Sewing

Designin’ December 2019 edition

This is my fourth year of participating in Designin’ December, which means I’ve been participating since its inception.  This year I decided to go simple with this 1960s Marimekko shift dress. Designin’ December is a challenge organised by Linda from Nice dress, thanks I made it, with the tagline of “Why buy when you can […]

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Sewing

Scrumble scramble

For two years I’ve been promising myself that I would learn to scrumble and make a jacket for my one year one outfit endeavours. I’ve had a few false starts. Everything I read/looked at took the approach of creating small knitted or crochet pieces or “scrumbles” and then joining them together. Sounds easy? Yes, well. I […]

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felting, Machine knitting, Sewing

One Year One Outfit outer wear

I made two lots of things for my one-year-one-outfit effort in 2016, and I think they are worth two posts. So post one was about my dress, and this post is about my outer wear, which consists of a coat and a bag. This jacket did not have a good start to life. I made it from […]

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Knitting, Machine knitting

One Year One Outfit: doily dress

When I set out to make my One Year One Outfit last year, I was totally determined that it would be something I would wear often, and what happened is that I’ve made something that, although wearable, probably won’t be worn too often – doh! Let me start at the beginning though. When I was […]

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Sewing

A bag and a bolero

I finished up with lots of brown felt left over from my earlier One Year One Outfit (OYOO) attempts, so I decided to make a couple of things. First up, a bag. I took my smaller piece of brown felt and put it through the washing machine to make it, er, more felty. Then Sarah from Workspace […]

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Knitting, Machine knitting, Sewing

Knitting trousers,

I have to say at the outset that the prospect of knitting trousers filled me with a certain ’70s nostalgia, as well as dread, but I really wanted to experiment with cut-and-sew, and trousers seemed to be a good choice. I let the natural roll of the knitting finish off the trouser cuffs, but might […]

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Sewing

Felt, felt, everywhere and not a bit to wear*

I’ve been felting furiously for my One Year One Outfit challenge, but I have yet to complete a garment. I did make a jumper earlier but decided that it was totally frumpsville when combined with the other felt I was producing. I was going to look rather, um, brown. I consulted with Megan from meggipeg […]

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dyeing

Bubble Bubble toil and trouble

This phrase came to me because I’ve been dyeing some wool for my One Year One Outfit challenge, and I felt very witchy indeed as I was stirring my cauldron and watching my wool change colour! [I have since changed the title, and I know I am misquoting William Shakespeare, but if Walt Disney can do it, so […]

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felting, Knitting, Stashbusting

More adventures in felting

I have previously blogged the boots  that I made for Mark and alluded to the fact that I had made some for myself for the One Year One Outfit challenge. They look rather Rastafarian with those felty fringes, but I really like them. They are knitted, then the fringes woven in with a crochet hook. […]

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handknitting, Me-Made-May'15

Reversible Lotus Blossom hat

I have knitted a new hat. It is probably a beanie, but I think it’s far too complex to be called a beanie. The hat is the Reversible Lotus Blossom hat from Cat Bordhi’s wonderful book “A Treasury of Magical Knitting”, and it is based on a Möbius strip. Möbius fascinate me and when I discovered […]

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