Tweed Fox Cushion


By Judith on March 13, 2017
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Do you love to recycle?

 

I try to do my bit for the environment, but one thing I love to recycle most are textiles.

 

A selection of my healthy hoard!

 

I’ve had to curtail my fabric hoarding over the years (!!) but tactile textiles like tweed, wool, linen and corduroy I’ll never be without! A donated coat here, outgrown trousers there, and before you know it, I’ve accumulated a healthy stash with more ideas than time!

 

Once upon a time we had a thriving linen and textile industry here.

 

It’s always a joy working with these materials, but especially when making a gift for a fellow ‘tweed’ loving friend.

 

Vi Vixen in tweed

 

Last year I made a Woodland Friends quilt, a cute clan of friends who just keep giving.

 

Vi Vixen in tweed

 

I enlarged the template for Vi Vixen and bondawebbed the pieces onto a background of patchwork tweed.  Then I free motion sketched all the shapes in place.  I think the rustic and naive effect of raw edge applique suits this version of Vi perfectly!

 

Vi Vixen in tweed

 

In this cushion are offcuts from a pair of my daughter’s trousers (don’t worry, she outgrew them a long time ago!), pieces of Irish linen, a tweed coat, and many other off-cuts I’ve been donated or gathered up.  Even the button is from an old duffle coat!

 

Vi Vixen in tweed

 

So my Tweed Fox cushion has been gifted and extremely well received. There is so much joy in the making and giving of something already loved. And I know this particular fox will continue to be greatly loved.

 

Happy sewing!

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Flex Frame Sunnies Case!


By Richard Bleakley on June 3, 2016
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Apologies to my bloggy friends living in the East of England, but it has been full-on sunny here …. all week!  ALL WEEK!

And more to come!  Squeeee!

Pardon my excitement, but it only happens once a millennia here!

Timely then for my Flex Frame Sunglasses Cases to be published in Popular Patchwork this week.

Flex Frame Sunnies Pouch

 

The flex frames I use come in 2 sizes, 3.5″ and 5″.  My wraparound sunnies don’t fold flat, so if you have glasses like mine you will need to make the 5″ case.
Sunnies Cases (Popular Patchwork June16)

 

Some fun sketch applique on the front, easy assembly and you’ll have a sunnies case quicker than you can say ‘still can’t believe the weather we are getting!’
Flex Frame Sunnies Pouch

 

I love how these bright prints pop against the Essex yarn dyed (Denim) linen (more listed in my Etsy shop here).
Flex Frame Sunnies Pouch

 

So if you’ve still got some summer sewing prep to do, I promise these won’t take long!  Popular Patchwork (June) is in the shops now!
Sunnies Cases (Popular Patchwork June16)

 

Happy sunning!
Jude xo


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