Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Bits and Pieces

Not a very inspired title for this post - but it sums up just how things are are the moment. Flitting about (sewing wise) all over the place and only a few things to show for it.

I am rather fickle with my pincushions and regularly make new ones that are flavour of the month until I get fed up with them. After seeing these felted pincushions on Betz White's blog, I was thrilled to discover her book in the local library. How could I not check it out?

Out came the box with all the felted sweaters in and I finally finished choosing the wool and made two pincushions. One for me and one for a friend Jo.

I have decided to learn some new skills this year and with that in mind, have signed up for dressmaking classes. As I am able to use a sewing machine, I have been told to sign up for the Improvers Class - am now having serious doubts about my ability. Making bags/pincushions/cushions etc, no problem. But clothes?

So it was with the course in mind that I bought this piece of vintage fabric on my charity shop trawls. What is it destined for? Not entirely sure at this point in time. But maybe a duster jacket. I think I am going to have to see how the dressmaking course pans out!

And also on my travels I found this hand knitted lion.

How could I leave him there? He is destined as a gift for a friend who has had a baby. I thought the little lion with a small tote bag and maybe a book. Which means another one to add to my To Do List.


jessica daisy said...

Thank good I've found you again, I was slighty confused when I was directed to a new post on your old typepad blog (have a look) but after a few google searches I have discovered you again, yah!

Love the cupcake pin cushion, and the lion is so sweet.

Did you know that your website is still directing people to your old typepad blog, which has obviously been hijacked by someone else?

Gigibird said...

I am here because I can't find an email!
Wood burners rock.....but make sure it is fitted ny a HETAS person.

I am full of information should you wish to ask questions:)


Wild Rose said...

Hi Samantha,

Such a cute lion ~ he will make a lovely gift. Does he have a name yet?

Marie x

Pipany said...

I would love to do a dressmakers course too Sam as I make it all up as I go along and there has to be an easier way xx

. said...

Such nice pincushions.

Ragged Roses said...

Love that pincushion Samantha, gorgeous colours. I can just see you swanking around in a wonderful duster jacket made from that beautiful fabric, lovely

Country Cottage Chic said...

I'm glad you visited so that I know you've moved! Love the felted pincushion!

the flour loft said...

Hi Samantha,
nice to see you back.
Wanted to say that we have a lion just like that...well 2 actually as my mum knitted them and lots of other pairs of animals... and a Noah's ark... you get the picture ... isn't woman's weekly great?!
ginny x
ps. your sewing skills are easily tranferable to dressmaking so you will pick it up so quickly i am sure so no need to worry.

GigerVamp said...

I've sewn clothes before (many years ago!) and it's pretty easy once you've worked out how to read the patterns. I'm sure you'll do fine!