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Pair of good quality used wooden carders.
No brand mark. 8" wide paddles.

£15 plus P&P
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I've a pile of lace bobbins to spangle, and the 'no charity shop shopping for a year' has left my bead tin sadly denuded  :(

If any one has any loose glass beads or glass bead necklaces to gift away or sell I would be very interested please.
NOT the tiny seed beads, but the range of size you get on the old graduated necklaces is great. Any colour - the bobbins aren't particular  :)

With many thanks
Leila May

ADDED - sizes are probably between 3 and 8 mm mostly.

A Good Yarn / Gifted acrylic double knit - what should I make?
« on: October 28, 2020, 14:03:15 PM »
Here's a happy thing - a lot of acrylic double knit, gifted to me via freecycle  :)
What a choice of colours! Now - what should I knit with it?
(There was mre than I thought LOL)

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I do not have any training in dressmaking; I made little girl's dresses in the 1980's and summer dresses for myself - when I was a size 12 LOL

Now I would like to sew occasionally for myself, and I understand there's a huge amount about patterns and sewing garments that I don't know. I'm not going to go to any course or class, but I'd be happy with a great book, aimed at keen beginners.

What one book would you recommend?

Thanks in advance and apologies if this is a difficult question LOL

Leila :vintage:

A Good Yarn / What do you think this was for then?
« on: September 17, 2020, 11:11:04 AM »
I bought an old sewing tin - because I wanted the tin really - and it contained all the usual stuff. Dirty buttons, halves of poppers, rusty pins and needles and some old flat curtain rings.

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Now what do you suppose someone did with this? Two fine crochet hooks, badly soldered together, one bent at an angle that reminds me of dentists tools! As it was still in the sewing tin I presume it was for some textile craft, but I've no idea what, and nothing else in the tin gives any indication.

Suggestions welcome  :)

I have been searching, honest, but I can't find the thread where we already discussed the big clips or pegs you can use to secure the quilt layers to a table top for pinning layers together.

Can anyone locate it? Or perhaps offer suggestions again?
I am sorry, but I must be forgetting a keyword, nothing coming up that looks right.

May thanks

A Good Yarn / This will be my 'lock-down jumper'
« on: May 01, 2020, 09:53:05 AM »
So since I finished my last project I've got several things lined up. The one making the most progress is a jumper for myself. A DROPS pattern (why do I do this to myself?) called Lazy Sunday Afternoon, in a dove grey wool from WYS.

Front and back are done, now I've to cast on sleeves.

***Does anyone else struggle with DROPS patterns? They aren't incorrect, just written in such a way I find them hard to follow.

I've also got a complex colourwork pair of socks on the go, but my brain just can't seem to achieve the level of concentration for them right now. And a cowl for my daughter but the yarn has some silk in it, and my hands are so dry I'm fuzzing up the yarn if I try so that might have to wait.

I'll get some photos when I can, but the pattern link is here:
Best wishes to all , keep knitting

Leila x

Vintage Machines / Bernina 700 with non-functioning bobbin winder
« on: March 28, 2020, 16:31:22 PM »
Hi All - I have a lovely vintage Bernina 700, but the bobbin winder doesn't turn the bobbin.

Anyone had any experience with this model can offer any suggestions please?

It's this model

Your Favourite Suppliers / Yarn shops
« on: March 18, 2020, 17:47:59 PM »
Do we have a listing for yarn shops? If so please feel free to move this  :)

I'd like to say wonderful things about Wool on the Exe in Exeter. I can't say enough about it's wonders, and they have a yarn club too  :)

Also very nice things at Frome Yarn Collective, they have a loyalty card system there.

A Good Yarn / Shawl I'm starting - with UK yarn :)
« on: February 09, 2020, 13:37:25 PM »
Have been wanting to knit a shawl called "Lithia" from Ravelry

- not sure if links to other forums is allowed?

And I've found a really nice yarn suppliers in Devon called Lilypond yarns. 2 ladies, and the stuff they're dyeing is gorgeous. They have an Etsy shop and I'd recommend them if you're uk and looking for something nice.

Before I consign these to the recycling  :)

Does anyone make enough small P&Q projects that 6 foot long, 4 inch wide strips of wadding would be useful?
It's the nice all-cotton stuff, but I'm realistically not going to use them. There are 8 (or maybe 12, I'll go count . . .)

Yours for the P&P?

Let me know.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Barrington Patchwork closing down SALE
« on: October 03, 2019, 15:57:09 PM »
Barrington Court, Barrington, Nr Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ

Lovely selection of fabrics, but owner is retiring and so closing down sale going on NOW October 3rd 2019. Printed fabrics at 1/2 price.

If you can make it - rush along now  . . .

Current Projects / "Stop my quilt being stolen Mum"
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:35:06 AM »
I made a double bed sized quilt for my daughter and her partner, they were very happy with it. But now she tells me that if he gets home from work first, she's likely to find him tucked up in it on the sofa! She provided photos to prove her point LOL
So she's asked me to make him a quilt for his own - she said "red and black dinosaur mum, think Jurassic Park" - and she'd like it by xmas/his birthday - just a few days apart!

So nothing fancy then, big 6inch squares of some great dino prints and maps, with narrow red and black borders to each square, that's the plan.
And the fabrics ready to go:
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Vintage Machines / Going to be rewriring a 221 - want to watch?
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:16:55 AM »
Well as the rain and cooler weather arrives, and less time is spent in the garden, the first of the winter sewing machine restorations is beginning. A 1953 black 221K, with Celtic knot pattern decals, which is in serious need of attention.

I've never tried to sew with it, having taken a look in the top and the bottom you will see what I mean, and so this is going to be where I learn 'how to'  :)

The first two shots show the heavy over greasing that's taken place at some time in the past, and the odd wire I found in the bottom (although FWS tell me this is more common that I knew). Later there will be shots and notes on having taken off the motor and the light fitting, if it goes according to plan.

Anyone who has done similar and has comments, do please feel free to speak up  :)

And anyone who wants to follow along and chat away, you're very welcome.
Leila (needs to buy more latex gloves)
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Current Projects / 2 quilts for gifts
« on: September 02, 2019, 13:02:41 PM »
Went for the simple squares option in the end, and have started work on the pair of quilts for my granddaughters.
Their favourite colours are apparently "pink, purple and sparkly" for the younger, and "turquoise, green and blue" for the older. I haven't used and children's prints, in the hopes the quilts will stay with them until they're grown up.
Today - my least favourite part of the process, pinning the layers together   :\  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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