Archive for March, 2010

Home-made bias binding

It’s been a funny sort of day.  Firstly, I didn’t go to work today, which is a very rare occurrence for me.  I’ve not been very well since last Friday – nothing major, just a bit sniffly with a sore throat.  By yesterday afternoon my voice had started to sound very Bonnie Tyler-esque and by 4pm my boss sent me home.  I imagine he’d had enough of the coughing and the raspy voice coming from the office next door.

By this morning I had no voice at all so, considering a lot of my job is carried out over the telephone, I called in sick.  Hooray for text messaging!  Without it my colleagues would still be wondering where I am.

I decided to use the time by trying to make my own bias binding.  I’d already tried making some last night but had somehow managed to make it on the straight grain!  So, with the help of two books (Simplicity’s “Simply the Best Sewing Book” & Cavendish House’s “Guide to Basic Sewing) and a Youtube video (I won’t bother referencing it as it was rubbish) I set to work again. 

Success!!!  Flourescent yellow continuous-strip bias binding made by me!  Yes, I did say flourescent yellow.  Chloe chose a lacy fabric in said colour to make view A (New Look 6660). 

Now I managed to track down matching thread – after a lot of trawling of the internet I eventually picked it up in Swansea Market – a five minute drive away!  However, flourescent yellow bias binding does not exist.  Ah well, a new skill learned!

Well, the voice still isn’t back properly and the bottle of Robitussin is nearly empty, but hopefully I’ll have enough of a voice to go back to work tomorrow.

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Talking Threads

I’ve just been sent this fab link

http://www.talkingthreads.co.uk/linksandresources/ and wanted to share it with you all.

For those of you with Sky tv, Channel 171 “MyChannel” is currently showing a series called “Talking Threads” which is a series of half-hourly shows looking at sewing; quilting; silk painting etc.  Unfortunately, when you look at the on-screen tv guide the shows come up under the heading “Country Channel” which, from what I can see, also seems to cover programmes such as “100 ways to brush your horse” or “My favourite shovel” and other such nonsense (my apologies to those of you out there who actually do have a favourite shovel).

Sorry, I’m rambling now.  Anyway, the above link takes you directly to the Talking Threads web page where you can watch and download each episode from the series without having to wade through the hours of dross served up on the actual channel.

Whatever happened to Ann Ladbury?

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