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Slow Sewing 

This is a skirt or  maybe a petticoat in the making. I bought the silk fabric maybe fifteen years ago but never used it because the colour doesn’t suit me. 

This is the book that inspired me to do something with it. I’m sewing it into a four panel drawstring skirt with the intention of dyeing it with tea when it’s done. 

I’m using variegated silk thread and making French seams. 

I think I need to slow down my sewing and take more pleasure in it, so I’m sewing by hand.

I’m collecting tea bags in the freezer. I reckon I’ll have enough in a fortnight and the skirt / petticoat should be finished by then.

Drop by in a fortnight if you’re interested in the process. 

Have a happy week.

Norma x 

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And the winner is….

Gary picking the winner. 

Emma and her machine. 

Emma, please email your address to normajeffries at yahoo dot co dot uk and I will send you this pattern. 

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Mini Quilts

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The quilts each measure approximately 11.25inches x 8.25 inches. This size of quilt has become a bit of an obsession of mine. They get put into an envelope and sold in a sort of Quilt Lucky Dip to raise funds for the Quilt Association.

It’s quite a hard size because it’s not square – normal block patterns don’t work but it gives me the freedom to try out ideas. If they work I give them to the Quilt Association, otherwise they’re scrapped.

These two are made from the remains of the batik jellyroll I used to make this skirt.

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I’ve made a couple more mini quilts but one isn’t quite right yet so I’ll save them for another day.

You can see my velvet mini quilts here.

And there’s another 1934 skirt in the pipeline – they really are becoming an obsession.

Thanks for dropping by

Norma x

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Sewing a Bit of History

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Sewing 1930s – I’ve a few sewing books from this era and a keen interest in the clothes. I don’t think clothes from the 1930s necessarily translate well into modern times but I’m anxious to have a go at just that over the next few months.

I’ve made the dress before as a rather unsatisfactory wearable toile and I’ll be using the old version to improve the fit and workmanship on this one.

I am thinking of wool / wool mix crepe in a plain colour but I’ve got to¬† find some first. I’ll be attempting to sew using original methods – no zigzag seam finish for instance – that way I’ll get a better feel for the techniques. Living history!

Emily Ann Frances from Retro Glam is also going to be sewing 1930s and we’re going to discuss problems, progress and triumphs on our blogs. If you are also keen to sew 1930s then why not join us – there’s no deadline (and no rules).

Norma x

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Knitting & Felting

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I’m knitting again!

I gave up knitting after a lot of bad experiences but with the help of some friends I’ve started again. This isn’t my first attempt recently, but it is the one I am most proud of.

The wool is Jaeger Donegal Spun – I found lots of it in a charity shop but the only identifier was a sticky label, no tension, no ball band…I searched the internet without success: there were no patterns that I could find.

After a lot of thought and one or two false starts, I knitted it into two pieces and then I felted them in the washing machine. It took more than one go and I think I should probably have knitted it on bigger needles. More experienced friends said that looser knitting tends to felt better.

I cut it into bag shape, lined it with linen left over from one of my pattern free tops, made a linen handle and fastened it with handmade wooden buttons bought from the maker years ago simply because I loved them.

And now some notes:

  1. It might be easier to knit the bag and then shrink it – I’ll try that another time
  2. Knit on bigger needles
  3. I used the 90 degree Centigrade cotton wash to shrink the knitting
  4. Clean the washing machine filter – wish I’d done this sooner, I thought I needed to get the machine repaired. Well, I did do a stack of sweaters too….

Norma x

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Christmas is Coming and a New Year is on its Way

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I have lots of sewing and craft to show you but no time to post. I intend to put lots of things on in 2016. Meanwhile,  I am still enjoying all your projects.
I thought for this post I would show you a glimpse of the landscape here in mid-Wales.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
Merry Christmas
Norma xxx

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