Friday, 2 May 2014


Hi.  Im back from my enforced break.  Ive been able to sew by machine with a brace on, but no hand sewing & certainly no messing about with my websites and facebook.  But Ive had enough & Im back

So to celebrate (lol) Ive put a few fabrics into the SALE, 2 metre pieces of Michael Miller, RIley Blake, Studio E, Red Rooster & more.
All at a huge bargain price of £12 for two whole metres of high quality fabric.  Cheaper than good quality calico. Plus p & p.
WHen its gone its gone (WIGIG) took me ages to know what that meant.

Ive some new bag patterns & PRE-CUT kits
Cottage Loaf Bag.  The pre-cut kit includes the flowers all pre-cut, the reverse has a pocket & there is a pocket inside.  Channels for a draw string and even the stiffener for the handles.
There is a version in black as well.  £16 plus p & p & your chosen wadding (batting)

Fabrics are on
Patterns are

Last Saturday I went with a coupleo f friends to a workshop run by Brenda Walker of Country Folk.
I took this fabric with me
STUDIO E - Beautiful Garden girl, by Tea & sympathy. With the intentions of making a bag.
Brenda designs beautiful patterns & kits & she had a rabbit cushion
Not actually this cushion but one with 3 rabbits on.  As I am a designer, I dont think that its the done thing to completely make a kit as it has been designed, so I tweaked the original pattern & design, whilst still keeping the essence of the original
Here is Beautiful Garden Bunnies.  The fabric is for sale in the shop.
As the (boring Shelagh) wrist does not permit much hand stitching, I used ric-rac for the flower stems & raided Brendas el cheapo button box for the flowers.
I blanket stitched the binding by machine & stitcheda round the bunnies with gold thread zigzag & straight stitch by machine.  Amazing how new decisions are made when they have to be.  Normally I would have hand stitched it & I would have done blanket stitch round the bunnies, only by go to workshops Bernina does not have a blanket stitch on it.  I had very few machine threads & only a bobbin of gold thread so thats what it had to be.  I had no hand threads, but Brenda was selling some perle threads cheaply, purple, green & brown.  Im always brave with thread choices as I dont like too much matchy matchy.
I hope you  like it.  I planned the pattern around the border & the inner sparkle is directional so it cut correctly.  Its cute, not what I usually do, but huge fun!

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