Thursday, 22 September 2011

My Creative Space ... Patchwork Cushion




I haven't done any patchwork since home economics classes at school a very long time ago!!  I think I made a cushion then too - 6 very large squares cobbled together into a rectangle.  

Not too bad for my first attempt at patchwork in 30+ years!!!   I'll add some buttonholes too if I can find any snazzy hot pink buttons!!  I'm sure the recipient would like that.

The sewing machine is back from being repaired and seems as good as new.  Luckily no spare parts were required (in which case I'd have had to have lived with the fact that my machine only sewed straight or zig zag lines for the rest of its life, as you can't get Riccar parts anymore!) and it seems it just got well and truly shaken up somewhere en route from Canada.  I can now do machine embroidery if I ever feel the urge to ... not that it has so far, but it's nice to know that I could do it, if I wanted!!

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Friday, 16 September 2011

My Creative Space ... One Finished Jumper!!

Knitted, sewn up and blocked!  Done!

The pattern is D'Azur by Sarah Hatton.  I started it once back in 2009, gave up and used the yarn for something else .... but I liked the design and, when the only yarn I could find that I half-way liked once we moved here just happened to be the right gauge for this pattern, I decided to give it another go.  It hasn't been plain sailing and I doubt I'll ever make the pattern again although I quite like the end product (albeit it would look better in one solid colour!).

The sewing machine is still at the repairers, but I might be able to collect it this weekend, so the huge stack of sewing projects is still on hold.  I've got my marudai set up for some braiding and a new crochet project to tackle while I wait.

Friday, 9 September 2011

My Creative Space ... Still in Progress!

You may remember that way back in July I started knitting a summer top.  I wasn't 100% in love with the yarn and I think I can say I'm less than thrilled with the pattern.  This jumper has been knitted and unravelled more times than I can count - it's definitely been a case of three steps forward and two back.

Of course, every time I had to unravel a section the whole project got parked in a cupboard for a week or two while I decided whether to give the project up completely which is probably why it's taking so long!  However this week I've made a concerted effort to make some progress (full disclosure: the sewing hasn't been going well and I felt it was time for a change!) and amazingly the back and front of the jumper are now complete.

Just got the sleeves to finish, sew it all up (I hate that part) and the neckline to finish off.  Sounds easy, right?  Wonder if I'll finish it this month?  Either way - autumn is here and it's a bit cool now for a short sleeved, lacy knit.  Oh well!!

On the sewing front I have another project parked by the sewing machine that isn't going well at all ... and I joined a patchwork / quilting group, so I might at least fulfil one of my resolutions for this year.  But all sewing is on hold for a while as tomorrow the sewing machine is going in for some repairs (or to see if repair is possible at least!).

I've also been making the Christmas list - deciding how many presents (and what) I can realistically make before Christmas.  Last year was a completely handmade Christmas, but I don't think that's achievable this year, not least because I haven't started yet!!  Help!

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Some clothes

This is my new skirt made using Nicole Mallalieu's A-line skirt pattern.

This is my muslin and I think it worked quite well - it's wearable even if the cotton is almost transparent!! I had a scant 2 yards in quite a narrow fabric, so was only just able to squeeze out a knee-length skirt.  The fabric was from my stash, bought in Cape Cod 2 years ago and I haven't the faintest idea what I was originally going to make with it.

I'll be making some winter weight (and length!) skirts soon now that I have tested out the pattern.

And some more lime .....

And this is another Nicole Mallalieu design from her book, "You Sew, Girl!".  I bought this cheap jersey fabric on a recent trip to the UK and then proceeded to try and wreck my sewing machine with it.  Not sure my poor old machine likes knits.  You can't see in the photo but the stitch tension is completely out.  This is the pattern-free cowl top but it really doesn't suit me with a cowl neck, so I've made it into more of a boat-neck.

BTW - it's really hard taking a photo of a top that you're actually wearing!!

Sunday, 4 September 2011


I made gluten-free ginger bread this weekend - delicious slathered with butter!  Good job I snapped the photo when the first slice was cut, as it didn't last long!  It's paler than a normal ginger bread because you can't buy treacle in the shops here (but I've now ordered some online) ... so I subbed maple syrup and it works very well.

And I've been making some other stuff recently.... bacon jam, anyone?  I'd post a photo but it really doesn't look like much, however it is fantastic with eggs and cheese and I'll be trying it as a pizza topping very soon.  The recipe is available over at Foodie with Family's blog. It is really, really, really tasty and worth the 3-4 hours cooking time!  Highly recommended!

Friday, 2 September 2011

My Creative Space ... My New Toy!

The nearly-finished bag and the production line of iPhone pouches will have to wait until I've sussed out my new toy.  Cute, isn't it?  Personally I could happily dispense with the pink flowers, but this anniversary edition overlocker came with a bonus pack of goodies (extra feet mainly) that made it the obvious choice.

Now, how does it work?  I'll know more when I've located an instruction manual I can read - thank goodness for internet downloads!  I could try the German, French or Dutch instructions that accompanied the machine, but I think somehow it'll go faster in English (and I do want to be able to thread it correctly - not guess!).

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