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Projects Celebrating Special Birthdays

This is a blog I’ve been meaning to write for a while but just never got round to it.

I have wondered if anyone would find it interesting but, if there is one thing that I’ve learnt in the last 6 months or so, it is that you just never know when what you’re doing is inspirational to others.

So, I hope that some people might find my small selection of projects interesting or inspirational. For those that don’t, this little blog post isn’t for you, and that’s fine.

Over the last couple of years, there have been a few special birthdays amongst my friends and family which I have tried to mark by making special gifts for them.

I like making things for people and hope that they enjoy receiving them. Sometimes, you want to give something special, and what is more special than a handmade gift?

For friends who’ve had 50th birthdays I’ve made some patchwork cushions. I tried to choose colours and designs that I hoped the recipient would really like. For some people this was really obvious, you think of them and a clear colour choice comes to mind, for others it was a little more tricky.

I used the same patchwork design for all these cushions. I learnt to make this cushion at a Beginners Patchwork class at York School of Sewing.

I don’t seem to have any photos of the next cushion actually finished!!!

My little sister was also 50 so she needed an extra special gift.

I knitted her a temperature blanket using the temperatures of each day of her 50th year and creating a square for each month.

She has her blanket now as her birthday was a couple of months ago but I need to make a backing for it so she’s going to have to give it back one day so that I can finish it off.

It will be good to make a back for each month with dates on to correspond with the front of the blanket. I added beads to the blanket for family birthdays so I can include a key on the back, then in future years she will know what they mean!!

I also made some 60th birthday presents. These are cushions too, mainly free-motion machine embroidery.

I absolutely loved making these.

This last one was made from a piece of hand embroidery that I’d done quite some years ago. I found it last summer when sorting through some boxes. I looked at it and thought to myself what a shame that I’d done all that work and it was just sitting in a bag, hiding away. Straight away I knew what I wanted to do with it and made it into a cushion for Carol 🙂

Well there we are.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed looking at my work and maybe you’re inspired to make some very special gifts for the important people in your life.

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Popping Up All Over Again!!!

Hello. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get to my blog and it’s looking a bit neglected.

I thought I’d tell you about Judith and Jeans Pop-Up-Shop.

We had lots of stock which didn’t sell in our closing down sale when we left Tadcaster and it was all being kept at Mum’s house until she decided what to do with it.

Mum and Dad need to move house now so the time had very much arrived for all that lovely wool to be found new homes.

We had our one day only EVERYTHING MUST GO pop-up-shop at York School of Sewing in January when Nadine very kindly let us join in her monthly shop Saturday. It was a very lovely day with quite a crowd of people coming through the doors when we opened at 10am. It was very nice to see people from our days in Tadcaster and there were also plenty of Nadines’ customers popping along to get supplies for sewing and a bit of yarn at the same time. There were plenty of bargains to be had as we’d taken as much along as we possibly could of the beautiful yarns that we needed to say goodbye to.

We were kept occupied all day long and were very happy to have cars much emptier on leaving than they were when we arrived.

Mum held another little sale of her own at our local Methodist Church and managed to supply lots more people with something to add to their stash. I’m happy to say that, with the help of Ebay all that enormous pile of yarn is now re-homed.

HOWEVER, Judith and Jeans one day only EVERYTHING MUST GO Pop-Up-Shop is to return!!

We still have stacks of stuff and it is not going in that removal van with my parents 🙂

So, on Saturday 3rd March we will be re-popping at Yorks School of Sewing and once more EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!

Take a look at some of the goodies on offer

That’s just a selection. I have much more including cross stitch kits, knitting needles and much much more!

As usual you can also stock up on Nadines lovely Fabrics, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs and Fat Quarters.

It’s not just all about fabric – there’s lots of Equipment and other Sewing ‘Must Haves’ too

Special offers and plenty of bargains.

Come along and have a browse, we’d love to see you.

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My 50th Year-part two!

It’s finally over. I’ve had a fantastic year celebrating and now my 50th birthday has been and gone.

As I said a couple of weeks ago I had 50 treats spread out over 50 weeks. It was brilliant fun sharing some treats with friends & family and doing some other things I really wanted to do on my own.

Here’s the last lot of treats to complete the picture…

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My 50th Year – part one

Warning…this post is a bit self indulgent!

Having taken a year out after closing the shop I’m being a bit slow getting going again and finding it hard to discipline myself around settling down to do some work.

There are so many distractions and other things to do!

Also it’s my 50th year and I’m celebrating  in style by giving myself 50 special treat so I’m rather busy!

There are a number of reasons I decided to do this but the main one is that, I feel like sometimes we don’t allow ourselves to be spoilt and tend to say ‘oh yes I’d like to do that one day when the children are older/we have more money/we have more time ‘etc etc, when really we should be living life as fully as possible, doing the things we love.

It’s also been a fabulous opportunity to share the fun with some of my fantastic friends.

So here’s a taste of some of the things I’ve been getting up to over the last (almost) 12 months.

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The Dark Self

Last week I visited this an exhibition in York called The Dark Self.

The artist, Susan Aldworth has created this collaborative piece of work which explores the experience of sleep.

It was most interesting to me as it involved ‘1001 embroidered pillowcases hung from the church ceiling, sewn by local people, community groups and schools’

There are also prints, sculptures and a film to see in this very peaceful and atmospheric installation.

It’s open Wed-Sun 11am-4pm until 3rd September 2017 at York St Mary’s YO1 9RN and admission is free.

 

The pillowcases are all old hotel ones (nice bit of up-cycling) and they have been sewn onto using a limited colour palette which is pleasing to look at and I think suits the theme rather beautifully. I took lots of photos which give a feel for the experience, but it wasn’t easy due to the way they are all hung, so if you’d like to get the true atmosphere it’s worth calling in if you’re close by.

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Something a little different…

A few months ago my son asked me if I would be able to knit a Leeds United cushion for his girlfriend to give to her Dad.

I said I’d give it a go but it would have to go to the back of the queue!!

On a recent trip to a lovely yarn shop called Knitting Pretty in Knaresborough I bought the perfect coloured yarn for the project, King Cole merino blend dk.

A couple of weeks ago I felt the time was right so I did some drawings for the family to chose from.

Once they’d let me know which design they liked the best I was off and running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knit most of my cushions in one piece to reduce the number of seams needed.

Here it is being blocked…almost ready for sewing together. Just the small matter of embroidering on the LUFC and crocheting a white Yorkshire Rose to finish it off.

This is quite different from the kind of thing I would normally knit and I am pleased with the finished result, I think that I managed to fulfil the brief!!

I’m told that Olivia’s Dad was very happy with it too.

 

 

 

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Sunshine in February

At the beginning of April 2015 I wrote a blog about my MASSIVE cushion which I had knitted for our garden bench.

This cushion really is enormous and probably not what anyone else would want to knit (although if you do get in touch and I’ll sell you a copy of the pattern!!).

However I have made some smaller versions which will make a bright and bold statement in any room. Here they are sitting on the much larger original cushion which now has an indoor home in addition to it’s outdoor one!!

If you would like to make your own ‘Sunshine’ cushion, I have produced 2 knitting kits which contain all the yarn you will need to make a 16″ square cushion OR a 14″ square cushion, and 4 gorgeous buttons to finish it off. You will also receive the pattern which I have written for either a 14″ or 16″ cushion. You will need a pair each of 3mm and 2.75mm needles.

This pattern is suitable for an experience knitter or someone with a little experience who would like to practise and learn the intarsia technique.

I’ve been finishing off a bit more  embroidery this last week. Not sure what it’s going to be yet but it’s been fun!!

It was a finishing off projects kind of week as I also completed this baby blanket which is going to be a gift as soon as the little one arrives 🙂

 

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Crazy Lazy Daisy Cats

Just thought I would share something I did last week.

This little project has been hanging around since the summer when I did some insane embroidery whilst on holiday.

I was in need of a new make-up bag so decided to make one for myself.

Having routed out some suitable contrasting fabrics and a zip I was ready for action.

 

It didn’t take long to construct a little zipped bag which I lined with the cheerful pink and green fabric in what looks like a roof-tile design. I have 2 bags now…one to keep my embroidery projects in and one to store make-up 🙂

The finished embroidered design is definitely more than slightly over the top, but I am pleased to have put it to good use. I am always underwhelmed with my zip fitting skills and this occasion is no different. The zip is fitted and it works fine and it looks ok, but could most certainly have been done much better. Therefore I have booked myself a day out to learn how to do it properly at York School of Sewing. I’ll let you know how I get on!!

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Workshops Past and Present

Before Christmas I came across some photographs from workshops that we ran from the shop in previous years.

This was one of my favourite things to do in the shop. Although they took a lot of planning and organisation, it  was always a great buzz to have a room full of people all getting creative together and producing something to take home they could be proud of.

These are a few of my favourites from past Christmases.

Looking through these photos reminded me, not only of all the fun we had, but also that one of the projects which I’d started making was a Christmas stocking which still needed to be finished off. I dug out the project, which I’d packed away with all the bits I needed to finish it off, and spent a pleasant and satisfying few hours getting it finally completed.

This was a very nice way to pass a bit of time quietly by myself, as was a workshop I attended this week at Dragon Willow  this time with my sister. A completely different craft and something which I’d never tried before, we made our very own baskets.

The location for the workshop was in a Yurt located in a fruit orchard in North Yorkshire and it was fabulous.  As it was just the two of us we had lots of attention from Leilah, who was extremely calm and patient throughout. Such a relaxing way to spend some time together, plenty of refreshments were available to us with a snacks to graze on and a variety of hot or cold drinks, and we came away each the proud owner of a fantastic willow baskets.

If you fancy trying something out there is a good range of courses available to try, some in the Yurt and others at different venues.

I would really really like to have one of these in my little garden!!

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Not a very good picture I’m afraid but hopefully you can see that it’s a brilliant Peacock!!

I have lots of friends who love taking time out for a pamper day, and I know that they find this to be marvellous way to relax and wind down, but give me some quality time making something totally unique and learning about crafts new and old any day. That’s my kind of relaxation!

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Finding Treasures

This week I have been trying to get on with a job which I keep putting off but really is necessary. I very much need to sort out our loft so that we can finally get on with a much needed extension but the job can be a bit daunting. I’ve already cleared out alot of things that were no longer needed so the next job is trying to get what’s left a little better organised.

Basically I am left with a pile of Christmas decorations, a pile of ski equipment, a pile of knitting and sewing supplies and a pile containing various other items I cannot part with. I decided to go through all my stitchery goodies first. This has uncovered all kinds of forgotten treasures, the most interesting of which were…

This kit to make a necklace with all kinds of different beads.

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Maybe one day I’ll sit down and make it but I don’t even remember buying it so it was a total surprise find!!

Then I came across my shoes from my long ago wedding day, along with the silk flowers from my bouquet and some fabric from my wedding dress.

With my new found love of machine embroidery, these were not only treasure but totally full of inspiration and potential projects for certain will be coming from this direction.

Two unfinished projects very much caught my attention.

So there we go I now have at least 4 more projects, some forgotten and others new, whizzing round in my head with all the others.