CRAFTING, Read of The Month

Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe

Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and… Continue reading Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe

CRAFTING, Read of The Month

Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe

Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and papyrus... each month I'll be recommending a read.
 

CRAFTING

An old star Sings again…

Last week's episode of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the contestants presented with old-fashioned Singer sewing machines and asked to complete a series of tasks based on old patterns, techniques and styles.  As most of you know, I am the very proud owner of a 1950s Singer 99k machine, kindly gifted to me by… Continue reading An old star Sings again…

CRAFTING

An old star Sings again…

Last week's episode of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the contestants presented with old-fashioned Singer sewing machines and asked to complete a series of tasks based on old patterns, techniques and styles. As most of you know, I am the very proud owner of a 1950s Singer 99k machine, kindly gifted to me by my Granny a few years ago.
 

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!

Monday Makes

Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag

Better late than never, that's what I always say. I do have my reasons... on Monday, my lovely boyfriend surprised me with a lovely meal in a lovely restaurant, as it was our third anniversary (happy face), on Tuesday I had a migraine all day (sad face), and yesterday - well, yesterday I lay down… Continue reading Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag

Monday Makes

Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag

I received this lovely book, The Perfect Handmade Bag by Clare Youngs as a present a couple of years ago and have never got round to trying any of the projects - until now. I spotted a great tutorial for a fold up shopping bag made from muslin, with a border made from a patterned teatowel.
 

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: A Summer Mess (part 2 of 2)

Let this two-part near-descent into sewing madness be a cautionary tale to you all. That is no typo in the title because, dear reader, despite starting all over again, taking careful measurements, leaving generous seam allowances and putting in about 9 hours of work, this mess could not be worn by any human being I… Continue reading Monday Makes: A Summer Mess (part 2 of 2)

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: A Summer Mess (part 2 of 2)

Let this two-part near-descent into sewing madness be a cautionary tale to you all. That is no typo in the title because, dear reader, despite starting all over again, taking careful measurements, leaving generous seam allowances and putting in about 9 hours of work, this mess could not be worn by any human being I have ever met.
 

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: A Summer Dress (part 1 of 2)

So this whole 'Monday' thing is becoming a bit of a running joke isn't it? I don't care, I'm stubborn and I'm sticking with it. At the time of writing this, it is still Monday, so it still counts... Having really enjoyed making and then wearing my own skirts, I decided I would move on… Continue reading Monday Makes: A Summer Dress (part 1 of 2)