2 in 1 day …..

Well here I am again doing my creative therapy.

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I’m not given to bad moods and/ or temper tantrums apart from when it’s hot, wet, cold, windy, daylight, nighttime, breathing etc ! I jest a ickle bit, I am a pretty even tempered sort

BUT today proved too much for even me the Ghandi of Bedfordshire. I will learn to stick to tried and tested methods when sewing. I was taught by 2 awesomely talented women, my beautiful late Mum and the very elegant Miss McGarry my needlework teacher at senior school. They taught me the ‘proper’ way. You know, the way that makes it a craft, a piece of art.

I let the technology of my over locker seduce me into cutting corners on the making of my gypsy skirt with its fan-dangled gathering foot. At first glance it was pretty clever and lightening quick. Head down like a seasoned Formula 1 driver, I revved the machine and threw myself headlong into the make.

Let me tell you, hung ho and horribly fool hardy, the finished garment is so far from the standard I would expect from myself.  The skirt photographs ok and will be perfectly functional for work but on close inspection the gathering is uneven and not full enough for my liking.

Enter Oscar award winning tantrum as I threw my toys out of the pram in a most spectacular fashion. Good job HH has been with me for 32 years, he knew exactly what noises to make, faces to pull and then soothe me back to a near state of sanity.  Tear stained, sweating and sweaty mary female was not a good look. Lesson learned. Stick to the true, time consuming and beautiful craft. No more short cuts for me. Back to the 2 rows of loose stitching lovingly and carefully gathered to perfection, pinned and sewn into place.

Attempt 2 tomorrow for DD1 minus tantrums, hiss fits, diva fits or whatever you prefer to call them. Yes it will take at least twice as long but for me, that’s where the love and satisfaction lay, producing something to be proud of rather than the constant reminder of being a lazy old corner cutter 😳

Now to sink into a gorgeous bubble bath, listen to some music and turn the mare into a dim memory.  Ohmmmmmmm 👌🏼

A Great Starter …

 

Just have to become a great finisher!

I find when my anxieties start to get the better of me I bury myself in some kind of crafty, creative project. It’s a pretty good therapy, well for me it is 😉

My my rainbow makers as I like to call them were my project last Sunday. I have more Swarovski crystals than any one human should have and it felt like a good time to use some of the stash along with some mini semi precious stones. A few crimp beads and jewellery wire….. hey presto a little collection to hand at a window that gets direct sunlight.  As if by magic lots of rainbows appear on my walls, floor and ceiling. Simple but very effective.

Theres another baby in my friendship group so another blanket has been started, got until December to finish it 😂

The fabric. Well as if I don’t have enough stashed I found some lovely cotton viscose on eBay for £3 per meter. My recent gypsy skirt makes have been such a success with DD1 I thought I’d make her a couple more. When the fabric arrived, this one really spoke to me, like really loudly. Yep you’ve guessed it, I’ve nabbed this one for myself and will start my own skirt later on, let’s hope my finishing brain is awake though 💤

Happy weekend fellow creatives xxx

Passing It Along At Last ….

DD1 and DD2 wanted an excertion down to Walthamstow yesterday and despite the miserable Autumn weather it really didn’t dampen the trip.

Tint in place and waiting .....

Tint in place and waiting …..


Having our eyebrows threaded and tinted with a bunch of lovely ladies at Naz we set to looking at what joyous winter fabrics were on offer.  Well DD1 and I did, DD2 hasn’t quite got the bug yet so she yo yo’d between the market stalls providing entertainment for the locals as she bartered like a professional for her purchases.

DD1 and I don’t need to worry about losing DD2 her laugh carrys over a crowd without difficulty and given the Eastend banter that is so readily available on a London market, she was laughing enough that her location was known more accurately than having a tracking device on her 🙂

Some wonderful wool mixes are available right now and SAEEDS never ever disappoints. He has such an eye for what is on trend so you are pretty well guaranteed to get whatever you need, want or desire there and all at very reasonable prices.

Whilst wizzing around in there like whirling dervishes we saw Did You Make That? With her lovely Ella.  Ella is as lovely in the fur as in her pictures … A real little honey.

The owner of SAEEDS tipped me the wink that he has some spectacular wools coming in next week and knowing his taste, will be bang on the money…. in texture, colour, quality and price.  So if you are in Walthamstow make a point of popping in to take a look.

DD1 found a perfect wool mix for a smart work skirt ….. Just one minor problem, that being after one attempt at teaching her to sew clothing several years ago, which resulted in WW3 we have never gone back down that path of Mother passing along knowledge.  This is highly remiss of me given that my abilities are down to my own darling late Mum bothering to take the time to teach me.

Nettle grasped this morning we set to ….. right from the beginning of reading warp,
weft, tailor tacks and so on we spent many hours working at a steady pace and I have to say as a proud Mother, by gum I think she has got it! The all important hand finish to hem is being done at home as she had started to get pretty tired but I think you will agree from the pictures she did a sterling job.  Matching the check superbly at all seams, invisible zip and perfect darts …… my girl did good.

So I have finally made a start to passing the knowledge along,  next step is to get DD2 engaged enough but hey oh, let’s not hold our breath 😉

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