Friday, 27 March 2015

Finished dress

Well I finished the dress but made it far too big!  My daughter always tells me off as I buy clothes the next size up but in fact I made this dress two sizes up so it was loose..... So I will cut the pattern down and make it again - you learn.  The pattern was really easy to follow and I stitched (with lovely linen) around the yoke.  So I will get the linen I really wanted for the next project and try again.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Sewing bee inspired!

It's the great British sewing bee time again and I am feeling inspired.  Never done dress making before so thought I would give it a go.  I love Merchant & Mills website it's a modern day "old fashioned" draper with lots of style and brown paper!

So I am trying their lovely Dress Shirt with Japanese cotton and a little bit of linen thread, so wish me luck!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

New studio

It's been a while!  Sometimes life just takes over and you take a break.....

I am now settled into my studio at Sunny Bank Mills, and at the moment just playing and enjoying settling in.  People keep asking me what I am doing - the truth is I am finding out for myself catching up with a few unfinished items (am sure everyone can relate to that!).  Personal Development is required and to remind myself that I learnt a lot in my degree and need to experiment, play and always always learn more and enjoy that process.

We recently had some taster workshops at Sunny Bank and I started a 'community cloth' project to encourage people to come and stitch memories of the mill and the village.   Some people drew then stitched their homes - it's an ongoing project and over the next few months on the last Friday of the month I will be in the gallery cafe on a  Friday afternoon hoping people will come along, learn some stitches and have fun chatting and creating.

So for now ........