'The Remnant Bag'

Weaving with mail satchels : The Remnant Bag

The 'fabric' for this bag was woven with strips of plastic for mail satchels. It was woven on the same warp as the first bag that I made using plastic wrappers for Plastic Free July, last year.  That bag has been carrying home my shopping each week as is holding up well.  It's quirkiness still ...

Making lemonade

Doing a happy dance. I pulled apart the top that I made last week and was able to remake into something I love. The pattern I've used is Knipmode Top 11 July 2019. That collar!! To make the best use of the fabric, I used with the peplum from Dress #10. Just love how this ...

Something to brighten up a dull day…

I saw this bold bright brushstroke knit at The Remnant Warehouse and just couldn't resist. Love the lime cotton knit too. Both nice for a pop of colour on a grey day. The wrap knit wasn't as successful - way to deep in the neckline. The tucked piece doesn't have enough spread in the pattern ...

Plastic-free July: Weaving with soft-plastic wrappers

I wouldn't call this shopping bag a thing of beauty, but it makes a statement in it's own way. Plastic-free July This month, I've signed up to Plastic Free July, aimed at reducing single-use plastics. Most of the simple things I'm already doing so my challenge is to: reduce usage of tetra-pacs: We'd use 5/week ...

That hand-knitted jumper is finished

Just wanted to say a big thank-you to those who left comments when I asked for advice on the best style for my hand-knit jumper (A knitwear design experiment). I finished it a couple of weeks ago and am loving it. As a recap, my knitting experiments usually don't end well. Partly because I loose ...

welt pockets

Graffiti jacquard bomber jacket

This project has been in the pipe-line for a while so it is nice to see it finished and finally blogged. I wanted to make a bomber/varsity jacket from a 'graffiti' jacquard fabric but finding the right pattern wasn't as easy as I first thought. There is something about jacquard fabrics that I can't resist. ...

Butterick 5988 Revisited

Floral Top Last year I made a rayon top using Butterick 5988. I loved the design as it is a nice alternative to a fitted woven T. The waist darts release into a box pleat which gives a slight peplum look. It was a very wearable muslin, but I had taken the side seams in ...

basket full of vegies

Handwoven: Veggie basket from garden prunings

How cool is this? A lovely handwoven basket made from prunings from the garden. Just perfect for harvesting the vegies. The idea for the basket came from a recent episode of Gardening Australia (fact sheet and video here).  Making the basket is fairly easy, although a bit time consuming. The shape of this one is ...

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