Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Car Booting

And we're off! Yes, the car boot sale season has started and we began by going to two car boots in East Sussex The first was behind 'The Cock' pub in Peasmarsh, it gets the prize for being the smallest car boot sale I've ever been to! It had four tables! Mind you I did manage to buy a set of drinking glasses with the words 'Gotta Lotta Bottle' printed on the side. If you're my age you may remember the drink milk campaign with the catchy song……….

And in complete contrast the next sale in Icklesham was ginormous, it must have had about 80 -100 tables. The other half managed to get some tiny railway/sign metal miniatures and Samuel Pepys' diaries. I got a bundle of denim and from one table I bought the above, some sewing knick-knacks - a huge box of pins, a stitch ripper, needles and a pair of buttonhole cutters.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Cutting Edge

This is how I start doing my miniature patchwork, I start by cutting strips of denim into squares. For half squares and rectangles I stitch together contrasting denims, then use squares cut out of (American) kitchen paper as templates. The kitchen paper becomes sticky when you iron it onto fabric, once adhered you can cut out your shape then peel off the paper. The paper can be re-used several times!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Letter-retrospect or Lettrospect!

….more bags from my ABC series….

Monday, 31 March 2014

Jumble Sale News

Well, not only was it a good jumble sale, it was also a bright sunny day! I bought loads of denim, a hand knitted scarf, some plant pots, a 60's men's shirt and an Orla Kiely top.

Friday, 28 March 2014

There's Gonna be a Jumble in the Jungle!

I'm still working on miniature patchwork - getting to grips with new techniques and battling it out with unruly sewing machines! Tomorrow I go to a jumble sale, which I'm very excited about and also a bit nervous too. Excited because I haven't been to a jumble sale for months (years?) and nervous incase I will be disappointed. Ho hum only time will tell, maybe I will report back to you on events!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

A Letter To You

I've started making these miniature patchwork bags with inbuilt initials, I started off with my family's initials…… coming soon - A, C, D, E……………..

Friday, 21 February 2014

After trial and error I have mastered inserting zips into awkward spaces!! Here is a zipper bag that I made for a friends birthday - I hope he'll like it!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Undercover Kindle

Of course I had to try out the interfacing technique using denim! 
I got this little Kindle for Christmas and thought I'd make a cover to protect it from the daily battering it has been receiving on my commute. It's a snug fit made snugger by the big snaps/poppers (thanks Maggie!). I'll try a zip closing next time………. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Big Patch to Little Patch

I've been thinking about making smaller pieces of patchwork for a while now. I enjoyed making the denim crazy patchwork quilt (see previous post), but man, it was hard work on my neck and shoulders! So I looked into miniature patch working techniques on good old You Tube and came across a brilliant technique that enables you to sew up patchwork in no time at all. I tried it in some printed cottons and here are the results……

First I attached the patches to fusible interfacing.

Next I stitched one set of seams,

then I stitched the remaining seams.

Here's the finished result!
Mmmmm I wonder if it would work with denim?

Thursday, 30 January 2014


Well, at long last I finally pieced together the crazy patchwork quilt that I started an age ago! It's so big I can't take a decent photo of it here in my studio! I just had to drape it over a table…….. Ali in our studios says that the pattern reminds her of the crystals in the Superman film, where Superman took solace……….. he he!

Here he is in his Fortress of Solitude!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Stripped Down

Ah, back in the studio at last, picking up from where I left off! The top picture shows four of the ten strips that I have pieced together. The second photo shows the reverse of the strips.

The next stage is to piece the strips together, here we go!

Friday, 20 December 2013

Pairing Off

I've put together the patchwork blocks into pairs, the next stage is to join the pairs into strips of ten blocks……..

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Nearly Finished!

I put my glasses down for a moment, look where they landed!

Friday, 6 December 2013


I finally completed the last block of the crazy patchwork quilt that I started many moons ago, one hundred in all - phew! Next stage - piecing them together ha ha!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Show & Tell

Ooops! It's nearly one month since I've written a blog post!I've been busy with things that have taken me away from my studio, but that's OK, life is enriched by all manner of events. My other half had a fabulous show last month, the private view was so busy and as always I never got to speak properly to anyone as there were so many lovely people to say hello to. His work always amazes me, he is so modest about what he does, I'm so proud of him!If you didn't get to see the show fear not, he produced a newspaper that is like a substitute for not being there called 'There Is Only Time', full of photos and words, you can get it through his website or his Etsy shop. I cannot choose one picture out of the many as my favourite, but here's one I like....

The Other Half's new book came out at the same time, the first part of a trilogy called 'The Invisible Kingdom'. I really enjoyed reading it and looking at the detailed illustrations. I'm  looking forward to the second part so much, I need to know what happens to our young man......

I went along to the gallery on the day that he was signing copies of his new book. It was very busy as you can see, the queue snaked its way around the gallery. I just popped in to say hello, I took this photo from outside, it was such a wet miserable day, but it was happy and positive inside....

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Crazy Times

Continuing on from the crazy patchwork that I've been creating of late is this piece.....embroidered in feather and fly stitches.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Rick - Rack - Is - Back

This giant rick-rack arrived in the post, pretty exciting stuff for me! I can't wait to use it.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Afro Supa Hero

There weren't many positive images of people of colour for me to look up to as a young black girl growing up in Birmingham during the 1960's and 1970's. So I totally understand where Jon Daniels Is coming from in his personal exhibition 'Afro Supa Hero' now showing at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood until February 2014. A journey from childhood to adulthood.

I felt like a 10 year old me as I walked around - Ah man! Remember the Harlem Globetrotters they were so cool! The Jackdon 5? - wow!, their moves and outfits were so bostin (brum speak for fantastic). Uhuru! I wanted to be her! Imagine! a beautiful black woman, playing a main character in a TV programme.....

The exhibition has so many main players in the black real world and in the fictional world represented in action figures/ comics/games/ posters. From the political world we see Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther king and Malcolm X, from Hollywood Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Storm (X-men), from television Mr T, Huggy Bear and Dobey from Starsky & Hutch, the fabulous Lieutenant Uhuru to name but a few.

Music and art are represented too with figures of Music producer Lee Scratch and artist John Basquiat also this poster of P-Funk .....

As I was feeling like a child, I couldn't resist poking my head through the Supa Hero figure stand. A fellow museum goer kindly took my photo ( he actually took about 20 because he held his finger on the button he he!) I need a super hero name how about Supa Sister? Sounds too much like an over enthusiastic nun! Or .....Or with my hair now half grey half black I think I'll call myself salt n pepper or the badger. My super power? Would be to turn wrong doers into soft toy characters - ha ha!

I'll be popping back soon to have another look at the show and check out the other exhibitions, my studio is very near to the museum.....

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Check It Out!

I love wool tweed fabrics and thought it would be quite funny to sew some cats and kittens out of houndstooth fabric!

I bought this oversized houndstooth check in Soho which I think 

works quite well next to the traditional sized pattern that we are used to.

I'm hoping to find a medium sized houndstooth check soon so that I can add a different sized pattern to the the family above.