In between the outdoorsy stuff, there has been a little activity in the Den, of course. A very good customer asked me to make a patchwork tea cosy as a present for her mum's birthday and I was happy to oblige. I do hope it shall be a gift well received. (Bit of a rubbish photo, sorry about that, it was a bit of an after thought just as I was about to parcel the cosy up).
The ric rac edging makes me think of a dinosaur!
There has also been a bit of quiet early morning crochet going on. In fact, these projects were virtually completed on our extended holiday, just a few final finishing touches needed now and all shall be revealed.
I was recently lucky enough to receive a cute little parcel of gifts from a good friend, the goodies being contained in this pretty little embroidered bag. Love it, it's so me! It's been handy for keeping my crochet bits 'n' pieces in.
Vintage fabrics, crochet. Is there anything better?
It's not all been housey slavery, though. I mean, how could I ignore the 15% off Cath K offer in Easy Living mag? So off I trotted for a pleasant day on Marylebone High Street and I am rather in love with my cute new pumps.
More shopping came in the form of some customarily gorgeous fabrics from Donna. I love this one, it's actually a wool blend and I bought it intending to use it for a cushion back but now I have seen and felt the texture of the fabric, I think it would make a lovely scarf.
The shoes just won't go away! There has been more stitchery, largely of the hand sewing, embroidery kind. I hope to take some decent photos of these over the weekend and show you properly next week. For now, just a little tease..!
I've also been cutting out flags from yummy fabrics to make more flea market bunting which has veritably flown off the HenHouse shop shelves. Just one set of the original batch left and as I also want some for ourselves at home, it was time to cut out some more. Fingers crossed that the weather we need to get these beauties strung up outdoors is on its way.
Finally, I tried out a new patchwork technique, the "hour glass" pattern. I used lots of my gorgeous new fabrics, being the vintage ones which came home with me from the Vintage and Handmade Fair. My initial fabric choices were not great as I found this pattern really needs bright colours to set off against the white so I went along a little more boldly.
I didn't want to make a whole quilt but I was quite happy to make a cushion (of course!) I decided to finish it by tying it with colourful perle cottons in the traditional manner and I am really pleased with the effect.
Wishing you all a super-duper weekend.
See you next week.