Gotta start somewhere…

Hello and welcome to my spanking new blog.

I’m going to take you on a journey as I try out new crafts, sew up some beautiful items and even share some of my own original creations.

All this started a few months ago when I was given a sewing pattern by a friend. I dusted off my neglected sewing machine and surprised myself by making a green stripey clutch bag. Inspired by the result I made a few more.











The pattern for this clutch is by KeykaLou, and if you want something easy and fun to make you should check out . The patterns are reasonably priced, easy to follow and e-mailed to you as a download, simply print it out and away you go.

I’ve also just bought the City Bag pattern so will post some pictures soon.




I have got quite excited about knitting this month, and have discovered that for a total novice really big needles are essential. I knitted this cardigan with ‘Debbie Bliss Como’ wool using 10mm needles, it was a Sidar pattern from the book ‘Big Softie Knits for Beginners’.

I’m not ashamed to admit that my cardigan is and looks a little wonky. The lesson for me is definitely pay more attention to the instructions and measure, measure, measure, then hopefuly the sleeves will end up the same length. I also should have used Sidar wool as recommended in the pattern, this cardigan has come out a little heavy because I didn’t follow the instructions!



At Christmas I was given an Emily Peacock tapestry. I remember having a go at cross-stitch when I was little but have to admit I was a bit dubious when I opened this, not least because as someone had given it to me, I would have to make it.

Scepticism aside I have made quite a bit of headway on this over the holidays, and am secretly enjoying it, it’s a good multi-tasker as I can definitely watch TV at the same time.


Finally, I’m taking part in ‘Pay it forward 2011’. I have to send something handmade to five of my friends sometime in 2011. I have my five takers already, so now need to get creating, why not pop back over the next few months and see how I’m getting on…………………..



18 responses to “Gotta start somewhere…

  1. Lovely stuff. I have been eyeing up sewing machines: but for a different reason: I must be able to come up with a better cut and fit of clothes than Marks and Spencer. Mustn’t I? 😀
    Inspiring start – thank you.

  2. Hiya Bex – woweee what a brilliant blog. How very enterprising of you and my word you are very industrious!!! Well done and keep up the arts and crafts – they are dieing pastimes. If I can be of any assistance just let me know.

    • Thanks Gill, am really enjoying making things, will definitely give you a shout if I need some help. Am trying out some card making ideas, will hopefuly post them soon.

  3. I think you would make an excellent bag lady. The cardigan just about puts the icing on the cake. Seriously you put us all to shame. Keep on being creative and motivate others!

    • Thanks Dad, am definitely going for the bag lady look, bag under my arm, mis-shapen cardigan on and a tapestry cushion to sit on. Next project will be a tartan wheelie shopper and then I’m set…

  4. Love it Bex. Well done xxxxxxxxxx

  5. Welcome to blogland!!! I’m totally hooked! That cardi is fantastic – Im ecstatic to find you can knit! I can knit all the basic bits but really need help getting to the nex level – and now you can help me!

    Why dont we start a stitch n bitch style group between us in that pub near you? I bet Jo would be up for it – we could meet once a month for knitting and nattering?


    • Thank you, the cardi is a bit mis-shapen but I’ve honestly never made anything like that before so am quite proud. Would love to have a monthly ‘stitch & bitch’ (what a great name),and I will definitely give you any help I can on the knitting front. Likewise I’m hoping you might be able to help me on the clothes making front…….

  6. Very impressive and I am the lucky owners of one of the first purses/little bags! Also impressed at the website bex! x

  7. Wow Bex! You’ve inspired me to start being crafty! Love the cross stitch, may have to have a go or maybe the card or maybe knitting………don’t know where to start. Love Dolly’s idea of meeting up s & b!!!!!!!!

  8. Pingback: And the stitch goes on… | Bex McLaughlin

  9. Ooh love the stripey green clutch! The pattern is gorgeous, and I love the fabrics you picked. Super cute!

  10. Yeay, a fellow sewing/knitting/crafty lady! It’s great to see that you are inspired to make and create such a variety of goodies… Good luck with all of your projects!

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