Category Archives: sewing and knitting

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

Happy Galentine’s Day Giveaway!

One of the people in this photo has a birthday today… It’s my birthday! It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with this calendar day. On one level, the world is in a good mood on the … Continue reading

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Are You A Plotter Or A Pantser?

Knickers. Shorts. Kidney warmers. Bikinis, brazilians, midis or thongs… Call them what you will. Sometimes, we fly by the seat of them. There’s a shared joke in the author community that a writer is either a plotter or a pantser:

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Cos AND Cosy

Brrrrrr! Jeepers, creepers. Coldest week this winter? The meteorologists ain’t kidding. My sewing timing could not be more perfect. I’ve finished sewing this boxy T-shirt from The Maker’s Atelier magazine, just in time for our cold snap. The jersey – … Continue reading

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Three Top Tips For Sewing With Solids

It’s easy to be seduced by prints. Ooh, bunny rabbits! Unicorns! Dogs in space! And prints TOTALLY have a place in sewing. Because if you can’t sew a bunny rabbit unicorn dress, something is very wrong with the world. BUT … Continue reading

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When You’re An Unhappy Blogger

Having recently written a couple of blog posts linking sewing and blogging with happiness, I thought I’d touch on the opposite end of the spectrum. What happens when you become an unhappy blogger? Most of us set up a blog … Continue reading

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Five Ways To Spread Sewing Happiness

On #bluemonday, how can you use your sewing to make the world a happier place? Fund Raising Initiative I remain very proud of the Made Up Initiative, which raised over £3000 for The National Literacy Trust. All it took was … Continue reading

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Sew Yourself Happy

Are you one of those people who rescues furniture from the street? I am! Here is my ancient wooden chair, adopted years ago and given a slap of paint. Now, it’s the item I throw my PJs onto each morning … Continue reading

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Winter Dressing Made Easy – Sew It!

It’s cold, it’s grey, I don’t want to leave the house and when I need to look smart, I want my outfit made easy. If this rings true for you, sew the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress. It has … Continue reading

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Getting My Sewing Machine Serviced

When my Bernina sewing machine started misbehaving, I decided to get it serviced. Here are my tips from that experience. WHERE DO YOU FIND AN ENGINEER? My first course of action was to do a Google search for sewing machine … Continue reading

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Sew Hayley Jane Giveaway Winner

The winner is Olivia – congratulations! A box shall wing its way to you in January. In the meantime, I have family coming to stay, beds to make, cakes to ice (anyone know where the heck in London a person … Continue reading

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