Friday Favourites

Pink sunsetAh, the end of at-least-a slightly-shorter-than-usual week!  I’ve been rather unproductive, having been feeling rotten with a combination of sniffles and dentistry…  Still, I’ve made a bit of progress with my tapestry, ie, something you can do whilst in bed feeling sorry for yourself.

I’m using up these beautiful vintage wools I was very kindly gifted a while back – they’re a mixture of brands/thicknesses, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along so far!

Vintage tapestry wool from WW2, wartime production, rationing

From the world of stuff-I-gaze-at-longingly-on-the-internet, here are a few things too gorgeous not to share:

  • Lauren kills it again with the smartest chiffon Archer ever.
  • I’m secretly fascinated by the world of costuming (is that even the right word??), and often amazed by the effort that goes into garments – check out the latest outfit by The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart.  I mean, earrings as well!  I think maybe what I secretly like is that other people do it so I don’t have to 😉 – at the moment I can barely find time to sew clothes to go to the supermarket in, never mind whole 16th-century outfits!
  • I assume everyone’s excited about the return of SewPhotoHop – I don’t often take part in online challenges or networking, but I ought to, and this seems particularly fun and low-maintenance.  I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts lately about the decline of blogging vs the rise of Instagram – people are noticing a decrease in engagement in the form of comments and they naturally wonder if anyone cares about reading their posts anymore.  I personally don’t think there’s a decline in interest, but it is so fiddly to comment on a blog post if you’re reading it in a phone app like I do!  So. Many. Steps, and then when you’ve written your thoughtful and admiring comment, half the time there’s a glitch and it refuses to post.  Whereas it’s much easier to engage quickly on Instagram, even though you’re only seeing a single photo.  I still read and appreciate blogs – it’s just the way I read them makes commenting more of an effort.  Basically, I’m lazy.
  • Amy Smart has a helpful and explanatory post on combining fabrics for a quilt over at Diary of a Quilter.  She writes absolutely my favourite quilting/patchwork blog, and this is a particularly clear and well-written guide to achieving a harmonious effect with your patchwork.
  • Reasons to repair, not replace, your garments from Thread Theory – I really should get round to patching that jacket of Paul’s…  really really.  What can I say, elbow patches just don’t thrill me…

Hope you’re all having a lovely stitchy weekend!  Take care,



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