There’s been another book project I’ve been beavering away at over the last year and yesterday saw the launch of the second Liberty sewing book which I was honoured to work on with the hugely talented Lucinda Ganderton. We had a wonderful day coming up with project ideas, choosing Liberty fabrics from the massive swatch books and  fighting over who wanted to make what. Lucinda created the beautiful quilts while I got obsessed with Libby and her amazing ra-ra dress (I couldn’t stop adding frills!)

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Some of the projects in the book require little or no sewing and are great for using up odd scraps of fabric (Liberty or otherwise). The Guardian online have posted this extract from the book on how to make these fabric covered letters.

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Guardian webpage

click on image to get instructions


and this is what it looks like in the book

Comments sections on these things always make for good reading and the ones on this page are pretty varied! Can I just say that the image in step 9 on the website is the right way round … There shouldn’t be an image with step 1 which has probably confused icklewickle  … We’re hoping they’re going to fix this but refer to the book image above if you get confused. Ta.

(The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing. Photography by Kristin Perers, styled by Twig Hutchinson. RRP £20 buy it here)


OOh I felt so bad (see what I’ve done there) when I realised I hadn’t announced the winner of the Cloud Craft felt giveaway. To make up for my lacksadaisical approach to my responsibilities I am giving away a second prize of my prototype ice lolly purse!

So the lucky winner of the felt package from Cloud Craft is Lynda Forster and congratulations to Miss Melvis who is now the proud owner of the purse. Use the contact form on my About Me page to send me your email addresses and I’ll get the gifts out to you soonest.

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The lovely people over at cutoutandkeep (the online community to make and share step-by-step craft tutorials) have chosen Scissors, Paper, Craft to be their book of the week, which is super nice.

book of the week

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Not only do they have an interview with me (read it here) where I chat about the inspirations behind the book, how messy I am and my inability to do basic DIY, but there’s a chance to win one of 5 copies of the book AND there’s an extract fromt he book on how to make these beautiful quilled decorations.

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Go visit their site NOW! to get the step by step instructions, they’re simple to make using thin strips of corrugated card, cookie cutters and glue. If you start now I reckon by Christmas you’ll have enough for your whole tree!




Congratulations Kimmy from Making Mondays you have been chosen as the lucky recipient of a signed copy of Scissors, Paper, Craft. Email me your address using the form in the about section of the blog and I’ll get one over to you quick smart. (In response to your comment; my gifts aren’t usually that well wrapped … I’m always wrapping them as I run out the door to see the recipient! I love a bit of brown paper and loads of Washi Tape though.)

Thank you for your book suggestions, I think I’d like to write a book on them all, though maybe I’ll need to get my nephews involved on the Hama Beads projects as they love them and probably the whole family would have to lend a hand if I tried quilting!

printing playing

Excited to see a few suggestions for printing and print techniques as that’s what I’ve been working on at the moment. The book’s going to be coming out next spring along with one on knitting. I’ve been busy messing around with inks and rollers and foam and potato mashers coming up with exciting projects and techniques that I hope you’ll like.