I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to recently. It all started with an old blue cushion made from recycled silk saris. The cats loved it (far too much) and my daughter played with it (far too roughly). The result was that the silk had torn in several places and a few pieces had even come off. I hung on to it though because I liked it so much, until one day I looked at it and thought it really had disintegrated too far.

Not one to throw things away willy nilly, I carefully deconstructed the cushion and am able to re-use everything except the zip which broke when I was wrenching taking it out.

If you look closely you can see the silk is worn through in places, has torn edges and has faded. Of course, brown is a classic combination with blue so it was the first colour I thought of to make a notebook cover and to set off the colour of the silk.

I’ve named it Faded Glory as that’s how I remember the cushion. The decoration is mainly the silk plus a little of the bright blue muslin which formed the back of the cushion. Other than adding a few beads I’ve left it quite plain which is most unusual for me. It’s rapidly becoming one of my favourites and should make it’s way to my shop very soon.

Not content with one I went on to make second notebook this time using only the bright blue muslin for decoration. I decided to team it with a little jade green and a grey background. I’ve added a few silk fibres for sheen.

I’m still considering whether or not add a few beads or stitches to the circles and I don’t have a name for it yet so if you have any suggestions post them here. The colours on this one are beautiful and it’s noticeable how much brighter the muslin is on the grey background than it is on the brown. That’s the nuno effect of the fibres coming up through the fabric.

If you want to make a notebook cover of your own, take a look at my tutorial.

Scarves galore

Occasionally I run felt making workshops for Sedbergh Community Development Council up in Kirby Lonsdale. The pictures below are from the lattice scarf workshop I think they all look lovely and wearable.


I also ran a felt for Christmas workshop but for some strange reason didn’t get any decent photos. However I was very pleased to receive the following feedback

Kathrine said “Just a quick message to say thank you so much for such an enjoyable and inspiring day. I have really wanted to do felting for ages and your workshop today has wetted my appetite for doing it even more, I just loved working with the wools and threads, you really gave us a wonderful day, thank you so much!”

Kirsty said “Thanks for a great workshop today. Everyone at home was impressed with what I had produced!”

How very kind of people to let me know they’ve enjoyed the workshops. 🙂

Bags of bags

It was a lovely group of people last week and some fabulous bags as I’m sure you’ll agree.

One of the people who attended was Christine who was kind enough to say “Thanks. I meant to say how much I enjoyed the workshop on Thursday. I never knew felt could be so exciting.” That made my day 🙂