Category Archives: Fabric

Squeee!

I’ve reached the end of a knitting deadline, so I decided to treat myself to some pretty fabric and get sewing!

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I’ve decided to recreate this floral skirt, which cost me 50p in a charity shop. It’s made with 3 pieces of fabric, which wrap around and fasten with buttons at the front, and has a couple of hip darts in the back.
This should be fairly easy to get the pattern from, then its just a matter of sewing up the seams and fitting the waist band!

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Excuse crappy photo. Phone blogging has it’s benefits but shiny sharp photos isn’t one of them!

Kaffe Fassett at the American Museum in Britain, Bath

Thursday was an exciting day for us at work last week.  We were heading to the preview day at the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at The American Museum in Bath, and we were all a little excited! We took the free shuttle bus from Bog Island in town and made our way up to Claverton Manor, which houses the main museum. It was a lovely day which was brightened still by the sight of 350 lanterns and pom-poms decorating the huge yew tree outside the building where Kaffe’s exhibition was taking place.

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As we entered the main space, we were dazzled with wall to wall colour and flower garlands over the door to the exhibition, where you can see Kaffe himself stood in the photo below.

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Kaffe’s collection is stunning, and spans his 50 year career.  Displaying paintings, tapestries, quilting and knitting, this show is on until the 2nd November and is a must see for any textile or knitting fans.

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Kaffe was animated and excited by the exhibition, where the space has been transformed into what he described as something a lot like his studio at home.

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“This is the grandest show of my career – every item is part of an intricate opera of colour. I have always wanted this approach to my work, but other museum designers and curators have steered me to a rather mixed approach in my exhibitions. This show is so unique to me because it explains in a visceral way my growing obsession with the power of colour. This show is closer to my desires than ever before in my many, many presentations around the world.”

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Kaffe has been associated with The American Museum in Britain for many years, and the main museum is showing some line drawings he created of the period rooms there during his visit in 1964, which have never been publicly displayed before, as well as quilts and tapestries from their permanent displays.

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Entrance to the exhibition is free with a ticket to the main museum, which costs around £9 for adults.  Full details can be found at theamericanmuseum.org.

Dusting off the Sewing Machine

Just a quick post today – to say I finally got out my sewing machine and made these cute little trousers!

Baby Bear Trousers

They aren’t for anyone in particular – they will be part of the collection I’m making for the Art on The Hill trail in October. They were so much fun to make though, I’m looking forward to making a few more pairs!

Baby Bear Trousers

The fabric was from the lovely Saints and Pinners in Devon, and some of you may remember seeing it when I made a post back in June when I received my exciting fabric package. I still haven’t decided what to make with the other material I bought, but I’m thinking about doing some girls tops and dresses.

If you have a sewing blog let me know! Most of the blogs I follow are knitting blogs, however I need the inspiration to keep stitching 🙂

The Fabric Fairy Has Been!

I got home from a lovely craft day with my friend Steph today (she made a pirate flag, I was knitting a new hat) to find this exciting package waiting for me!

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I knew exactly what was inside and had been hoping it would turn up today.  Brilliant considering I only ordered it on Sunday!

This is the new fabric I ordered from the lovely Saints and Pinners just outside of Exeter.

Exciting new fabric from Saints and Pinners

Originally I was thinking about making children’s clothing out of it for Art on the Hill, but it’s so lovely, now I’m not so sure!

Cute Rabbit fabric from Saints and PinnersRabbit Fabric Courtesy of Saints and Pinners
Saints and Pinners is a small business in Devon run by Jo and Fran, a mother and daughter team.  I was introduced to them by my friend Steph (the one with the pirate flag) this time last year, but this was my first order from them.  They have a large range of lovely fabrics on their website, sold in fat quarters, by the metre or in a handy fabric pack for those of you into quilting (or just hoarding lovely fabrics).  They also sell a range of gorgeous patterns and other nic-nacs to get your creative juices flowing, and will ship worldwide 🙂

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Only after I got to checkout did I realise that I’d only ordered fabric with animals on it.  This wasn’t intentional!  I really love the owl fabric, and was thinking it might make a nice shirt (for me) but the whole purpose of buying new material was to inspire myself to get up and make things for the trail… maybe some purses?

 

 

Spring Etsy Finds..

I wanted to share these lovely things I found on Etsy today. I’m still a bit hooked on yellow this week and I needed a fix! Please click each picture to be taken to the sellers Etsy page.

Yellow_Rose_Necklace TrickyWoo_Creature Do_What_You_Loveyellow_bag Crchet_Hook _Organiser      Handamde_Ballerina_Pumps Orange_Fish_Print Fingerless_Gloves Yellow Octopus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Mustard Yellow Rose And Turquoise Bead Necklace by Luscious Lockets
2) Cute trickywoo creature with heart by trickywoogifts
3) Do What You Love by letterhappy
4) Party Bag by alexbender
5) Cozy Crochet Hook Organiser by MessyJesse
6) Sunflower Yellow Handmade Ballerinas by elehandmade
7) Ocean Fish Print by OrangeOptimist
8 ) Lambswool Wristwarmers by vKnit
9) Yellow Octopus by RubySubmarine

I hope these brightened up your day!