Posted on

Plants Make People Happy

Living in a flat without a garden, I’ve always enjoyed growing plants in my home. I think it was at the end of the first lockdown that I noticed my lounge was being taken over by jungle of waxy green leaves. Listening to a lecture by author Catherine Horwood (Organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust) it…

Read more

Posted on

The 1950’s

The Fifties in Five Separates Notes from a lecture by social historian and tour guide Rachel Kolsky: 50’s Fashion, Glamour to Gamine, Chanel to Capri Pants Before we dive into a decade of full skirts, bright prints, oppulence and fun fashion it is important to remember what happened in the decade preceding the 1950’s. World…

Read more

Posted on

Fashion Revolution Week 2021

Today is the start of Fashion Revolution Week. The eighth 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 campaigning globally against the…

Read more

Posted on

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

Hear the word Chintz and an array of rich floral designs of the 1980’s comes to mind. Fabric turned into soft furnishings adorned with frills and flounces. I didn’t know the term was originally used to describe textile designs created hundreds of years ago by talented craftsmen who were able to dye cotton using complex chemical…

Read more

Posted on

1980’s Brights for Summer

Let’s head back to the 1980’s for our summer makes this year – the power dressing decade wasn’t all shoulder pads and nipped in waists. Many styles incorporated easy to wear (and make!) kimono style cap sleeves, loose drawstring trousers, jumpsuits and boxy one piece dresses. I’m on a one woman mission to bring back…

Read more

Posted on

Scrap buster: Suffolk Puffs

My favourite part of running a vintage fabric shop is meeting customers. It isn’t so easy for an online shop but I get to meet people at the fabric shows. Even during lockdown it has been great connecting with customers on social media and via email. Mera came along to the Stich Festival last February…

Read more

Posted on

Watch me on Hochanda

Thanks to Hochanda for inviting me along yesterday. This is my third time on the craft channel and I always have a great day. Everyone there is so friendly and put me at ease. I forget that I’m sewing on live TV. Thanks to presenter Fiona Egan for doing a great job describing my products.…

Read more