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Spelling Out Sewing

Recently someone asked me, in a friendly and curious way, what benefits sewing had brought to my life. The question was so unexpected that I could only answer in an entirely spontaneous way – yet four points rattled straight out … Continue reading

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Letter From Belgium

I’ve been desperate to blog about these gorgeous felt patches of Ella and Poppy – and now I can! They were commissioned by me as part of a birthday present to my darling sister, inspired by a May Day fete … Continue reading

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It’s A Blue That Reminds Me Of Nairobi

This week, for the first time in my life, I experienced the Oscars in real time. Oscar ceremonies are something we Brits normally wake up to. It all happens when we’re asleep. But stranded in a New York hotel room, … Continue reading

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We’re All Winners Here

Out of nearly 200 entries, the winner of the red beetle silk is Polly Pierce! I shall be in touch for an address, my friend. I’m a winner, too – my hot mess of wool is turning into a Trousseau … Continue reading

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Hollyburn Skirt En Rouge

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. AA Milne, Winnie The Pooh This Hollyburn skirt was a test of patience. I worked hard and carefully on it, only to discover that the waistband was … Continue reading

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Sewing & Knitting In Fiction

Children’s books are a great cultural barometer, I find. If there’s something in the water, it will probably spill over into a kids’ book. So when I spotted that Hot Key Books had published two books recently, one on a … Continue reading

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How To Choose The Right Thread For Sewing

Choosing the right colour thread for a sewing project can be tricky. Check out the above! Lots of colours going on in that crazy fabric. I grabbed four spools of thread from my collection. But here’s a trick I learnt … Continue reading

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Choosing A Needle For Hand Sewing

Before I began sewing, I thought a needle was just … a needle. How wrong I was! Once I began making my own clothes in earnest, and learning the fine art of hand sewing, I discovered that a needle can … Continue reading

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Sewlutions Winner!

The Mistress of the Jar had a most … interesting … time going through people’s Sewlutions. She does so enjoy it when people try to impress. There was the stunningly simple white leather bag, a gorgeous child’s Spring coat – … Continue reading

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Completed Sewlutions – Show Me Yours!

Phewee! Five days before the end of 2013, I still hadn’t started on my Sewlution. To remind you, on 31 December last year I’d vowed that: I shall conquer the blouse! Cuffs, plackets and collar. 12 months later, I had … Continue reading

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