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No More Sewing Procrastination!

Cotton Reel Chaos!, Rocking Dog

Cotton Reel Chaos!

After a hectic and noisy Burns’ Night and with the fleet of glasses tucked away, furniture reconfigured and copious bottle collection ashamedly left out for recycling, it’s now time to return to some serious sewing. There is to be no more procrastination, absolutely none!

Today, I will finally sew the Roman blind. Fabrics have been selected from the newly reformed Material Mountain. I have chosen a dog tooth gingham (Ikea) and have paired this with a heavily hand embroidered vintage border taken from a curtain bought for £20 in Bartlett Street Antiques Centre. The embroidery is exquisite and I hope Beloved Bernina will be able to cope with the thickness and density. The backing fabric is from a 100% cotton sheet purloined from my mother in laws linen cupboard.

I am using the printed instructions acquired whilst attending the Roman Blind making workshop at The Makery, Bath. I also have the little prototype blind to refer to, again this originated from the workshop. Fabrics have been duly carefully measured and cut in readiness for the sewing to begin.

Roman blinds are a really cost effective way of dressing a window. Curtains require much greater quantities of fabric to provide the necessary fullness, and, often involve expensive curtain poles and finials. A blind requires a simple wooden batten and dowelling rod, both inexpensively purchased at a timber merchant or DIY store.

With the blind sewn and hung it will be time to move on to making a seat cushion for a wonderful wooden Art Deco armchair. With lots of feathers to deal with…. it’s gonna get messy! The chair has spent too long feeling unloved, and with its bare springs it’s currently not a comfortable seating proposition! Photo’s of this project will follow in due course.

By the end of the week I want to have made some Christmas prototypes in preparation for a business pitch. In between all of this there is a Birthday cake to be made. Even that’s going to have a bit of a Christmas theme going on!

The prospect of some serious sewing is a good one.

 Material Mountain, Rocking Dog

Material Mountain

Blind Bible, Rocking Dog

Blind Bible

Makery Prototype, Rocking Dog

Makery Prototype

The Components, Rocking Dog

The Components

Yummy Border, Rocking Dog

Yummy Border

After The Blind, Christmas Returns!, Rocking Dog

After The Blind, Christmas Returns!

Rocking Dog Advent Calendars All Sewn Up!

Counting The Days, Rocking Dog

Counting The Days

The Rocking Dog Advent Calendars all sewn up! Very labour intensive, I am pleased to have completed the first of my jolly 2015 festive makes.

I set up a production line of fabric pieces on the kitchen table and to get me into the festive mood I worked by fairy light! I love my kitchen “chandelier”. The large twirly metal lamp fitting came from a car boot sale years ago (£5). For years it moved from shed to garage to shed etc… with the looming threat of Andyman “skipping” it. Finally a few years ago I did a 5 am makeover, spraying it with gold paint and adding a collection of antique sugar tongs, dessert forks, and crystal chandelier drops. Fishing line is brilliant for a project like this as it is strong and transparent. Fairy lights were then twisted around the frame. At various intervals of the year the chandelier has seasonal additions, baubles, glass gnomes and lametta at Christmas and kitsch bunnies and painted eggs at Easter etc… Last weekend my girls bought me a string of battery operated light bulbs from the Christmas department in Harrod’s. These are currently providing extra light and character on my chandelier

Back to the production line, I didn’t quite put Michael Buble or Wham on but I did work like a busy elf… measuring, stamping, snipping, positioning and pinning. I really enjoy working with gingham and striped fabrics because apart from feeling quite Scandi’ they are useful for keeping me to a straight line! Laura Ashley, Ikea, John Lewis and Ian Mankin all have great stocks of squares and stripes.

Finally I made it to the fiddly sewing on Beloved Bernina. I have got a funny feeling she’s pining for a bit of a service. I will need to book her in for a Bernina spa treatment. Well deserved with all the quilting, hemming, zig zagging etc.. she endures with me at the helm.

Finally the Calendars were sewn, poles were added and strung with rustic twine. The final touch was a sweet felt mouse to move from pocket to pocket for when the advent countdown begins. VOILA!

Real Live Rocking Dog still quietly convalescing, a tip run or two to do, a collection of vintage lights being fitted and a lovely girly afternoon tea are all on the weekend calendar. Whatever is on your calendar this weekend have a really lovely time.

Working By Fairy Light!, Rocking Dog

Working By Fairy Light!

Production Line, Rocking Dog

Production Line

Pinned To Sew, Rocking Dog

Pinned To Sew

Pocket Mouse, Rocking Dog

Pocket Mouse

Pocket Detail, Rocking Dog

Pocket Detail

Love Of Gingham, Rocking Dog

Love Of Gingham