Festive Workshops @ Thirsty Bird

Friday, December 21, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all getting excited for the big day. Cannot believe it's only a few sleeps away. I have to say I'm not feeling 100% Christmassy yet. But that might be because I'm still not organised!! I have so much wrapping to do, and I still haven't finished my Christmas cards. WHOOPS!



Anyway I wanted to share some cosy festive photos from my Christmas Craft Workshops at The Thirsty Bird in Wimborne. The first workshop I did was an evening of felt bauble making. Everyone made a little brussel sprout and a Christmas pudding, and my gosh they all did amazing. I had so much fun and I think everyone loved it too.

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Classic Stripey Coco

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

I thought I'd share my latest post for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. I made this classic stripe Coco Dress


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Another Christmas Jumper!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd show you another Christmas Jumper I made. Using the leftovers of Happy Fabric I used for my Jumper Tutorial Blog post for Tilly and the Buttons.



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Sew a Christmas Jumper - My Design and Tutorial

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Hi Everyone!

So I hope you're all busy designing your Christmas Jumpers ready for the Tilly and the Buttons Competition. You only have 11 days to enter!

I thought I'd jump on here and share my version to give you some inspiration and you can ready the full tutorial on the Tilly and the Buttons blog HERE. So here it is my Christmas Confetti Jumper!



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Ogden Cami Dress Hack

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hi Everyone,

So it's time to share another Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post. This month I've made the True Bias Ogden Cami into a dress. Using this super drapey black Rayon Challis.
I made a few mistakes with this, which I know is hard to imagine on such a simple pattern. I blame sewing on these dark autumnal afternoons. But overall I actually really like wearing this.

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Sew a Xmas Sweater Contest!

Friday, November 9, 2018

So you may have seen that the Tilly and the Buttons Team have launched their Christmas Sweater Competition today. And I'm proud to say I'm going to be a judge! Yey!

Make sure you read the full blog post on their website HERE. Get inspiration, see the amazing prizes and get stitching!


Good luck sewists! Happy Handmade!


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Nora Top - Winter Staple

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Hi Everyone,

So I have a new fave winter wardrobe staple! The new Tilly and the Buttons Nora Pattern. It's a slouchy, boxy, drop-shoulder top pattern. Have it long sleeved, short sleeved, polar neck or not, it's a fab make. The perfect item to have in your wardrobe for layering.


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Peppermint - In the Folds Jumpsuit

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

So I've written another post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. I'm so excited for you to check out this latest make. I am obsessed with this fabric!


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The Handmade Fair Highlights

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Hi Everyone, 

So I thought I'd finally write my Handmade Fair highlights. It's been almost a month since the fair, and I am still so happy thinking about how many of you came to my workshops or found me to say hi! 


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Toaster Sweater | Embroidery Details

Monday, September 17, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

So after a long weekend teaching at the Handmade Fair, I realised I never posted on here about my latest make on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. 

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Mona Jacket

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

Thought I'd share some extra photos of my new fave jacket! On the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network I recently made the Mona Jacket from Wear Lemonade in this amazing Fiesta print canvas from Art Gallery Fabrics. 

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The Handmade Fair Ticket Winners

Friday, August 17, 2018
Hi Everyone, 

Thank you to everyone who entered my ticket giveaway for The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Green. 

Here are the winners:


Lynda Mason

Sarah Burt

Candi Roach

Lesley Evans

Jackie Walter



Congratulations! I will be emailing you all individually with your tickets. Please come and find me or Mum at the fair and say hi. Or even better come to one of my workshops!


Happy Handmade!!

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The Launch Party!

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Hi Everyone, 

So I'm just putting it out there now, if there's a date set in stone, we can just work even harder to get there!!


Tell all your friends, your family, and anyone who you think should know. I'll see you there!

Happy Handmade!

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The Handmade Fair Ticket Giveaway!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Hi Everyone,

So it isn't long until The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. And I thought I'd giveaway 5 pairs of tickets to you lovely lot.




All you have to do is fill out the form below, and I'll choose 5 winners next week!


Good luck! And Happy Handmade!
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African Print Culottes

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Hi Everyone, 

So the lovely Adaku from African Print Fabric company; Dovetailed sent me some gorgeous fabric to use for my next project. And I was so excited to make something with it when she sent me this amazing print. 
I've been wanting to make a pair of culottes for ages, and this fabric gave me the excuse to. I've used the Holly jumpsuit pattern by By Hand London and hacked it to make a cropped, pleated version. Luckily Elisalex from By Hand London did a blog post on how to do it, so it was a great guide for changing the original trouser pattern. 

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Lola Dress

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

So I thought I'd share some more photos of my latest Minerva Crafts Blog Post. I made a Wear Lemonade Lola Dress is this amazing blue chambray. 



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Sunshine Cleo

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

So I did a little review of this bright yellow needlecord on the Minerva Crafts Blog a few weeks back. And thought I'd share some pictures of what I made with it. 


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The Handmade Fair | Bowood

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

So the weekend before last I had the pleasure of attending the new Southwest Handmade Fair at Bowood House, Calne. I not only had a stand but was in the Janome Tent again, twice a day, teaching Fabric Baskets and Dressmaking Tips and Tricks to loads of wonderful people. 

Harriet and I. I'm wearing my rib knit Briar Tee and Marigold Trousers 

I caught up with so many crafty friends, including the amazingly talented water-colourist Harriet de Winton, who was also doing workshops. She's a wonderful person to be around and she also painted this years show map! 


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Briar Tees - Take Two

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hi Everyone, 

With everything going on at the moment I've neglected the blog slightly. And because of that I never posted June's Blogger Network post on here. 


If you want to read about my latest Briar Tees, you can read my post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network HERE. I am over the moon with the comfort of these, and they've been so useful in this amazing weather we've been having too.

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The Handmade Fair | Ragley

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hi Everyone!

So I'm still beaming from my weekend away in Warwickshire. I was lucky enough to work with my favourites again and Janome at The Handmade Fair, Ragley Hall. This is only the second year the fair has been at Ragley Hall and my gosh, the turn out is fantastic!


Please don't let the picture of the famous wicker bear fool you, it was an extremely sunny weekend! I brought a few handmade outfit options, and made sure I saved my warmest (Mila Dungarees and a Peak T-shirt) for the Sunday as the forecast was windy, overcast and cold. But guess what? Sunday was the hottest day of all! You can never plan for these things. 


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Marigold Hack - Paper Bag & Bow

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hi Everyone!

So it's time for another Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post, this month's is a Candy Pink Viscose Marigold Trouser Hack - Dreamy! I know I've been making a lot from this Tilly and the Buttons Pattern. But I really do just love making it. 

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Handmade Fair, Ragley Hall - WINNERS

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Hi Everyone,

So all my ticket winners have now been contacted. And the 5 pairs of tickets to The Handmade Fair in Ragley, Warwickshire went to:

Ann Marshall
Amanda Coward
Wendy Turner
Leigh Tamsitt
Lisa Shouler

Kirstie holding my Handmade Fair Cushion piece at Hampton Court 2016. 

Can't wait to see you all! Thank you to everyone who entered. I'll be doing a giveaway for tickets to Bowood soon. 

Happy Handmade!

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