Clothes Made At Home With Much Love

I was watching the young neighbours haring about on their modern day roller skates and bikes in front of my drive over Easter – it was great, seeing the unadulterated joy on their faces as they screeched to a halt with an inch to spare.  The fact the children were all playing together, outside in …

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Local Dressmaker Truly Saves The Day

On a recent sorti to the out of town retail park I was seeking a bright colourful ensemble for a forthcoming wedding.  Not being mother or grandmother to either the bride or groom but still being a close grown up relative, I wanted to look spectacular but not quite mutton dressed as lamb.  I found …

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Joy To Behold At Adult Education Classes

These days there are all sorts of hobbies and crafts to be enjoyed.  The lifestyle tv programmes offer absolutely anything you can think of – no longer does ‘hobby’ mean just one person with sticky backed plastic and odd washing up bottles.  No, today’s hobbieist is sewing madly, knitting, crocheting, quilting and making lace.  The …

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Dragging Out The Forgotten Craft Skills

It is a truly exciting moment when having taken early retirement, the initial feeling of joy and permanent holiday has passed on and thoughts suddenly come to “what can I do now to fill the day”.  No need for boredom in my house.  I have waited all these years to start making things.  I have …

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Trying Out New Crafting And Home Made Skills

Of all the joys to be had around the lead up to year end period for a relative is the chance to get down to some luscious Christmas makes.  There is the main table with it’s extra long cloth and matching napkins. With that will be the bread basket wrap and all kinds of other …

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Granny Saves The Day With Home-Mades & Hand Me Downs

There were some very long held traditions in my family with respect to the making of clothes for my siblings and me.  This would definitely have stemmed from Grandma being born in 1895 and thus being in service at the tender age of 13 – as a very junior nursery maid, learning to make and …

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Tradition Of Clothes Made With Skill & A Great Deal Of Love

Ah Christmas, with thoughts drawn towards the bustle of household activities such as food planning, buying, storing and yes . . . all that cooking. In days past, an added thrill was having separate wardrobe of clothes specially set aside for the Christmastide  – our family had a long tradition of bringing down from the …

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The Oncoming Season Calls For Special Party Makes

Ah the sounds and smells of the rapidly approaching Christmas and New Year season mean so much to us all for so many different reasons.  For the dedicated crafter, the season never actually seems to end.  From the start of each January, having put their ‘making boxes’ away in a cupboard for the last 3 …

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Those Design & Technology Classes At School Could Be Paying Off Today

To many families in the 1980s and 1990s the sewing machine was a strange item that they seem to recall one of their grandparents having sat on a table in the back room all the time.  Something that has been held in family folklore but never actually featured as a working item that could possibly …

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The Rise In Crafting Has Brought New Life To Sewing Skills

There is so much to be appreciated and learned from bygone days of sewing.  Sewing is the art of attaching the things with the help of needles and threads. Going back into the time, it can be said that this craft developed in the Paleolithic era. Before the spinning yarn was invented, the people of …

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