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lovely stuff from vintage fabric
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I am deep in craft fair preparation mode at the moment. This is usual for the time of year. For the past four years I have had a stall at The Secret Garden Craft Fair, part of Sherwood Art Week, which happens every year in June, just down the hill from…

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Sewing requires equipment. The basics, like scissors, needles and thread and a sewing machine, are essential. There is also, of course, the ever-present temptation to spend every last penny on fabric. But then there are all the other bits of kit that,…

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People often talk about the thrill of the chase. But for me, it’s all about the thrill of the make. When it all comes together, making is the best thing in the world. I’ve just completed the latest batch of Liberty dolls, which are now winging their way…

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Sometimes I think I am entering a second childhood. When my sister and I were children, she was a big fan of soft toys. She always felt sorry for them, languishing on the shelves of shops with no cuddles, and begged to be allowed to bring them home to…

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You know how it is… You avoid the charity shops, telling yourself that you have no need of anything they have to offer. You pass by with barely a glance at the window displays, reminding yourself that you really should have a clear-out at home. You make…

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Making dolls is a pleasure. Normally I meander through the process a bit. It’s just how I tend to work… I sort of multitask consecutively, if that makes any sense. I sit down and do a bit of sewing, a bit of social media-ing, a spot of housework, have a…

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It is a good feeling indeed to finish off jobs that need finishing off. I have never been a particularly good finisher-off-er. I’m the sort that gets all enthused by a project and gets stuck in, only to then get all enthused by another project, and then…

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Sometimes, making things comes easy. And sometimes they are a labour of love. It’s all about that “flow” that comes upon you, the feeling that the right thing is right there; that every piece of fabric you pick up is the right bit of fabric for what you…

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…You’re sure of a big surprise! Well, maybe a little surprise. But then, it is only a little shop. Although a very nice one. Although I suppose if you’re reading this I’ve just ruined any element of surprise. But hey, go anyway. The four brand…

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So, the dog is gone. We all cried. We still feel sad. Both for her, and for ourselves. We wanted a dog, but after our experience with Lupin… it is not to be. There will not be another dog. I think that ship, the one with our dog on it, has sailed. It’s…
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