Bank Holiday Bunting

Spent the first May holiday in the garden and making bunting for two important occasions:

– the Friends of Rock Road Library Plant Sale:

– the special birthday of my Writtle College RHS tutor – perhaps the bunting will be feature at her weekend celebration event in Beth Chatto’s garden:


Shepherd’s Bush Fabrics

I took advantage of a free, dismal April Monday with to mooch along Goldhawk Road’s many fabric shops to pick up material for various projects.  Amazingly, I only succumbed to two lengths that were not on my shopping list!

From top to bottom:

– Wedding outfit (silk/cotton Liberty @ £13)

– Bridesmaid kimonos (cotton @ £3.99)

– lining/top ‘couldn’t resist’ (silk/cotton @ £6.00)

– ‘Gentleman’s’ dressing gown (hand-woven silk @ £25)

Tie project (cotton velvet @ £10)

– Winter skirt ‘coundn’t resist’ (dog’s tooth tweed wool @ £12)

– recycling maternity cordory dress project (polyester jaquard lining @ £4.50 and jumbo cord (cotton @ £7.50)

– recovering sofa mattress (wool herringbone @ £8.00)






February Sew-days

A mother & daughter day – one vintage fabric and one new length from the Cambridge branch of Sew Creative, home-made soup and some excellent cheese.  What better way to spend a Saturday?

Alas, there was not time to complete the outfits on the first visit – happily, they were able to return later in the month (and will be back to make a top to match the skirt)!

Festive Sew-days

On two days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed sewing around the Christmas tree!

The 30-year, multicoloured house-gown project and a gorgeous Liberty blouse made a little progress; an elegant Japanese jacket was completed in a day; a cushion-cover with a promise of spring was begun and a chic 1950’s period dress began to take shape.

Dorota, Sebastian and Marta also joined in – but no progress on the Marta quilt was made – hopefully it will be completed in 2018 (project year 3)!  It was lovely to see Sebastian’s quilt again!

(Note Sid’s absence – far too many people!)

Marta’s Quilt

Further progress this weekend – both sides are now complete (and Marta enjoyed collecting autumn leaves for a collage picture)!

We enjoyed several sessions in September and October and the tricky process of joining the squares (all of which are slightly different sizes) has progressed well and message has been composed for the reverse.