Friday, 28 February 2014

Fabric Follower and Student Seamstress!

In case you hadn't noticed, the second series of The Great British Sewing Bee is now underway at 8pm on BBC2 each Tuesday evening. Therefore this Wednesday found me  watching the previous night's programme, which I had recorded, whilst having my lunch. I remember watching it last year and being very inspired so I did manage to complete a small number of projects. 

I've started a little fabric stash - I think I have said before that if I call it material I don't feel a proper novice of the needle! I like looking at and touching it just about as much as I liked stroking paper when I used to do more paper crafting!

I love collecting the required tools, equipment and yummy parafinalia when you start a new project or hobby. I have these two fabulous pairs of fabric shears which my husband came across in our shed; the larger ones I think could possibly dispatch a small animal, hence I am keeping them away from my children. Ha ha!

I found this fabulous sewing box in one of my favourite charity shops for about £3 and enjoy using it instead of the small, ugly Tupperware-type box I have used for too long!


I didn't sew as a youngster, even though my mum made everything from my oldest sister's wedding dress to a faux fur coat for me as a teenager - I do wish I had paid more attention. I do, however, remember trying out the different embroidery stitches on a bag for the scrabble tiles when she took delivery of a new sewing machine.

I suspect lots of people have to sew when it comes to school name tapes. That was a both a baptism of fire and a catalyst so my skill level has certainly improved as I went from polo shirts to trousers via gyms kits.

I really would like to make more useful items. I don't have a huge interest in making elaborate clothes but rather prefer to make tote bags, sewn decorations for the house etc. As I type this post my machine sits next to me all threaded up for a project I recently started which I hope to share with you next month, once I have presented it to the recipient. That is the other thing, I like the idea of making something for a friend or family member as there is an immense sense of achievement with creating a gift for a special person.

I would love to hear from anybody who, like me, is just getting started when it comes to sewing to share ideas and experiences.

Thanks for stopping by and catch ya later! xx