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Moseley Festival

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

If you’re in Birmingham this Saturday you should pop down to Moseley for the Moseley Festival.  There’s a whole host of things going on including CBSO players playing in the private park, summer cider tasting at The Fighting Cocks and an Art Trail around Moseley.

I’ll be selling my wares at the street fair on the village green (Alcester Rd and St Mary’s Row).  So do come, say hello and marvel at my new fabric and cut out greetings cards (pictured above).  I’ll also be selling my usual mix of accessories, cushions and stitched pictures.

commission

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Things are hotting up here at needlesandhooks.  It’s not just the beautiful weather we’ve had over the weekend.  I’ve just received a new commission to make a wall hanging for a stair well.  Design has just been approved by clients.  Now begins the fun part - fabric shopping.

I’ve also just finished a commission for a private client in London.  I’ve made a large cushion set with flight embroidery using vintage 1940’s wool crepe, printed Japanese cotton and recycled satin polyester.

Am really pleased with the cushions - in fact I would like to keep them.  If you want to see more photos click here

patchwork

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Well the weeks have been catching up with me. I’ve been racking my brains about what to make for Mid Century Modern Show.  I’ve made some large heavily embroidered cushions, a few more ‘jigsaw’ cushions and some hand knitted ones (which I really want to keep as they are lovely).

But today inspiration struck - what about some patchwork cushions.  I’ve got loads of small scraps of fabric left over from making other things and a new crop of jeans to recycle.  It all feels like a plan coming together - or to quote properly  ‘I love it when a plan comes together’.

So here’s what I did - first of all I choose three fabrics to work with, denim from old jeans, some 50’s floral cotton and some wool/cotton blend.  I cut them into 10 x 10cm squares - yes cut with scissors!  I don’t have a rotary cutter but if I’m going to do more of these I think I will have to invest in one.

I then laid out the squares of fabric into a 9 patch block.  That’s a fancy quilters term - I bet you didn’t know that I was schooled in the dark arts of quilting.

When the 9 patch block is sewn together I cut it into quarters and arranged into pattern.

I did this with 4 9 patch blocks and ended up with this cushion front.  The pattern is called disappearing nine patch and I think I’ll be making more of these for the show