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From Our Own Correspondent

Oh, man! Ever felt the sudden and urgent need for a holiday? I did. Ever sat propped up in bed and watched your finger tremble over the keyboard, before pressing, ‘Confirm payment’? I did! But I’m here. I’ve come away. … Continue reading

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Inserting A Zip Into Lace

When I think of zip insertions, I recall the lyrics to a Beatles song: The long and winding road … I probably inserted, ripped out and re-inserted this zip about five times. Thank goodness that these days I at least have … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Experiment In Knitting

Ooh, Karen. It must be really annoying knitting when your circular needles are so curly. You’re right, readers, you’re right! So annoying, I decided to embark on The Most Dangerous Experiment In Knitting. I took a warm iron and a clean tea towel… … Continue reading

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Sewing A Lace Dress

How do you sew a lace dress? With patience! I made this cocktail dress as part of a sewing class with Sew Over It. Guys, I can’t recommend this class enough. It is aimed at intermediates and comprises of four … Continue reading

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Did My Blog Schedule Work?

Back in January, I set myself a challenge. Could I establish a blogging schedule and maintain it? Four months – or a third of the year – have flown by. Time to report back. My aim was to write three blog … Continue reading

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The Best Way To Start A Knitting Project

Always begin a knitting project with the sleeves. That’s what a wise woman told me last summer and almost a year on, I’m really glad I listened. I’ve enjoyed launching into the above cardigan from the Debbie Bliss Mia pattern book in a fabulous … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Accolade

Here’s a little quiz for you. Who do you think recently said, in a surprised tone of voice: You know, those trousers are really quite flattering on you! a) My bestest friend, who thinks everything I do, say and wear is … Continue reading

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The Best Fabric Marking Tool You’ll Ever Use

Tailor’s chalk. It’s just not that great. There – I’ve acknowledged the elephant in the room! As an alternative my Clover Chalk Pen is pretty awesome, but this week I learned about a new-to-me marking tool – the Frixion pen. This … Continue reading

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Curating Colour

Work has commenced on the Vogue toile. That severe angle above is a kimono sleeve gusset. The V stitching is there to reinforce the corner. I’m going to have to sew an entire seam into that severe angle. Wish me … Continue reading

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Fabric Fondler Or Public Nuisance?

There I was, stood on the escalator, going home at the end of a long day. The woman in front of me was wearing a lime green wool coat of some extreme fabulosity. That was a great coat. Had she … Continue reading

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