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My dad got me a whole stack of dry-cleaned white sheets ex hotels.  So I put my creative thinking cap on and decided to rip up strips to make into whatever I decided once knitted.  And so, where we have a fresh white cushion cover.

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Now dad has made me these massive knitting needles (at my request) so I’m thinking about a hoopy blanket!  Watch this space!

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So, with the latest trend being kimono jackets, or bright coloured long jackets, I grabbed some beautiful Chinese brocade out of my stash of fabrics.  It had been siting there for years.  However, after laying it out on the floor I realised there wasn’t enough for a long jacket, and so I went back to my stash to see what else I had.  And there they were….. gorgeous size 6 pants that I had bought at an opshop about three months ago just because I loved the fabric (which is stretchy incidentally).   I absolutely LOVE the end result…

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Matching Purse

After making the jacket I decided to make a clutch purse out of the scraps.  You will notice the little pocket taken off the jeans on the other side of the purse. 5AC6716B-E4E1-419B-BEC6-2577D0B3C61C2ADAE2AB-A5BC-48FF-B55F-792FB27B08835DF46B38-D6D7-4928-96EC-81163C7B425ECC8C3799-EDEC-475D-9D2E-9169E1C94870

 

The Pants…

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This is something a little different for me.  I’m working with pre-loved doilies.  I’ve made this little cushion and used a stencil in the middle for the words, with free-motion sewing.  It kind of looks like gothic meets grandma!! Ha!

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So much fabric, so little time! I really enjoyed making this.  So many colours and patterns…

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, if you know me at all, I love little houses!  I also love to cross-stitch at night when I’m watching Netflix.  I feel like sitting watching Netflix isn’t a waste of time if I’m doing something!    So I cross-stitched this little house without a clue what it would end up like. I had it sitting with some other fabric and the stripes and floral just jumped out at me and I’m pleased to say I love the finished item.

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I bought the floral fabric from AlieExpress. (I’ve been buying quite a bit of stuff from them lately.

 

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The thing about the holidays is that you have the time to be creative, make a mess in your craft room, and leave it like that for a few days.  Yesterday morning I dug out a tiny cross-stitch which I would have done about a year ago.  I was going to frame it in a small frame and then thought it would be fun to make it bigger and add the free motion sewing component.  And the result is this little picture (frame is 28x36cm) which I really enjoyed making.  A friend asked me to make something for a baby room and I think this would be perfect.

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A little summer holiday project.  I love the way it isn’t perfect, the hessian style border with the stitching showing makes it simple and clean. 71199f3c-4edf-4b6a-8509-c1ee0f1136682aa916c0-a48f-4d41-9c75-30aab21640fd

The making of…

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I finished this cross-stitch recently and so today framed it after applying a pretty fabric and free motion appliqué around the outside…

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After spending some time in the garden this morning it’s always nice to come inside and watch gardening programmes on Netflix while doing some sewing.  With Christmas coming up I’m trying to make as many Christmas presents as possible so it is enjoyable without the stress of time pressure.  I had one lovely piece of beaded fabric just enough for two purses and matched it with a soft fine weave sacking type fabric.

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