19 April 2017

Book Review

This week I thought I'd have a treat (instead of chocolate) and look at a book I bought recently. It has been advertised on both 'sewing corner’ shopping channel and in Stitch magazine but I managed to get it for a cheaper price from 'The Book People'.

I bought the book because I am interested in the American craft of 'penny mats’.  This craft is an interesting way of using scraps from clothing and I have visions of cushion covers made with the woollen cardies etc I accidentally felt on a regular basis!

The book is colourful and interesting; all the pictures and diagrams are clear and the text is interspaced with some funny (and profound) sayings. There are interesting sections about how to develop different stitches, textures and techniques to take you beyond their conventional use. I particularly like the way the author talks to you from the pages and explains the methods and techniques she used. I laughed out loud at her advice about purchasing an embellisher - you’ll have to read it to find out! At the back of the book there is the usual guide to stitches and some templates both of which are again very clear.

All in all I think it is one of the books that is well worth the money…….and you can’t always say that!!   Sue T.

9 April 2017

The Corset Unlaced

This was the title of our speaker's talk last Monday - intriguing!  Gillian Roberts brought a selection of her beautiful creations for us to admire and gave a fascinating and often hilarious slide-show of the history of corsets, from almost unbelievable metal corsets through wire and whale-bone to rubber and on to the outerwear glamour corsets of today.  There was a so-called "pretty" corset, just right for your maid-servant to wear for doing the housework!  And horrible medical images of the damage that "tight-lacing" could do to the internal organs.  Even without employing tight-lacing, it is little wonder that young ladies were prone to swooning and there was always a bottle of sal volatile in their reticule to revive them!  I am glad to live in an era when we can "let it all hang out" if we want to.

Gill makes beautiful dresses with embroidered corsets for brides and special-occasion wear.  My pictures do not do them justice so to see more have a look at her website www.belladonna-roses.co.uk .  The professional photograph show her exquisite embroidery to perfection.  J

More Mini-masterpieces

Promised some more of our Mini-masterpieces - so here they are!

Don't they look good on their tiny easels!   J