It’s been a while since I had time to blog, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy knitting … and sewing … along in the background. There have been quite a few changes here at handmadebysoo towers since Christmas. Our lovely builders have helped us realise our ambition to convert the ‘other’ barn, the former engine shed, into habitable accommodation and make it part of the house. They packed up their tools for the final time at the end of February and since then we’ve been spending every spare moment decorating our new rooms and getting them ready for furniture. There’s still quite a long way to go, but finally this weekend one of those new rooms, my husband’s office, is finally being revealed to the light of day. Whilst Mr handmadebysoo was busy with wiring and cables, I made sure the new curtains were hung. They are sewn from a remnant of Laura Ashley Gosford in paprika which has been languishing in my stash for a while, but is Mr h’s favourite fabric. To make the curtains long enough for the window I have extended the remnant with a length of Laura Ashley linen union in olive and a cheeky border of gingham to finish. There was even enough fabric left over for me to make my first attempt at an applique cushion!
My sister continues to create all sorts of decorations from felt at her ladies craft group in Baku. This has inspired me to have a go. So using Larissa Holland’s lovely French Hen pattern, some new felt which my sister bought me, along with some bits and pieces from my stash, I’ve made a start.
I’ve loved doing all the embroidery on the tiny felt pieces.
The fiddly part comes when you have to assemble everything. My French hen seems to have rather stumpy legs and her wings are a bit wonky, but on the whole I’m quite pleased with her. Wonder what my sister (expert felt crafter now!) will make of her.
My completed French hen.
I bought this remnant of printed cotton fabric years ago in a charity shop (Cats Protection League in Maidstone, since you ask!). It’s been languishing in my stash ever since. At the beginning of the summer I decided I would finally make myself a new summery skirt. But then other things, like starting a new job (!) got in the way. But now I’ve finally finished my skirt and, although it’s not quite summer any more, I wore it for the first time yesterday. Luckily the rain stayed away and it was quite sunny. I also got lots of very kind compliments! The pattern? Well, I borrowed a waistband from a vintage Simplicity pattern, also in my stash and the rest I’m afraid I just made up as I went along!