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And the stitch goes on…

Thanks for stopping by, I’ve had a busy and creative couple of weeks.

One lunchtime in Camden Town I was trying to avoid the tourists and found a small parade of charity shops on the High Street. I can highly recommend the Oxfam, it’s so nicely laid out, stocks really colourful clothes and rates as pleasant on the charity shop smell scale.

To find it walk down the High Street towards Mornington Crescent. After Oxfam there are at least three more charity shops and in one of these I found this bargain bag of tapestry wool. 

I was very excited this week to receive my craft labels, hopefully these will make my work look a bit more professional. I ordered these from www.gbnametapes.co.uk  and am really pleased with the results.

‘Pay it forward 2011’ update

So of my five takers two of them will have now received their free homemade item. To the first I sent the ‘Green Stripey Clutch’, you can see a pic in my first post here https://bexmclaughlin.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/gotta-start-somewhere/ .

For my second friend I made another clutch bag out of some upholstery material with a lovely silky lining. Come back over the next few weeks to see what I have created for the remaining three.

Next Week……

The knitting needles are out again and I’ll be sharing a free pattern for something perfect for this chilly weather.


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 http://www.keykaloupatterns.com/ . 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…………………..