Monday, August 26, 2013

Crocheted Edge Blanket - Retro style

Just recently while sorting through some things in the attic, I came across a length of wool fabric. I had bought the fabric and a collection of sewing bits and pieces from a lady who was moving into a retirement home a few years ago, some of you may remember my blog post about it "A Pleasant Surprise".

The wool fabric had appealed to me because it had a retro feel to it, and at the time I thought that it would make a great picnic blanket. Five years on it sat sadly in a box, begging to see the light of day.I tossed it down the attic stairs and vowed to do something with it.

I am pleased to say that an idea came quite quickly. My eldest daughter (who has now moved out of home) has just moved into a 1940's style house and in keeping with the house she has decided to decorate in the same style. Being a "poor struggling university student) all donations of homely goods have been received gratefully. Some newly made retro style kitchen curtains and some matching cushions from Mum were particularly well received.So I knew I would be on a winner if I made her a crocheted edged blanket to snuggle under of an evening.

The surprising part was how quickly the project came together. I doubled over the fabric and sewed around the raw edges using a walking foot on my sewing machine, an opening was left for turning through. I then worked a base row and picked out a suitable crochet edge from an old book that had belonged to my Grandmother. After three nights of crocheting the blanket was finished and presented to my excited daughter.

Five long years this wool fabric had been stashed away in my attic and I am thrilled to see it now draped over a lounge chair in my daughter's home. I am sure that the previous owner would be thrilled as well!

Warmly Lenna

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Exciting News

It has been so long since I have posted here that I feel I must explain. Truth is I have been busy working on two exciting new projects. The first has been a total revamp of my Stitching Cow website, which had become too large for the old system I had been using. Those far more technically minded than me convinced me it was time for an upgrade, and while I knew they were right, another part of me understood only too well the amount of time it would take. As they themselves put it "the ball of string at my end was quite long!"

The good news however is that the new website is now up and running and has been very well received. It has some new features, the most exciting being a range of handcrafted timber sewing products which are exclusive to the website. They have been custom made by my father, who takes great pride in his workmanship. I convinced him to make some items for me and I was delighted with what he came up with. You can check them out by clicking here.

Handcrafted timber darning mushroom at Stitching Cow

Small timber button scoop
I have also included a shop section that includes some fabric goodies for you to enjoy and a streamlined shopping cart which is much easier to navigate. Check out the new website for Stitching Cow here

Cupcake of quilting fabric fat eights
My other project is still under wraps but I can tell you that I have been working with Apple on developing something wonderful for the Apple Ipad. Months in the planning and design it is very soon to be released and I will be sure to let you know when you can check it out.

Having shared all my news, I hope you will forgive me for not having posted here for so long. Promise I will write again soon and include some pics of a crocheted project I have just started for my eldest daughter who has just moved out of home.
Warmly Lenna


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