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Polly And The Puffin Takes Flight

It’s rare for me to highjack my sewing blog to talk about my day job but today I am going to do that quite shamelessly. Mainly because I think you’ll love this book – Polly and the Puffin! To give … Continue reading

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Ten Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Sewing

I recently ran a ten day campaign on Twitter and Instagram posting ten of the most beautiful sentences in sewing, along with accompanying images. Some of the ‘sentences’ could have been genuine quotes; others most definitely came from the land … Continue reading

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Blog Writing Tips 2 – The Art Of Conversation

When you compose a blog post, it’s immediately personal. Readers can react within moments. You’re not preaching from a pulpit or talking to yourself in the mirror and you certainly don’t need permission to write. You’re engaging in the fine art of conversation. So … Continue reading

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Sewing Pyjamas

Is Liberty Tana lawn too good for sewing pyjamas? Too late, now! I’ve made Sewaholic’s Tofino pants and Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank as my ultimate bed wear. I’d ordered this beautiful fabric on line, but when it arrived I feared it … Continue reading

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Blog Writing Tips 1 – The Power Of Story

Lots of people set up a blog out of a hunger to engage. I know I did. I’d been reading sewing and knitting blogs for a while and I couldn’t ignore my desire to contribute in a more meaningful way. I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Great British Sewing Bee 3 – Interview With A Contestant!

It’s time to switch off your sewing machine and put the wine in the fridge. Tonight a nation settles down to watch the third series of The Great British Sewing Bee. Who will be our underdog this year, will Patrick … Continue reading

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How To Sew With Beeswax

When I first started sewing, I remember being bemused by beeswax. No, scratch that and rewind. Specifically, I remember being bemused by the knots that would appear in my thread whenever I tried hand sewing. So I did some research, and … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Fabrics

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… This weekend I had two very different experiences with two very different fabrics. The first was a … Continue reading

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Simplicity 1801 – My Winter Summer Dress

Are you the same as me right now? Wrapping up in layers and then peeling them off? At this time of year I need what I call a Winter Summer dress – otherwise known as the Simplicity 1801. The print … Continue reading

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Building Your Sewing Station – Pressing Tools

If you think the sewing machine is the most important piece of your arsenal, you’re wrong. The iron and ironing board come a close second. We’re always told to press, press and press again. Listen! Here’s a stroll around my … Continue reading

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