Mothering Sunday Weekend Friday 2

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 – 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:


Needles in a Haystack!

Most weeks, at the end of the school day, I spend a few hours in the company of a delightful 5-year old.

Today she enjoyed playing with the glass-headed pins in my favourite pincushion which once belonged to my grandmother.

Without any pins, I was able to squeeze it to extract any fine needles lurking in the middle.  I was astonished by the number I found – around 70!

Sound advice from my mother is to put needles in sideways – or use a needle holder!

Claire’s Coffee & Cake Bunting

19 March is a very sad anniversary for my family.

In fond remembrance of my sister, I began some bunting using some cheap cake print fabric I bought many years ago to use at the wonderful, fund-raising coffee mornings that she regularly held at her home.

The bunting will be used to promote ‘cake’ events at Rock Road Library.

The Reverse

I enjoyed selecting the fresh Spring pink, blue and green fabrics – reminding me of our favourite childhood Blackberry Farm stories.


Relaxing Weekend

This weekend was spent in front of a cosy fire turning a piece of fabric found in my mother’s store into a simple skirt.

Sid approves the soft, pure wool fabric!

Sid approves the soft, pure wool fabric!

Neat & Simple

Neat & Simple

The length of fabric that I used for the lining was also just right to lengthen a dress for my daughter.

A simple way to lengthen a skirt.

A simple way to lengthen a skirt.