Thursday, December 31, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
I have some flowery buttons that fit well with the fabric. Contrasting buttons would also have worked, but I have these in my stash, and enough of them, so they're the ones.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
I think I've made a plan to make the kimono dress wearable, hooray. One thing that gave me the 'courage' I needed to make changes was my recent discovery of the website Refashionista.net It has been going for ten years, so I don't know why it took me so long to discover it! Jilly buys thrift store clothing and then snips and sews and refashions them to suit her own size and style. There are some simply amazing transformations on her site. I had to cut off a section of the back to make it less pouffy, channeling my inner jilly as I did so! I hope to get finished today, fingers crossed.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
I used the Jane's bookmark pattern (link on the sidebar) because it's quick and easy and I wanted them all the same. I sometimes add a tassel, but since they had to be squashed into a cardboard roll alongside sweets and furry toys, I decided to leave the tassel off. Oh, there is a riddle in each cracker too.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
new pattern yesterday. First requirement is a 1/2" four hole button. Right. I fetched my button box and rummaged through it. Hmm. I have 1/2" buttons, but they all have two holes. And I have buttons with four holes, but they are all much bigger or much smaller than 1/2". Thinks, thinks. First of all I had to decide which was more important, the size or the four holes. I think the latter because with only two holes the tatting wouldn't be properly anchored. I used a 1" four hole button, Diane's stitch count, and tatted three rings for each hole instead of two. Worked fine, I'm really pleased.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
I learnt a lot, making the bedspreads. Not least, sewing from the right direction so that the bulky fabric was to the left of the machine and didn't have to be shoved through the arch of the sewing machine. Duh, I know.
Do you want to see the inside of the cover? The top consists of two layers, sandwiching the raw edges of the frill, which keeps it neat:
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
bed cover and am working on the second one. Metres of fabric in my lap. It is easier second time around, if only because I know it's possible! Last time I tacked the pleats by machine and they slipped badly, so this time I've tacked them by hand. Hopefully they'll stay in place when I put everything together.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
You've heard the expression, 'She's bitten off more than she can chew'. I hope that's not the case with my latest sewing project. Weeks and weeks ago I bought 17 metres/yards of calico to make curtains and simple bed covers for a spare bedroom. But I made a plan B and altered some curtains I was given to make them fit that room. Which meant I had 17 metres for bed covers. How about making bedspreads with frills instead of simple rectangles? I drew a diagram and cut the pieces I need, using up almost all the 17 metres. Hmmm. It soon became clear that my plan to gather the frills wasn't going to work. I started with the smallest side and my thread broke! Plan B was to make pleats instead. I like gathering because you can just pull the longer bit up to fit. Pleats have to be more exact. I thought I'd worked out the formula, but really in the end I resorted to trial and error. I now have the frills for one cover done and have to put the whole thing together. It looks like an awful lot of fabric, so I hope I can chew sufficiently to get it all assembled!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
On a side note, I lost my recipe for curried green beans in one or other house move. Luckily I had shared it with friends and was able to get it back from one of them. Which goes to show the advantage of sharing recipes! So... I'm going to share my recipe for curried onions here, for anyone who wants to use it, and to act as a back up for me.
Makes 8 jam jars full
2 kg onions
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
50g hot curry powder
4 chillies (optional)
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Dessert spoon turmeric
750 ml vinegar
750 ml water
3 heaped Tablespoons cornflour
1. First sterilize the jars and lids. I use baby bottle sterilizer or bleach, one teaspoon to one litre water.
2.Peel the onions, cut them in half and then in slices, not too thin or they'll go to mush.
3. Heat the oil and butter, add the onions and cook them over a low heat until they are soft but not brown.
4. Add to the pot the curry powder, chillies, sugar, salt, and turmeric, mix well and continue frying for a few minutes.
5. Add the vinegar and water. Bring to the boil and then simmer while heating up the jars and lids.
6. I put jars in the oven to heat, at 110 degrees celcius, putting them in a cold oven and then switching on and leaving them until the temperature is reached. I use boiling water to heat the lids.
7. Mix the cornflour to a paste with water, add to the pot and stir until the mixture thickens. Pour into hot jars. I use a funnel made from the top of a 2 litre bottle to aid bottling, it helps keeps the jars clean. Wipe mouth of jar and put on lid.
8. Keep for three weeks to mature before eating.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I cooked them up with onions, also from the garden, and dried herbs and then put them in plastic butter containers. I froze those and then tipped them out, which felt like making sand castles, so that I could use the containers again.
These tomato plants are still bearing, but there will be a gap before the next crop is ready, so I will be glad to have these in the freezer.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
this necklace at the fair on Saturday and the buyer asked for a matching bracelet. There was a time limit because she is going on holiday soon and wants to take it with her. I was getting a little agitated yesterday when various people popped in for coffee and my time seemed to disappear! I got going early this morning and finished the bracelet off, in plenty of time to meet the deadline. Here's a view of the other side:
Monday, November 2, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Since the fair I'm going to is billed as a 'family event', I thought I'd make some bracelets for children:
It's impossible to predict what people will ask for at a fair, but I have a fair range of different products, from Christmas tree decorations to necklaces. And I can always take orders.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020