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A little nod to TBBT there, but that’s basically what I’ve been doing.  Last week I bored you all rigid telling you about my spring cleaning, and mentioned that I had put aside a load of assorted fabric to use in a project straight away.  Well, when you have lots of random fabric (ranging in size from scraps to whole half metres) and you want to use them up quickly then the two options that come to mind first are probably quilts or bunting.  I opted for the latter, given I already have one quilt that’s still unfinished and languishing in a box somewhere.

I’m going to ramble a bit now so bear with me.

One of the reasons I have so many half finished projects (or, dare I say it, ones that never got off the ground) is that I like to wait for optimum conditions.  This bunting is a really good example.  Of course the most efficient way to sew bunting is by using a sewing machine.  My sewing machine is still in need of a service and I daren’t use it until it’s been checked out (because of the alarming burning smell when it runs…).  All well and good, but that sewing machine has been gathering dust for well over a year now.  Which means I’ve been putting off various other things that require the use of a sewing machine.

You with me so far?  So ideally I would get the machine serviced and then use it to sew the flags.  However we know that the likelihood of me getting it serviced soon is very slim.  I could cut the flags and then keep them safe until the machine is fixed…but that’s not a good idea because things get lost.  Somewhere in this house is a bag full of quilt squares (and not from the half-finished quilt mentioned above!) that I cut out and then put safely to one side.  It gets slightly more complicated when I tell you that my mother has an industrial sewing machine – so she could sew it for me (her machine is super fast and scares the bejeesus out of me), but she was on holiday last week.

What’s a girl to do?

Suck it up, buttercup.  That’s right, I sewed the flags by hand.  BY HAND.  All ninety of them.  Possibly a little crazy, but a) it got the job done, and b) I was ill last week so not in a fit state to do anything other than sit and snuffle on the sofa.  Sewing flags killed the time between naps and doses of medicine.

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They look good eh?  So I got them all sewn and pressed, and now I will do the sensible thing and ask my mother if she’ll sew them onto the bias binding for me.  Of course I have no actual immediate use for bunting, but I figure it’s bound to come in handy at some point and in the meantime it means I have reduced my stash and turned dead fabric into a potentially useful ornament!

Tl;dr – I had spare fabric and made bunting.

PS.  In the spirit of using it up the sewing was all done using thread I had picked up on sale a few years ago.  I got suckered in by the cute jar and it was cheap, but I already have plenty of thread so it’s just been sitting there gathering dust.  Now it’s all gone, huzzah!

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I didn’t get a chance to do much (any?) blogging last week so here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to recently…

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…lots of bunting in the process of being made, but I’m having to do it in bits and pieces because my pinking shears are a bit uncomfortable and despite rigging up a leather finger guard I can only do so many flags before I have either a dent or a blister on my finger 😦

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Yes, I should probably just buy some different pinking shears…but I’m too tightfisted!

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More embroidery, a commissioned piece this time, and in the photo above you can see 100 French knots.  I gave up counting after that but I think there were around 1,000 knots in the finished piece (which I will blog about soon!).

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After a bit of a break in my knitting and crochet habit I’ve picked up my hook again to make the cosy blanket designed by Lucy of Attic24.  It’s a nice easy pattern, and I bought one of the yarn packs from Wool Warehouse so I didn’t even need to worry about buying the right colours.  Gratuitous yarn/shiba photo…

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…and that’s it for now.  I really have been a bit rubbish at remembering to blog stuff so I will be trying to catch up with things over the bank holiday weekend!

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Wednesday WIP

I can’t quite believe that it’s already March, this year has already started to fly by and I’ve barely done any work.  My extended hiatus from work has been due to this…

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We’re having our loft converted and so the house is a mess, and although we put a lot of stuff into storage we also ended up storing things in my studio too. The dog and I are spending most of our time in the studio (as the house is overrun with builders during the day) and it’s a tight fit so crafting is not that easy.

Still, yesterday I unearthed my sewing machine and managed to get a little work done…

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…well, after removing the doglet from my lap! I really enjoyed getting back to work, and there is now a lot of bunting to be added to my Etsy shop when it reopens later this week.

Today the weather is glorious so I think I might spend the rest of the afternoon sketching in the garden and making the most of the sunshine.

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19th May 2012 – “Work in progress”

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I had a custom order for some bunting so I figured I might as well make some more Beatrix Potter bunting while I was at it.  Click here to see what’s available.

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Yesterday I mentioned that I’d been using old book pages to make bunting, and said that I’d post more details later this week.  Well, no time like the present!

I saw some bunting made with book pages quite recently, and although it was pretty I thought it a little plain (it used pages which were all text) and dreadfully expensive (£22 for 1.2m of bunting is ridiculous in my opinion!)… so I thought I’d see if I could do any better.

It was actually really easy to make, even for someone like me who’s not particularly quick or confident with a sewing machine.  The pages are backed with felt and the edges are cut with pinking shears, so there’s no need for hemming them.  The flags are all joined together with bias tape.  See, that is easy, and doesn’t take too much time either (I’m still a bit slow but I daresay my speed will improve the more I use the machine!).

I believe that handcrafted items should be worth an amount which reflects their, well, handcrafted nature… but I also believe that you shouldn’t charge a disproportionate amount for an item which is purely decorative.  Felt doesn’t cost that much, nor does bias tape (in my case I had quite a lot of both already stashed in the house), and as for book pages?  Well, for me they’re a by-product of the vintage books I repurpose but even if you have to buy a book in especially then they’re not that expensive.  So I do think that the other bunting I saw was way too expensive.

I’ve decided to price my bunting at £10 (plus postage), which I think is far more reasonable.  I’ve also decided to use pages with illustrations as I happen to have quite a lot of these at the moment and I think they’re far more appealing than pages of bog standard text.  I think it’s safe to say that my bunting is a success already because I made six sets on Monday, and five have already been sold (with two more custom orders).  Yay!

I’ve made a few more sets of bunting today and you can find those in my Etsy shop if you click here.  If you’d like to request a custom order of bunting then please contact me and we can discuss it.

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I’m a little tired this morning so I’m stealing borrowing today’s title from Kirst over at The Leopard Anchor, she regularly posts a Wednesday WIP and it’s a great idea.

I’ve got quite a lot on the go at the moment, inspiration is a lot like London buses – you wait ages for an idea and then three turn up at once.  The past few days have therefore been a flurry of activity and there really haven’t been enough hours in the day to get everything done.

I’ve been playing with old book pages and felt to make bunting…

… I’ll post more details on the bunting later this week.

I’ve got more vintage books to turn into notebooks…

…and I’m hoping to get some of these finished today.

I’ve taken up an interest in international mining…

…not really, but were you worried for a moment?  I’m working on a custom order for someone and she’s provided her own artwork for the cover, so she needed something to protect the artwork in the post.  What do you do when you haven’t got any stiff card?  Use a random magazine of course!

I’ve been playing with quilting again…

…and hopefully this will be turned into something very soon…

And finally I’m still happily working on the Beekeeper’s Quilt

…and it’s going well.  I’m knitting in front of the telly most evenings and it’s wonderful watching my stash of hexipuffs growing.  I’ve now got 73 so I’m well on my way to my new quilt!

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