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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

Trading Paint & Brushes For Needle & Thread !

Trading Paint For Cotton, Rocking Dog

Trading Paint For Cotton

Rocking Dog hopes you are having an enjoyable bank holiday weekend. I have finally finished an epic painting conquest, although I feel an even bigger challenge lies ahead. The challenge being to obliterate every last trace of Churlish and Brassica off me! Is there anyone else out there who manages to get their tummy covered in paint? And no I wasn’t wearing a crop top (heaven forbid!) Thankfully I did get out of my painty attire for a little while in the week to be with a chirpy group of Young Carers for a graffiti session. I was rubbish with a spray can and I won’t be coming to a wall near you anytime soon! Matt the graffiti artist was lovely, very enigmatic, and we kept on asking whether “Dismaland” was his masterpiece!

Meanwhile back at the ranch with paint drying peacefully, it was time to enjoy a little sewing after a lot of domestic dross (including dealing with the fallout from a major pipe leak). I had some patchwork strips left from my latest quilt making escapade, thus decided to make a window seat cushion. What could be lovelier for a guest than being curled up on a swaddled window sill, reading a good book, sipping coffee and…… looking out on my forlorn, wayward garden!

Because i’m not very good with zips I made a simple envelope cushion. Together with its feather filled cotton liner I made it in less than an hour. Backing fabric was ticking leftover from my quilt, whilst the liner was made using some lining fabric from a deconstructed curtain. Feathers came courtesy of some surplus pillows, and ribbon and button from my substantial haberdashery hoard.

TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUSHION, cut main fabric to desired measurements. If you are planning to use a cushion pad, check dimensions of the ones on offer. John Lewis has a good selection of feather and synthetic filled cushions and pillows.

Cut your backing fabric to the same WIDTH as your main fabric. However as this is an envelope style pillow you need to allow more LENGTH, for the overlap and neat seams. On my cushion I allowed an extra 300cm or so. Now that you have your long strip, decide where you want your opening (do you want it central at the back or towards one end?) I placed my cushion pad opening towards one end. Cut fabric accordingly. Therefore my cushion had one long and one shorter piece to form its backing.

Take this backing fabric, make some seams by folding over 15mm fabric, pressing and folding again down ONE short side of EACH piece of backing fabric. Sew these seams. You will still have two separate backing fabric pieces. Sorry, i’m not very good at this directions lark!

Put your main fabric face side up on a flat surface. Then lay one of your backing pieces face side down onto the main fabric (the neatly seamed edge will be towards the centre of the fabric), followed by the other backing piece (again neat seam central). Pin all the pieces together accurately edge to edge. Now you are ready to sew!

I like to sew my cushions by sewing the long seams first, followed by the short edges. I find it helps to avoid any puckering, especially if the measurements are slightly “out”. At the points where all the layers come together to create your “envelope” go over the stitches a few time with your machine. This will strengthen the seams when the cushion pad is “pumped up” or removed for washing etc..

Neaten seams with scissors and cut each of the corners diagonally close to the stitch line. This will help make your corners look perky when you turn your cushion cover right way out.

Yes, the exciting bit! Turn your cover right way out, use a chopstick or pencil to poke out your corners. Press your cover and fill with your cushion pad. If wished, hand sew a ribbon to each backing piece and tie neatly. VOILA!

On a bit of a roll, I decided to turn my attention to a beautifully hand embroidered Coronation tray cloth (thank you for the thoughtful gift Sorrel). I applied the same method as above to make a cushion. I used some
William Morris fabric from material mountain as the backing fabric. These bits of soft fabric furnishry are now waiting for me to wallpaper and finish their kingdom. Is anyone else like me and totally underestimates how long a DIY project is going to take?

Please show and tell if you make, do or sew any Rocking Dog projects. Have a great week.

Leftovers, Rocking Dog

Leftovers

Overlap, Rocking Dog

Overlap

Press & Sew, Rocking Dog

Press & Sew

Envelope Complete, Rocking Dog

Envelope Complete

Oh The Mess!, Rocking Dog

Oh The Mess!

Practical Fastening, Rocking Dog

Practical Fastening

Tray Cloth Reinvention, Rocking Dog

Tray Cloth Reinvention

Mr Morris Derriere!, Rocking Dog

Mr Morris Derriere!

Tactile Stash, Rocking Dog

Tactile Stash

Flo Jo Boutique- Like A Kiddy In A Sweet Shop!

Excited about the holiday bag, Rocking Dog

Excited about the holiday bag

The Paper Cut Out Girls are looking forward to the completion of the next batch of drawstring bags- ideal for their hol’s in the Costa del Sol! Flamenco dancers, castanets, sunbathing, Martini’s, sun hats and fun!

Rocking Dog went in search of lining fabric for these bags. Flo-Jo Boutique on Gloucester Road, Bristol is fantastic. It is a tiny emporium of wonderful fabrics, ribbons, haberdashery, and gorgeous all year around Madonnaesque Christmas decorations. Friendly, happy and helpful staff make this a sewers paradise. Flo-Jo also run a variety of sewing workshops including knicker making in a lovely stylish sewing space.

So my bags are going to sport linings of delicious postage stamp print fabric. Of course it was impossible to leave Flo-Jo without a little something else… A perennial bargain spotter I found a lovely remnant of 50’s fashionista fabric. No plans yet for it, but I know it will come in useful one day very soon.

The girls at Flo-Jo are bracing themselves for the hoped for rush when The Great British Sewing Bee returns tonight. How I love a bit of sewing porn! Apparently sales of sewing machines rocketed in John Lewis during series 1 and 2.

Incidentally, Gloucester Road is often held up as a shining example of a thriving high street which has successfully dealt with recession, threats of superstores and the Mayor’s zeal to bring in permit only parking. It boasts a wonderful array of independent shops. My personal favourites include Murrays the butchers, Gardner’s Patch (fruit and veg), Reason (vintage loveliness for the home), Grape & Grind (wines, beers) The Bread store, and Clic (fab Charity shop). I always love Coffee 1 for great coffee and cake. Thankfully retail chains are few on the ground. Long may this street be vibrant and proudly independent!

Fabulous Flo-Jo's, Rocking Dog

Fabulous Flo-Jo’s

Ribbons galore!, Rocking Dog

Ribbons galore!

Sexy sewing space!, Rocking Dog

Sexy sewing space!

50's Fashionista, Rocking Dog

50’s Fashionista