Shepherd’s Bush Fabrics

I took advantage of a free, dismal April Monday 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 ‘couldn’t resist’ (dog’s tooth tweed wool @ £12)

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

– recovering sofa mattress (wool herringbone @ £8.00)







Mothering Sunday Weekend Friday 2 – Curtains

On Friday, a project which has taken over three months to plan and execute was collected.  The challenge was to convert a set of ‘pre-loved’ curtains for use elsewhere in a seaside holiday home where the ‘vintage’ brown print curtains were in need of replacement. The recycled curtains, a good quality plain textured weave, were too short and there was not quite enough fabric to cover the expanse of windows in the new location.

Sid carrying out an inspection of the fabric:

The solution was to create two sets of curtains by adding blocks in complementary shades of ocean blue – representing the ocean horizon beyond.

Original heading tape and linings were retained and matched.

The result is very pleasing – 10 curtains matching top and bottom!

The fabric remnants were used to make half-a-dozen unique cushions.

Design and calculations


Applique Wedding Runners

At Amy & Jack’s wedding, each of the twelve tables was adorned with a hessian runner decorated with a symbol at each end appliqued by the bride, her mother and father (with a little help) which corresponded to a poem displayed on the table!

The themes were: Nightingale; Spring Rain; Thyme; Thames Path; Maps; Spiral; Oranges; Lone Star; Swing; Water Lily; Bronze; New York.

One day, the decorations will be incorporated into a cover for a piano.