4 broken needles later……. A handmade velvet handbag

4 broken needles later……. A handmade velvet handbag

I have had the idea for the construction and design for this bag in mind for a while. I thought it would be the perfect use of this remnant of very thick velvet. What I didn't anticipate was the difficulty my sewing machine would have in sticthing thrugh any layers of this. I broke 4 needles trying Continue reading

Knitting Bags

Knitting Bags

You know as a knitter there are always several projects on the go at the same time.You also want to take your knitting with you everywhere just in case you can squeeze a few rows in while drinking coffee or beer or on a train journey. Yes I do knit in the pub! I decided to make longer versions of Continue reading

MAKE – a lovely new craft venue

MAKE – a lovely new craft venue

Last week I went to an open craft night at the new shop MAKE. Located close to me on Albert Road it s the perfect place to drink tea, eat cake and work on a project surrounded by other creative people. I have been knitting furiously in the last week , but they are slighlty more complicated patterns Continue reading

Crochet Hook Rolls and Project Bags

Crochet Hook Rolls and Project Bags

Last week's sewing day was all about using up scraps. I have only recently got into crochet  and didn't have anywhere to store my hooks. Cue - make some crochet hook rolls. I made on to match my knitting needle roll. I then decided to use some really bright colours and a daisy trim that i got in Continue reading

Toddler Art Smock

Toddler Art Smock

I made this toddler art smock as a first birthday gift. The patterns was from 101 ways to sew a metre. This excellent book has lots of good ideas that are quick to make and are ideal gifts. I hope the toddler this went to gets the art smock covered in paint and other messy things. Being creative is Continue reading

A custom made fishing pillow

A custom made fishing pillow

Over the holiday season my father in law challenged me to make him a fishing pillow. It needed to lay flat so it can fold up inside a fishing bed for transport, but needs to roll up into a comfy pillow. It needed to be in a hard wearing fabric to be used outdoors and which won't get dirty too Continue reading

Last weeks makes including: Knitted Corsage, Fabric Necklace, Dog Bed, Tag Blanket and a Crocheted Hat

Last weeks makes including: Knitted Corsage, Fabric Necklace, Dog Bed, Tag Blanket and a Crocheted Hat

Last week was a busy one for trying new things. I had a few gifts to make and also wanted to make something for myself. It was my sisters birthday and so I knitted her this lovely corsage from the pattern and kit that came with this months Lets Knit magazine. I also decided to make her a fabric Continue reading

Rag Rug

Rag Rug

I finally finished this beautiful rag rug on Friday evening after many months of picking it up and putting it down. I started it during a workshop at a local cafe. I was supplied with a rug canvas and a latch hook and enough fabric to get started. I started with a purple square in the middle and Continue reading

Tutorial: How to customise a t-shirt – add a pussy bow collar

Tutorial: How to customise a t-shirt – add a pussy bow collar

Turn this Into this Materials: A v neck t-shirt ½ metre of chiffon or similar fabric Coordinating thread Scissors Tape measure Rotary cutter and mat (optional) Sewing Machine Step 1: Cut the collar and edge of the sleeves off your t- shirt   Step 2:  Continue reading

hexagon patchwork pin cushions

hexagon patchwork pin cushions

I have wanted to try the English paper piecing method for hexagon patchwork for a while and so I suggested making these small pin cushions to my knitting group on Tuesday evening. Everyone brought their fabric and a needle, thread and scissors. I took lots of tiny paper hexagons which I drew on Continue reading