Even making the simplest of garments always seemed a complicated and scary task in my mind, but once I got going on the sew-along I managed to get through it with relative ease. I even managed to get a zip in without the aid of a zipper foot. So here it is:
A big thank you to Daisy for her sew-along and for guiding me through the lack of zipper foot crisis!
More McCall's 3341 skirts to be made for sure. Going to Eridge Park Decorative Living Fair next week and it would be lovely to find some vintage fabric. Fingers crossed. Hope all is well out there ... Jane x
Nothing to do with weddings, but instead an old WIP, a new experience, borrowed ideas and the blue speaks for itself. Would like to try something new so I've decided to join Daisy's sew-along, although I think I've arrived a bit late to the party. I've cut out and marked the pieces and now I have to re-acquaint myself with my sewing machine, which hasn't been used for a while, and I haven't made an item of clothing since I was about 15 so feeling a bit nervous. I bought a plain fabric as I wasn't sure whether there would be any problems with patterns (it looks dark grey in the photo but it is, in fact, a dark denim).
My first ever post was about a patchwork blanket of knitted and crocheted squares that I'd made for my eldest daughter.
When it was finished I promised to make one for my younger daughter and started knitting blue squares in earnest, but was then distracted by various other things.
Feeling a bit mean now as I should have finished it a while ago so the squares are back out. To make it different from the other one (apart from the colour that is) I'm going to use more crocheted squares than knitted ones - my cunning plan to speed up the process (I seem to be able to crochet squares far quicker than I can knit them). For the little flower motif in the middle I followed Just Pootling Kate's daisy blanket tutorial here.
My daughter is back from uni in about 4 weeks so the race is on.
I finished this Nordic shawl some time ago, but it's only now that I've had the chance to post some pictures
Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK: Salty (010), Eskimo (342), Holiday (350), Audrey (351), Black Cherry (364)
Rowan Pure Wool DK: Hyacinth (026)
Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK: White (930)
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Easter for us has been touched by much sadness. Our beautiful Irish Setter, Millie, passed away last week. The photo below (obviously taken on a very bad house day) is perhaps not the best taken of her, but the smiley face is typical of her (that and a constantly wagging tail). She was the sweetest girl and we are heartbroken.
I'm joining in with Chrissie and Daisy's Mand-a-long this week.
Very simple, just ivory and two shades of pink. I mostly followed Nela's pattern here with a bit of subtle variation. I used Schachenmayr Catania cotton yarn in natural (105), light pink (246) and magenta (251). I first saw this yarn here at Annie's Place where Sharron has created some beautiful makes with it.
But what does one do with a mandala? Pot grab? Don't want it to get stained. Protective mat to save marks on furniture? Will be mostly hidden. Bowl cover to protect food? It's a bit holey and the most determined creepy-crawlies could still get through, but I like the idea.
Settled. Might sew some beads on to weigh it down a bit. What are you doing with your mandala? Hope all is well out there ... Jane x PS Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post on the ripple blanket x