I met a friend for coffee this morning and we popped up to take a look at a medieval fayre. Sadly, it was just about to close when we arrived but I was highly amused by her prop – do you see the F&M on that basket? That is a gift basket basket from Fortnum and Masons – I did comment to the lady that they obviously went back a long way
I found a couple of super websites: Colette Patterns and Tilly and the Buttons where you can download and print out your patterns for instant gratification. I also love the idea that I can print it out again if I cut it out wrong or print another size if I need to I would like to make the Tilly’s Miette Skirt and the Jasmine blouse from Colette. I was thinking about using the cat fabric for the blouse but as it is cut on the bias, I really don’t have enough even with the other metre that I sourced so I’m going to use some spotty fabric instead. Tilly and the Buttons has some great step by step instructions for the skirt. I’m going to be making a toile for the blouse as it looks like it will need it for the fit. Any one got any suggestions for websites that can help with making a toile?
We had some bad news about our car and are currently carless for around a week. The main computer in the car was fried so has to be sent off to be replaced and re calibrated for our car. We are taking buses which although are very green are not very time friendly. We missed the one at 7.25pm and had to wait until 9pm for the next. I won’t be miserable when the car comes back!
1. Ma Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. I totally loved that show when I was little and loved the fact that Ma and Pa were so kind but firm and didn’t really gossip about anyone.
2. Violet Crawley, The Dowager Countess of Grantham. Downtown Abbey’s doyenne. I love how direct she is.
3. Lorelai Gilmore. She’s a cool mum.
I can’t think of any more favourites. Of course, there is Peggy Bundy etc but I wouldn’t class them as favourites!!
I gathered a few pieces together to get my bag all lined. I found a remnant in our local fabric store for a third off that went beautifully with the bag and my friend Annie gave me a corrugated plastic bottom for it.
The corrugated plastic piece was a great idea as it will reinforce the bottom of my bag. I puzzled a little over whether I should glue it to the bottom of the felted bit or sew it to the bottom on my lining. In the end, I decided to let it float free so I could fold the bag to make it flat for storage, photos etc if I ever needed to.
Finally, I added some leather straps so I could use it as a shoulder bag. I ordered them from a great place who describes himself as ‘one man and his dog’ called Barefoot Leather.
I failed to bring the right materials so had to scrounge some fabric from the tutor. When I went to our local craft store, they looked at me like I was some kind of crazy woman when I asked if they kept locker hooking needles. They do see to be a special thing indeed as they are like a crochet hook with a needle eye on it.
We then got to locker hook! You need to have a piece of strong cotton thread which will anchor your stitches onto the canvas. This needs to be tied on and the thread goes through the eye of the needle.
You hold the fabric under the mesh and use the crochet hook bit to pull the fabric up to create a loop. Don’t do what I did and pull it too tight – I ended up unpicking it a few times after doing that.
So now you know what locker hooking is! On my way home, I dropped into Badger’s Hill Farm (I have tried to bring my favourite people there but it is always closed when they arrived in the UK) to get some plants for the garden and said hello to Texas, the one-eyed bulldog.
I couldn’t post on Monday as Dreamhost were having issues so I couldn’t upload photos of my beautiful sewing project. I wanted to make a crochet hook roll in the same style as the DPN roll I have already so I had a good look at how it was constructed and got the good old Singer handcrank out.
I had some spotty aqua fabric set aside for it and had a good rummage in my ribbon stash to find something that would go with it. I hope I’m not the only person who saves ribbon from gifts etc to reuse
pao bought me these really cool wonderclips which are really good at holding things in place. They are a lot less sharp than pins and I am so pleased as I’ll be using them to hold together knitting projects. They are so much more expensive here so I’ll have to keep an eye out for a deal on them but they are really great.