Sewing stories

This started as the perfect year: 2017 began in Cornwall with some dear friends that truly nourish my soul, I so appreciate the times I get to spend in Cornwall, the vast countryside awakens my inner explorer and cheeky adventurer..  Alas since returning early January I have absolutely struggled with the freezing weather and teaching work has been slow off the mark – it’s been cold and in my little world of sewing, I’ve struggled with being a teeny bit lonely! Driving around in my beautiful vintage pink bus has not been appealing in the ice….. So I have decided to finally start this blog. Each time I post I will add a song of the week (because music is a great healer & up-lifter!) and I will end with my list of reasons to be cheerful which I hope will be happy reading and inspire you to write your own list of cheerfulness!

I do hope to move to Cornwall one day, I have been saying this since my first proper visit there in 2011. I am so inspired for the year ahead and have such lovely friends there. Here’s me helping with the chickens!

So the month of January has moved swiftly along (although not as swiftly as I would have liked!) and there have been some lovely things happening in amongst the boring tasks of tax returns.

We started back with our Wednesday After School Clubs earlier in January and I say ‘we’ as it is the lovely students that come along that really make this group special. Some will stay for a term and others come back time and time again, and this term has been no different. I really love how each personality of student can create a new idea and new inspiration that we all feed off and help. New designs, new sewing techniques and not to mention a wealth of stories from the week that has gone before.
My superstar this week was definitely 10 yr old Astrid who had a Harry Potter themed birthday party and was wearing her Gryffindor cloak that she designed and made in the class! Well done Astrid…. and most of all well done as all of your friends couldn’t believe you had actually  made it! Little did they know that you also took all of your own measurements, laid down paper and created the whole thing from scratch including a hood! I can only take part of the credit as I merely guided her in the right direction – so chuffed!
In other after school club news we have a very glamorous witches costume for the stage, a set of vintage inspired dresses for a school fashion show, a wrap dress and 2 x little pinafore dresses on the go.. not forgetting to mention the power rangers tunic top and trousers! PHEW!!

I was lucky enough to be invited to a house clearance of an absolute craft extraordinaire! What a life this lady had. After her passing the family invited me along to go through her wealth of craft stash and take what I could use in my classes – I had to share these gorgeous Vintage Patterns with my after school club – here’s a snippet…

AND THEN… There was The Hobbycraft Press show!!
It’s wonderful to be invited back again to the Hobbycraft Press Show, run sewing workshops and meet some brilliant press & bloggers.. This time we had an evening event for bloggers and day event for press. As this is a spring show I decided we would make Easter treat bags.. with Bunny Ears! These were such a success that I’ll be rolling them on for Easter workshops soon!

AND PATRICK GRANT!! What a treat to have Patrick Grant there and this time we actually got  to chat and have a laugh while he was doing press shots and general fabulous-ness!

Song of the week:

Islands in the stream Dolly & Kenny: No reason why, I just heard it on the radio and it’s such a good singalong tune!

Reasons to be cheerful:
1) First birthday party of the year last Saturday in the Pink Sewing Bus making awesome skirts and the feedback being ‘ They all loved it and said it was “amazing”!
2) Meeting Patrick Grant (of Great British Sewing Bee fame) and having a chat and a laugh while he was being photographed at the Hobbycraft Spring Show.
3) Having the wonderful company of my little pal Elliot (the pug) with me braving the frost, getting our paws dirty & muddy, going on chores in the Pink Sewing Bus and generally stomping away the January Blues…

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