Category Archives: sewing and knitting

A blog about my journey making things with sewing needles and knitting needles.

I Reveal My Inner Magpie

Just a quick one today, everyone! I’ve had a few readers contact me about the patterns in The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion For Fabric book, and how to find them. Keep your eyes peeled for those handy little boxes … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans – Done!

My Ginger jeans are done! The final stages made me feel physically ill. Would I ruin everything with a badly placed belt loop, a smashed up rivet or a bar tack gone wrong? In fact, I abandoned bar tacks early on … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans Next Steps

And yay, the angels of heaven wept tears of joy because … there had been Ginger Jean sewing! Not enough to share a finished project, but progress is progress. Even when it is grabbed in ten-minute windows around life and the … Continue reading

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The Challenges Of Choice

Something interesting happened this week. I noticed three blog posts in my reader, each celebrating the launch of three different new patterns. Sheesh, I thought. I can hardly keep up! I didn’t read the blog posts at the time, but later that … Continue reading

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Rules To Ignore – Sewing Over Pins

Long ago I read that the way to master a craft is to learn the rule book – and then throw it out! I’m all for that, when the occasion demands. One of the rules I often bend is: Thou … Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans First Steps

I’ve started sewing my first pair of jeans. This has involved dragging out, cleaning and prepping every piece of equipment I own! I have three machines lined up: my Brother 1034D overlocker for finishing seams my Bernina Activa for topstitching … Continue reading

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An End And A Beginning

With over 200 entries, my Polly and the Puffin giveaway comes to an end. The winner is Jackie with her story of a volcano, a whale and an ugly chick: In September 2001 I flew in a tiny plane across … Continue reading

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Blog Writing Tips 3 – Discipline

So, is everyone feeling creatively inspired in their blog writing? We’ve embraced the power of story – and seen some lovely blog posts. I shared the joy of conversation – yay, for a good chat! But today I’m going to introduce … Continue reading

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The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion With Fabric – Buy It!

The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion With Fabric is a stonking book. STONKING. Here’s the skinnie: It’s written by a real expert, The Thrifty Stitcher. Patterns have been tested by some of the best Sewists out there, including Fehr Trade. The … Continue reading

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Define Too Much Thread…

I may have over reacted to a recent sewing crisis, when I ran out of black thread mid-project on a weekday evening. Sewing ground to a halt until the weekend and I hit up the Internet, stock piling. I use … Continue reading

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