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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

I love the bit between Christmas and New Year. I know a lot of people don't like it - they feel they are just sitting around waiting for the party to begin but I love it. There are no real demands on my time - we still have enough food in the house to sink a battleship, Mr HoffiCoffi is at home and the little HoffiCoffis are still playing with their new toys. It does give me time to think.

I don't, however, love New Year's Resolutions. I don't really think anyone does. But I do like to think about what I would like to achieve in 2011. My initial thoughts are that I would like to make more clothes - hard to commit to because of the time they take, I would like to ice the perfect cupcake and I'm thinking of eating off smaller plates - oh no, sounds like a resolution to me!

Anyway, I will leave 2010 with a photo of one of my last makes of the year. A selection of fabric brooches and wish anyone reading good health.

Friday, 24 December 2010


Sunday, 19 December 2010


Yeah! I've finished them! And all it took was to be snowed in the house unable to get out for three days. Why didn't I think of that before!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

I would love to be able to draw. Most of the items I purchase from Etsy or Folksy involve some kind of illustration. I am completely envious of someone who can create something beautiful just by using a pack of pencils and their imagination.

Unfortunately whatever is in my imagination just doesn't transmit to paper very well! So I have decided to dabble a bit in creating pictures (I am not going to say 'art', me? art? I don't think so.) from fabric.

My first real attempt is this little boat card. I went through a myriad of emotions whilst making it (gosh - maybe I am arty!). I liked it, then I wasn't sure, then I disliked it, then I sort of liked it, then I finished it and I wasn't sure. Still, I have been asked to make some more so I am sure I will come to a firm opinion of it at the end of it.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Yeah! I have finished all the sewing I needed to do before Christmas. Everything I have been asked to do has now been done.

The final thing I have made is this bunting. The material I used was quite thick so I changed from my normal needle turned hand applique to machine applique.

I am actually preferring how this has turned out compared to my hand applique. Which is in some ways a shame as I like to keep the traditional way of doing things alive, and there is something lovely about being able to take hand sewing everywhere with me. I am sure there is a place for both techniques in my repertoire!

So. Everything finished. What now? Think I will finish knitting my husband's socks!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

These are possibly my favourite tree decorations so far. They are made by stamping an image from a card making stamp onto some calico using fabric paint. I did however find that the image faded significantly when I washed the calico prior to cutting out which was probably due to my not ironing the image enough. I managed to save them by going over the image with a very fine fabric pen and it has actually turned out better than the original print because the image has become much sharper. They are backed with some green and red festive fabric and I love the simplicity of them.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Everything gets abandoned. Received a letter from school 'please could you bring your child's angel costume in by Monday". Swear slightly, panic loudly, start sewing.

Now I don't want to give the impression that I would never buy an off-the-peg costume, because I have done, many times. I also ice shop-bought cakes for the school fair, I admit it. But I knew I had the pattern for an angel costume and I knew that I had the most lovely broderie anglaise purchased for a summer dress I was hoping to make myself. I could make a costume without purchasing a thing so felt rather duty bound to give it a go.

In fact it has turned out very nicely even if a do say so myself. I lined the broderie anglaise with a white polyester cotton and I will eventually donate it to the school where it will outlast a nylon fancy-dress costume about ten times over.

I had to amend the commercial pattern slightly as apparently they thought I was dressing a giraffe so a few inches had to be chopped off on the hem and sleeves. The wings were supposed to be made out of card but I tried interfacing some leftover taffeta and, with two layers of wadding and shoulder straps made of loops of elastic, they seem to have worked.

Now all I have to do is sit back and enjoy a traditional nativity sung to the theme tune of Mama Mia!