I haven’t yet mentioned it here on the blog but with the arrival of a lovely big package of beautiful cloth I really must now say…….I love to sew. I love to sew just as much as I love to crochet. Lately it’s been all about the crochet here at Loop and bar but the time has come dust off the Singer and do a different kind of stitching. I haven’t done any sewing since starting this blog, as I tend to alternate in waves of activity with my sewing and crochet – for a few months I do nothing but sew, then I saunter rather fickly into a phase of crochet (or knitting – depending on the project). My recent love of making large cosy blankets has meant that the last few months have been all about the hook and yarn and I still have two blanket projects on the go, but the desperate need for curtains has prompted me to order the fabric and set up the sewing machine ready for a bit of soft furnishing!
I recently re-painted the kitchen and now need to make a floor length curtain to hang at the door. It’s something we’ve not had before and I think it will make the kitchen a lot cosier.
My approach to buying fabric is much the same as my approach to buying yarn……I tell myself I must go to an actual shop, as you need to feel the cloth and see the colour and the pattern to know if it’s right. What then happens is that I browse Pinterest for ideas and end up finding something really outside of my intended budget and that none of my local fabric shops stock (I say local – I live in the middle of nowhere so nothing is really that local anyway) and, with one little click, I buy metres of expensive fabric that I’ve not even seen or touched. I tell myself that it will be good quality and just how it looks on the internet, but I know deep down that it’s a gamble. One of these day’s I’ll regret my haste and end up lumbered with a pile of expensive fabric that I’ll never use! I’m happy to say though, that the gamble paid off this time and I have a lovely length of rasberry coloured linen from Cabbages & Roses sitting on the kitchen table, waiting to be made into a sumptuous curtain for my kitchen door. Here it is…….
It’s 100% linen and has a lovely crisp feel. The company name is printed along the selvedge, with an arrow to tell you which way up the cloth should go – a small detail for which I’m truly grateful as I currently have a pair of home-made curtains in my bedroom on which the pattern may or may not be upside-down!
I love the selvedge on this fabric – you can see the original colour of the cloth before printing and the feathery threads of the weave, so tactile and lovely.
I’ve been extremly organised (for me) and have washed the fabric and lining before sewing the curtain – something I’ve omitted to do in the past due to impatience and then regretted it when my home-made curtains have emerged from the washing machine all wonky and shrunk! Not this time.
This time I will be able to wash my curtain with confidence that it will come out of the washing machine the same size that it went in! I may even iron the fabric before starting to sew! Although this for me would be a monumental effort in preparation so we’ll just have to see………..
Before Christmas I started a new crochet project, a blanket for my niece, Little E. She is two and a half and is already much, much bigger than the blanket I made her when she was born……
This was my first attempt at a granny square project and the first blanket I ever made! I was quite proud of it, even though the joining of the squares is a bit wonky and on the underside it’s a bit bumpy as I hadn’t learned how to join the squares flat at this point. I didn’t know how big to make it and Little E was already two months old by the time I decided to put the squares together so it was a little on the small side to start with! It’s about half a meter by half a meter and oh my, there was a lot of threading in of loose ends to do! But I think we all rather liked the end result and the last time I saw Little E she was using the blanket in her doll’s pram, so she only out-grew it in one sense!
…….and here’s the whole blanket……
So it’s time for another blanket, I think. A blanket big enough to cover her bed, one that her feet won’t poke out of the bottom for at least a few years…….
……..and here’s the start of it……
I’m going to call it Little E’s sunshine blanket. I’ve used the sunburst granny square design before and you can find the pattern for it here and here (there are lots of references to this on the internet and a few variations on it too, I’ve just given links to a couple of sources that I used for my original project).
The pile of squares has been growing……..
…..and so far it’s this big…..
As you can see I’ve used five colours, four for the circles and all surrounded by the yellow…..I’ll give more details in the next post about the yarn. My intention is to arrange them randomly for the final layout and join them using the same yellow. I may edge it in a different colour, or the pink I’ve been using – I’ll decide on that once I’ve joined the squares together.
…….and……here’s a little bit of progress on my other blanket project……
……nine big squares, colourful and very squishy!
…..and a trial layout to check the size…..
I’ll give more details about the yarn and colours again in the next post. I’ll be edging and joining these in cream to make the colours stand out on their own. It will be large enough for our king size bed to keep us nice and cosy till spring!
Happy crocheting and stay warm!