Monday, 25 April 2011
We arrived just before the start time (after my poor navigation and a slight detour.) and found the place packed with people booked on the experience. Far from a small group there was quite a gang of us and I missed out on tea and cake.
Friday, 22 April 2011
I have not been blogging much lately. I have plenty to say and show you (although I confess nothing that I've made, because I haven't had the time).
In order to blog properly about what I've been doing I need to sort out literally hundreds of photos I've been taking lately. I have a busy Easter coming up.
In case you're wondering what the picture is about - this was lunch for my other half after we'd taken part in a falconry experience on Thursday. I just don't like to blog without a picture. I'll blog about the falconry experience another time...
But for now have a lovely Easter! xox
Friday, 15 April 2011
For months I've had it in my mind to make a gathered clutch as per the lovely tutorial on the blog Noodlehead. Ever since I stumbled on the pattern I'd wanted to make it and marvelled at the ones I'd seen other people share on their blogs. Today I thought I'd knock one up as a potential gift for a friend. So I picked out some fabrics I thought she'd like. Got the instructions in front of me and then off I went following to the letter the step by step tutorial. And well, I ended up with this:
When I get around to uploading a photo to flickr it'll end up in this group. I suspect I will end up the most prolific contributor to this group :-/ Now before you look at the above picture and think - Hmmm that looks ok. I should point out the camera appears to have lied in this particular picture. What you can't see unless you stand the bag up is the bag is not uniformly rectangle. The bottom is ok. It's the top where the zip is; it has a sort of taper to it which looks bodged. You also can't tell from the picture that the lining ended up a fraction bigger than the external part of the pouch and as a result I have a nasty hem bulky ridge inside the pouch. Despite the picture above maybe falsely leading you to believe otherwise - this is NOT fit for a gift.
I could have got my seam ripper out and tried to rectify it. However, I'd spent half an hour trying to get this from inside out, to right way out and couldn't face going through that again. Especially when I could see the cunning flaw in my Noodlehead-ed sewing. You see it was the gathers. I struggled with these. I didn't know how to set my machine to do the best type of basting to gather. I managed to get it to gather and ironed the gathers, but the gathers created a sort of wonky ripple. This wonky ripple meant it wasn't easy to sew everything together - maybe I should have just trimmed it. As it was I think I basted everything wonky and that's where it's gone wrong.
In my defence - I've heard that zips scare a lot of folk. Well they don't me. The zip in this was one of the easier bits. See I'm not completely useless. :-)
Tomorrow I may try a different type of pouch. I may make this without the gathers and all the divider/card wallets. As for this one? Well I may use it myself...or I may put it with the other stuff I've made I'm not happy with...
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
When I'm feeling pretentious I'll call the Veg Patch: "The kitchen garden". Not content with shifting a tonne of soil for the beds, my brother also laid weed proof membrane and shifted about half a tonne of pea shingle for the paths around the beds.
I'm ridiculously proud of this little area and can't wait for it to start producing lovely goodies to eat and cook with.
As for sewing...hmmm the weather has been too nice to spend much time inside - although I've a burning urge to get back into some fibre art - the more traditional quilting may be taking a bit of a back seat at the moment!
Saturday, 9 April 2011
My brother had shifted a tonne of topsoil the day before in order to fill the two beds he made me. I've been digging in compost to help improve the soil further.
Despite the balmy weather there is still a frost risk, so some tender seeds and plants can't go out yet. So far I've stuck to veggies that can tolerate a bit of cold.
At the moment the biggest risk though, is the local pigeon population. They already visit my bird feeding station to decimate the food put out for the prettier birds.
It may be hard work, but it's satisfying work. Messing about in the garden certainly is: "The Good Life" to me.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
There is always one in the group that can't follow instructions. That will be me. Having printed and cut the template to slightly different dimensions to those marked on the template. I've also managed to cut 22 wedges, not the 21 that the pattern requires. I don't know whether I'll need that 'extra' or whether with all the seams sewn, I'll only need the 21. But for the purposes of laying them out in a nice circle there are 22. Rumours I am mathematically challenged are NOT exaggerated! I will start sewing at the weekend.
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
It's a start right?
Sunday, 3 April 2011
My other half also made it down last night. It was touch and go whether it would happen as he was working for most of Saturday and then it looked like he was going to be the only person available for a duty that had suddenly come up at camp on Sunday. Thankfully due to an understanding RSM and a very kind and helpful colleague, he managed to get away earlier on Saturday. Whilst, he had to leave earlier today, we still got to spend a lovely day together at the RSPB reserve at Otmoor. I saw a yellow hammer (the first one for years!), but was too slow with my camera. I did however manage to get some shots of lapwings: