Sashiko Tutorial Part 2

This is the "how to" part of my Sashiko Tutorial.  For a background on what Sashiko is and what materials you will need, read the first part here. Create Fabric Squares The easiest way to begin is with 4" or 5" squares of fabric.  I cut up old jeans - the denim is heavier [...]

Pusheen Cat Cushion Wheat Warmer

This cat cushion project came about after wracking my brain about what to make my sister for Christmas. I'm still pretty limited (but learning & improving) in my creative sewing skills and Pinterest wasn't inspiring me, so I had a good long think - what does she like? Well, she has an adorable tiny cat [...]

Sashiko for Beginners Part 1

I took a Sashiko for Beginners course in August this year at The Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham.  I knew nothing about it, except that it involved hand sewing and my hand sewing is awful, so I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone.  This article gives you a background to [...]

I Have This Thing for Buttons

My vintage button collection is become a bit of an obsession. It's also not just vintage buttons, I can't seem to stop looking for and buying buttons, from wooden printed ones, to cast metal, fimo and plastic in all colours of the rainbow.  Here's a few of my favourites: I have this thing for buttons [...]

Festival of Quilts 2016 Birmingham

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This was my first visit to The Festival of Quilts at the NEC which was on from 11th to 14th August 2016.   I'm not a quilter but I absolutely love and appreciate all forms of textile art and therefor take every opportunity to visit related exhibitions (this is my third [...]