Well, hello from naughty blogger corner!
I know, it’s been an age, but I genuinely have been busy!
At the end of June, I started some cross stitch work for the fabulous Emily Peacock. I decided I needed to give this my undivided attention, and so on the 19th June I stopped knitting. Yes, really. I put all of my WIPs, needles, hooks and yarn in a big box that was sealed up and put in the loft. Although currently im fancying a dainty crocheted shawl, but time is not on my side so it’s not going to happen.
Anyway, I finished my work for Emily on 6th August, and word on the street from Emily is that I’ll be able to show it you in the next month or so. In the meantime I have two stunning kits by Emily that are calling my name, and I can’t wait to start on them but I suspect it will be the new year now.
The day I finished working for Emily also happened to be the first day of the Festival of Quilts here at the NEC. I was lucky enough to have won a ticket to the show from Frank Nutt Sewing Machines, and so I went along to shop rather than look at the quilts, but having seen photos online I really wish I’d spent more time looking at the quilts! I did spend a little time catching up with Frank and also the super talented Claire Muir and had a little chat to them about a used but epic Bernina Sewing Machine they currently have available…I need to save some pennies!
I picked up some fabric and a dress pattern at the show. I’ve saved the fabric for now; it’s Liberty Tana Lawn and the name of the stall escapes me but the fabric is just divine. I had to have it!
Unusually for me, the dress has come up a little bit big on top so I need to maybe adjust the zip and the darts slightly. Here’s the finished dress in Amy Butler fabric that I’ve had in my stash for a few years. I literally squeezed the most out of every inch of fabric, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out. You’ll have to wait until it’s all adjusted for proper photos!
I took time out to say hello to Hannah Bass and picked up some work that I’d arranged prior to meeting her. It’s crazy, I’ve seen Emily’s work in the iconic Liberty’s and Hannah’s work featured in February (I think) on Mr X Stitch, and now I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work for these wonderful ladies.
Hannah dropped off a frame at home, and I’m currently working on Amsterdam for her.
In between all this, I’ve started a new part time job to supplement my student finance income when I return to university next month. I need to get cracking on my summer trends project. Oh and I’ve designed and started making a wedding dress for my cousin too….
In between all that, Oliver has started nursery, and Lily is about to finish nursery as she prepares for starting school in two weeks. Clothes need labelling, bags need packing, shoes need polishing and although I feel sad and nervous about this new phase, I’m so excited for her because she’s really looking forward to school and I know she will do well. The Husband has just had a week off, so we’ve had a major house blitz/declutter/clean and done the jobs that don’t get done very often. We also took a day out to visit Conkers, which I think I’ll post a review about in the next couple of days.
September is fast approaching and it’s really beginning to feel like a fresh start….