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A Week Of Bits & Pieces

Noddy Ready To Embellish,Rocking Dog

Noddy Ready To Embellish

Rocking Dogs week has been one of bits and pieces. I have been sewing Vintage fabric Christmas stockings. Jolly 1960’s Noddy material has been joined by small check gingham and woolly ric-rac. The stockings will be given hanging loops and some jingly bells. I made another stocking from a vintage tablecloth printed with the words and pictures for “Waltzing Matilda”. I lined the stocking with silk embroidered with images of broom. A mustard coloured fringe finishes the stocking. So now it is looking for an Aussie friendly house this Christmastime.

Whilst I sewed, tree surgeons took down three 50ft conifers in our back garden. We started life at the kennel with about 20 conifers (the work of the devil!) Shortly after we moved in, Andyman came home to find i’d sawed down about twelve of them and was in the process of chopping them up. Over the years we have removed more, and now there are just three left to go! With the tree surgeons having packed up their chain saws for the time being, we can concentrate on planning and planting a kitchen garden. There are going to be espalier fruit trees and old cast iron baths for raised beds amongst other features. I loved the beans growing in a little community allotment that I spotted whilst walking Real Live Rocking Dog. I also enjoyed eating the most voluptuous and delicious figs grown by our lovely neighbours. Definitely food for thought for our garden.

Beautiful flowers arrived through the door (thank you Ella and Josh) whist I bought a remnant heavily embroidered with flowers (thank you to The Boys That Sew at Whittaker Wells). In an ideal world i’d put it with an amazing copper bath, basin and is there such a thing as a copper loo? I’d add dramatic lighting, amazing flooring, mirrors stop,…..stop!

When not sewing I have been planning some forthcoming cooking sessions with Young Adult Carers. I have also set myself the challenge of researching all the names on the local War Memorial. I am looking for any knitters or crocheters who would kindly make me some poppies for this project. Thank you.

We have been enjoying the World Athletics Championships and last weekend saw Bolt run his last solo race. I think everyone expected him to go out in a blaze of golden glory – but alas it wasn’t to be. It was all rather flat but we did have the funny memory of a streaker ripping his trousers off Full Monty style and running down the track. He was eventually tackled to the ground by a tangle of security staff!

Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope it will be relaxing, sunny and happy.

Love Rocking Dog x

Winter Fuel,Rocking Dog

Winter Fuel

Summer Blooms,Rocking Dog

Summer Blooms

Embroidered Blooms,Rocking Dog

Embroidered Blooms

Garden Planning,Rocking Dog

Garden Planning

Magic Beans,Rocking Dog

Magic Beans

Fabulous Figs,Rocking Dog

Fabulous Figs

World Athletics,Rocking Dog

World Athletics

WW1 Research,Rocking Dog

WW1 Research

Baking,Rocking Dog

Baking

Something From Nothing- Spec’s Case

The Process Begins, Rocking Dog

The Process Begins

A little weekend “something from nothing” make project from the Dog. I have got to the age where reading glasses are an essential, especially when reading numbers. Many the time I have mistaken 3’s for 8’s (there’s quite a difference between £30 and £80 or more frighteningly £300 and £800!). So often reading glasses are sold without a case, and they grub around in the bottom of my bag with uncapped Lippy’s, Post It Notes and all manner of girly bag detritus! Scratched and greasy lenses together with bent spec’ arms are often the unfortunate consequence.

Here is my cunning solution, spectacle cases made from fabric swatches. The lovely multi-colour velvet swatch and green spot swatch came in a goodie bag from the launch of Whittaker Wells. Well worth a visit if you are ever in Bristol and want to experience gorgeously delicious fabrics and friendly knowledgable service. Other swatches reside in the Rocking Dog house. Married to a Scot I inevitably always have a stash of tartans. There’s a large plaid sample from a fantastic shop called Anta which I always visit of i’m ever in Edinburgh. Other samples have come from kilt maker Kinloch Anderson. I am ashamed to say that on my last visit I walked into their plate glass door. After ensuring I was indeed living, I heard a shop member make the call to an emergency glazier!…Ooops!

This sewing project is pimpsy (ooh! haven’t used that word since I was at school!) In fact it would be a great introduction to machine sewing for a youngster, with fabrics that are free and something that can be run up in super quick time. When our youngest was at uni’ she hadn’t got much money to buy Christmas presents one year (all those Starbucks coffees me thinks!) so she made all her presents for next to nothing. I will share some of those ideas in the coming weeks.

I think the photographs for this project are fairly self explanatory, so I won’t complicate the process with over embellished instructions. The only thing I may need to clarify is Fig 7’s wooden spoon! If you have chosen a fairly heavy weight fabric you may find it difficult to turn the case out. I find a wooden spoon helpful in pushing the fabric through, and then using a chopstick (or similar) to “sharpen” up the corners.

Incidentally the backdrop for the “finished article” is a page from the book Pieces of Pattern- Lacroix by Lacroix. Truly yummy!

Poor Andyman and I are always scratching around for glasses and I remember an occasion last year when he resorted to wearing my scarlet diamante studded cats eye specs for an appointment. Seriously, would you put your trust in a man wearing such frippery to invest your life savings?!

Whatever you are doing and in whatever hot or cold (bliss!) part of the world you’re in, have a lovely weekend.

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Fantastic Fold, Rocking Dog

Fantastic Fold

Hem No 1, Rocking Dog

Hem No 1

Press That Seam!, Rocking Dog

Press That Seam!

Hem No 2, Rocking Dog

Hem No 2

Well Turned Out!, Rocking Dog

Well Turned Out!

Stylish Protection!, Rocking Dog

Stylish Protection!