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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunny Tuesday and no one awake
« on: February 23, 2021, 18:55:13 PM »
I have seen a sparrowhawk decapitate a pigeon!  I believe they only attack things that are out in the open, so it`s a good idea to place feeders close to plenty of cover.  The hawks need to be able to grab prey as they swoop past

The Haberdashery / Re: Waistband Interfacing
« on: February 19, 2021, 15:18:19 PM »
@Sewingsue  I`m embarrassed to admit that I gave up on my trousers before getting to the interfacing!  I did buy some from  but she doesn`t appear to have any at the moment (I can`t find mine or I would offer to send it to you)
@Stitchalot recommended this to me - and might be able to suggest another supplier

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: February 18, 2021, 11:49:54 AM »
Another little work of art.

I never thought I'd be interested in doll's clothes until I saw what you are doing!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Shrove Tuesday 16th February
« on: February 16, 2021, 08:43:56 AM »
@WildAtlanticWay   thanks SO much for that link, I wasn`t smiling and now I am.  Brilliant!!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 12th February
« on: February 12, 2021, 13:29:32 PM »

I don`t think they do reptiles but they do dogs, poultry and have a resident Macaw!

They are on the same site as Dundry Nursery - which is more like an old fashioned nursery than a "garden centre"!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 12th February
« on: February 12, 2021, 11:41:03 AM »
@Flobear  are you going to be near me in Gloucestershire? Can tell you very little about it as we've hardly been out since we moved but I do know a good pet supplies store if you need one!

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 14:02:17 PM »
Yes, the delivery charge is off putting but we don't have a store nearby. I'm waiting a while to order as we might need some other things too when the loft conversion is finished

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:22:56 PM »
@Kad thanks, that's very helpful. Is yours all white? The one that is available now has a fawn top. I think it would be ok but the photo isn't very clear

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 10th February
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:14:20 AM »
Our heating is currently saying 18 degrees - and the woodburner is lit - and I`m wearing 3 tops - and I`m still cold.  I have Raynauds which means that as soon as there is a drop in temperature my fingers shut down (they even do it in Summer if there is a sudden temperature drop).  It is painful and being cold makes me very bad tempered.

If I couldn`t afford to heat the house to a comfortable level I would move somewhere smaller

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Ikea Skarsta table anyone?
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:59:07 AM »
When our loft conversion is finished I am planning to sew up there.  The room will have to also function as a guest bedroom but I should be able to fit in a large (160x80) Ikea Skarsta table.  It`s the one that you adjust the height manually.
 I will need it both for cutting out and sewing on and I`m wondering how stable it is?
 I would also want to pull it away from the wall when cutting out.  Husband reckons it would be easy to fix casters.  Any thoughts?

Fun with Fabric / Re: Lovely Jubbly
« on: February 09, 2021, 13:11:15 PM »
I haven't actually bought from them but have been very tempted by their border prints - just need to think of a garment that would make best use of them

The Haberdashery / Re: Is Swedish tracing paper worth it?
« on: February 06, 2021, 15:51:06 PM »
I've just bought some for the first time and like it. I found it easier to use because it's on a roll rather than folded - which the Burda  is.  You can also write on it more clearly than stuff like greaseproof paper.

I just used it for tracing not for fitting but I think it would be strong enough to do that

Sewing Machines / Re: Oiling Machines
« on: February 05, 2021, 14:19:46 PM »
I`ve got a fairly basic manual Janome J3-20 which I`ve had for about 5 years and have never oiled - because the instruction book only mentions cleaning in the "Caring for your machine" section (there`s nothing about oiling)
Am I safe to assume it doesn`t need oiling?

(I am intending to get it serviced when we come out of lockdown)

Your Favourite Suppliers / Re: Calico Laine
« on: February 03, 2021, 12:11:42 PM »
yes I`ve used them online several times and never had any problems.  I especially like their lining fabrics.  They are one of the places I go to first when looking for fabric

(Having read your post I`m now very tempted by this!)

The Haberdashery / Re: Curly cotton anyone?
« on: January 31, 2021, 08:10:33 AM »
@Greybird for future reference - we've just had 2 pairs of very large curtains made to measure by Just Fabrics and we're very pleased with them.  I usually make my own curtains but these were too big for me to manhandle.

We now live near to Cheltenham so they came out to measure up and then we were able to go and collect them.

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