March 1st seemed like a good day to plan a project using a donation from Eastbourne of a large bag of beautiful silk ties.
The plan is to make two gowns – but there is competition for the prettiest ties!
None of the configurations that I’ve tried quite work – but inserting some dark strips is an improvement.
Appalling weather did not deter my visitor from Eastbourne.
The outputs of this very chilly busy day were:
– progress of a Pat woolly creation;
– a recovered stool;
– and 50 bespoke lavender bag wedding favours.
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)!
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!)
While Marta played in the snow and Patty penned Christmas cards (‘dreaming of a white Christmas‘), the three layers of the quilt were assembled – the wadding was hand-stitched to the seam allowances to keep it securely in place.
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.
Of course, there were Hot Cross Buns at the Easter workshop – and delicious, home-made lemon biscuits.
Participants were learning to knit (thank you ‘Associate Expert Tutor’ Pat), cutting-out a blouse (Duke of Edinburgh project), making progress on the Marta quilt and creating a pom-pom Easter chick.
(Not surprisingly, Sid decided to find somewhere quiet to snooze and did not carry out his usual pattern layout inspection.)
A very pleasant Friday afternoon spent with baby Anabelle’s quilt-making grandmothers (and mother) making two simple work tabards.
During the hotter summer months, the conservatory is less than ideal for sewing, but we move to the shadier end! A simple top and stretchy dress were nearly completed by Lucrezia and Lucy (Patty was resting her eyes).
Sisters Rebecca and Rachel (Katie), mother Edwina and grandmother Hilda.
Deep in concentration!
Toy or doorstop?