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Fitting a toile

4 August 2010

The next phase of Zoe’s wedding dress was to take the and trace it as pattern pieces, add seam allowance, cut it in calico and sew it into a toile. Calico is used because of… Read more

Ghetto stitch markers

2 August 2010

I’m not one to go in for expensive knitting accessories when cheap, home-made alternatives are perfectly good. When it comes to stitch markers, loops of left-over yarn in a contrasting shade normally suite me perfectly… Read more

Dapple delight

26 July 2010

I’ve almost forgotten the anguish of now that the sweater-dress is finished and worn. Once I’d found the motivation, it didn’t take too long to re-knit the sleeves and finish it off. I made a… Read more

Drafting a basic block

26 July 2010

With the detailed set of measurements I took in day one of Custom Pattern Cutting and Fitting, day two was spent drafting a bodice block from those measurements. The block is a representation of the… Read more

Back to school

30 June 2010

A few months ago I did something I’d been meaning to do for a really long time; I took one of London College of Fashion‘s short courses, in Custom Pattern Cutting and Fitting. I’ve got… Read more

Lino printing day

25 April 2010

Sometimes, just occasionally, it’s nice to partake in crafts that don’t involve wool, or even fabric, so I was delighted to be invited round to my friend Sofie’s house to learn how to do lino… Read more

Dapple despair

24 April 2010

Yesterday I suffered the most traumatic experience of my knitting life. So traumatic in fact that even non-knitting friends empathised with my distress. Read more

Flash your stash day

1 April 2010

Mooncalf has declared 1 April official Flash Your Stash Day, so here are my highlights: Read more

It's a Stitch Up Featured in Knit Today

29 March 2010

The last time I saw any of my work in print I was about 7 years old, a poem I wrote was published in the South Cambridgeshire Education Bulletin. Sadly that was the end of… Read more

Dyeing wool with Kool Aid - immersion method

26 March 2010

Why Kool Aid? If you’re new to dyeing, there is no quicker, easier, safer or more reliable introduction than immersion dyeing wool with Kool Aid. Kool Aid is technically a food stuff (although you wont… Read more

Spring surprises

24 March 2010

In general, I’m not keen on surprises. I guess that’s why sock clubs/yarn clubs have never really appealed. But somehow, I managed to sign up for one of Fyberspates‘ many clubs back in January. Well…… Read more

Natural dyeing re-run

24 March 2010

I enjoyed Saturday’s dyeing session so much I couldn’t resist doing a bit more on Sunday. Here are the results: The logwood purple extract gave a good strong indigo-purple. My book told me that with… Read more