Thursday, 13 June 2019

Tapestry Cushions


There is a lovely company who do tapestry kits called Ehrman.  I have done a few of their cushion kits in the past.  You can find the company here

The first one was this dark one with Roses.

That was followed by this larger Foxgloves one.

Then I did a couple of mini kits (not made by Ehrman) which I put into cushion panels.

This lighter Rose one was on my frame for years, I got 90% of it done then for some reason (probably when I bought my first Singer Featherweight!) it got put away unfinished.

I was recently given an Ermin kit, it was unopened.  So I had to finish the Rose one before starting a new one.

I had this glorious green velvet panel in my fabric stash, it was actually an upholstery fabric sample someone gave me, it still had a label on the back.  It also had a rubbery finish on the back which transferred onto the paintwork on my Singer 221 machine.  This had to be carefully cleaned off the shiny black paintwork, crikey will have to be more careful.

The new project is a Pansy cushion,

Pansies are one of my favourite flowers, they smell so nice and look so happy!

I've had a quick look on the Ehrman website, I couldn't see the Roses and Foxglove cushions so they mustn't have them anymore.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tilda Fabric Project


Found a use for the fat quarter pack of Tilda fabric.  This is the second project from this book.

Embroidery panel done, I haven't done a very much of this especially the satin stitch on the letter L.

It's a stationery pocket to hang next to my desk.

It has a pocket for pens and another below for stamps (no more searching, I will know where they are).  I used the Tilda ribbon that held the bundle together for the hanging loops.

I will keep any letters that need me to do something with them instead of just putting them in the filing box and forgetting about them!


Monday, 6 May 2019

Beamish Museum Shed Envy


I am a shed sort of girl, perhaps its being brought up on a working smallholding farm in Yorkshire.  I have 2 lovely sheds (well one is a summerhouse) and my greenhouse is masquerading as  shed!

We took Burt to Beamish for a day out, it was my birthday treat.

Great place, I drooled over their sheds.

This little hook caught my attention.

I think this posh looking shed is made out of an old boiler.  The windows are great.

They have rebuilt a cottage belonging to quilter, the poor chap was murdered.  I thought that there would be quilts in there but no, just one on the bed and quilting frame in front of the fire.  He designed Durham Quilts.  There was an article in one of the quilting magazines about this.  I thought that they would have had a collection of quilts in there and make a big deal out of the quilts but the chap dressed in period costume was only talking about the murder.  I was a little disappointed re the lack of quilts.  My sister had been to Beamish, she was given a guide and in was a quilt trail for you to find quilts in the other buildings, unfortunately we weren't given anything when we paid to go in, the girl on the desk was too busy admiring Burt the flirt! She must of forgotten.

Burt the collie, enjoyed his day out.

The even rebuilt the cottage with a crack in the wall.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Homemade Needle Case Birthday Present


Just for a change I actually made something with my Singer 221K, all I have seemed to do recently is service and restore my machines instead of using them!

Using the Centennial Featherweight I made a needlecase using the pattern from this lovely book (bought from The Works for just a few pounds).   It was for my sister Sandi.

I tweaked the embroidery pattern a bit missing out a cat (my sis is not a cat person)

Filled it with a selection of needles and pins, a teeny charm pack of Moda fabric and a handy Prym chalk tracing wheel.

All ready to go.

We had a visit to Beamish Museum a few weeks ago, in the Drapers shop they were selling fat quarters so I bought a few, the fabric is lovely quality.  Still got 2 more to use.

She loved it, phew!

When I went into the sewing shop to buy the charm pack and tracing wheel.  Three fat quarters of Tilda somehow fell into my shopping basket.  So had another project to do, this is the start of it.

Its a pouch for keeping letters in to hang on the back of the door next to my desk to keep my "things to do letters" in.  I have a habit of stuffing into a box and forgetting about them!


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

White Singer Featherweight 221K


Its official, I am a compulsive Featherweight Buyer, just can't help it

My local Auction House had this little gem in a job lot.  I spotted the case online so a quick trip to town on Sunday morning to check it had the matching white machine inside.  I opened the lid and quickly shut it as there were loads of people milling about,  didn't want them to get any ideas or see how cute these machines are.  Pushed it to the back of the shelf hoping no one would spot it.

After leaving an online bid, I waited till Tues to see if my cunning plan worked.

Yeah it did.  So off to collect my treasure.

Wasn't sure what the other items were as I hadn't really looked at them.  There was a dealer chap collecting his lots who offered to buy my unwanted items, so I let him have the pictures, he gave me £15 for them which covered the commission on my lot.  He seemed a bit too keen to get the other items so I brought them home, good job I did, the compass is worth some money so will put it and the other items  on Ebay later on, if they sell anywhere near what I think they are worth, I will have got a free machine.  He also was keen to know what I was going to do with the sewing machine and was trying to find out about it as it was a "miniature" one! Not wanting him to find out about these machines in case the auction house get some more in, I just said casually, "bought it to sew on" so he lost interest in it!

Its in good condition with just a few nicks on the paintwork, its original white belt is in good condition so will keep that safe and use a black one on the machine.   I had the correct box for the accessories and managed to find a manual on ebay. The machine dates from 1968/69.

Gave it a clean and polish along with a jolly good oil. The case was grubby with a few scratches, stuck down a few loose bits.  The lining paper is in good condition, put a piece of oil cloth in the bottom to protect it when the machine is stored in it.

The tension took a bit of sorting out but not too bad.  It sounded a bit tractor like at first but as the oil began to do its job, the machine became quieter.

My Featherweight collection is now complete.

221K Black
221K Centennial Black
222K Free-arm Black
221K White

Unless I find a Tan one, now there's a challenge!  Never seen one for sale in the UK.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Dewhurst Sylko Cotton Perle Treasure


Yesterday there was a knock on the door, Carol a neighbour with an old box in her hands.

She has been having a clear out and seeing I was the only person she knew who was "crafty", would I like her mum's box of threads?  A big thanks to Carol, I was thrilled. They will be good for hand quilting when I need a bit thicker thread.

Another box inside, these are such lovely bright colours.

Still on the Sylko theme, my partner gave me a  dark green Sylko Pin Pot which matches the one I bought at the vintage fair recently.

So a Sylko Day, Yeah!


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Vulcan Junior Child's Sewing Machine & Sylko Pin Pot


We went to a great Vintage Fair held at Thirsk Auction Mart yesterday.  We took Burt our collie with us, he had a super day saying hello to as many people and dogs as he could.  His new nickname is "Burt the Flirt".

I spotted this little sewing machine, my sister Sandi wants to teach her grandchildren how to sew so this will ideal for a first machine.  It came with its original box.

Gave a quick clean and polish then tested it out this morning, it works OK without any tinkering.  To keep it stable its got its own clamp.

The instruction booklet is a bit tatty but its all there.

It tells the new owner to treat it properly!  Bet today's toys don't have instructions like that.

Its a 1950's machine and is a chainstitch machine.  It uses 206 x 13 Singer needles which are now getting a bit rarer but you can still find them thank goodness.  They are shorter than the more common 15x1 that all my Singer machines use.

My treat was finding at Sylko Pin Pot in the shape of a cotton reel.  Been after one of these for ages but they are expensive on Ebay.  This is the smaller size one.