Showing posts with label clothing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clothing. Show all posts

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Gosh its Autumn

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my little blog...

This is easily my favourite time of the year, the colours are stunning, the nights are drawing in and Downton Abbey is back on the TV! Perfect...

And we all know what Autumn means...Halloween (and coincidentally, my father-in-law's birthday on the say day?!?). Those of you that know me will remember my frantic knitting last year to complete a rather large order for pumpkins (14 in total). So this year I am not going to get my needles in a twist and will not be knitting any more.

I do however, have a plenty of other autumnal projects on the hooks, needles and sewing machine...Jumpers, baby blankets, A-line skirts, carpet bags, crochet bunting, the list goes on.

But my current obsession is for all things Fairisle. This website ( has some beautiful designs and also an interesting piece on the history of this stunning technique.
I quite like this offering from Rowan Yarns ( And now that we stock the gorgeous Rowan yarn at Butterfly Bright, Sherborne, ( there is no stopping me, so watch this space to see what I make...

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Adventures in sewing

Today I awoke feeling particularly creative! Even before I was dressed I began searching through my stash of fabric and clothes waiting to be revamped / upcycled.

(I will not be including a pic of said stash!)

Once I decided on a selection of jumpers and scraps I set about scouring the interweb for inspiration, and there is plenty out there... which is a short and sweet list of easy projects to get the novice seamstress hooked, I particularly liked this,
The pattern for which is available from
I also liked
(pattern available from

However, I wanted something more fun, so I moved onto every crafters favourite site - Pinterest (you can find some of my inspiration on my boards

I settled on a simple shape for my first attempt - An Elephant!!

And here he is...
His name is Oscar and I have to say, I am rather proud of him! He is upcycled from a felted jumper.

Oscar didn't take very long, so I decided on something more adventurous, so with out a pattern, or indeed any idea at all, I set about making Olive! What do you think?
Olive, much like her namesake from 'On the Buses' is not the most glamorous of Owls, but she has a good heart and wants to be loved, and lucky for Olive I have a four year old daughter who has instantly fallen in love with her! Ahhhhh

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Upcycled silk scarves

I love scarves! It is one of my weaknesses, I have an entire section of my wardrobe dedicated to my scarves. Woolly scarves, pashmina scarves, silk scarves, cotton scarves, plain scarves, patterned scarves...You get the idea. Anyway, I have noticed in the more exclusive shops (Phase Eight) in my local town a movement towards scarves with pompoms around them...
This particular scarf is available from and is really lovely, however, slightly out of my price range.

So I came up with the idea to customise a scarf. Off I went to the nearest charity shop (Tenovus) and purchased a rather lovely blue floral silk scarf for the princely sum of £1.99...
Then I hot footed it off to my favourite haberdashery and bought some pompoms

And I set to work, I think the end result is rather lovely...

What do you think?