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.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I have been making...........

Child's size version of the 1944 shopping bag.


A folding bag or roll taken by men to war in 1914-1918.
A Hussif is a useful way  to keep all your sewing equipment to hand.

Both items can be found here

Now back to the knitting, I sold the jumper in the previous post!

Thursday, 10 October 2013


My version of 1942 pattern

I tried to stick to the original colours

The inside of the jumper!

I also made this little brooch, well I say little, it is actually 4" in diameter

Both items can be found here

Monday, 8 July 2013

Two More Cotton and Linen Corsages

Same as the previous post.  These ones are in shades of Pinks and Blues

Click the pictures for a closer look

They also can be found here

Friday, 28 June 2013

Cotton and Linen Corsage

This brooch has been made with 100% cotton and 100% linen. The colours are autumn colours. Embellished with embroidery and beads, the centre of the flowers are made of felt. The brooch is tied with a ribbon and has a silver metal brooch pin back
The corsage is quite large it measures from tip of leaf to bottom of stalk 8" x 3.5" (20cm x 8.5cm) 
It is for sale here

Click on picture to see close-uo

Friday, 21 June 2013

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


I made this bag as a birthday present for a friend.  
I take commissions, if anybody is interested.  
Just leave a message and I will get back to you, making sure I can contact you.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

And the winner is...............

My friend Jane kindly picked the name for me

And the winner is ...................

Please could you email your details

Friday, 10 May 2013



Wow! How does this work. I've just made one from scratch and I still don't know! As soon as I saw this little novelty I just knew I had to bring it up to date.  It was originally a knitting pattern holder, but I thought why not put in it all those cuttings and ideas that you tear from  magazines and then find you have tucked them into a draw or slipped them into a book and forgotten about them. Why not have a go and be fascinated as I was.  
(It is just the folder not the magazine which is one of my collection.)

I can be found here too

I have one to give away!

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The draw will take place on Sunday 19th May at midday

Friday, 12 April 2013


I knitted this pretty jumper in 4ply Robin yarn.  Fun was had!  They say if you do it by the book and it still doesn't work then the book must be wrong!  Errmmmm, yes you could say that.  The air on one occasion went the same colour as the yarn!  The sleeves sizing was slightly awry.  They didn't fit the armhole of the jumper.  So I unpicked to the casting off and tried again......and again.  In the end I copied the armhole of the jumper read the instructions for sewing in the sleeve and they fitted perfectly.  As some people have probably seen, I collect vintage magazines but I haven't got the follow-up magazine to see if there was a correction.  I wonder if anybody in blogland has issue ten of Needlework and Needlewoman to see if there is an addendum?    .  

The jumper is now on sale here

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Once upon a time..........

.....................a few years ago.  My son's knowing my love of vintage cartoons, bought me one Christmas a complete box set of Walt Disney's Silly Symphony's 

It was this cartoon that inspired me to make this........

an Easter Egg Cart to hold all those yummy yummy chocolate eggs!
Pattern can be found here

Friday, 18 January 2013


Lovely warm Teddy Bear to snuggle up to.  
He can be found here 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

1944 Bags again!

I try not to use carriers for shopping anymore, so a few friends had a bag for Christmas.  
I have made some extra shopping bags which are now in my shop.