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The Rocking Dog Huddle, Wed 25th January

Sew On A Button, Rocking Dog

Sew On A Button

I have felt slightly overwhelmed by January greyness and sadness, so the time has come to plot some positive things onto the new calendar. I have had a good response for starting an informal sew/knit/etc.. group and therefore will be hosting the first get together on Wednesday 25th January 7-9pm at the kennel. I still haven’t come up with a name for the gathering, so for the time being it’s the Rocking Dog Huddle. I intend to host the huddle on a monthly basis, the last Wednesday of the month.

Anyone contemplating coming please do not feel shy or intimidated, you will be made to feel very welcome. You may have a garment that needs a button sewing on, or hems that need altered. It may be a piece of needlepoint or quilting that needs finishing or indeed knitting that needs to finally leave the needles! Don’t worry if you arrive empty handed I have a shelf full of books and templates, small fabric remnants and cottons etc.. to inspire and utilise. We will have fun.

My hope is that in time we can learn new skills from each other. If there is somebody who can rid me of my zip insertion phobia that would be simply perfect!

Of course the chat, the homemade cake and warming drinks will be just as important, and I hope we’ll laugh a lot! A donations teapot will be in situ to cover cost of refreshments, materials and to help support Fine Cell Work, an amazing social enterprise that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products.

If anyone would like any further information or needs directions (I am based in Hambrook, Bristol) please get in touch with me lizferg@btinternet.com.

I really hope you can come! Love Rocking Dog x

Coffee....,Rocking Dog

Coffee….

& Cake,Rocking Dog

& Cake

Share Beloved Bernina,Rocking Dog

Share Beloved Bernina

My Stash,Rocking Dog

My Stash

Haberdashery Stash,Rocking Dog

Haberdashery Stash

Choose A Project,Rocking Dog

Choose A Project

Ribbons....,Rocking Dog

Ribbons….

& Lace,Rocking Dog

& Lace

Make New Friends,Rocking Dog

Make New Friends

It’s Coming Together- The Rocking Dog Quilt

Decisions On Quilt Frouing!, Rocking Dog

Decisions On Quilt Frouing!

Yes the latest Rocking Dog quilt is beginning to come together. It’s great to have a project to take my mind off the problems of living in a very old and crumbly house!

There have been many problematic instalments whilst living here for nearly two decades. Defunct Death Watch Beetle, no damp course, THE windows, the roof, a collapsed sewerage pipe etc… etc… The latest issue is electrical. With electrical folks at their wits ends to solve the unpleasant shocking issues, it could come to a complete rewire! The prospect is a truly unpleasant and expensive. Carpets up, floorboards up, kitchen tiles broken to retrieve wiring, furniture moved etc… etc… and ideally for the ease of the electricians we would need to move out for a week… Agggghhhhh! As with the medical field there is to be a second opinion. I hope there is a miraculous and simple turnaround! I can see why the past inhabitants sold up and moved to a new build. Very sadly for us they decided to take their handmade cobbled together four poster bed with them.

Enough of wattage, wiring and wistful new house living! Progress on the quilt continues with rows sewn together and pressed to give a flat finish ready for “stitching in the ditch’. This is a technique whereby the quilter top sews between the squares to attach the pretty top layer to the batting. I have chosen to use bamboo batting as it is eco friendly and very soft. Though eco friendly there are some air miles to factor in, for it has come all the way from Fort Worth, Texas.

Before sewing recommences there has been a session of collecting things together to complete the quilt. Old fashioned pillow ticking will form the backing, and dog tooth check will form the border. I have chosen a selection of buttons to embellish the quilt, and there is green embroidery thread when hand sewing finally beckons. Vintage French ribbon from my treasured haberdashery box will neatly enclose the three layers. The only thing I am still debating is as to whether I give the quilt a border of eclectic vintage braids. Some of these braids are ones I remember from my childhood, so are sentimental. There are braids too which are Swedish and have come from a now deceased bohemian neighbour. I do like the thought of this piecemeal border as it sits well with the whole ethos of patch working. Evidence of patchwork has been found in Egyptian tombs and ancient China, whilst a huge revival of the craft came about during the Great Depression (1929-late 30’s) when American women recycled worn clothing into warm quilts.

The special two sole walking plate is about to be fitted to Beloved Bernina for the task of quilting to begin. I always think that this sinister foot looks like a Scarab Beetle. I must add that thankfully I have never seen one in real life! The damage caused by that old death watch beetle has been enough for me!

With all the components collected, it is time to indeed bring the quilt together in anticipation of the cold wintry nights ahead. Brrrrrrrr!

Stay cosy and I hope you have a quilt or crocheted blanket to snuggle under. x

Pressing Those Squares, Rocking Dog

Pressing Those Squares

Bamboo Batting Buying!, Rocking Dog

Bamboo Batting Buying!

Border & Backing, Rocking Dog

Border & Backing

Loving Buttons, Rocking Dog

Loving Buttons

Walking Foot, Rocking Dog

Walking Foot

Now Shall We Begin?, Rocking Dog

Now Shall We Begin?

I Went To The Shops And I Bought…

£2 Madonna, Rocking Dog

£2 Madonna

Do you ever remember on long car journeys playing “I went to the shops and I bought….” The first player would say “I went to the shops and I bought a £2 Madonna”. The next player would then say “I went to the shops and bought a £2 Madonna and a jar full of buttons”, and so it went on. The list would get so long that you wouldn’t remember items from the list without a lot of prompting. It often got very silly with items such as rubber girdles, mouldy fish and American Tan tights on the list. The smutty innocence of a 60’s childhood!

So I went to the Vintage Jumble on Saturday and indeed I did buy a £2 Madonna (destined for our bathroom), a big jar of buttons (which I promptly smashed on our kitchen floor), a whizzy scarf and some fabulous fabrics. It is always such fun, and in a lovely venue, Rangeworthy Village Hall. Cakes and teas lovingly made as always by the WI.

I had a great chat with a smallholder who had bought a job lot of corsets in Brussels. They were so similar to the ones I remember my grandmother Nellie wearing. Laced, boned, suspendered and in that notorious corset pink colour, they represented functional rather than beautiful lingerie. Never worn and made in the 40’s/ 50’s they were a bargain for a mere £5 each. In hindsight I should have bought one for my nude mannequin housed in the bathroom together with £2 Madonna! Maybe there’ll be one left when the next Jumble comes around (27th June Box), but before then there’s the Spring Fair at Chipping Sodbury on 23rd May.

The question is what am I going to make with the fab’ fabrics. Would it be really wrong to make a baby dress from the wine bottle fabric?!

Button Jar, Rocking Dog

Button Jar

Whizzy Scarf, Rocking Dog

Whizzy Scarf

Fab' Fabrics, Rocking Dog

Fab’ Fabrics

Doggy Invite, Rocking Dog

Doggy Invite

Fly Me To The Moon- Travel Bags

Made With Love By Rocking Dog, Rocking Dog

Made With Love By Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog is once again busy sewing. The latest project is a delicious pile of lined travel bags, made from dog tooth gingham and appliqué plane patches. Hellicopter’s will soon join the fleet! These little bags would be great for stowing toys and treats for a voyage. Of course it wouldn’t need to be a plane journey, but personally I rather fancy a flight to Cuba before it changes forever!

When the Ferguson brood were little we used to do some endlessly long car journey’s to Scotland. Part of the packing preparation was given to wrapping distraction parcels to break the journey. Of course there were the games too, the picnic and the music. How I remember us all belting out “Proclaimers” songs as we headed through the Cairngorms and beyond. It was definitely “I will drive 500 miles” rather than “I will walk 500 miles”!

What would you fill your Rocking Dog travel bag with? My dream bag would contain some Cowshed or L’Occitane travel products, a World of Interiors magazine, a bottle of Purdey’s, my Moleskine to write notes, lipstick and a BIG bar of Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut!

Plane Sewing, Rocking Dog

Plane Sewing

Choosing Buttons, Rocking Dog

Choosing Buttons

Chocks Away!, Rocking Dog

Chocks Away!

Sew, Stamp, Stick!

crafty cards rocking dog

Crafty Cards

Rocking Dog has been busy!
The day started with making cards which feature real 3d coins- perfect for adding to Christmas Puddings across the land. Please remember to tell diners to watch out for these little monetary units! Last year I completely forgot to mention that I had put a particularly lovely Victorian 6d in our pud’. It was about two days later when I suddenly remembered. C’est la Vie!

Later I was busy with the glue gun, attaching little buttons to hearts and stars for decorative parcel tags. Finally I made tea towels from some rather beautiful Venetian floral linen. Much too lovely to dry dishes but wonderful to pimp a tired kitchen, or, to line a picnic basket when warmer days return.

venetian gorgeousness rocking dog

Venetian Gorgeousness!

bag a tag rocking dog

Bag a Tag!

Happy Monday!

For Lara
Inspiring the next generation of crafty folk. A present for maker friend, young Lara. Luggage labels, ribbons, buttons, string. etc.. all stowed away in a large glass jar. Packaging goods attractively we are told by the Gods of  retail  is all part of the shopping experience! I had wallpaper delivered last week – each roll was wrapped in turquoise tissue paper and sent in individual 3ft cardboard tubes- that is just plain wasteful!

Vintage Trinkets

Vintage Trinkets

Vintage Stock

Vintage Stock