Thursday, 17 April 2014

A beach bag for a present.

My sister asked me to make a beach bag as a present that she could give to her sister in law. I researched and looked and created a Christmas board on Pinterest to help with all the ideas in my head!
I found a good tutorial on Kojo Designs that fit the bill.
I knew I would use free motion embroidery on it as I love the look of it. I also find it amazingly relaxing to sit there and embroider and it really is nice to have a few projects that let me have a go!
My finished project...

I love it and although my light house seems to be floating in the middle of the ocean, I still think it is amazing :) I added pockets to the back and had a roomy pocket in side that could be zipped up to hold keys etc.. now onto making one for me...

Friday, 1 November 2013

Morley college

September saw me start the advanced dressmaking sewing class at Morley college. The college offers a fantastic line up of fashion courses and having been to my induction yesterday I have to say I am really excited to be there..

The tutor is a wonderfully experienced, precise person who has at times frustrated me as much as the project has. Why?  understanding that everyone has different ways of learning  and teaching. Until I found a way to understand and take in everything I was being taught in the order I was being taught it, a sort of layering of information instead of everything I need to know at once, it was hard. I think I may have found this the most difficult thing yet. I find my experiences and knowledge in the subject sometimes stops me from understanding the whole point. Am I enjoying it? absolutely! I love my commute and gathering of thoughts until I get there. I do come out sometimes in a daze having concentrated for three hours straight and feel like I cannot take in any more. I feel stretched as only learning something new does and I love that somehow this is making me a better teacher. Though more about this later.... 

We are working on this Vogue pattern. It is semi fitted and we re took close fitting measurements and learned how to change the pattern to fit our measurements. Having come from the ready to wear industry, this method of fitting is very different and not something I learned to do. I do love that I will have the skills to help makes things fit better at the end of this. 

Am sure I will have to rant more on this subject soon. Tonight though I am off to browse a newly opened fabric and wool shop called Little Woolies... will have pictures and information for the the next post. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Butterfly Wristlet review

I recently called for reviewers of the kits and Sara of SewLittleToSay was nice enough to offer her skills...

Here is her finished version which is fabulous. I never thought about adding as many sequins which is the great thing about the kits, we all get to do what suits us. She boxed the bottom and embroidered the strap as well. Love!

You can read her reviews and comments on her blog here

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Holiday time!

It feels like forever since I posted on here... though I feel like I was taking blogging notes at various points in the holidays...
We took some time off and went to North Devon and stayed at a wonderful house being rented out by a very creative family. It was amazing to be surrounded by so much creative energy. The pictures don't articulate enough just how lovely this place is. About twenty minutes from the coast and with loads of garden space, it reminded me of the holidays we took as children in Sri Lanka.

The art was found object and hand made and pattern was in every nook and cranny of the house.  The branch on the far right is a bad picture of a gratitude branch. Luggage tags with wonderful messages of gratitude hang off it. My personal favorite was of course the giraffe on the wall. A lovely patterned decal that reminded me of far away places...

A line from the chandelier to the window that holds all the childhood bits and bobs, invitations and cards etc...
and my lovely niece enjoying the trampoline in a dress I made her :)


 Cricket in the garden and boogie boarding in the sea to end a perfect vacation...

Monday, 26 August 2013

August doings...

The summer is almost over and it seems like a long time since school finished. I was very sad at the end of the term as my first class group is done and are moving on. So very proud that so many of them are in the textiles program and are continuing on their creative journey. We all finished projects towards the end of term and I love the dress! Very pretty and finished just in time. Good luck to them all. 

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Cushion competition and the Cynthia Rowley dress Pattern

We finished the cushion competition today. The students have been working on their projects for almost six weeks which makes these the longest project they will do until of course we start on the clothing term.
This years entries are lovely. The rules were they had to design a cushion using the skills learned so far and could include, hand and machine embroidery, applique, bead work etc..

Are'nt they lovely? The bicycle one is'nt finished as yet but I do like the idea of it. 
I starred the winning entry. It's great for it's whimsical quality. Congratulations to all of them. 

In other news one of the students was making this Cynthia Rowley pattern. I liked her fabric choice and the back detail...

Monday, 15 July 2013

Looking forward to September

 I cant believe it is almost the end of the term. I have looking through the albums of all the wonderful makes and am blown away by the creativity I see in all of them. The collage below is just a snap shot of the many makes but also what we cover in class. They start with the basics of how to sew and move from there on to hand and machine embroidery, free motion embroidery, appliques, fabric manipulation, dyeing, block printing and of course clothing... I  adore the clown embroidery. I find my self smiling every time I look at it.
It's gratifying to see more than half the class take textiles as a subject.

New spaces open up in September as some of our students leave. For more information please check the Seams So Easy website