Happy March Break

I hope that the start of March Break means the start of some warmer weather! I’m looking forward to a week off too, that’s for sure. Mom and I have been taking advantage of the time to do some shopping. (John has abandoned me for the week to work in the UK.) Of course we went to Guelph to have a bite to eat at With the Grain and to check out the material at Greenwood.

I finally broke down and got some of the Charlie Harper fabric

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I also picked up a remnant of this Dear Stella design…

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You know I love my bikes right!

This fun word fabric will do nicely for a special super hero project I have planned for two lovely little boys…

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I also had to complete my Everyday Eden collection for Alexander Henry…

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It’s just too lovely!

I also got a special treat from mom, an Aneela Hoey charm pack of Hello Petal…

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Can’t wait to get sewing once we set all of our stuff up in the new house.

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!

Second Project Pouch

I love my mom this much…

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Now we both have a project book pouch for the cottage. See this post for more information on where to find the pattern. I got this fabric recently, I believe it’s from Riley Blake’s new Hipster line. I thought of mom when I bought it because they are her colours. She also used a similar fabric for the back of my Grammie’s lovely new Mother’s Day quilt and we both really admired it then because it looks cross-stitched. When she said “of course she would would want one too” I knew immediately I would use this fabric for the outer bit.

Hope she likes it!

GoGo Project Pouch

To John’s constant amazement I whipped up an entire project in one morning yesterday. About a month ago I was reading Aneela Hoey’s blog Comfortstitiching and saw that she’d made up a pattern for a cute project book pouch. You can get the pattern as a download from her Etsy store here. Maybe it’s because we are going on holiday for 2 weeks very soon and I wanted something to bring projects away with me but whatever the case I was inspired to make it yesterday. Of course I’m also inspired by the Tour de France right now too so I decided on some Jay Cyn cycle fabric for the outer cover. I rooted through some scrap pieces and a few fat quarters and I had my fabric selection all picked out…I even used some old Aneela Hoey fabric for the lining…

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The pieces got cut very quickly with the rotary cutter and ruler…

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It came together very quickly. You need some very heavy and stiff Pellon interfacing. I didn’t have the iron-on it called for so used a little fabric spray to adhere it first…

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The inner pockets are a bit loose and I wonder if I could have been more careful to pull them taught when sewing the layers together but if it sits upright in a bag it will be fine. I think I might even put on some wee Velcro dots to a few of the pockets that I may want kept tightly shut, like the one with my little scissors but for now I’ve just pined it shut with a needle. It’s very cute when finished I have to say. I love the tab for the button. I also got to use the last of these buttons. I’ve been using them on some kids clothes for other people and I’m thrilled to have finally used one for myself!!!…

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Hmmmmmm I wonder if mom will want one for our semi-talked about/planned hexi-athon at the cottage this summer!

New Shop Find

I had a lovely day yesterday with a new crafty friend. We got in the car and made it to a new store I found online about 40 min away in West Hampstead called The Village Habedashery

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I was really impressed with this little shop. They had the most modern quilting fabric that I’ve seen here so far. Of course I’m still slowly finding stores but this was definitely a keeper. They had an excellent little sale section and I picked up some Cloud 9 and Monaluna fabric in larger pieces to go with some others I already have…

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I love the new Riley Blake Hipster line. They didn’t have it all but I did pick up this yummy faux cross stitched number…

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Isn’t this Aneela Hoey Sew Stitchy panel to die for…

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Of course love the Jay Cyn Mermaid fabric as well. You just have to get large pieces of the Storyboek II Collection because it’s mostly larger scale prints…

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As I’m in the midst of a sewing clothes bug I also got these cute little girl dress patterns…

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Lastly, I picked up a couple more Sew Liberated designs. They say if you loved the School House Tunic then you will love the Esme top, so we’ll see…

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I was a bit annoyed that the sizing guide appeared to be missing from Esme but I emailed Sew Liberated and I got a quick and polite reply to tell me that I had a first printing copy and they had forgotten the sizing guide, one was attached to the email. Now I’ll be off to the races with this one too I hope. It’s another Bank Holiday weekend coming up and the May half-term week off school so I’m sure I’ll get in some quality sewing time.

I’ve said this many times before but there is NO time to work a real job anymore!