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Nostalgia Trip

By on Nov 5, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 2 comments

Well it’s probably no surprise to hear that working with vintage fabrics makes me a little nostalgic from time to time but this week I have been reminiscing a little bit more that usual. It all started when I began picking out fabric to make up some ties on Tuesday.  The ties I made, as you would expect, are from vintage or reclaim fabrics that I happen to have in my stash. The ones pictured here are made from donated fabrics, except the middle one which was made from a vintage dress I wore until it almost literally fell apart!   This tie is just a little bit special though.The crane printed fabric was once a fitted tunic that I bought whilst travelling in Thailand with Mr Bee. I remember the day we discovered the little boutique in Chang Mai. It was tucked away down a side street that somehow we had previously missed. I tried it on in blue and brown and almost bought...

Carve it Out

By on Oct 22, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 2 comments

I haven’t been feeling my best, with an annoying head cold lurking in the background and generally slowing me down. Production has been slow and steady and the realisation that the Sherwood Christmas Craft and Food Fair is now only three weeks away threw me into a mild panic!   I spent yesterday tidying the hive, organising the stock I have and making a VERY long list of things to make and do so that I will be ready for this popular event. Feeling much calmer today, I have decided to continue with a bit of experimentation that I have been wanting to undertake for a while now.  Back in January I took part in really enjoyable lino cutting workshop run by Fiona of Minifi and loved it!   I wasn’t overly impressed with my first attempt but Fiona explained the process well and I could see what I needed to do to improve. I had ideas about how I could use the hand...

Feeling Fuzzy

By on Oct 1, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 0 comments

As we enter into Autumn I can feel a new routine taking shape and have been having fun experimenting this week in the hive. Firstly I have been trying out some dyeing techniques, using natural dyes such as cold tea and beetroot juice, with some success!    The rings and the button were bleached bare (like the ring in the bottom right of the photo) before I gave them the treatment. I soaked two rings in the water I had boiled a few homegrown beetroot in overnight and the button in the remains of a mug of rooibos with the teabag still in it. As you can probably see, both natural dyes were quite effective. The curtain rings are more of a deep warm brown than purple but I am really pleased with how they turned out. The button is exactly the shade of reddish brown I was hoping for so I will definitely try that trick again, especially as it really was a spur of the moment idea....

Pom-Pom Projects

By on Sep 3, 2017 in bee creative, recycled projects | 0 comments

I am going to start this week’s blog by sharing something special that was made for me by one of the ladies who comes to the Monday night ‘Bee Creative Sessions’ because I was really touched to receive it and it is so beautifully made.   I have really been enjoying running the sessions, the group are great to work with, but also because it has encouraged me to try some new things and it’s been fun! We have moved from recycled origami to useful sewing skills and now we are playing with a bag of donated wool.   Pom-poms are so gratifying to make and have a variety many uses, so that seemed as good a place to start as any. I have to confess I couldn’t quite remember how I had been taught to make them. I remembered cutting discs out of card out of cereal packets, with my either my mum or my nan. and making some to hand on my baby brothers carry cot...

Flower Power!

By on Aug 13, 2017 in environment, recycled projects | 0 comments

This week has been all about creating, and one of the things that I have been making a lot of lately is one of my signature flowers. There are quite popular and I have seen quite a few crafters make them, but you will always see them on my stall, attached to a piece of card as a brooch or stitched to a purse or bag.   I love making them! They are a great way of recycling smaller scraps of fabric and you can have fun with patterns and colours when you are making them. Although a staple on my stall, I am always happy to teach people how to make them and I think in the past three years I have probably run seven sessions where I have demonstrated how to make these sweet petal flowers, two of those sessions have been this year.    Pretty pinks and blues A small bunch Marmalade orange Here are a selection that were made at Friday’s class at Two Little Magpies, great...

Onwards

By on Jun 11, 2017 in news, recycled projects | 4 comments

All things considered this has been a cracking week! Having spent the weekend immersing myself in music and beautiful friendships I feel ready to take on the challenge of being ready for the Remarkable Recycling Gala in less than three weeks time!   Work is winding down, I have just six weeks left at my current job and most of my private students have now taken their exams, which gives me the opportunity to get home early and straight in the sewing room, and I have been making!   On bleaker days I have been drawn to fabrics like this joyful retro print from the 70s, isn’t it just fabulous! With all my favourite colours it is just like a garden full of sunshine flowers  and it makes me very happy! I have also been lucky to find a bag full of vintage toggles at a Beeston charity shop so have been creating with these in mind. This cute clutch is padded and perfect for...