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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 – I am picturing them being sewn into the linens in a Gosford Park / Downton Abbey setting.

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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