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.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Fair Isle Knitting

I have just finished knitting a cardigan for my eldest grand-daughter.  I started it a few months back but didn't like the way it looked, so I unpicked it, and re-knitted it.  I made it up as I went along.  I wanted it to look authentic vintage, with set-in sleeves so with various patterns to hand here is the result.  Every row is different.

It is based on this vintage knitting pattern, copies of which can be puchased here

This one took me three months now I am going to try and knit her brother a similar jumper in six weeks its a good job I wrote the pattern down as I went.

If any body is interested in my pattern please email me.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

12 Days of Christmas

Sorry for mentioning that word, but I wanted to put this in my shop

Christmas quilt featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas depicting Father Christmas'.

The quilt measures 56" x 36" 
Suitable as a topper for a childs bed or as a wall hanging.

Can be found here

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

More corsages...........

I have been making more felt corsages.
These ones are wired to keep their shape, they can be found here

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Vintage Style Corsage

Another vintage style corsage, of white Daisies, with bright yellow centres.
Each stem is wired
This brooch is now available here

Friday, 27 June 2014

Vintage Style Corsage

This vintage style corsage, has been made in a salmon coloured felt, with yellow centres.
Each flower and leaf is wired
This brooch is now available here

Friday, 4 April 2014

Gramophone and Dog

I shall be taking one of these to the 
Vintage and Handmade Summer Fair 
Saturday 5th April at Trull Memorial Hall, Taunton. 10.am-3pm

Friday, 21 March 2014


This cushion was a commission!  
Made from the pattern in the Bustle & Sew Magazine

From the same pattern I made.............

................a round cushion

and a 1942 style shopping bag.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


I have been making more daffodils a craft fair 
Saturday 5th April at Trull Memorial Hall Taunton TA3 7JZ 

Friday, 28 February 2014

Working Bags

Since I posted this I have added to my collection of vintage magazines.  And although I haven't actually got the magazine, I received a transfer in amongst more some magazines.   The magazine in question would have been Fancy Needlework Illustrated Number 122, of the 1920's and 1930's, it is transfer for a beach bag.  I certainly can imagine the lady with her small towel, and her knitted swimming costume heading for the beach.

as soon as I saw the transfer I instantly thought outside the box!

It would make an ideal project bag,

I have also made some more of my 1944 bags too.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Needle Keeper

This little Needle Keeper with two pockets for keeping scissors or patterns in is now in my shop with other items

Saturday, 4 January 2014

1940's Style Brooches

Just listed these in my shop.
(All postage is free throughout January)