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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Something for a Sunday: How to Draw Tulips


The Sewists: Exclusive Project

Working on The Sewists was an absolute joy, and you may have noticed that the first project in the book, a heritage pin cushion, is by yours truly. I really like writing tutorials, and plan to do lots more – so when I was asked to contribute an exclusive project for Laurence King, I was pleased to share the Tote Pal project. It’s a bag for your bag; a little something to stop all your bits and bobs jumping out of your tote as you gad about town.  Head over to Laurence King and click on associated material to get your free download.


The Sewists: Love Sewing Asks…

I can never resist a peek at the craft mag section when I pop into a newsagent, with so many folks giving sewing a go, especially in the colder months, it’s good to see what’s out there and what people are being inspired by.

Love Sewing is a  lovely new magazine, and I’ve been so pleased to see The Sewists appearing in a couple of issues. It’s packed with sewing ideas, including lots of dressmaking tips and full size patterns to help your stitching get off to a flying start.

This month, in issue 6 you can read all about my relationship with sewing and of course The Sewists. Why not give the magazine a whirl?


Something for a Sunday: An Apple Drink

Extract taken from Things to Make and Do, The Whole Year Through. An Heirloom Book.


Lovely Old Books: Things to Make and Do the Whole Year Through, 1955.

I can never resist picking up old craft books when I’m out and about seeking vintage treasure. Often you don’t get any information on the author and in some cases not even the year of publication, which I always like to know. However a child’s scrawl on the ‘This Book Belongs To’ page is simply delightful.

This book is particularly jolly, I would have been overjoyed to have 365 suggestions for things to do when I was a youngster. Some of the ideas are a little bit antiquated but overall lots of the little projects would be suitable for kids and grown ups alike to try now.

The inside cover illustrations are pleasing too, very mid century in style.

I’ll be sharing more from this book in my regular Something for a Sunday posts, why not give the ideas a whirl?