What do you do when you need a “semi-formal” outfit for a boy’s Year 6 Farewell? Dig out an old men’s collared shirt and get cutting, that’s what!
Have you ever hand-crafted something that just didn’t turn out like you hoped? I have!
All is not always lost. Here’s how I recovered from exactly this situation and turned my item into something I love!
Hi folks! I’ve been spending much of my two week vacation time playing with my table loom, and sampling for a new project–a tea towel twill “gamp” (a sample for different twill patterns and colour combinations).
I’ve joined the ranks of many re-enactors who have decided to make a replica of a London Hood — complete with a silly “liripipe” tail! This project kept me busy with a number of different skills, so I might break this down into sections, with more detail in additional posts. I initially drafted this postContinue reading “A London Liripipe Hood”
A couple of years ago I started taking a series of Craftsy (hey what? now called “bluprint”!) classes to learn how to make my own sewing patterns, using flat pattern making methods. The first class I tried is called “Patternmaking Basics — the Skirt Sloper” and is taught by Suzy Furrer. I’ve finally managed toContinue reading “Sewing skirts from scratch”
This year I acquired a book I’ve been wanting for a loooong time: Applesies and Fox Noses — Finnish Tabletwoven Bands, by Maikki Karisto and Mervi Pasanen. This book focuses on tablet woven bands from Iron Age Finland, with patterns from, and inspired by, extant bands from the period. It’s an amazing book for aContinue reading “Weaving is the Bee’s Knees! Well … Feet.”
There’s something wonderful about making a baby quilt. Mostly I love this because I can take a creative idea and play about with it, without needing to design for an epic-sized project. And this one I made entirely from scrap! My inspiration for this quilt was this quilt by Karen Griska. I loved the riotousContinue reading ““Joyburst” Baby Quilt”
Will is now a couple of years into his schooling, and I have been increasingly frustrated by the plastic envelopes he is required to use for transferring items in his school bag. Our school sends notes home in one envelope, readers in another, plus there are two more envelopes for use at school. I hateContinue reading “School Reader Bags”
I have a brand new niece!
This occasion calls for a brand new baby quilt, of course: a scrappy Trip Around the World.
Have you wondered why it has gone quiet on the blog these last few weeks? I needed to get a *lot* of new garb made for Rowany Festival 2017! From top left we have: Three smaller child tunics (for Will, Evie, and Evie) and a teenager tunic (Izzy) Another teen tunic (Izzy) with a viking Kaftan;Continue reading “Rowany Festival Garb 2017”