Started out with an idea and some swatches. And got cracking when the weather was still bright. It’s grown through the strappy top section. Through the diamonds of the waist section. To adding heaps more stitches for the skirt section. And I’m not bored yet!! So it’s still growing. While it’s on the circular needle … Continue reading Multi stitch, linen yarn dress
I finished module 1! It took a year, but that’s no bad thing seeing as I can’t afford to do this course any faster. At a grand per module I’d be crazy not to take my time. I had to use up a little of my first class of the next module just to get … Continue reading Completed embroidery! Jacobean Crewelwork at the Royal School of Needlework
I literally can’t stop thinking about dresses – 50’s dresses; denim dresses; the sort of long, gathered, tiered dresses that one might wear to skip through a meadow of dappled sunlight – I want to make them all! And I will… Or maybe more accurately, I will start making them and then find that work … Continue reading Summer’s coming, look dressy.
I’m six days in to the eight day module. Still really enjoying myself :) and yeah, I have done so much sewing that my fingernails hurt, but as I wandered back towards the palace after getting my lunch, stuffing a brilliant mozzarella and chorizo panini in my face and revelling in the February sunshine, I … Continue reading More crewelwork – class 6 of 8
Back in November my I taught a class of crochet at the Royal College of Physicians. My talented mother gave a knitting class too and we all made squares to be mingled together in a blanket for charity. This had mixed results. For a start, I had heavily underestimated how much one to one attention … Continue reading Teaching beginners to crochet granny squares
I’m fully in the swing of it now! It’s definitely Christmas time and I am off work for what will be my longest festive vacation in 6 years. So of course I mostly want to do crafts – while everyone else is still slogging their guts out in the office I want to be making chocolates … Continue reading Inescapable Christmas crafting
I made a lot of candles as a crafty pre-teen, but it’s been a while since anything other than my overgrown muff has been in contact with melted wax. I thought I’d have a go at beeswax, I’ve never used this before, but it’s supposed smell lovely and I thought that rustic, natural-looking candles might … Continue reading Candlemaking