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Hey Dolls,Hope everyone is well and happy as we hit the halfway mark for the year eek! Where have the months gone?I can’t believe I’m only 5 days away from 33 and potentially a third of the way through my time on this dirty old disc. &n…read more
I would have to say Frank Turner If Ever I Stray. I’d heard this song at the back end of 2011 after a friend of mine said if he had the choice he’d have Frank played at his funeral. I thought that was a big old compliment so I checked him out and I was not disappointed. That song in particular is about the paths we take and the wobbles along the way and totally chimed with where I was in life at that time. Then I was randomnly on my way back to Brighton via London at the end of particularly ass week in November 2011 and there was some dudes on train chatting about going to see him at Hammersmith so I took a chance and detoured there to see if I could get a ticket, which I did. I was awed apart from the Pulp reformation gigs that year, which fixed my heart he was the most amazing thing to see live in a long time. I have since become an ardent fan. I can’t recommend attending one of his gigs at least once because he gives his all and the audience come together in this mad communion. I always leave feeling better about life.
Hot damn Sew Dixie has gone for the brain twizzlers hasn’t she. I’ve got a tonne I could name from Grace Jones, to Prince, to Cyndi Lauper, to Marilyn but if pressed hard I’m going to have to say Vivienne Westwood. This is because I absolutely love her shere disregard for the appropriate and the fact that she cuts clothes for women that have lumps and bumps and she’s rides her bike in a ballgown sometimes. She actually makes me not worry about ageing because she’s still fabulous and relevant in her seventh decade. Yay for not giving a fig!
Now my turn to play Magnus Magnusson. Here’s my 11 humdingers.
Finally, here’s my 11 bloggers who I feel are deserving of this little award
Sarah makes lovely clothes and has a great fringe.
Warning: this is not a massively sewing related post but you do get to see me painted green.
Good evening darling ones,
If you’re anything remotely like me you’ve probably got a few pieces in your wardrobe that could be worn a bit more frequently. Yes? That jacket you used to love but now the love has faded slightly. Or a tshirt that could do with a brightening up.
♥ Embellish with Stitches ♥
Well, that’s what my new class is all about! It’s four weeks of stitchy goodness all focused on giving our wardrobes a bit of a makeover. There will be some fun techniques, new stitches to try and classics like cross stitch. All in delicious happy colours of course! The class is suitable for anyone, beginners and more experiences stitchers.
Some of the things covered in the class:
• Stitching on jersey (tshirts and similar)
• Embroidery on a jacket
• Rhodes stitch
• Designs that will appeal to the menfolk in our lives
• Using soluble canvas
• Embellishing canvas shoes (yes, shoes!)
• And lots more!
♥ Class start ♥
The class starts on May 20th and runs for 4 weeks. You will have access to the class site after the end of the class and most of the material will also be available as PDFs to download and save on your computer. Sign up here for the class.
I hope to see you in class for some stitching fun! 🙂read more
Happy April! Is it spring yet? It’s so cold here in the UK, we’re still wearing our winter coats. Where’s the sun, the warmth?
♥ Paris Spring pattern ♥
Atleast with my new pattern, Paris Spring I can fantasize about being in Paris, sipping a nice beverage at a rickety table on the sidewalk outside a cozy café. Oh if only, right?! 🙂
The pattern is inspired by Paris Metro signs, Art Nouveau (with all its curly and swirly bits) and of course the Eiffel Tower. It’s not a naturalistic Tour Eiffel, because that would just be boring!
My stitched version is full of hearts because Paris has that reputation of being all about l’amour. But! If you’re in a less romantic mood, the pattern also includes a version without a single heart. And there are also stripped down versions of the Tower, without any decorations. Plus a few frames and borders and a flurry of hearts (très romantique, non?)read more
♥ New pattern ♥
And why not put that discount to good use on this new pattern called Blomkrans? It is inspired by Swedish folk embroidery. The name means ‘Flower wreath’ in Swedish – in case you were wondering! The pattern includes 15 extra motifs derived from the main pattern so there’s plenty to mix and match and do your own thing. 🙂
Happy stitching – and happy Valentine’s!
PS – Are you on Instagram? I’d love to see what you’re up to – stitchy or otherwise! Find me as polkaandbloom. And I’d absolutely love if you’d share what you make from Polka & Bloom patterns. 🙂
Hello my sweets,I hope this Wintery evening finds you well and at the very least cosy. I’m currently covered in pom poms after upcycling a jumper for Christmas so strong that it had the potential to bring on snow :)This bad boy was made for Minic…read more
The next morning the alarm rang at 7am and thanks to our legendary cheerleading bridesmaid, Sara and equally legendary twin sisters aka the beautifying team the getting ready went like clockwork despite there being six ladies to ready and a baby. Honestly Frank the wedding planner from Father of the Bride had nothing on our gal 🙂 She could run the country that one!
It was a super emotional day and the first time I choked was when our very beautiful bride clocked how lovely she was in the mirror as pictured below.
The whole day was just a massive show of love from the tears in the church with Steph aka the sister-in-law singing opera, Laura’s Mama’s beautiful speech, Louisa singing the first dance with her trio the Spitfire Sisters with little baby Poppy strapped to her.
And finally my crafty skills performed one last win.
So there you have it that was my wedding whirl and whirly it was but my heart definitely got a bit bigger over that fortnight and I still get a bit teary when I think how touched I was to be able to be a part of the start of the next chapter for two very dear friends of mine. I love you girls and I raise a glass of the good stuff to you and your beloveds may the road rise up to meet you at every turn 🙂
All this celebratory talk brings me nicely to the fact that I forgot my own celebration. My blogiversary passed me by on the 24th October. I can’t believe I’ve been waffling on for a year and people are still reading but for this I thank you. I write for a living so to do it for pleasure and to know that people out there are entertained by it makes me very happy. So to send a proper thanks I’m doing my first giveaway and it’s wedding related.
The 2013 Polka & Bloom calendar panels are in the shop! Or rather, pre-orders of the second lot, because the first lot has sold out already!! I can’t even say how happy that makes me! Every new design feels like a bit of a gamble… “will people ev…read more
How the devil are you? I don’t know about you but it’s getting very breezy around Demeanour HQ so much so I’ve had to swap the flip flops for slippers but a new season brings a whole new gamut of sewing projects 🙂
I have to tell you about the secret project I was working on before I cut a swathe into my Autumnal sewing, which will include making a replica of the gorgeous scarlet cloak worn by Juliette Binoche in Chocolat. It will mean having to watch the film again so I can pick out an accurate pattern but I think I can push myself to suffer a 120 minutes of Johnny Depp for my sewing 😉
Those amongst you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook will have heard me warbling on about big project involving wood and wire. Well it was actually a skirt I was making but as the title of this post suggests it was no ordinary skirt even by Miss D standards 😉
Back in August the amazing organisation that is Macmillan Cancer Support asked me if I could replicate the skirt below to raise awareness of their biggest fundraising event, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.