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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Snow has arrived early in Wales. Time for some serious time spent sewing on my lap!

As you can see I have all the essentials at my disposal. A pile of hand applique, a hot water bottle and my Melin Tregwynt blanket. Oooh Melin Tregwynt blanket how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Thursday, 25 November 2010


I am surprisingly determined when it comes to sewing techniques I 'don't get'. Usually, if I can't do something I give up pretty quickly (ice-skating? That took about 3 minutes - and it took me that long to get off the ice!) but sewing? Well, I persevere against the odds.

And so it is with a little bete-noire called 'foundation piecing'. It's a form of patchwork where fabrics are sewn directly on to a thin template right sides together and then 'flipped' over to cover a specific area of the design. But I don't get it. My problem is that I can't envisage the direction the fabric will go once flipped and so I have problems cutting the fabric the right size to cover the area needed. And then I go and use the wrong colour fabric and have to unpick it.

Anyway, enough excuses! Here is my... well... Santa.

There is a piece of his hat missing (hence the button!) the seams don't match and I obviously felt defeatist before I began because I used a dark thread throughout which is showing through. And he looked so good when I designed him on my quilting software!

Ah well, he's going to sit with me on my chair and look accusingly at me through his lovely vintage button eyes. And I will ask him to make me better at foundation piecing for Christmas!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Here is my second attempt at creating a tree decoration. It is filled with polyester stuffing and pulled together in the centre by a vintage button either side of the star. I love the vintage buttons I used but the whole decoration lacks a 'wow' factor I feel. So fairly easy to make but not visually stunning. Back to the drawing board....

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

I have been making a lot of Christmas decorations recently and I am finding myself embarking on a mission to make the perfect one.

Have you spent hours trawling around shops looking for the perfect bag, or the perfect pair of shoes? I am still looking for a pair of shoes that look elegant in themselves and actually make me look elegant - rather than looking elegant themselves and making me look like a trampling elephant. Ah, but I digress...

The perfect Christmas decoration for me would be something that looks stunning yet takes very little time to make. I have found small doesn't mean quick - just fiddly!

I will share photos of my endeavours in upcoming posts. This one is exhibit 'a'...

It's cute but as it's cross-stitch it took a while to make, and unfortunately I cannot claim ownership of the design, it was in one of the many magazines that I hoard. Still, if Santa gave me more hours in the day I would definitely make more of these as I do like them. However, that is unlikely to happen so back to the drawing board!

Monday, 15 November 2010

I have finally finished the campervan bags! Eight little beauties in all, each one different, all equally loved by me...

...except this one's my favourite!

I hope the recipients will love them as much as I do.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

I am still making campervan bags and I have now almost got them down to a fine art.

Check out the linings...

Only five more to go!

Monday, 8 November 2010

I had a poorly sick little HoffiCoffi at home today so decided to make play dough to amuse him. I have never made it before and it was really easy to make, people have been telling me this for years but I didn't believe them!

You just need flour, salt, vegetable oil and warm water. It also said to put in cream of tarter which I didn't have - I took a gamble and put in baking powder and it seemed to work!

Have warned Mr HoffiCoffi not to eat the strange pastel pastry that is lurking in the fridge!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sometimes, you can be sewing like a demon but some projects just take time to complete.

To stop becoming disheartened I would recommend delving into the wardrobe to unearth some long ago forgotten homemade item. Put it on and remember that, even though things take time to complete, the joy you or others get when it is eventually finished is definitely worth it.