Juki

Hot crafting, the end of a stressful week, my kind of therapy, a little sew

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It’s hot again! 33 degrees here yesterday. I sat and sewed, staying out of the sun – making more cute things to sell. Doughnuts and cakes seem to be the thing they like in the local teashop so watch this space for more doughnutty and cakey pics. Here are just three coasters/drink mats with the theme. Apologies for the photo quality.  It truly is a ‘snap’ taken in a hurry (reminiscent of those days when you took a photo, sent the film cartridge of 24 photos off to the developers then waited a week to get the pictures back, to discover out of the 24 only 4 or 5 were slightly worthy of being proud of. Anyone remember those days?!)

mats

Today we’re hitting the 30’s again and I have the sewing machine at the ready.  I know many sewists have several machines, I have just one good one at the moment. What sewing machine brands do others favour?  I have a fantastic Juki HZL e80 with an automatic needle threader and I never use the foot control as it has a on/off/go/stop button as an alternative.  A good friend, sewing tutor, can’t get her head around the button but she likes the automatic threader – less squinting when trying to thread the thread!

Sewing and knitting are definitely my kind of therapy and I just read yet again another article on the internet that someone new has just come to realise it too!  For once in my life I am feeling slightly on trend.  This week has been a little stressful, with a family funeral, the build up to it, the coming down after it.  When time was free I picked up the knitting needles or fabric stash and set to. I can’t say I tidied up after myself, much to the chagrin of husband and son – but decided it was the creating I needed. I am wondering how long I can wing that one!  I always say life is too short to do more than the minimum housework.

Knitting, no photo made the shortlist today – sorry! I did 10cm of a green/white cotton top, just straight stocking stitch, mindless knitting rather than row counting.  I also started a new sample for the shop where I work – as the original has been stolen!!! Yes, that’s right! First I was horrified, then after a few hours decided that I must have made such a good job of it that the thief couldn’t resist.  The power of positive thinking, we should all do that more!   Food for thought here

https://awakenandbreathe.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/the-power-of-positive-thinking/

Wishing you all a good day/weekend/crafting session.

 

 

Quilted beginning of something .. a few weeks of creation and a show of textile artistry.

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Quilted beginning of something

I haven’t decided what it’s going to be yet!

 

I just discovered this draft blog post from a while ago – I was ‘cleaning’ up things on my laptop – I can’t believe I missed posting this.  I guess at the time my blogging practice was poor or the internet signal failed and I just didn’t remember to press ‘send’ .  What a fail!

Well, this lovely piece of patchwork turned into a sewing machine cover.  I have been sewing quite a lot over the last two weeks and every time I reveal my machine it brings me a little delight.

I have a Juki HZL-e80 machine purchased a few years ago from World of Sewing in Bromley, Kent.  https://www.worldofsewing.com

Yesterday, whilst sewing with a friend – a lovely day spent together quilting – more to follow on my next post about that – we were chatting about what we like about our machines and why we bought them.  For me, it was several things – the automatic needle threader,  thread cutter attachment, the use of a stop/start button as an alternative to a foot pedal, the fact you can slow the sewing speed down (from hare to a tortoise!), the selection of embroidery stitches, the weight of the machine – at the time it was a huge leap up from my second hand old Singer which had been struggling on for eons!  I guess, you can make more with the correct tools.  I was so fed up with my old machine grabbing the thread around the bobbin spool and it was clunky and so heavy to move from the cupboard to the table.

I am so inspired by what I see friends make and from the online world, either through blogs or Pinterest (there’s how to lose a few hours!).  I have been loving my latest creative weeks – there are not enough hours in the day to sew and to knit!  I am between ‘real’ jobs and it’s been marvellous to just enjoy creating and trying to use some of my fabric and yarn stash.

I love to see what others make – even considered eventually opening my own Etsy shop, but that’s a long way off.

At a recent trip to a local craft fair – a recce to see what sells (!) – there was a fantastic textile exhibition.  I loved one person’s work in particular, which included a mini hexagan patchwork quilt (no photo here), embroidery of the most colourful kind, and other embroideries on reclaimed antimassacars !  Adding just a few photos – on this occasion real snapshots only.

I hope you like what you see here.