Some Christmas sewing

We have a new sewing machine in the shop – the Janome Atelier 5, which was brought out in October. Although I had a quick go on it when it first arrived last month, I have been wanting to have a more in depth look at it so I could review it properly on the shop’s blog.

As yesterday was a quiet day I decided that I would use it to sew the advent stockings that I’ve been wanting to make. They are made from a panel by Makower which we sold in the shop. I hope that they redo them again next year because they just flew off the shelves and we sold out very quickly.

stocking advent bunting

The first decision I had to make was whether to line them, so I sewed a couple together, one with and one without and decided they were nicer with lining.

Then I had to decide how I was going to do the tops… do I put bias binding around them or if not, how do I fold them so it looks neat? They are quite small stockings and a bit fiddly! Fortunately my Mum was here with me and she had her new Elna 664Pro Overlocker with her. She suggested that we overlock the top edges of the stockings, cut the lining so that it was slightly shorter than the stocking pieces and then fold them back in order to hand stitch the top down.

overlocking stocking tops on Elna 664 Pro Overlocker

I also used Mum’s neat trick to put the lining in:

Cut out the lining pieces using the stocking pieces as a template.

Put the stocking piece and backing piece right sides together.

stocking right sides together

Put the two lining pieces together (if they had a right side, it would be the right sides together). Then pin them with the stocking pieces.stocking and lining together

Sew down the side, around the toe and up the other side. Leave the top open.

sewing advent stocking

You can then turn the stocking pieces inside out and the lining just falls into place, just like magic!

stocking right way out

All that is left to do, is turn the top edges down and hand stitch into place together with a ribbon to string them up. I decided they are too small to top stitch on the machine neatly. I’ll get them done this weekend hopefully.

Incidentally you can read my review of the Janome Atelier 5 here.

Winter’s Lane Table Runner Photos

My Mum’s been making table runners recently for the shop, using Moda mini charm packs, so whilst I was taking photos of the latest one today, I also took some more photos of the table runner I made at the beginning of this year, using Moda’s Winter’s Lane fabric by Kate and Birdie.

winter's lane table runner

At Quiltmarket a few weeks ago, Moda launched Kate & Birdie‘s forthcoming fabric collection,Winterberry, a sister collection to Winter’s Lane. Sadly we have to wait until May 2015 before it will be here in the UK :(

Knitted Beards!

A friend of ours turned 40 yesterday and my husband suggested that as a present, I knit our friend a beanie and beard! His business means he spends most of his day outdoors, so the idea is that it will keep him warm – chin and all!!

The beanie hat part was knitted with some Rowan Cocoon that I had in my stash and the pattern I used was the Cozy Ribbed Hat from Ravelry. It was quick to knit and looked a good shape when worn.


The beard was knitted in some red Sirdar Funky Fox and I used the Rather Fun Knitted Beard pattern from Ravelry. I don’t particularly enjoy knitting with eyelash yarns, but it was fine to do.


I then attached a piece of cocoon through each end of the beard and tied it to the inside of the beanie, so our friend could remove the beard and still wear a nice beanie after the initial laughs!


It was nice to complete a project within a week!

Now it’s back to the poncho. I thought it was nearly finished but I think it needs to be bigger still.

FO: Sparkles Bolero

My Mum wanted to knit me something back in the Summer and so as I was due to be attending a wedding in August, I suggested this bolero which would match the dress I was going to be wearing.

Unfortunately the bolero didn’t get finished in time for the wedding as Mum lost her knitting mojo, however I finished sewing it together last week after she’d knitted all the pieces. I’m sure I’ll wear it over Christmas!

sparkles bolero

If you would like to make one, then the yarn is Rico Sparkles DK and the pattern is a Rico one which you can get here. This is the first size (32″) and took 6 balls.

As far as my own knitting is going, I’ve nearly finished the poncho I recently started and I’ve also got to try and knit a beanie hat for a present this weekend!

It may be hot, but there’s knitting going on!!

We’re actually having some rather nice summer weather here in the UK at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped me from starting a new knitting project.

I finally finished my husband’s special socks last month and needed to start something else. Sublime’s new Superfine Alpaca DK yarn was delivered to the shop and it is so lovely I knew I had to make something with it.

So after a bit of browsing for inspiration, I’ve started knitting a poncho of my own design. If it all works out ok, I’ll write up the pattern.


A new quilt – the Mirabelle Quilt

I loved Moda’s Mirabelle fabric as soon as I saw it and when I saw this picture on Fig Tree & Co’s blog of their quilt Hugs, made with Mirabelle, I couldn’t wait to do make one for myself.

Hugs quilt by Fig Tree & Co

I have to admit, that I’ve not bought the pattern. I’m doing my own version of it using a Mirabelle Layer Cake and some Bella Solids fabric in shade 182 Porcelain.

Watch this space for it’s progress!