Friday, 29 June 2012

amy butler picnic blanket

Amy offers  this free pattern  on her site
Her laminated cotton is lovely , thin and pliable...not too difficult to sew
Still not too hot with mitered binding, luckily the binding is the same as top fabric, so mistakes not too noticeable. It used up the last of my enormous bolt of warm and natural, so I am now 

Off to use it at Hop Farm festival tomorrow....Bob Dylan is headlining whoo hoo
Got our wellies, waterproofs, jumpers and suncream ready...oh, and our picnic rug! 

Friday, 22 June 2012

ballband dishcloth

After consulting with my knit expert ( thanks Andy)
 I chose wigwam cotton tape and 5.5 needles to knit this dishcloth

Wigwam tape comes in such a  lovely range of colours, looks like everyone is going to get one of these in their Christmas presents this year....although they may not know what it is...(  winter blankie for a hamster? )

also finished making my hungry caterpillar binding for my long island quilt, ready for its return from the longarm quilters

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

jubilee beach celebration

Weather was pretty dire for 3 out of the 4 days, but we shot down to the hut on monday, set up shop, decked with more bunting and had family over for jubilee lunch rain, and even short periods of SUN!

                       sister and assorted children arrived

 jubilee cupcakes were distributed, full of natural goodness

came home today after a brisk windy walk along the beach turned into a  heavy downpour

My current  iphone case is cracked so provided a perfect  retail  opportunity

Sunday, 3 June 2012

easy sundress

Found this Martha Stewart sundress
used an old necklace chain  as  shoulder straps

Looks OK from front , but definitely a touch of sack of potatoes at the back!
Photo courtesy of R who knows always like to take instructions ( photograph the dress ) literally, ha.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Reversible Windbreak

Needed to  make a nice reversible windbreak for my beloved beach hut as all the commercial ones I could find  were NASTY

Found some great fabrics at Dunelm mill, bought some 'spare' windbreak metal tipped poles, some bobble trim on ebay and Bobs your uncle! 
Tried to short cut by using my microtacking gadget to attach bobbles, but strangely enough, its not good enough and drifting bobbles will have to be sewn properly by hand with matching thread tomorrow, hand work, oh no, save me...

bobble report would read    ''could try harder"