I use vintage patterns, some of which belonged to my grandmother, with today's fabrics and yarns. I take vintage needlework magazines and work from the patterns in them. The magazines date from 1912 through to the fifties, and I try and use the patterns from them as they would have been originally used. Sometimes I will adapt them and make something else. I prefer to specialize with the thirties and forties patterns and occasionally dip my toe into the fifties.

When I feel the need to bring things up to date, sometimes adapting the original vintage patterns. I also design my own patterns so you can make lovely items too.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

1944 style Round Cushion

Long story, but many of you will probably recognise the design.  
I have revamped the cushion.  I always felt it what was wrong, but when I first made it I was in a hurry and was told I had to do this and that, and I couldn't do this and I couldn't do that, but that time has past, because in the end I was not allowed to use the cushion anyway.  Even when making it I knew I wasn't going to be allowed to use it in something, the person who was advising me was making sure they weren't going to be used!  I took this cushion and the other two cushions to other fairs but quite honestly they were WRONG!  The cushions not the fairs.  After making a special order for a friend, it gave me the incentive to revamp this one and the two others I made.  This one, and this one.  Not sure if I should use pink fabric for the pink Tulips, any advice anyone..... of what colour would you suggest?  Pale green or pink?

You can see the cushion in my Folksy shop on the side bar

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Flock of Seagulls!

Of the knitted kind!  
I thought I would knit some Seagulls which are now for sale in my shop (see the side bar).  The pattern was devised by myself which is also for sale if you fancy trying your hand at knitting your own.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Large Felt Corsage

These brooches were popular during the Second World War to brighten outfits. Made from the original 1940's pattern in good quality 30% wool blend. The felt stems have been wired to keep the shape of the corsage.
Measures approximately 9 x 5 inches (23 x 13 cm) and has a silver coloured metal brooch bar.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hussif or Housewife

"Hussif or Housewife"  traditionally, a folding bag or roll taken by men going to war 1914-1918.  The Hussif or Housewife is a useful way of keeping all your sewing equipment in hand.  

This pattern has been designed with lots of pockets for all those loose items like buttons, packets of needles, thread etc.

The Pdf pattern can be found in my Folksy & Etsy shops 
(see side panel)