In which we get a surprise…

Now, I love my sister, I really do. But we’ve never particularly shared a love of the crafting world. She appreciates what I do and is always grateful to receive the little bits and bobs that I gift her from time-to-time. Settling down for more than thirty seconds to actually make something herself, however, has always been a little bit beyond her. That’s not to say that she’s not creative – as a former beauty therapist with exceptional talent she can be varnishing your nails with one hand whilst whipping  your bikini line into a startlingly lifelike silhouette of Freddie Mercury with the other – but, having spent the last couple of sleepless years carrying, bearing and raising my adorable niece Layla (did I mention that she is adorable?!), redecorating her old home before promptly selling up and moving elsewhere, and sharing my own obsessive need to hoover at least 15 times a day, the likelihood of my darling sibling finding the time to sit down and make something by hand was, quite simply, non-existent.

Or at least that’s what I thought…

Imagine my surprise when this afternoon I received a little email from her to show me that she’d been upcycling a lampshade! When Nathan and I went to stay with her ‘dan saaf’ she showed us some similar handmade lampshades that were for sale in a local store for, if I remember, some £40-£60 quid! I nearly fell off my chair when I opened this picture….

My Sister’s is a much nicer version than the ones we saw for sale (proving that ANYBODY can make something unique and desirable with just a little time and effort) and what a brilliant way to make use of those old bits of broken jewellery, skeleton leaves, buttons and coral coloured netting (we all have coral coloured netting laying around, right?!). I particularly like the little cameo that is poking out just below the central motif. Okay, so it’s not the bayeux tapestry, but Sis – I’m proud of you! Maybe crafting is genetic after all?! 

Slightly embarrassing for me now to admit that I’ve done very little (still) recently in the way of crafting. A few more hexies were added to the pile, but I’m still a long way off of that quilt! I’ve probably only done around a hundred or so in total…

I did, however, cut out a load more fabric pieces to whip up a few more of these bunnies (hands up who remembers Emilia?!)

That is, unfortunately, as far as I got…. Pieces of fabric! You’ll see from the photo below that I’m trying to give each rabbit its own personality, so I’m experimenting with a few different fabrics. There is a pale blue wool from a jumper that I accidentally shrank in the wash about two days after I bought it, another one in the neutral woven shown above and then a patterned flannel with baby monkey motif for something a bit more modern and fun (and childish!)…

A friend of mine treated me to the new Great British Sewing Bee book (with patterns included!) which arrived a day or two ago. Despite publicists promising a lot more mens patterns with this one there are still only four, but I’m happy to have them nonetheless – especially this waistcoat with a specially crafted lining that ‘rolls’ around to the front to give the impression of a piped edge… delicious!

There are also patterns for a basic short-sleeved shirt and some trousers (easily adapted for shorts)…

The final pattern is an anorak… 

Those that actually watch the show may pick up on the fact that this is an odd thing to include in the book. Not the project itself, but the finished modelled version shown in the photograph does not feature any top-stitching and this is someing that contestants were absolutely slaughtered for during this make on the series…

Similarly – Tamara’s version of the 1930s blouse is used in the book, despite May and Patrick criticising it for the collar not meeting in the centre of the neckline…

And again – strange to include Tamara’s 1960s coat when the judges were unhappy with the finish to the hem and the visible line that is produced by doubling up the fabric on the hemline, yet here it is…

In fact – LOADS of Tamara’s finished projects are included in the book, certainly in comparison to other contestants. Now I know that the final episode hasn’t been broadcast yet, but is it just me or does this suggest that maybe she claims the title of ‘Britains best amateur sewer’?

 

Oh well – not long until we find out! 

 

Back soon with an announcement…

MR x x x 

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