textiles

In the press!

I loved making this hexietile quilt for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap last year and it seemed lots of other people loved it too when I posted in on Instagram and now, it’s been shared in a magazine!

I was super excited to see it in this months edition of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (even if I wasn’t credited for the photo!). That’s me on the left and Aromrak Luangrath‘s gorgeous mermaid version on the right.

To have a go at your own version of this quilt, check out Julie Hirt’s free hexietile paper piecing pattern. If you share on social media, I’d love to see!

Sh** Just Got Real

When trying to think of what to make for my super cool Swedish friends’ wedding last Autumn, I was stuck. I didn’t have a lot of money and my sewing machine was still half way across the Atlantic so I decided a framed cross stitch would work. However, the lack of appropriate ‘super cool’ cross stitch patterns was ridiculous! I know, ‘super cool’ and ‘cross-stitch’ don’t seem to go together but I don’t see why not?! I scoured the internet for hours trying to find something that would remotely suit them and I couldn’t find anything. Nothing. Not a thing.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands and design my own!

I started by designing what I wanted in photoshop (one of these days I will have to get illustrator but photo shop is all I have for now!) and then I painstakingly drew the whole pattern out in pencil onto graph paper…. it took forever!

Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!

Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!


Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!

Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!

Once the giant version was complete, I reduced it down – by hand, yes, I know there were probably a million more economical ways to do this but sometimes I’m stubborn!

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I decided that just type on a plain background needed some colour so mixed up some water colour paint with some fabric medium, painted my evenweave and then got stitching!

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The gift was late…. by 6 months! Oops! But was gratefully received by the newlyweds and gave me the idea for Stitchsperation!

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Mini Raspberry Kiss

I’ve been seeing the Raspberry Kiss and Mini Raspberry Kiss blocks all over the internet for a long while and finally got myself together to have a go. I raided my scrap bins and was please with the results!

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I used mainly Cotton and Steel basics, with a few precious bits of Anna Maria Horner and some Alison Glass with Kona Silver (I think – I’ve lost my colour card!) as the background.

Mini Raspberry Kiss Top

I’m happy with the outcome, now need to find the time to turn it into something, another cushion, perhaps, a wall hanging? I’m not sure, what do you think?

Pattern: Mini Raspberry Kiss by Michael Ann Made (Original Raspberry Kiss by Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts)
Size: 13.5″x 13.5″
Pieced by: Me
Fabric: Cotton & Steel basics, Anna Maria Horner, Alison Glass, Kona Silver
Lives: On my WIPs pile until I can make it into something!

Getting “back to normal”

Things have been crazy recently. I’ve been running round the country visiting all the people I haven’t had chance to see much over the last few years and on my travels, yearning to get back into a routine. Not so easy when life has been turned on it’s head!

After seven years living abroad, coming home seems as far from ‘normal’ as possible. Last time I lived here, I was single, I lived in a flat in the middle of Bristol, worked as a temp for the NHS and made jewellery in my spare time. Now, seven years later, I’m married, living with my in-laws, in an area I don’t know at all, working from home (for a Canadian company, go figure!) and trying to get my textiles business going. Getting “back to normal” isn’t really an option! So, getting in to some kind of routine will have to do!

This week as felt like the most ‘normal’ since I’ve been back and I’ve been loving it! I’ve been working on a large commission for a lovely Canadian company but managed to find some time to make something for myself too. Thanks to the Timehop app on my phone, I saw that I made my ‘Have it all’ wallet two years ago, it’s a bit of a beast and too big to fit in my new-ish small handbag so I decided it was time to make a new one.

Using some of the techniques I learned when making my last wallet and taking into consideration all of the things I didn’t love about it, I made this!

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Essex yarn dyed linen with some Alison Glass sun print, obviously there had to be some flying geese in there!

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It has a whole bunch of pockets: zipper, open, card, the layers were a little tough for my machine to sew through, but by increasing the load on the needle it was fine.

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I’m considering making some simplified ones for the shop and/or making a pattern for this one… what do you look for in a wallet? Would you be interested in a pattern of this one? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Born to (have a) Shop!

I have had an Etsy shop since 2009. Originally I made jewellery with buttons and charms but once I came to Canada in 2011, I lost the love for making jewellery and my love for all things fabric came back to me – I spent most of my Art A-level working with textiles: screen printing, lino cutting, dressmaking. I carried on the shop for a while but my heart wasn’t in it so when I went away to get married in 2013 I decided to close for a while and have a rejig.

Well, it’s now a quarter of the way through 2015 and my Etsy store is still in vacation mode and I just haven’t had the motivation to get it running, even though I felt like I should on a number of occasions! Once Etsy went public recently it made me think about it even more and finally decided that maybe Etsy isn’t the place for me anymore so, I decided to embark on a new adventure and am very happy to present my new store!

You can get directly to it by clicking the shop link in the header, nothing in it is actually for sale yet, but i’m getting there!

Shop Announcement

What do you think of the shop? Is there anything you’d like to see for sale? Don’t forget I’m always up for commissions!