Archive for May, 2011

A bit of what is new in the shop

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I just popped in to let you know that Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey and Just Wing It by Momo is in stock now.

Both collections are very different, Momo’s designs is still very bold and Aneela Hoey is sweet and almost nostalgic, but both are fun and once you see them, you just want to have them and make lots of things with them.

Have a peek at the website, I am off to cut some fabric :)

42 squares per charm pack with all the designs of the collection... This time I am going to keep one :)

And the winner of Stitch with Love is…

Monday, May 16th, 2011

First of all thank you to all of you who entered the giveaway and that shared a bit of what they have treasured or they will treasure. I am well known for taking lots of stuff to charity shops, but never any of the handmade things that have been given to me, they are my most valuable possessions and even when I don’t use them or wear them, they will stay with me and hopefully will be passed on in the future.

Now the winner of a copy of Stitch with Love by Mandy Shaw:

Karen “I really like Mandy Shaw! I have a bag I made from her book Quilt Yourself Gorgeous and I love it – so many memories from the scraps of fabric that went into it.”

PS  I have just received a few more books that I will also be giving away!  Keep checking the blog in the next few weeks xx

How should I finish this dress?

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I made this dress a while ago, I didn’t make it for anyone in particular, I just wanted to make something with corduroy and didn’t want my first project to be a difficult one, so I went with this Leila and Ben pattern and I used one of the Corduroy in Amethyst by Robert Kaufman, which is as soft as needlecord.

Cord dress

Sweet dress that wants to be even sweeter

The design is very simple and cute, and it doesn’t need anything else to be added on.  But at the same time, it is such a basic pattern that it allows you to be a bit creative and add your personal touch.

So here is where I am stock, I first thought of just adding a little appliqué, like a flower or a butterfly or even a chain of both along the bottom.  But after going through the pages of Stitch with Love (do enter our giveaway if you want a copy of this book) the idea of embroidering something came to my mind.  What do you think?  How should I finish this little dress?  Or should I leave it as it is?


PS I know what you are thinking… stop worrying about what else you should add and fix the sleeves as one looks more puffed than the other. Do believe me, they are both the same, I just didn’t do my job well enough whilst taking the photo.

Stitch with Love — CLOSED –

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Have you seen a cushion or a bag or even a little kitchen towel that you almost felt in love with it as soon as you saw it?  I remember seeing a needle case made by the great-grandmother of one of my friends and wanting it to be mine so bad that I almost cursed my great-grandmother for not making one or at least not keeping it for the future generations (i.e. me, I would be even angrier if I knew there it one in the family and it is not mine!).  I find that these designs are incredibly simple, but is the tiny details that make them so pretty, like a little embroidered flower, or a hand-stitched ribbon, or sometimes is just the wear-and-tear that add that charm that no fabric or lace can provide.

But when David & Charles sent me Mandy Shaw’s latest book, Stitch with Love, I knew straight away that there was hope for me to own a needle case so cute that I will keep forever.  Stitch with Love is full of easy projects, all with pretty embroidery designs and all in that classic style and colours that will look good today and in years to come.

The projects are quite diverse, so you will find bags, cushions, aprons, journal covers, a sew tidy, Christmas decorations, gifts for new born babies, even gift tags!  I can picture myself receiving a present with this tag and ignoring the present but cherishing the tag for years (unless of course is that overlocker that I have wanted for years).

Another good thing about this book is that has instructions for both right and left handers.  I’m left-hander and it takes me forever to learn some crafts because I have to mirrow the instructions.  This time, I might have a good chance to learn without tears.  I am going to give a try to that needle roll using one of the linens that we have in shop, and regardless of how it looks when finished, I will keep it and handed down to future generations.

To pass on the love, I am giving away a copy of Stitch with Love to a lucky person.  To enter just leave a comment on this blog, and tell me if you have got something handmade by you or someone you love that you treasure and want to keep forever.  The winner will be picked next Monday 16th May, 2011 and announced in this blog.  The competition is open to all UK and European readers this time.

TStitch withLove is published by David & Charles (ISBN-13: 9780715338490)

Sweet Nothings

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Sweet is the perfect word to describe this Riley Blake collection that just arrived yesterday to the shop, but you can call them cute, fun, pretty, anything that makes you smile….

I ordered these fabrics just by looking at some photos, I didn’t see the actual fabric and I was a bit dubious because it was the first time I ordered any Riley Blake fabric.  But oh I was delighted when I opened the box and saw these four bolts shining!  There is still one more fabric design to arrive and I am waiting at the door for Mr Postman to deliver it.  In the mean time I will stroke and stare at these four designs before they fly to their new homes.

Sweet Nothings by Riley Blake