Completed: ByHandLondon Anna

Wax Print Anna Dress

Am I the absolute last person on earth to have made this dress?  Possibly…  Except, no I won’t be, because it’s an amazing pattern, and deserves to keep on truckin’ long after the novelty value fades!  She’s a few years old now, Anna, and I believe was super-popular on release – I didn’t buy it then, because the photo-shoot pictures didn’t really seem like it would suit me, or my lifestyle. Continue reading

TGI Friday…

Bright lonestar quilt collage

…Although, what I really wish is that it was yesterday, before just over half my nation voted to abandon 40 years of civilised co-operation with the human beings that share our bit of the planet.  I’m embarrassed to be British.  That said, this is how democracy works, so if we don’t want to be subject to the whims of a power-crazed dictator, I guess we have to live with those of our fellow citizens.  However…  Just saying.

In other, slightly more cheerful news, here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Making my first commissioned baby-quilt!  After the epic of the 10-foot-baby quilt, I was understandably a little reluctant to undertake this, but I’m so glad I did!  (After ascertaining that it would be a very small quilt…).  I really enjoyed making it, and it’s given me food for thought with regards to making items for sale.
  • Making the brightest mini-quilt in the world ever.  For a swap, though I think something went wrong in the sign-up, as I haven’t heard anything back.  Whatever, I’ll find something to do with it!
  • Not decorating the house.  We said we’ll do it by Christmas, right?
  • Buying wax print.  More of this will happen.

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.And here’s what you’ve been up to:

  • I can’t like this refashion from ‘So, Zo…’ enough…
  • Grainline continue their line of lush modern basics with the Penny tee – controversially, I didn’t in love with their Scout pattern, which I’ve come to realise is because I prefer cut-on sleeves in a woven t-shirt.  I’m tempted by Penny, with the cute raglan styling, but it’s really hard to find good t-shirt fabric…
  • Sanae Ishida reminds me that I still reeeeally want the Merchant & Mills Workbook, although I’m not sure minimalism really works on fat girls.  I’m currently about a stone over my fighting weight, which I’m sure I’ll deal with when I can be bothered, but it’s definitely making me tend towards the bright-and-crazy in my fabric choices.

I’ll sign off with a happy thought:

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If only…  You take care, and see you soon!

X

 

Changing my mind up…

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It’s official, guys, I love to change my mind!  But in my opinion, if you make a right decision, you don’t ever regret it.  If you’re wondering whether it was the right decision?  It wasn’t!

Blog name, domain etc is switching back to barricadesofheaven.com.  It’s consistent with my Instagram, and although it’s not stitchy-specific (part of the reason I changed it), I just like the ‘feel’ of it so much better!

So anyway, sorry for messing you about (again), but hopefully you’ll all still get posts and that – I’m so appreciative of everyone who follows this little blog – thanks for sticking with me, we’re not done yet!

XXX

Socky McSockface

Neon colour block handknit socks

Hello again!  Socks are a bit addictive, aren’t they?  These are my second pair, although not being one of those bloggers we’re always being warned about, who only show you the things that turn out great, I will admit to making a very sad prototype which was all saggy round the picot and pointy at the toe…  It was so depressing, that I couldn’t bear to make its pair, but I still thought my idea was good, so amended the pattern to address the issues. Continue reading

Completed: Vintage Carline shirtdress

Vintage Style shirtdress pattern in liberty carline fabric

Evening everyone!  Hope you’re all well, and not feeling like it should be Friday already…  Anyway…  If this fabric looks familiar, it’ll probably be because it’s been everywhere for the last few years, but also maybe because it’s the second thing I’ve made from my length…  I think I’m a tad on the cautious side when I buy fabric – I like to know I won’t run out, you know? Continue reading