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Book Launch and Fair

I really hope you can come to my Book Launch in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth on 2nd August, 2015 from 11am-4pm. I will be joined by my very talented friends for a craft and vintage fair, selling unique gifts, homewares and vintage items. There will be complimentary  tea and coffee, and if you fancy a tipple, the […]

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Singer Sewing Book Front Cover 1950s

My New Sewing Machine

“ This book is dedicated to women and girls – especially to teachers of sewing everywhere – who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures, the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams, and who delight always in appropriate fabrics carefully cut and made up for a happy purpose” When I read the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: CONTEMPORARY UPHOLSTERY BY H STANTON

I love this book. I think I’d actually go further and say it’s the best practical upholstery book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Everything from the way it’s laid out to it’s visually appealing furniture and fabrics makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE VINTAGE PATTERN SELECTOR

I was very honoured and excited to receive an advanced copy of The Vintage Pattern Selector (Jo Barnfield, 2013, Bloomsbury) recently.

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BOOK REVIEW: V&A PATTERN LIBERTY & CO

My Mum bought me this dinky little book for Christmas. She must have sneaked it in her shopping bag when we visited Liberty together in December. The book, called ‘V&A Pattern Liberty & Co. is a historical look back at how Liberty began, and more importantly, a catalogue of the Liberty fabrics held at the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE PRINTED SQUARE

I was perusing the aisles of Waterstones recently – I like to see what crafting/business books are out every now and again – and I came across this: The Printed Square by Nicky Albrechtsen. Ugh. Practically no text, just pages and pages of gorgeous vintage handkerchief visuals. My kind of book.

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BARGAIN BARGELLO

Me and my Mum met in Winchester last week – it’s sort of the mid way point between my house and my sister’s house so we often do day trips there. I do like Winchester. I think I have found my favourite retail shop too – The Hambledon. I’ve used pinterest to pin a few […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ORLA KIELY ‘PATTERN’

Yonks ago (well, November), I bought this Orla Kiely book called Pattern from Selfridges. It’s obvious to me that Orla Kiely is heavily influenced by vintage fabric in her design and that why I have come to love her stem print and have purchased duvet covers, pots, handbags and aspired to buy pieces in her […]

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DEC(ORATE) THE HALLS

Phewww…I made it to Christmas! Hall is decorated, turkey dinner eaten and many presents opened…oh and a lot of Baileys consumed. I can now look forward to a New Year and concentrate on all things fabric. Yipeeeee.

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DESIGNING THE 1950’s & 1960’s

I’m still exploring Bournemouth – well it’s only been 7 weeks so there is still lots to see. The other day I visited a little second hand book store near my home; I always like to see if they have any old fabric books to help with researching my fabrics. Unfortunately in this particular book […]

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