What’s that lurking under the bed…?

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As you may, or may not remember from one of my previous posts, I have confessed to having rather a large stash of sewing/creative magazines under my bed.

Capture1Many of these are staples that you would find at any newsagents, such as Sew magazine ( which is great for free dressmaking patterns) and Mollie Makes (a nice quirky read guaranteed to bring a smile) the big favourites that didn’t go anywhere near the recycling bin were from US brands Interweave and Stampington.

Capture2I first came across these titles while visiting one of my favourite stitchery dens, Rainbow Silks in Great Missenden (of Roald Dahl fame). They carry a huge range of magazines from both publishers and their beautifully produced covers are very hard to resist.  Stampington do a wonderful range of really quirky titles, including whole magazines devoted to rejuvenating clothing – Altered Couture – as well as eclectic soft toys and the melding of 3D artwork using paper, fabric, painting and dyeing techniques to produces some wonderful pieces of art.  The photography is always amazing and the writing enthusiastic, it’s a bit like National Geographic for creative types!

STF-200x200The other title which I always buy is Stitch from Interweave.  I like this magazine because it is absolutely jammed full of projects with the patterns included or easily downloaded from their website.  There is just a little chat at the front and a few product reviews, but other than that it is all about the sewing.  I have made lots of different things (including Bob, Fred and Bert the reindeer) of various different levels of complexity and there is little that I haven’t been pleased with.  There are even free bonus projects on the web like the Feel Good Love Pillow

If you can handle working in inches and the frustration of not having as easy access to crafting materials as is apparent in the US marketplace, I can heartily recommend these publishers for pushing you outside your normal sewing/creative comfort zone.

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Day 39

Day39_fabricnecklaceOut of the jaws of disaster… This was supposed to be a quick and easy little project to see me sail magnficently to the end of the 40 Makes but turned into a bit of an epic – all because I cut the fabric 2cm too narrow.

This little beaded necklace is really easy to construct – consisting of a fabric tube into which you push beads, either glass, cotton or wood.  I however misjudged the size of my balls in comparison to my tube and just at the moment of triumph discovered that the former were far to big for the latter.

Of course I could have just cut another length of fabric out – but I couldn’t waste what I had – so I just had to make a little trip to my favourite sewing emporioum Rainbow Silks in Great Missenden (right next door to the rather scrumptilumtious Cafe Twit) to get some different sized balls.  Three attempts later you see the finished result modelled here most beautifully by Kitty.

 

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