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Embroidery // My first ever piece.

Hi all,

I recently went to a brilliant little workshop run by Emma from Harper & Finch and she showed us all basic embroidery stitches. Needless (it’s got ‘needle’ in it!) to say that I got hooked! I’m actually pretty broke right now and can’t afford to buy new fabrics for sewing, so this is the perfect obsession in the meantime. I’ve got all the fabrics and threads I could ever want already from when I was hooked on cross stitch…

I went home after the workshop and found this lovely image online which was just so fitting. I had to stitch it.

Because I get bored easily I tried some satin stitch for one of the roses and a chain stitch for some of the thicker lines. In hindsight, I should’ve used more strands of the thread to cover the pinkish iron on marks better (I used 2 strands). My thinking was that the design was quite intricate at times and I wanted to be able to show more detail… Maybe the marks will ‘wear off’ over time or get bleached by the sun but I’ve almost grown to like them. After all, this is my first attempt and I’ll love it just for that 🙂

So I embroidered it (sounds so grown up!) – and this is what it looks like:


IMG_9908(#showusyourbackside 😉 #messybuthey)

When I can muster some courage I might try and fill in the scissors with water colour to make them more visible. But that’s for another time.

In the meantime I HAD to embroider something on the beautiful Liberty fabric from my cushion post. Could you resist?



BONUS // Walkaway Dress (Butterick 4790)

Hello there,

I recently had the brilliant chance to attend a workshop with the lovely Janice Collier who showed us how to sew the beautiful Walkaway Wrap Dress from The Sewing Bee. Literally millions of you have already written about this so I only wanted to show you how mine came out.

There are a couple of notes I’d like to make…

  • Definitely use the broader bias binding instead of the slim kind they ask you to buy. It’s quite fiddly around the neck at least and you’ll thank yourself for buying the broader kind.
  • Don’t forget to let the dress hang for at least 24 hours after sewing on the bias binding and before hemming the dress. (it does say so in the pattern but being excited as we normally are we might skip over this part…) This step settles the bias into the right place.

Here it is: IMG_9823
And here are some details from it:

IMG_9335  IMG_9821IMG_9822

Hello there –

just a little sneak peek of one of the nice things you can buy in my new Etsy Shop.

Take a look 🙂

IMG_9577  IMG_9578IMG_9574  inside

Cu soon xx

The F Word


Which did you think I meant? If it was ‘F*ck’ then that’s just normal, isn’t it? But if it was ‘F*minism’ then how come you associate ‘The F Word’ -that traditionally stands for F*ck- with Feminism. It’s just got a bad rep! Can we all just get over the word and remember the cause, please?

I do agree that some feminist activists have taken their cause a bit too far but because it is called Feminism that has now turned the idea sour in so many people’s mind.

Recently people have called for calling it Equalism, I’m on board with that. But why do we need a new word for it? It’s the same thing!

Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.

I recently had a really interesting discussion with friends about this and it definitely transpired that many women feel misunderstood in their feminist/equalist aspirations. And my male friends found it hard to call themselves feminists even if they fundamentally agreed with the principle of equal rights, equal pay, equal everything. Because ‘feminism’ sounds like we want to prioritise women’s rights. It’s a technicality, isn’t it? Call it whatever you like, get over that word, don’t let that taint your aspiration for an equal society.

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