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Adventures in Sewing and Crochet

So this week has been a real learning curve for me, following my sewing course recently… Mum came up to visit and we finished off a crochet clutch bag which I was making with¬†a lovely taffeta fabric lining and finished off with a vintage brooch.

So I decided to make another one in a soft rose pink and to learn from my mistakes and difficulties.  Without Mum there is was even more of a challenge, as she is very experienced at sewing.

I messed up the measurements (twice!) and had a complete mental block at one point, so had to ring Mum to ensure I had remembered it all correctly…

Once I had sorted it out I forged ahead and was thrilled with the result.  Mum provided me with the beautiful oriental-style fabric which I used for the lining.  The brooch may be a temporary option, I may look out for one which goes more towards silver.  I love scouting antique shops and car boot sales for vintage brooches.

I’ve managed to find a company who produced labels to sew / iron in at very reasonable costs –¬†Wunderlabel¬†– so will see how they come out and then add the¬†clutch bags¬†to my Etsy shop.

These have really given me the bug to start in a slightly new direction and focus more on specific ranges, more work to come on this but I feel very excited about the future of my Etsy shop.  I also have some plans to do a few craft fairs here and there.

Now I’m on to more bags with some lovely yarns… Some Drops Cotton Merino DK from Wool Warehouse in cream, silvery-grey and forest green (although this colour did not come out well in this poor light!) and also some Lanas Stop Merino DK in this amazing rust/ginger shade, which I bought in Marbella.

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Vintage Craft Style – Part II

Afternoon all!

I have spent a lovely morning with my friends at the Car Boot Sale – after not having gone for several weeks, I realised just how much I had missed it…

My last post was focused on vintage patterns – this week I’m sharing some of my vintage purchases. ¬†I am a complete sucker for anything crocheted or knitted, as I still consider myself a bit of a beginner, I love to work out how they made it and how I might recreate it or perhaps use that design in another way.

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I’m sure I have many weaknesses at the Car Boot Sale, so I couldn’t resist these. ¬†I can remember having a sewing kit from a very young age, with some poppers and needles which seemed, even then in the 70s, quite ancient. ¬†Now they look even older but with age comes a better appreciation of them!

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Yesterday I attended a knitting class at my local haberdashery, and got into a long conversation with one of the other attendees about how I enjoy reusing old knitting needles.  I was given a large batch from a friend of the family, whose Mum was no longer able to knit and she wanted them to go to a good home.  I love using these knitting needles, not only are they more comfortable and easy to use, but as I am using them my mind wanders in contemplation of what they may have made and how much enjoyment she had from using them, as I do now.

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My final pile of vintage purchases includes some mending yarn, tools of the trade (including the bell for sizing needles / hooks, which I absolutely love. ¬†There are a few tools there I’m not too familiar with – I wonder what they are used for? ¬†My favourite in this stash though has to be the woven labels – two little boxes half-full with printed labels for ‘Drawing Room’ and ‘Dining Room’.

My overactive imagination has been unleashed, leaving me pondering the origin of these labels РI am picturing them being sewn into the linens in a Gosford Park / Downton Abbey setting.

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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