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The Fibre Burn Test

How to identify the fibre content of your fabric My favourite thing about running Olive Road is meeting customers and sourcing vintage fabrics. I travel around the UK rummaging in antique centres, vintage fairs and charity shops on the look out for vibrant unique prints and quality textiles. Sourcing fabrics second-hand has it’s downsides. I…

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Whats In My Fabric?

Fashion Revolution Week 2020 Today is the start of Fashion Revolution Week. The seventh year in which the charity ask us to challenge our favourite fashion brands with the question #whomademyclothes? Fashion Revolution was established in 2013 a year after the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1138 garment workers in Bangladesh. Since then charity have been…

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Fabric Scrap Busting

Top tips for zero waste sewing “Waste in fashion can be redesigned and minimised. It can be a massive problem or could be an untapped never-ending resource”Loved Clothes Last: Fashion Revolution Issue #2 Tomorrow is the start of Fashion Revolution Week. A week long campaign orchestrated by the charity in response to the Rana Plaza…

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How to Make Bunting

An Easy Fabric Scrap Busting Project Bunting is a fun way to use up odds and ends of vintage fabric and dressmaking offcuts. A great project for beginner sewers. Materials Apx half metre of fabric, or use up fabric scraps to make bunting in various sizes, shapes, prints and colours3m (9ft) of bias binding, 2.5cm…

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Rosy Sews Modern Vintage

Bright coloured vintage scarf in her hair, I loved Rosy’s vintage look when we met at the Knitting & Stitching Show last Autumn. Of course we had lots to chat about, both being vintage and sewing fans! Rosy has a sewing vlog on You Tube so I sent her a set of my scrap busting…

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The Stitch Festival

A huge thank you for visiting me at The Stitch Festival in London last week. Olive Road London is an online store and there really is no better way to meet customers. I genuinely mean it when I say I have the best customers in the world. Here are my highlights from the show. (Thanks…

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Three Reasons to Visit The Stitch Festival This Week

Find me at Stand H49, The Business Design Centre, Angel, Islington. 1. My Biggest Ever Collection of Vintage Fabrics I’m bringing along my biggest ever collection of vintage fabrics to The Stitch Festival this week. Barkcloth, conversational prints,and even some 1980’s swimwear jersey. Fabrics ranging from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. I’ve hunted high and…

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I’m at The Stitch Festival

The Stitch Festival formerly known as The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is the ultimate day out for textile craft lovers. The Stitch Festival champions creativity with hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, fashion exhibitions, textile installations, as well as 200 of our most loved exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Spend a day re-stocking your yarn stash,…

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