Category Archives: Sewing

Jacobean crewel work part 2


Here’s my progress over the Easter holidays, I think I’ve done rather well, I’ve almost finished my homework. Back to school tomorrow ( I got an extra day , it’s my day off) & my exam classes are all doing tests so that will be probably it until my next lesson. I’m really pleased with it so far. 

SAL: March update 


Here’s this months progress, I’ve almost finished my first star sign.

We have a new member joining us, welcome Sue.

If you would like to see how the other member are progressing with their projects, please follow these links.

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Happy Christmas


Just wishing everyone a Happy Christmas. 


And you are all invited for a virtual slice of Christmas cake. 

Stephen thought these angels were Christmas versions of Dr Who’s weeping angels, so I could not resist writing don’t blink on the cake.  

Stephens ABC picture is still a work in progress, all will be revealed on Sunday with my SAL update post, but I may have it finished by the new year. 

Dachshund door hangers


I made Mum & Dad a couple of fragranced door hangers. 

These are from Luna. That’s another couple of things finished. 

We gave them to M&D today, they really liked them. 

I got the pattern for Christmas jumper dachshunds from Esty, but the pattern has no obvious link on it. 

Happy Christmas crafting. Still got a few things to finish. 

My Teacher planner


This year I’ve taken the time to make a cover for my teacher planner. It’s made out of felt, lucky the rectangles were exactly the right size for the front & back. I made a handy pocket on the front for perhaps as small note book or I may add some stitching lines & turn it into a pen minded. 

The cover flaps will make hand pockets of all those bits of paper I loose throughout the year. The last few years I’ve added stickers so I can recognise mine, as our school insists on everyone having the same colour.  I like to be different so I customised mine. 

Table runner top


Here’s the table runner that matches the chair seat covers. I started quilting yesterday. 

Decorating is now finished. The only problem now is trying to put everything back. We are also attempting to sort things out as we go. Where does all the stuff come from???it seems to take over the whole house! I’ve brought some bunting & a printed quilt panel( perhaps this answers the question, as I also brought some bunting for my room & a couple of space quilt panels for the lab wall, because I liked them!) Mum has found out some wolf fabric to make Stephen a quilt. We found Stephen’s old wolf quilt panel, so now we need sticky Velcro for the wall. At least we can sit down & walk around a bit more with out falling over. 

Jelly roll’s & Tshirts


I’ve been putting my new small class sized sewing machine through its paces this week to find out what it can do. Mum brought me an Soul blossoms jelly roll & pack of fat quarters ( still unused!) for my birthday last year. I’m making some chair seat covers & a table runner for the dinning room. These are the patch work part of my chair seat covers. I’m in the process of joining all the nine patches together to make the runner. I’ve now got to remove the old fabric chair seat cover & replace it with cotton, next job find staple gun. 

Although it’s been hot here Luna has taken to wearing a Tshirt , she had heat rash under her arms, it stops her scratching it. She is so funny about it, a new one arrived today, she kept pestering until I put it on her.  

We are dog sitting this week, although it’s the holidays I must sort out my school stuff next week. The decorating is going well & I have fabric for his ‘man cave’ & fabric for me ( don’t tell him)

An adventure in sewing


This morning I managed to draft my very own skirt sloper grow scratch. I’m really pleased with it. 

Let me now introduce you to ‘Betty’ my new dress form. I thought I would start with making the skirt to fit her, as I could then use this as a cover before I start to pad her out. 

All I need to do now is slip stitch the seam to finish off. 

I’m sure ‘Betty’ is really pleased she has clothes!

One more week until the school holidays. Next dress making project will be the top. I’ve watched that class it does not look that easy.  I’m off to watch more craftsy, oh & mark some physics books for the last time this year. 

Sun Ray Block Cusion 



Over the weekend I had a go at paper piecing, using a craftsy online class. I’ve tried paper piecing before & had lots of problems working out the size of the fabric to stitch & flip. I’m really pleased with the results. Here’s the other side.  


Now I need to find time to make the other 2 blocks! Then I can have a new set of Cusions on the sofa.