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: 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.
 

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.

It's Tuesday, it's 8pm... and there is a massive hole of despair in the TV schedule that could only be repaired with needle and thread.The last time I so completely and utterly gave myself over to a television programme in this way, the year was 1991 and the programme was Knightmare.Fast forward 22 years (how… Continue reading All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3

It's hard to believe this is the penultimate episode of this wonderful little series! I am genuinely living in hope that once the winner of the first Great British Sewing Bee is crowned next Tuesday, lovely lovely Claudia tells us with a dazzling grin that series two begins the following week. Last week we said… Continue reading The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

Man, I feel like a-sewin’: Episode 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee.

I would apologise for the title, but I'm not one bit sorry - that's the best Shania Twain-related sewing pun you're likely to see all year. Tuesday 9th April brought the second installment of The Great British Sewing Bee and this week, we heard it for the boys - the first challenge (creating a pair… Continue reading Man, I feel like a-sewin’: Episode 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

Creating a buzz: The Great British Sewing Bee

Tuesday of this week brought the first episode of a series I have been looking forward to for several weeks - The Great British Sewing Bee. Made by the same folks that brought us The Great British Bake Off - it looks set to have a similar effect on the world of sewing as GBBO… Continue reading Creating a buzz: The Great British Sewing Bee