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.
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?
When putting together The Sewists, there was much sewing to be done. Every project was carefully considered and worked through, some I even managed to complete entirely right down to the final tiny details; like painting a face or neatly snipping ribbon ends. Here you can see Curious Pip’s Mermaid, Kate Bowles’ Hand Bound Notebook, plus glimpses of Anna Alicia’s Bargello Embroidery Collar and Sophie Strong’s Cameo Brooch, all of which I made in my workroom, when the book was yet to reach completion.
For me, the project that presented the biggest challenge was Kate Bowles’ Notebook. I had never attempted bookbinding before but was keen to include the craft in the book and to have a go myself. Kate’s instruction and encouragement was excellent, and on my visit to meet her I was brave enough to reveal my endeavours. For a first attempt my stitching wasn’t that tight, so next time I’ll watch out for that. Working with paper and thread made a nice difference to my usual sewing which is usually cloth based.
I learned so much from working through all the techniques featured in the book, and know I will return to the projects again. I do hope you’re enjoying making with The Sewists.
A big thank you to everyone who has purchased The Sewists over the last few days (and weeks for you early birds). I really appreciate your support and hope you’re enjoying the book.
Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you all the Sewists featured in the book. I warmly encourage you to look them up, read all about them and support their creative work.
Katie Wagstaff (Oh Squirrel)
Kirsty Southam (Me Plus Molly)
Leanne Sarah Smith (Bobbin and Bumble)
Hannah Kopacz (Made with Love by Hannah)
Louise Evans (Felt Mistress)
Donna Bramhall (Spinster’s Emporium/Haberdasher Me)
Kim Davis (Oh, Sweet Joy!)
Sarah Burford (Curious Pip)
Megan Hunt (Princess Lasertron)
Julie Jackson (Subversive Cross Stitch)
Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran (Fancy Tiger Crafts)
Andrea Tong-Tucker (Roxypop)
Sarai Mitnick (Colette Patterns)
Do keep sharing the book and let me know what you think – reviews welcome too!
Today is a wonderful day! My book The Sewists is now out there for you, dear reader to purchase and enjoy. It’s the kind of book you can have a little flip through when you need some inspiration. The type of read that makes you want to get sewing and share in the wonderful world of handmade. I am so proud of The Sewists and thankful to all the designer-makers who took part in the project. It was a big undertaking, but it was a totally worthwhile one.
One of my fondest memories was the time spent at Fringe, styling the projects for the photo shoots. I spent several joyous hours plotting the images and sourcing props and backdrops to show off the work of the designer-makers who had entrusted me with their beautifully crafted samples. Seeing Sam Walton’s photographs for the first time was a great feeling. We took so many snaps on the day, I thought I’d share some of them with you here, they may not have made the cut book-wise, but they are smashing all the same.
The Sewists is available from Laurence King, my splendid publisher. See if you can spot the book out in the wild and do let me know where you find it. I’m going to be book hunting in bricks and mortar shops- why not order a copy from your local independent bookshop?
Happy sewing folks!
I have always been the tidy sort, taking great pleasure in organising and putting things away. My workspace is always changing as I move between tasks or need some fresh inspiration, but I always love working in it and having a place to indulge my creativity. You can have a little peek at my sewing space in the introduction to The Sewists.
I have made many a zipped purse in different shapes and sizes, in fact there is a great tutorial for one in The Sewists if you fancy giving it a whirl.
This is one of my favourites, it is made from a vintage fabric I spotted at the Country Living Fair from Calon Company a couple of years ago. The Calon stand is actually one of the best at the show and I always find something great to add to my stash.
I am very fond of the bright orange zip and the print never bores me. When I was working out sizes I made it long enough to accommodate a hairbrush in case of emergency preening. It’s great how versatile these purses are, plus they make a lovely handmade gift that you can personalise to your heart’s content.
I was drawn to the print at first, there is something old about it, but kind of eighties/nineties too- in short I really have no idea which era it’s from, but by the look of the slightly sleepy seams it is clearly handmade and well loved.
It was a snip at £10 and just needed a little seam reinforcement to make it like new again. I heartily recommend a little bit of mending, it always makes me feel great.