Documentation for the London Hood

Just a quick note to let you know I’ve just published a rather extensive article about my London Hood recreation. 🙂 Those of you interested in medieval garments might be interested to read about: the construction stitches, particularly the “singling” that was described by Østergård in Woven Into the Earth, the tablet weaving, making theContinue reading “Documentation for the London Hood”

Sewing skirts from scratch

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”

School Reader Bags

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”

Rowany Festival Garb 2017

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”

New ironing board cover

I have been doing a lot more sewing lately, as I start making gifts for people, and repairing items I would normally stuff in a box and forget about. The other day I was trimming apart some Half Square Triangles (quilting! I will post on this project soon 🙂 ) and I put the pointContinue reading “New ironing board cover”

Tutorial: Pillowcase seam repair

After our recent holidays I found myself with a lot of washing and sorting to do. This morning I came across this pillowslip, which had torn open where the pillow is inserted: This has been bugging me for a while, because it’s such a lovely pillowslip (I used this when I was growing up andContinue reading “Tutorial: Pillowcase seam repair”

Handmade Christmas 2013

This year I managed to create more handmade gifts at Christmas time, and over the year for various birthdays. The idea is for me to replace a gift I would normally have purchased (using a budgeted amount) with a personalised hand made item. I have a lot of nieces and nephews to buy for, andContinue reading “Handmade Christmas 2013”