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
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This is just to update you all with my current status. I’m sure a few of you will have noticed there’s been a bit of a gap in my blogging recently. My other, non-sewing (teaching) life has temporarily taken over and will continue to dominate my waking hours for a while yet.
I’m very sad about the lack of fabric-y sewing goodness that is going on in my life as a whole, but on the other hand I’m working in a job I love that will (eventually) allow me to sew professionally too.
Not enough hours in the day to get enough sleep, never mind do fun stuff. I have loads of photos that I need to blog about, and so many sewing projects in the pipeline to tell you all about too.
I just need a ten day week, or perhaps a thirty hour day?
My Spoonflower shop is doing well. I have a few collections of fabric designs including one collection completely created from my own photographs. I am regularly getting messages that this person or that person has bought one of my designs.
I am, as always, incredibly behind with my Craftsy Block of the Month. I might get a chance to catch up around December when the college is closed. Maybe. If I do, you’ll be the first to know.
Quilt requests have been backing up.
I want/need to make one for myself as well. Maybe over the summer holidays?
My WIPs list is so long, I despair. I’ll have to just pick one at random and sew till it’s finished over the Xmas break.
I can’t remember if I blogged about my day trip to the Fashion section of the Collections Resource Centre that belongs to Leicester Museums. I went with a group of other clothes-and-sewing-mad women and there were so many oooh’s and aaaah’s and oh wow’s ….
I know I haven’t shown you all the photos I took at my first trip to the Festival of Quilts (or have I?) at Birmingham’s NEC a little while ago. Maybe next year I’ll go for two days instead of just one. So many quilts, so little time…
I don’t make traditional quilts but I appreciate them like crazy…
Sew-less Claire Bear
At the moment I am loving:
- Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing (angrychicken.typepad.com) if I don’t have time to do it, at least I can read about sewing during my commute
- My weekly email Snippets sewing tips from Coletterie (www.coletterie.com
- Drooling over the costumes at the V&A’s Hollywood Costume Exhibition. It runs until almost the end of January, I hope I’ll get a chance to go
I’ve designed some project fabrics on Spoonflower.
In case, you don’t already know, Spoonflower is a US-based company that will print any design that you upload to their website.
This means that you can create your own designs and get them printed, or you can see what other people have created and order some of theirs. Spoonflower then print the exact amount of the design you chose in the type of fabric you asked for, and despatch it straight to you. I get a message from Spoonflower that someone has chosen one of my fabric designs, so I can send you a thank you email.
A project fabric is one that is designed for a specific task, usually to be made into shaped cushions or in the case of the one below, to be made into small padded blocks for children (or indeed adults) to “play” with to improve their literacy or numeracy.
Each number or sign is inside a 3 inch square, which will give you 2 inch blocks with a 1/2 inch seam or slightly bigger 2 1/2 inch blocks if you can manage a 1/4 inch seam. I’ll put post some photos of finished ones as soon as I can.
Hop on over to my shop on Spoonflower and see for yourself. While you’re there you can have a sneak peek at my designs-in-progress too.