Happy Halloween

First of all, I know some are looking forward to a Tuscany post but it’s overwhelming to write about something so beautiful so I’m putting it off! I had to post for Halloween though, I love dressing up. In the last few years I have often used the Vulcan ears dad got me from Vulcan Alberta to dress as Spock but I remember back to all of the wonderful costumes my mom used to sew me as well. She likes to remember that I always gave her a hard time that she would never finish them in time. Of course she always did finish them though and never let me down. I’m sure she was sewing into the wee hours of the morning to finish around a busy mom’s schedule!

This year I made sure that I finished my non-traditional Halloween quilt to show off. I’ve had the sandwich done for months but hadn’t done the quilting. I couldn’t decide what to do but in the end went for a squiggly meandering line because I thought it looked a bit spooky. It sits proudly on the couch today…

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I played round with the new iPhone photo filters to try and capture the magic of this quilt…

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For those that want to try this quilt pattern out I used Elizabeth Hartman’s “Kitchen Windows” from her book…

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Happy Halloween everyone and I promise a Tuscany trip post soon!

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Pattern Block

I’m on the train to Gatwick Airport and looking forward to a trip to Italy for a few days! It’s half term next week and John an I are meeting my Aunt and Uncle. We fly to Pisa and then go south. Should be a lovely time.

Before we go I thought I’d share a bit of what I did last weekend on my pattern cutting course at Raystitch. It was a lot of information to take in but fascinating. You could take full year courses on this subject so it was only a quick intro. We made a skirt block and an upper body bodice block to personally fit us. I find commercial patterns difficult for me because I have a wide upper back. The idea is that I can use these blocks to create patterns for skirts, tops and dresses. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to a trouser block but maybe one day…

We started with the skirt block. We took our hip, waist, waist to hip and waist to knee measurements. Then we actually drew these right on muslin. We quickly sewed it together, made adjustments to the pleats and created a paper block. I learned that a block isn’t a pattern but a starting point of measurements from which patterns are created. Here’s some pics of the skirt block process…

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Oh boo, sorry, thought I had a picture of me wearing the block. Never mind, I have ones of the bodice block. Don’t mind my midriff and pale skin, not the best lighting …

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After completing the blocks we took small paper versions and learned how to make pattern designs by simply adjusting where you put the darts. I really understand more about patterns now and hopefully can even adjust commercial patterns to fit a bit better before I start cutting out fabric…

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Maybe when we get back from Italy I will try to make up a pattern for a simple skirt! For now though all thoughts are on Italy…

Embroidery Girls

I’m on my way back to Raystitch this morning for another weekend sewing course. This time on pattern cutting. Click here to see about the course. This is my last course that I’ve booked here for awhile a whole weekend does take it out of you and the evening ones would be too hard for me to get to. Stay tuned for a pattern cutting update.

Week update though…if you follow gogolittlered on Instagram or if you’ve noticed my Instagram updates on my blog side bar, you will notice that I’ve gone nuts embroidering using pictures from Aneela Hoey’s book Little Stitches. Check out Little Red in all her playful poses…

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I’m thinking of putting them all together with other fabric to make a wall hanging or quilt.

Little Stitches

On Saturday I spent a lovely afternoon at Raystitch in London embroidering with Textile designer Aneela Hoey. I adore her fabric and whimsical pictures. She was very nice too! There were 6 of us taking the class and not a Brit amongst us which we found amusing. My friend Pamela came with me and she’s recently moved here from Ireland.

Aneela started by talking about her new book called “Little Stitches – 100+ Sweet Embroidery Designs.” Check out the book here. I think it’s a useful book of simple embroidery stitches that you could adapt to do many projects. It includes the sketches to copy on fabric or iron-on transfers. I got a copy with the class…

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We all stitched a lovely little snow globe scene that I think I will incorporate into a winter wonderland pillow (stay-tuned for that)! We were all concentration…

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Of course I was excited to meet Aneela and decided it wasn’t so geeky to bring along one of my earlier quilts done with her Sherbert Pips fabric. She was very gracious and appreciated seeing what I’d done with her designs…

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Pam and I both finished our globes by the end of the class. It’s way too cute and I’m inspired to do many more…

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Mine’s on the left.

The best thing about the class was that I got to see how simple and relaxing this kind of embroidery can be. I envision taking it as a good travel project. I can’t wait to enlarge her girl on a bike image and embroider a gogolittlered version! I can also see this as an easy project for children and would like to try at school with some girls…and boys soon!

Sewing Mom Update

I thought it was about time to share some more pictures of what gogolittlered mom has been doing. You may remember that she was also doing a hexi project at the cottage. She got obsessively hooked on sewing her hexagons at the cottage and each morning when I woke up she was already sitting with her coffee piecing away. Her dedication has paid off though because she is much further along than myself at finishing. Take a peek…

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I love the more traditionally retro fabric she chose. It really is special. Way to go mom! I wonder what she’s going to put on the back.

Mom’s also been busy whipping up some autumnal pillows. Love the hints of K. Fasset fabrics shining through…

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A little while ago mom got the couch recovered in this lovely neutral so that she could jazz it up seasonally with quilts and pillows. We love change in our family so it gives a fresh look to the house throughout the year so we don’t get bored! I think mom gets it from my Grammie who always has a beautifully updated looking decor! Oh, I miss my family now… 🙂

Exciting news though…tomorrow I do an embroidery class with Aneela Hoey who’s fabric I adore. Here’s the first quilt that I did with her fabric…

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Maybe I’ll take it for her to sign?

GoGo Logo

It’s nice to have a very supportive husband who happens to be in marketing. It means the encouragement to think about a logo design for GoGoLittleRed and a step into the future. I’m starting by trying my hand at selling some baby quilts at an up coming gift fair in town. I’m a member of the Harpenden Ladies’ Circle which is group of like minded women who come together for fun and fundraising. This year we are raising money for Parkinson’s UK and Hertfordshire Young Homeless. Each year the Circle runs a fantastic gift fair at the Public Halls in Harpenden. To support the cause and the gauge interest in the things I make I decided to have a stall.

John has been helping with marketing material and I’m very excited to introduce my new logo, stamps and oooooo ahhhhhh business cards! (You’ve probably already noticed my new blog header.) Very exciting changes…

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Who knows where it could go from here. Stay tuned for links to my Etsy Store as well. We’ll see what happens you never know right, at least that is what John, the loving husband, keeps telling me. If you’ve seen the movie “About Time” yet then you will appreciate my carpe diem attitude! (You HAVE to try and see this movie if you haven’t already. It’s brilliant, funny, sad, clever…best movie I’ve seen in years and if you know me you know I like a movie, often.

Weekend Around Home

It’s been a lovely weekend here in the UK, actually sunny and warm. I’ve done some sewing and touristy things, perfect!

First, I’ve been remiss in introducing you to a little fellow that John surprised me with when I got back to the UK this summer. He over looks my sewing as quality control…

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Cute gogolittered boots eh!

I finished off a couple baby quilts this weekend and a retro looking Christmas table runner. I’ve kept a red version of the Christmas panel for myself of course…

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On the touristy side we finally made it out to the Roald Dahl museum about a half hour from our house in Great Missenden. It was a wonderful little museum on the high street where he lived. They neatest bit was seeing his writing hut as it was (of course they moved it inside the museum but it is still the real thing). Check out how tall we are compared to Dahl and his characters…

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A short walk from the museum is the cemetery were Dahl is buried. It was a lovely spot. Check out the BFG foot prints! What a wonderful imagination he had…

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The town itself is worth a visit. With some cute shops and quaint houses…

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Hope you had a relaxing weekend too.