I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
confessions of a fabric obsessive
finished – one cloak, in time for a bonfire
As you may or may not know, I make costumes and cloaks as well as “little things” like hair-bands and corsages and brooches. This is my own cloak.
I don’t know why, but I’ve wanted a proper full-length cloak for ages. Mr CB and I go camping with friends a couple of times a year, and it’s really good for wrapping up in when we’re sitting chatting round a bonfire into the wee small hours. My back stays toasty-warm, my front doesn’t over-heat and when it’s spread out, it makes a good blanket overnight if the sleeping bags aren’t quite warm enough for the weather.
The pointy hood with a tassel on it? Well that’s just for fun. I mean, it’s not like I’m going to wear this walking down the street in the middle of Birmingham, is it?
A while back a very envious and supportive friend asked me to make her a cloak, no rush, in return for a favour, (she does all my graphics for me, logos, online shop banners, business cards, etc), and as she said so many very nice things about my cloak when I made it, how could I resist?
It’s been cut out ready to sew for ages. I’ve put it on the back burner (sorry, Lin, if you’re reading this) while I got other costumes finished for an event back in April, while I got the portfolio completed for my last teaching qualification and all over the summer while I got stressed over my children going of to University. Now I only (?) have the entire house to clean and pack up to move later this year, a teaching job to find (so that I can afford to move home later this year), and another teaching qualification to start, so I’m almost stress free.
I’m also seeing my friend this weekend, so it’s probably time I got this completed for her.
At least now I have cleared a path to my sewing machine… and located all the pieces for her cloak.
This is what it looked like a couple of months ago…
and this is what it looks like now…
The only way I can show you this is to set this post up to publish while I am seeing my friend, so that she will have seen it first (and hopefully be very happy with it).
Nice and warm while we are all huddled around the bonfire again this weekend.
Hope you’re all nice and warm this weekend, too.