Making Poppies Even More Appealing

I have been undertaking a serious promise made to some pals at the heritage house I help out at.  They’re wanting to put on a display of hundreds of knitted, crocheted and handmade poppies for the 100th Armistice day celebrations in November.  I have never learned to crochet so have done many of them using …

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Homeless Charity Repairs, Restores & Now Retails Online

I was out with some ladies from a local over 50’s group – instead of sitting playing bingo and card games, once a year they go out for afternoon tea.  This year we visited a local community based homeless charity that takes in old and unloved stuff, mends and restores it to life and then …

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Silver Surfing Online With Knitting & Sewing Fans

When I was travelling out and about with a group of ladies the other day, I was struck how busy most of them seem to be in the day time.  For a change, the conversation didn’t seem to be all about daytime tv or endless soap operas.  I was absolutely fascinated by the wide range …

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Needlework Lessons – What Could Have Been

I have an acquaintenance who is very quiet, an unassuming lady, gentle and never says booh to a goose.  I was therefore totally surprised when we were just chatting about this and that, and it transpires she has been an exsquisite needlewoman all her adult life and even better, actually tailors clothing still.  This skill …

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Home Crafted Poppies For Centenary Of The Fallen

I belong to two groups of volunteers – all very worthy and great support and fun, especially for anyone who used to work outside the home and finds themselves rather isolated after that ceases.   Others are in the caring community and do activities with the less fortunate.  Another group are crafters – my word they …

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Picking Up Threads Once Left Off

When you belong to community groups of some sort or another, you soon get badgered to join this committee or that.  It is inevitable as folk in villages want things to be laid on for their entertainment and enjoyment.  They don’t always want to be on the panel that organises it all though.  I find …

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Sewing Bee Meets Very Sad Demise

One of the best programmes on mainstream tv in the last five years was the great british sewing bee.  It was a very unusual concept but although not that many families rely on home made clothes and furnishing these days, it captured the imagination of many and installed a feeling that yes, if they can …

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Unlucky Green For Knitting Project

I have been meaning to knit a green jumper for over a year.  I first sarted this bizarre activity after buying a gorgeous laura ashley skirt in a charity shop.  It’s one I have coveted for a couple of years and was so amazed when my local heart shop had exactly the skirt in my …

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Chanel Inspired Jacket Needs Serious Skills

I saw a wonderful outfit on tv the other night.  Watching a pathe news recording made back in 1963 of the Kennedys, shortly before the terrible deed.  They were covering how glamorous Jacqui K was, even from a tiny girl in her lovely safe almost aristocratic upbringing.  The clothes they featured were beauties from the …

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Home Produced Christmas Charm Makes Big Come Back

In these days of uncertainty over coming out of the EU and people getting very tetchy about business successes and rising inflation etc. it really does seem as though Chrismas is coming at just the wrong time.  For other folk they will always feel that Christmas is such a spirit raiser, there is no need …

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