Knitted mini Reindeer

I’m still knitting from Sue Stratford’s ‘Mini Knitted Christmas’ book – this year Reindeer.  They are small – 3” high at the head and 3.5” from nose to tail.  Despite their mini size they take a LONG time to sew up!.  I got through 6 this year before coming down with the flu.





Broderie Anglaise Bed Valance

This was a project for a friend who had seen one and wanted one.  I had to get all the material on line.  Once constructed there was 12 meters in length with 2 rows of trim, to be gathered into half the length.  I didn’t fancy gathering 12 meters in one go, so worked in 2 metre lengths.  Under the advice of my sewing tutor from MakeWith (, I used waxed dental floss attached with a zig zag stitch to do the gathering.  This worked really well.







Quilting Circles

I am practising with one of the shapes (circle) in my ‘Westalee” Template Sampler Set – the second of my 3 expensive purchases at the 2018 Quilt Show.  As usual using this at home is much harder than the demonstration sample I tried at the show!.  I have had to move away from using my Bernina BSR foot for free motion quilting; very surprisingly some of the results are acceptable.










Silk Coverlet Phase 1

I was given some wonderful pure silk material in jade green and gold; about 5 meters of green and 3 meters of gold.  I don’t wear silk clothes so had the idea to turn them into a bed coverlet.  The basic pattern came from my sewing group tutor, and I adjusted it – adding the vertical piece in the middle and corner squares of gold (not in the photo).   The approximate size is 88” X 88”

I have struggled with this for the last couple of weeks – ripping the pieces meant they frayed at a touch, there wasn’t a straight line to be had, the silk pins kept falling out and as it grew I had to lay it on the floor and crawl around measuring and pinning!.

Having got this far, thanks be to my newly acquired overlocker, it is going away for a rest.  The intention is to back it in soft calico and quilt with no wadding.  Eventually or maybe.








My latest gadget:

As I am making clothes now, I have seen the use for an overlocker and thanks to the help of my sewing group tutor I felt confident enough to go for one at home.  This is one of the 3 gadgets I purchased at the Quilt Show 2018.  I cheated on the threading – it came threaded with minimum thread, so I used the ‘pull the new thread’ method , and only had to thread the 2 needles.  And it works!


Success!  These were made from a very, very old pair that I deconstructed to make the pattern.  That’s a first for me – making a pattern.  The old pair were so old that the material ripped whilst being taken apart.  I found the cotton material in my local market at a cheap price which makes them more of a success.

Door Caddy / Hanging


This is a replacement for a very useful hanging given to me; I have used the original for years (and years) to store hats, scarfs and gloves.   The original had seen better days and as I had several cat printed strips they seemed a good choice for the pockets.

It has taken years for this to be made – mostly because I didn’t have a pattern to follow and so it was too difficult.  However I found the instructions for a similar item on the internet for a different size and finally got motivated/brave enough to have a go.  If I made another one I would change a few stages;  I used double interfacing to keep it stiff, but these adds to the bulk when adding the binding so I wouldn’t do that again.

Mostly I’m pleased with it, and it’s no longer an Unstarted Object.

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