Sashiko Minis


By Judith on April 30, 2020
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Once upon a time, in the days before lockdown, I visited an Irish linen factory and purchased some small offcuts of charcoal blue medium weight linen (among other things, ahem!).

 

Sashiko minis

 

I immediately fell in love with the muted tones of this linen and thought a striking white thread would contrast beautifully with it!

 

And that started my pursuit of a series of small sashiko designs which I could stitch and frame as a set.

 

Sashiko Minis

 

I found a few free designs I liked on Pinterest and played around printing out various sizes.  I settled for 6″ designs and cut out my linens at 7.5″.

 

Then came the problems!!

 

Sashiko Minis

 

Trying to transfer the designs onto this medium weight linen proved tricky!  First I tried my lightbox, but the linen was too dense to allow the design to show through enough to trace!

 

My pattern transfer pen is dark purple and wouldn’t show up on the linen.

 

Sashiko Minis

 

So after watching a few YouTube tutorials I ordered some yellow carbon paper.  I traced the design through the carbon paper onto the right side of the linen. But the yellow pigment barely left a mark!

Aarrgghh!

 

Sashiko Minis

 

So the only option I felt I had left was to trace the design onto baking paper, sew through the paper, and then tear the paper away at the end.  I wasn’t too keen on this idea because hand sewn stitches are much less secure than machine sewn stitches and could get pulled out of shape.

 

Sashiko Minis

 

So I fused some woven interlining onto the back of the linen and tried one design to see if I could get away with it, and bar one or two stitches that needed ‘settled down’ again after removing the paper, it worked relatively well.

 

Sashiko Minis

 

I didn’t have sashiko thread so used an old spool of fine crochet cotton instead!!

 

And the 7.5″ box frames came from Hobbycraft today, so I wasted no time getting them framed and photographed (I took out the glass for the photoshoot!).

 

Sashiko Minis

 

All I need to do now is decide where to hang them!!

 

Happy sewing!

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Graduation Gifts!


By Judith on March 30, 2020
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My daughter has recently been serving with a Missions organisation called YWAM (Youth With A Mission).

 

As a team leader she has had the privilege of nurturing 5 students through a Discipleship Training Programme, 4 months in the UK and 2 in Japan.

 

At the end of the programme the students have a graduation ceremony, and I had the privilege of making little graduation gifts!

 

Sadly because of Corona Virus, the graduation ceremony couldn’t take place, but the gifts were handed out none-the-less and well received (I also made gifts for the other team and programme leaders).

For the Girls:

 

 

Hexie Pouches Graduation gifts

 

My evenings spent basting hexies meant I had a little collection built up! So I put them to good use and turned them into zippy pouches.

 

Hexie Pouches Graduation gifts

 

I had no idea what the girls’ colour preferences were, and even though they were individually wrapped and handed out separately, my daughter said that each person got exactly the right one for their particular style and colour choice! Yay!

 

Hexie Pouches Graduation gifts

 

All the hexie panels are made from scraps, leftovers from other projects.  The bases are either Irish Linen or Essex Yarn Dyed Linen and the exteriors finished off with little leather tabs.

 

Hexie Pouches Graduation gifts

 

I put some scented hand creams inside the pouches! An extra little surprise when they were opened!

 

Hexie Pouches Graduation gifts

 

For the Boys:

 

Journal Covers - Graduation gifts

 

These are A5 journal covers, made in Irish linen and cork.

 

Journal Covers - Graduation gifts

 

The exteriors are identical, with little scraps of navy leather riveted onto the cork pockets, which also have a handy pen slot!

 

Journal Covers - Graduation gifts

 

The cover is held closed by wrapping a leather cord around a duffle button.

 

Journal Covers - Graduation gifts

 

The linings are suitably masculine, and I even included a notebook!  So these journals are ready for immediate use!

 

I was so pleased I was able to post these over to the graduates and leaders, before they all quickly dispersed to different countries, before borders and flights were closed to them.

 

My classroom is currently closed because of the pandemic, so during this lockdown I hope to make more gifts, as well as trying my hand at video tutorials and classes.

 

You can check out my first video announcement today on FB and IG, and a mini tour of my little sewing room here!

 

 

Wish me luck!

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Tweed Hare Cushion


By Judith on April 30, 2017
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Hi everyone, can you believe we are through April already!!

 

It’s been an eventful month for me, especially this past week (more on that another day). But as always, there has been lots of sewing!

 

I have two great friends that I regularly breakfast with.  They have birthdays 2 months apart, and you may remember ‘Vi in Tweed’ made an appearance as one of these birthday gifts.

 

Harriet Hare in Tweed, Wool & Linen

 

For my other friend, I made ‘Harriet in Tweed’!  I recently inherited a lovely bag of tweed and wool, which set my heartbeat racing!!  I couldn’t wait to use them and immediately new a Tweed Hare Cushion was on the cards.

 

Harriet Hare in Tweed, Wool & Linen

 

I made the background in the same way as before, piecing strips of tweed and then quilting the seams onto wadding.

 

The main inspiration for this version of Harriet was a piece of vintage chintz linen.  It went perfectly with a piece of green tweed I found in the bag.

 

Harriet is my favourite of my Woodland Friends.  I used Irish linen for her face, ears, feet and tail.  There’s just something about her sweet, friendly smile that gets me every time!

 

This time, I satin stitch appliqued the pieces to the background (bondawebbing them first of course)!  I used Aurifil 12wt wool threads for the satin stitching, with a size 100 needle (just use your normal thread in the bobbin).

 

Harriet Hare in Tweed, Wool & Linen

 

It’s soooooo satisfying when you have just the right coloured threads!

 

Harriet Hare in Tweed

 

The back is an open weave tweed, trimmed with the chintz linen and a recycled duffle coat button to finish.

 

My breakfast friend is chuffed with Harriet.  So that’s two happy breakfast friends, with new Woodland Friends of their own!

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the new month!

 

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