yarn (and this is actually a project that I have oft thought and dreamed about for maybe two or three years now, had to adhere to a very specific palette.
It’s taken me a long time to try to get these colours as close as I have finally been able, but now I have my yarn I have cast on and the few inches that I currently have knit make me almost squeak with happiness. I really hope that the finished knit comes close to what I have imagined, because a lot of daydreaming hours have been invested in the conception.
I do perhaps wonder if there is someone out there who might even be able to guess what I am knitting from the colours alone? It would be very difficult with just three shades to go on, but then again it is, to my mind, one of the most iconic designs I can think of, but that would depend mainly on your interests… And perhaps a little on your age!
I decided that I would re-make the Retro Bag from the 101 Fabric-By-Fabric Ways To Sew A Metre book, with a few modifications. I think that this is perhaps the simplest of the three bag patterns that I have sewn so far, so I thought …
A little while ago a my future Maid Of Honour mentioned a possible trip to Wales for the purposes of eating, drinking and making merry and a trip to Abakhan, in Mostyn. Tanya and Alan had visited before, but it is the first time that Russell or I had been to this giant barn of yarn and haberdashery goods.
So, we made a bit of a weekend of it and made not one but two trips for crafty shopping, and I treated myself to some fabric.
This squizzle print cotton was just so cute as to be irresistible. I love the simple bold shapes and colourful trees and thought it might make a cute little apron or something out of the 1 metre piece that I bought. I also saw a light coloured simple graphic print in colours that I absolutely adore.
I think if I could have the decor of my whole flat done out in these colours then I’d be a very happy person. I tend to buy accessories for our bedroom in these same colours, so I might make a couple of cushions, chair pads or something else homely from the metre of fabric that I brought home in this print. Thankfully I should have a number of options (just over a hundred, in fact) to choose from thanks to the book 101 Great Ways To Sew A Metre which Mr Awesome just so happened to treat me to before we went away for our little break.
Serendipitous, yes? Of course, knowing that this book was due to arrive I thought it was best to make sure that I had a few metres of fabric to work with, so I bought a few extra.
I love these three graphic prints. The one on the top reminds me of art nouveau flamingoes in modern bright colours, the middle one is bright and almost psychedelic and the one on the bottom reminds me both of Turkish windows and mint choc chip ice cream.
And I thought that I should just get a couple more, in case.
I use my project bags all of the time, but they are all sized to be suitable only for smaller projects such as socks and mittens. When going away this past weekend I found that I had to take the sweater sleeves that I was working on along in a plastic carrier bag. I also bought some ribbon to tie in with the tape measure theme.
I’m glad that this ribbon will bring a little bit of metric measure to the inches of the tape measure fabric, because though I can work in either system (being raised by a woman who only worked in yards, feet and inches and being schooled in metric) I prefer to work in metric when I have the choice. It’s a good thing that I have the ability to choose between the two systems, though, because though I specifically sought out the metric version of the 101 Great Ways… book (101 Great Ways To Sew A Yard also exists as a separate title) the only measurement that they converted to metric was the one on the cover.
I think that this is a real disappointment that the publisher have only wrapped a different title around the book to sell to European and other metric customers. It would not have been much work to have made the effort with the actual measurements used in the patterns, but they haven’t even converted the fabric requirements into metres, let alone the measurements of the pieces.
Anyway, that slight irk aside, there are a number of great projects in this book that I am really looking forward to trying. The more complex, non-geometric patterns are provided in paper pattern pieces included in an envelope attached to the inside cover of the book and the requirements for every project needing a metre of fabric or less keeps the projects affordable and manageable.
Apart from the fabric the only other things I bought were a few sewing accessories (a seam ripper and a new tailor’s pencil) and some buttons for the neckline of the jumper that I am knitting.
Oh, and I bought some yarn, but that may be for another post.