A present for a friend – will she like it?

28 11 2011


Apologies for the picture but I forgot to take this in daylight.  I’ve made it as a birthday present for a friend – I hope she likes it as I’m finding it hard to give it away!  I love the fabric (Kaffe Fassett)and the beads and sequins.  I’m quite excited that some of my pears are on sale in the Winds of Change gallery in Winchcombe.  I’m half hoping they don’t sell them so that I can have them back on my mantelpiece.


Where do you shop?

21 11 2011

I’ve been to Hobbycraft in Cheltenham today.  It opened at the weekend and was still busy today.  I had a coupon for £5 off if I spent £20.  I left without buying anything partly because I’d rather shop where people can give me help and advice, where I have a wide choice of fabric and beads and threads etc like Sue’s Crafts or the wool shop in Broadway or even the internet where many of the businesses combine real shops with internet sales.

I found the choice and the prices interesting because I was surprised how expensive it seemed.  Of course, I was only comparing the sewing and fabric and wool but the choice of haberdashery and fabric and thread was quite limited and cost much more than I expected.  On the plus side, I could park for free, shop at Sainsburys and buy petrol all in one spot but that isn’t enough for me to shop there and risk losing specialist shops.  If they go then we will be left with the limited offering in Hobbycraft or the internet.  And I for one don’t want that so I’ll pay for parking if necessary to visit Sue or Goosechase and be grateful for the advice and choice on offer.  And of course I’ll buy on the internet for those more unusual fabrics that I can’t resist!

So where will you shop?

Social Evening

21 11 2011

We had a good evening with satisfying food and stimulating company.  As Losi is missing the next meeting she brought along some things to ‘Show and Tell’.

The photo below is the doll that Lois has made using the fabric that Nora had bought to make the doll for her  granddaughter.  She is called Sewingsusie  (not quiltingsusy!) and was really amazing to see.  The detail was amazing.

Baby pears..

6 11 2011










I’ve had a break from making pears but recently I offered to make one for my friend Mary with her own choice of fabric and once I’d started I couldn’t stop..  So I have made several and now I’ve made a baby one with an 80% template which in volume turns out to look quite small compared to the original size.  The mantel piece is filling up again.