Thursday, 14 April 2016

The Creator's Collective

So, after many months and years of dithering and finding reasons not to, I have finally taken the plunge... I have taken a space in a new shop in a nearby village. And my Stitches and Seeds makes are available to buy on the high street!

If you want to swing by, it is at 16 High Street, Belford, Northumberland. You can also find them on facebook.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Crochet cubes

O a very old friend and my sister-in-law both had babies so I made some cubes. They squeak, rattle and crinkle.


Friday, 4 March 2016

Stitches and Seeds is now on Etsy

Roll up! Roll up! Stitches and Seeds is now on Etsy!

I have finally decided to listen to the many and wise people who keep telling me that I should have a pop at selling some of my makes.

If you hop over to Etsy (there is a button over there -> ->) you will find Not-my-Granny's-curtains Satchels:


And Not-my-Granny's-curtains Shopping Bags:

All made from beautiful floral curtaining and fully lined.

Thanks for all the encouragement you lovely peeps.


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Here and Now

Loving: The response I got to my Not-my-Granny's-curtains satchel, both here and on instagram.

Making: More Not-my-Granny's-curtains satchels and other goodies...

Feeling: Quietly proud of my efforts to be Brave.

Thinking: About how much I prefer making to job hunting which has been taking up rather more of my time than I would like recently.

Waiting: For the webbing I have ordered for more bag straps to arrive. It's taking AGES!

Dreaming: Of uploading goodies to etsy.

Walking: Along the pier to the lighthouse as often as I can manage in between job hunting and making. I still need to soak up the light, and I love walking past this house which is slowly slowly being brought back to life.


Thursday, 25 February 2016

Not-my-Granny's-curtains Satchel

You know when you get in idea stuck in your head, and you just have to clear the decks to see if the thing that seems to be a most excellent plan when it is still inside your head, turns out still to be most excellent in real life...? Well this is one of those things. 

Ever since I made a satchel out of an old curtain for Lindsay, one of the St Helena Ladies of Craft, I have sort of fancied one for myself. I love upholstery and curtaining fabrics and I think they are generally wasted on curtains where their beautiful designs are hidden in the folds and because they genuinely are part of the furniture, after a while, you stop seeing them. My favorite patterns are a bit old fashioned and possibly slightly faded. Just the sort of thing your Granny would have chosen.

And then a couple of weeks ago I got sick of my shoulder bag falling off the many layers of cardies and coats that cover my shoulders at the moment and thought to myself that a satchel was exactly what was required. 

Then I decided that it should be the sort of satchel that could be worn across the body for a hands free solution to the many-layers-problem, or could be worn on the shoulder when across the body just wasn't the thing.

What I needed was an adjustable strap... So, much googling and amazoning and etsying later I ordered the components. Then I waited. And waited. And waited... It turns out that it takes quite a while for buckles and rings to wing their way all the way from china, and I couldn't find what I wanted any closer.

I had a rummage in my stash and chose some fabric. For the outside, an off-cut of curtaining (not in fact my Granny's), an upcycled duvet cover for the lining and a ribbon across the front, just because I could.

I put a pocket for keys and another for pens on the inside.

And Ta Da!

A Not-my-Granny's-curtains satchel.

This was a lovely thing to sew and I have plenty more pieces of curtaining in my stash so I am thinking I might make a few more to sell. What do you think? Would anyone else like a Not-my-Granny's-curtains satchel?

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Spontaneous poncho

So I took my sewing machine to be repaired and discovered a yarn shop that I didn't know was there. Less than a week later and this had happened.