13.9.14

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Dear Laura,


Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
- William Blake

I came to poetry late in life, even though you tried very very hard to introduce it to me again and again. I did however learn the first verse of two poems as a child one was the one above and the second was "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Where and why and how did I learn these? Well for some reason we have quite a few poetry books in our loo at home. A little quiet reading you know, and someone had been reading these poems. Well it seems they went into my head too. 

I love the first two lines of this poem and whilst I was looking at the fabric for this dress (designed by Cotton + Steel) and making it I kept repeating them over and over again. My dress making confidence has been boosted enormously lately, ever since the success of my three summer dresses. Even better though is that now I finally have my tailors dummy, no more sticking pins into me instead I can stick pins into her. 

It is stunning how quickly this dress came together. It is the same pattern as the deckchair dress, so I knew what I was doing, but to fit is on the dummy was amazing. It has seams so you can feel where to put the darts. The fabric hangs so easily so hopefully it means no more lumpy seams for me or pinning on myself and skewing the hang. It was an amazing experience and I was jumping around for joy when I put it on and on its first fitting it was perfect. I will never go back to stabbing myself with pins!




Lots of love

Annie

9.8.14

Parcels of Fabric

Dear Laura,




There is nothing that makes me happier than parcels arriving which are full of fabric. I have a little problem to be fair and really need to stop buying so much fabric but it is all so pretty, I can't not buy it, it would feel sad and left out. Yesterday, I got into work and there was a lovely package waiting for me, I ripped it open and above are the contents. The nice thing is that I have started looking up the designers of the fabric and all of their stories are really interesting, it definitely adds to my joy of the fabric. From the fabrics I have chosen most are small businesses and female designers.  I suspect that you don't make a lot of money from fabric design but I certainly get an enormous amount of joy out of it. 

This time I bought fabric which had been designed by two designers. The first is a collective of 5 women called Cotton + Steel. There designs are really cool and the colours they use are right up my street. I bought 2 designs by Alexia Abegg (the tiger fabrics) and I am going to make the best dress ever in the whole wide world, I am pretty excited. The second designers are 3 women called 1canoe2. I just loved the pig fabric, I am going to make some tee towels from it and the bees are brilliant, I don't know what to do with that yet but I am excited to think of something.

Lots of love

Annie


3.8.14

Little Bea's Patchwork Quilt

Dear Laura,




A while ago I bought about 15 fat quarters of fabric, just because I loved the designs. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I didn't care because they were so so pretty. Well after having realized that my stash was getting a little too big I decided it was time that I got it together and finally made the patchwork quilt I had been meaning to make for a not so new baby of one of my oldest friends. I still have an unfinished quilt for a 3 year old, but she is about to have a new brother or sister so maybe I can make that one in time for the second arrival! 

I enjoy making quilts but I don't make very complicated ones, just squares of lovely fabric sewn together. As I sewed I listened to Radio 4 whilst making this quilt which is appropriate for the little girl it is going to, I know her mum is a big fan, I didn't manage to listen to The Archers though. I love sewing for others because as I sew I think of them and what they might like and how they will laugh at certain things, and how they are going to enjoy the item coming their way. Being so far away it still gives me that connection with the oldest of friends even though we barely get to see each other anymore.

Lots of love

Annie
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