My first attempt at dressmaking!…

A couple of weeks ago I attended a dressmaking workshop at the lovely guthrie & ghani in Moseley, Birmingham. I had booked it as a spur-of-the-moment 'thing' when I was inspired by the amazing people on the Great British Sewing Bee programme. I really didn't think about the (nearly) 2 hour journey to get there... Continue Reading →

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Something new…

Okay, last night, unlike most nights when I go to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, I really struggled to switch off. My head was buzzing. Firstly, because I just watched the brilliant Great British Sewing Bee - and then promptly booked myself on a course led by Tilly Walnes from tilly... Continue Reading →

Lotta lampshade anyone?!…

Okay, so I recovered the 1980s St Michael Tiffany lampshade yesterday. It only took an hour or so and I really enjoyed having a bit of a play, for once without hundreds of pins. However, I'm still not sure I have somewhere I could hang it (hence the hanging basket shot in the garden). I... Continue Reading →

Practice makes perfect…

It's been all about practicing this week. I finally stripped my old lampshade frame yesterday. I think I had been putting it off because I was worried about what I'd find and there didn't seem much point until I had chosen some fabric to recover it with. Amazingly, the horrible, faded, dusty cover came off... Continue Reading →

Handmade little present…

I decided to make an egg cosy for a little girl's birthday present this week. Okay so it's not the latest expensive girly toy but it's hand-made, personalised and I had fun making it while the boys played with their friends... It's good practice for next week too, when I'm planning on machine embroidering my... Continue Reading →

It’s good to learn something new…

I had the best day yesterday on the first part of the bespoke lampshade course at Homemade London. It is being run by Angela Constantinou from Cocoon Home who is lovely; a brilliant teacher who is passionate about sewing and making lampshades. I really had no idea how traditional lampshades were made but after reading... Continue Reading →

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