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#MenditMay: re-mend it

On the last day of Mend It May I’m reviewing what’s on my mend-it pile. It occurred to me that I have some re-mends to do and some mending that I know will eventually turn into re-mend projects, simply because… Continue Reading →

Freehand pattern drafting versus standard pattern drafting

I’ve been comparing pattern drafting by the freehand method (drafting directly on to fabric) and standard drafting of paper pattern pieces. I wore an outfit to a friend’s wedding recently that I made by using both methods. Some time ago… Continue Reading →

Is it worth making your own sewing patterns?

Have you wondered if it might be worthwhile to draw up (or draft) your own sewing patterns? Whilst shop bought sewing patterns have a lot of flexibility built in to allow you to fit to your height and shape, there… Continue Reading →

Flea Fair Finds: Vintage fabric

Recently I went to the Malvern Flea Fair (my nearest flea market), and came home with two pieces of charming vintage tartan and cotton fabric of – I don’t know what age – but I liked it. I frequent the fair, usually… Continue Reading →

Crochet: easier to learn than you might think

Prompted by a comment posted by a follower, I thought I would air a few thoughts on learning to crochet as, recently, more than one person has said to me that they would like to learn how to crochet (or… Continue Reading →

Trash batts #1: spinning with yarn scraps

I’ve mentioned that my saving of scraps of just about anything (yarn, fabrics, carding waste etc) knows no bounds, see  Remnants and scraps: When are they too small to use?  After using fabric remnants to make curtains I’ve finally come… Continue Reading →

Herdwick wool socks

The Herdwick wool #swatchalong has rapidly resulted in a pair of socks, and not only that, two pairs of socks. The grey Herdwick wool knitted up nicely, and I now have a very warm pair for padding round the house… Continue Reading →

#Swatchalong: Herdwick swatch

I have some grey Herdwick wool top in my spinning supplies basket which I had started to use as ‘practice fibre’ when getting used to a new spinning wheel. I initially saw it as expendable, should the first efforts at… Continue Reading →

Fleece and Fibre Fun at the Small Breeds Farm

My obsession with fleece and fibre is growing. Not only do I now have a basket of some new types of wool top to spin (new to me) to add to a mountain of Ryeland fleece that I already possess, it… Continue Reading →

Knitted Christmas

Knitting tree ornaments was my ‘unwind’ before Christmas. I was reading The Knitter magazine on a train homewards after three days away for work. There were only a few days left to go before the maelstrom of Christmas Day and… Continue Reading →

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