This week I am counting my blessings.
I have been passed on crafting supplies from a variety of sources… There’s a certain thrill in receiving a bag like this and wondering what it holds.
I was very delighted to discover amongst other goodies a button box. Anyone else just love having a looking through someone’s else’s once treasured buttons – there’s no knowing the stories behind them. Were they saved from a much loved garment?
The bag also contained a darning mushroom, much as I love recycling and upcycling I suspect I will never take up darning!
Next up up was an enormous bag of wool and tweed fabrics, from a lovely friend of my Mums’s. Ann recently moved house and was having a sort out. These fabrics are going to be perfect for a lovely range of winter bags. It was so thoughtful of her to pass them my way.
Finally an old hand turned sewing machine. It’s simply beautiful to look at. I have yet to work out how to access the bobbin and give it a go. I am hoping it will cope with thicker layers of fabric than my modern machine:) The idea is to teach my daughter to sew with it. She’s not known for her co-ordination, so I’m not sure how best to go about teaching her. Has anyone any tips, experience? Would you recommend teaching on a manual machine or an electric?
Finally this week I have made myself a wrist pincushion, prompted into it by a twitter chat #makedoandmendhour. Recently I have just heard one story too many where people, storing pins in their mouth, have inhaled them into their lungs, or swallowed them. I have to admit to the dreadful habit of holding the odd pin between my lips for convenience. But NO longer…
It took me ten minutes to whip up this wrist pincushion, if you feel prompted to whip one up yourself the cushion is made from a square of 3.5 inches, and the wrist strap from a rectangle 10.5, by 3.5 inches (folded in half). It is fastened with Velcro.
I hope you have had a productive week:)