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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Westalee Rulers Course
« on: December 10, 2019, 14:00:16 PM »
I’ve just received the equipment list for my Westalee rulers course next March.

I’ve got most things already but have to prepare 12 quilt sandwiches with cotton wadding.  As my contribution to the Dark Side has been minimal recently I need some wadding and some plain cotton fabric. I’ll have a root through the stash but think I’ll need a small shop after Christmas.

They appear to want you to use Glide thread which I’m not familiar with but will buy some in appropriate colours once I’ve made my sandwiches.

I’m pleased I’ve been given plenty of notice of the requirements. It means I can wait until after Christmas to get things prepared.

I’m really looking forward to this course.

A Good Yarn / Butterfly Cowl
« on: October 20, 2019, 16:10:41 PM »
Just finished this

It’s the Butterfly Cowl by Marin Melchior.

I’m not sure about it :S

I saw her Papillion Shawl pattern on Ravelry and loved it but I’m not really the shawl type, so was pleased when I saw she done this pattern. I love the effect but am not sure I’d find the cowl easy to wear, it’s a bit of a funny fit.

When I feel like knitting something that requires a fair amount of concentration I may try her scarf pattern which is what I should have picked in the first place.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Janome coverstitch skipped stitches
« on: October 17, 2019, 14:14:52 PM »
When I had my Coverpro skipped stitches when passing over seams drove me insane.

I have been reading on an FB coverstitches group about people raising the back feed dogs and getting a much improved stitch.

I can’t have a go myself as my Janome is no more but it might be worth trying for anyone on here with the same problem.

Details are on the FB Janome Elna  Coverstitch Support Group.

Events / Sew Up North
« on: September 02, 2019, 23:06:27 PM »
Has anyone else been to one of the previous Sew Up North events?

I’ve never managed to go before but this year I’ve got a ticket and am determined not to have to cancel.

Can’t beat a day out that’s all about sewing but I am a bit worried it’s going to be populated by trendy young things that are all about blogging and Instagram.

Access All Accessories / Moment of madness
« on: August 20, 2019, 14:26:36 PM »
DH asked me recently what I wanted for my upcoming birthday and in a moment of madness I asked for some leather to make a bag :S

I’ve just had a look at the very useful list from @Lizzielogs and am going to have a good peruse later.

I’ve made a few bags in the past but never in leather and am now wondering if I’m going to bite off more than I can chew, but heigh ho, no harm in trying.

I know I could just have asked for a new bag but if I leave DH to choose it, it will be boring and sensible.

Vintage Machines / 185k
« on: August 14, 2019, 13:44:45 PM »
I’ve been looking for a basic electrical machine for my grandkids to learn on and have seen a 185K on a local selling site for £35.

What do I need to check when I go to look at it, apart from the obvious things like does it actually stitch.

Do those of you with more experience think it would be suitable for a 7 and 8year old?

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Cheap fabric in York
« on: August 12, 2019, 14:09:49 PM »
For anyone in the York area, I've just seen on FB that Junk & Jewels are selling all their fabric for £2 a metre until the end of August.

They often have some nice stuff but I daren't go as I'm supposed to be reducing stash not adding to it :'(

A Good Yarn / Teaching a child to knit
« on: August 05, 2019, 22:41:47 PM »
I’ve been asked to teach my sons GFs daughter to knit. She will be spending some time with us each week once she and her mum move in with DS in the next few weeks.

I’m looking forward to it as a chance to get to know her better.

My problem is it best to start with  English style or do I teach her the Continental style I use.

My intention is to cast on about 30 stitches and do a few rows to give her something to work on. Learning to cast on first always seems so hard.

Courses & Classes / Westalee rulers course
« on: July 19, 2019, 21:08:19 PM »
I've just seen this and am very tempted.

I've been doing bits and bobs with my ruler set but know a workshop would be very useful.

I'm looking at the beginners one in March next year.

Think it will be my Christmas present to me 0_0

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Janome 8200 buttonhole foot
« on: June 09, 2019, 14:38:56 PM »
I’be just had a frustrating morning trying to sew the buttonholes on my Stylearc Martha overshirt.

It’s taken me ages to realise I was using the buttonhole foot from my old Janome8200, not my new machine.

When I use the correct foot everything works fine :D

If anyone can use the foot from the 8200 it’s theirs for the cost of postage, don’t want that faff again.

I thought I had orderes a clear foot for my Evolve but by mistake ordered one for the Enspire.

Stupidly didn't realise, fitted it and the needles caught on it   I can't send it back or use it so if anyne wants it they are very welcome.  There is a slight snag on the plastic that I am sure will disappear with a gentle file.

Free to good home.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Fabric outlet near York
« on: April 28, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »
I’ve just seen this on FB

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It could be complete bake but I feel I should investigate, in the interests of other members you understand.

House Beautiful / Roman Blind help
« on: March 29, 2019, 20:06:20 PM »
This weekends project is a Roman blind for my office.

I have some lovely fabric from the £1 a metre room at Immanuels and a new blind kit from Terry's Fabrics.

I've never used a kit before and so have been reading the instructions!  This kit includes a pocketed tape to hold the rods and secure the cords replacing those pesky little rings.  This looks like a great idea, attach the tape to the lining and Bobs your uncle.

Just before I embark on this blind can anybody tell me if they have used this system and if so did it work OK?

The puritan in me keeps whispering that if it is easier to do, it won't be as good. :S

Fun with Fabric / Need a name
« on: March 17, 2019, 18:32:39 PM »
My 6 year old DGS has been sewing at school and now wants to sew with grandma :loveit: 0_0 :D

I have lots of brightly coloured wool and some bodkins but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of that fabric we used to learn to embroider on. It’s woven with holes in a grid formation. 

We did a little bit yesterday with some pre punched felt and he enjoyed it and I do want to encourage this. Anything to keep him off computer games.

Your Favourite Suppliers / Immanuels
« on: March 06, 2019, 14:42:38 PM »
Has anybody been to the church recently?

I need new curtains and was thinking of a trip to t'other side oft Pennines but its so long since I've been. I hope its still there.

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