Friday, January 23, 2015

What a hoot!

Aren't these chaps sweet?

Stuffed with polystyrene balls, so they are like bean bags, but fully washable.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Anyone for a Cuppa?

I have really enjoyed making gifts this last year, combining the embroidering & applique skills of my machine with practical objects such as tea cosies. Here are some examples made for family members

Christmas cosy

Epiphany birthday cosy for a niece

I like to make them different on either side, just for fun!

Birthday cosy for a mother hen with a large brood!

Wedding cosy for a newly married couple (the bride arrived at the Church in a VW van!)

Another Christmas gift.

Nice and jolly, to brighten up the winter kitchen.

And a Christmas bag for a little niece!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rainy Day Coat

 I thought I'd take a few shots, in between showers, of my latest creation which will be duly delivered to my niece this afternoon. I hope I can get her to stand still long enough to model it later.

When I saw the ripstop nylon in the fabric shop, I couldn't resist it; but it's jolly expensive stuff, so I decided the only thing I could afford to make with it would be a toddler-sized coat!

Of course, it needs to be lined with something warm and cosy, and I managed to find the lovely chocolate brown fleece to go inside. It zips up under the flap, and I've sealed the seams inside with ripstop sticky tape, so it should be waterproof.

When I showed it to the ladies at my sewing group they all said "Oh, I want one", my thoughts entirely! Sigh, wish I could afford a giant - sized amount of the fabric!!  I'll just have to enjoy watching my niece in it.


She was delighted with her "Birdie Coat"
and couldn't wait to try it on!

The big photo shoot outdoors, the next day.

I just love the shape of this coat!

She was such a good model for me, little sweetheart!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Customised Pillow Case for a God daughter

A friend commissioned me to make this pillow case for her God daughter's fourth birthday.  My new super dooper sewing machine, which does so much it can almost make a cup of tea, worked hard on the embroideries.  Then I made it up into the pillow case with a lace edging. Even I was amazed at how prettily this turned out! 

The symbols on the pillow relate to the little girl's patron saints, Our Lady of Grace and Therese of Lisieux, and her name is in one corner. Her God mother hopes it will be an heirloom piece for her to enjoy when she is older too.

Below are some close-up details of the embroideries.

 I hope she will enjoy resting her head on it!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More Pretty Mantillas

Here are some examples of the latest Mantillas I've been asked to make:-

One lady wanted a blue and white one for Marian feasts - it 's not easy to find blue and white lace, so I was delighted when I came across this one whilst on holiday in Cornwall! There's still enough left to make one or two more, so if anyone is interested, please get in touch. 

The very pretty floral pattern shows up better on this side, with hints of the blue showing through.

But I've edge finished this on both sides so that it can be worn with the colourful side out also.

I've had quite a few requests for chocolate brown Mantillas lately. This very pretty one, which has a cotton edging, is the last one I have in stock. (See Mantillas page for more details.)

A similar style to the brown one, in a lovely royal blue

Lovely soft, drapey lace.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

For an Owl - Loving Four Year Old!

New Summer rucksack and matching shorts for a little boy who has a soft spot for owls.

The rucksack has its own carry handle at the top...

And adjustable back straps.

Also fully lined, with a pocket inside,
and one on the front for
good measure!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Special First Holy Communion Project

I am delighted with how this dress turned out. It was designed to be an "heirloom" piece, and I tried to give it the flavour of the style of the mother's own First Holy Communion dress, which had sadly not lasted the test of time, being a somewhat yellowed man-made fabric. Using a pure cotton embroidered fabric, and trimming the high collar, yoke and hem with some lovely cotton Nottingham lace, (a rare find, I found on a market stall in Nottingham!) as well as a broderie anglaise trim on waist and cuffs, it has a lovely timeless quality to it. There is a matching rosary purse which is detachable, and a little first communion book bag.
May Amanda be richly Blessed on her big day.

Detachable rosary pouch pocket.

For the old-fashioned veil, in the style of the cap veils of the 1920's/30's I used the same trim as on the waistband and sewed on a lace Chi Ro and Holy Communion symbol. I really enjoyed looking at photos of First Holy Communicants from the first part of the 20th Century, to get an idea of how the veils were made.

I love the satin rose details at the sides, see below Amanda wearing the veil. 
                     The three photos below were taken by Grisel Leyva from X&V Photography in Santa Ana, California.

Another Happy Customer!