Learning freehand machine embroidery with The Makery

I’ve always been interested in machine embroidery ever since I went with my mum to a class in Malaysia to learn embroidery for a kebaya (that’s a traditional style shirt for ladies worn with a sarong). Of course using those skills over here is being a bit trickier since a) I don’t have a treadle…

DIY jersey yarn clutch

Ever heard of Wool and the Gang? They’re those people out there making knitting cool. They offer knitting kits with their own patterns and yarn (they make their own jersey yarn from unwanted fabric ends from factories in Eastern Europe) and ready made items to buy. They’re all about making fashion ethical again rather than…

Leatherwork(out)

I bought a piece of scrap leather from Hong Kong a few months ago with the plan to make a bag from it. It’s about a foot wide and a foot and a half long with a snake (maybe? Or some other animal…) print embossed on one side. I got the idea from Glastonbury festival…

Sidetracked again

I think I must be getting weary of making my new wardrobe- I keep finding more interesting things to do! Today, I spent a little bit of time today making a few wristband pin cushions. I got the idea from my sister for a birthday present for a friend. She’s just starting to learn how…

Up the duffle…

Moving slightly away from the garment making, I’ve jumped straight in with the bags (and there’ll probably a lot more to come)… Task: A weekend bag! I tend to carry a lot of stuff around on the weekends- I’m either travelling back to stay at my family home or out visiting friends for the weekend…