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You may have seen this a few years ago, but I saw it for the first time on Monday evening on BBC 4, and I was blown away with the beauty of it an the magic of the weavers. It is available on iPlayer for a couple of weeks still. Apologies if you all have seen it before.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08yw74w/imagine-winter-2017-4-chris-ofili-the-caged-birds-song
https://www.clothworkers.co.uk/history/collections/tapestries/

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Current Projects / Free motion embroidery
« on: October 29, 2021, 20:44:15 PM »
For @Diane. Just to say - you can do free motion embroidery on your sewing machine, as I am sure that you probably know, so I am sorry if I am causing you offence by suggesting otherwise.

I have recently started to get to grips with free motion stitching and I really enjoy it very much. I sketched this mushroom on a piece of paper before stitching it. It is on felt, with a piece of stabiliser at the back. This piece of felt was to hand so I used it.
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Current Projects / Grandmother Flower garden
« on: August 18, 2021, 19:36:21 PM »
My current project.

 I picked up these 1" hexies in a scrap bag, along with a few 1 1/2" size. They were all in piles with an elastic band holding them together. I made some more to complete the number I needed. There are various shades of blue, green, some in between shades, and some floral fabric too. Sore fingers stitching all together, and a thimble is of no help.
Anyway, I made some blocks, and now I need to applique them to a background fabric. I will probably make a sashing strip between blocks too, but not completely sure yet.
The finished block will be 11", and the layout will be a 5x6. I have some recycled/reusable fabric for the backing, and I may have enough wadding, even if I have to zig zag some random pieces together.

Apologies if photos are too large.

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A Good Yarn / Yarn bombing
« on: June 11, 2021, 20:43:38 PM »
Apparently 11 June is International yarn bombing day; the aim is to make things/street furniture etc look more beautiful. It has been going on since 2011. I did not know this interesting fact.
I noticed so many things decorated with pieces of knitting and crochet during my wander around my local town today. The more I looked the more I saw. Here are 4 photos among many that I took today.
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On my weekly visit to our local hospice shop I spied this beauty. I bought it, I just knew from experience that if I left it for a couple of days, it would not be there when I returned, and I would be very sad. I paid £20, and I was happy to do that. It is double bed size, I think, and 2 rows were incomplete, so I have just completed them today. I dread to think how long this took, but would love to know why it ended up in a charity shop too. Some of the papers are cards - birthday/postcards etc, there is a postmark from 1985 on one of them. A lot of the fabric is Laura Ashley.
I have resized the photos.
Now to see if I have enough batting, and sort out some backing fabric. It will go on my bed.
Any ideas welcome about how I should quilt this too, please

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Current Projects / Quilt
« on: February 06, 2021, 21:15:53 PM »
This is a quilt that I made for No 2 granddaughter for Christmas. I did attach a tail to each, using embroidery floss. I used a pattern that I found in a charity shop and, the first time I had tried foundation paper piecing. I was very pleased with how it turned out. I made 2 elephants and 2 companions.

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In the wardrobe / Thelma Boiler suit Merchant and Mills
« on: January 21, 2021, 18:47:21 PM »
I made a Thelma boiler suit for my daughter. It took me a day to trace and cut the pattern, a day to cut and mark the fabric, and a week to sew, including attaching the buttons. There are 23 ( I think) pattern pieces, but could be more, the pattern is upstairs now. I used Merchant and Mills fabric - daughter's choice - a sanded twill. I had not attempted anything so challenging before, and I was immensely pleased with the outcome. Distance sewing too, my daughter lives in Glasgow, so it was an anxious wait for the photo. I did not do any alterations to the pattern. The button and fly placket were the most difficult to compute in my head, and took most of a day to figure out. I'm glad that I did not rush any of it.
I'm not sure how to attach photos though, or if I have to pay subs first?

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Hi, I'm new... / Hello
« on: December 21, 2020, 20:05:25 PM »
Hello,
I found this site yesterday and decided to join hoping to share and gain sewing knowledge and skills.

I live in Herefordshire UK; I retired from work 5 years ago, and decided to teach myself sewing from You Tube, blogs and books. I have always made curtains, chair covers and, made bean bags for the children. I 'graduated' into making quilts, first for grandchildren, and then for gifts. I find most of my fabric from charity shops, or upcycle whatever I can find. I really enjoy quilting and patchwork, but I do not follow any quilting police rules!! Now I want to learn more garment sewing. I have made a couple of shirts, a few dresses for grand children, 2 ties, and a few other bits and pieces. I am always keen to learn new things and skills. I like making felt and I enjoy embroidery too. I used to knit when I was a young girl, and crochet too.
I love vintage sewing machines too, I have 2 treadles that I have cleaned up, (a Singer 66 and a Vesta) although I have yet to master the treadle but, 2021 is the year to do this. I have 2 or 3 hand cranks that I have cleaned up and got working again. They are all such beautiful machines and, will outlast many of us and, the plastic machines that have inbuilt or planned obsolescence.

I will be making a 'Thelma' boiler suit for my daughter in the new year, so I will no doubt be seeking help and advice.
I am so glad to have found a UK sewing forum, it is like balm for the soul.

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