It’s been a bit of a stressful couple of weeks. I had a frantic Roman Blind order to do for my sister in zero time so had to pull out all the stops whilst also doing all F’s last week of Pre-School parties and new school ‘taster’ days. The housework got ignored and I got to the stage where I made stupid sewing mistakes (got to love that unpicker I got free with my machine many years ago!).
Above is one of my favourite fabrics for blinds, Lumimarja, by Erja Hirvi for Marimekko. We have the same fabric in silver and also with orange berries as blinds in our house. It especially looks good with the gold silk dupion border on either side. The blinds were very wide, 220cm, so one of the hardest problems was laying them out on the floor for marking and tacking, each time I got them perfectly lined up the boys would come running in and jump all over them. I got just a bit stressed.
I survived the panic sewing and decided to reward myself by swapping to small scale projects for a while, the kind you can pick up and put down as the mood dictates and that don’t take over the house. I mentioned a while back some lovely new very snuggly cashmere/wool fabric I bought and had a pretty good idea I wanted to make a simple teddy to add to my collection. I know I said I was trying to cut down on softies in the shop, to try and expand other areas of making but for this fabric a teddy was in order.
This is the first attempt and needs some tweaking. Maybe a bit slimmer in body with bigger arms and the orange stitching was simply to hand, but I am pleased all the same. Does he need a tail? I thought so but husband says no…not sure he is to be trusted he knows little about sewing. It’s nice to make something lovely and simple and I have been dying to use the My Folklore fabric by Lecien which has been in my stash for a while.
Also as antidote to the mess and mayhem of our house I put my foot down and demanded more shelving in the spare room/studio so a very early morning trip to Ikea was in order for Saturday. It was a good excuse buy more fabric (it would have been rude not to at their prices) and some sweet nibbles from the Ikea food shop as a reward for a day of unpacking books that have been boxed since we moved 3 years ago! It’s lovely to finally have them to hand, who knows in another few years we may finally unpack the last boxes!