I hope that when you have walked in our store that I have had the chance to say that to you....
Unfortunately I won't be able to say that to you for much longer as we have decided to close during September of this year.
We began Threadneedle Craft about 7 and a half years ago and have enjoyed our time immensely.
Now it is time for us to regroup as a family and enjoy some time together - the boys are getting bigger and it won't be long until they fly the coup!
So... what does that mean for you? Well, I would love you to come in and say goodbye... we will begin our closing sale on July 27 (closing on Sunday 26 to prepare) with everything at 25% off (unless already reduced further).
At regular intervals this amount will drop by 5% until our complete closure on Sunday September 13.
All fittings and fixtures that are for sale will also be marked at a fixed price so come in and grab a bargain.
And before I sign off I would just like to thank you all for your support during our time here and for your cheery selves popping in the door.
We wish you all the best in craftiness
Merrilyn & David Sim
Threadneedle Craft Daylesford
Given it has been a long time between posts I thought I would give you a quick update on the Ottoman exercise...
Started the one for home making the "pattern" 20% bigger. This is the back of our old couch that had never seen the light of day and was still in good condition (the front was fraying to shreds and had that decidedly grubby look of boys growing up with it...)
This one also has some seriously heavy duty interfacing (ie swear inducing sewing was required as the stuff became so stiff I could barely move it) to keep the shape.
Stuffing - I think I mentioned that I used clean old cushion inserts so that I didn't have all the "air" in them. Well this one has on complete old couch feather and foam cushion insert in it with a few more feathers.
Yes I had to open the bag and yes I am still finding feathers in the back of the shop.
It also has about three cushions to get in to all the corners.
But its done - I think I made it firmer than it needed to be but I am happy with the result.
The only thing now is to stop the boys throwing it around (v. heavy) and using as a weapon!!!
Another large size is getting made for a friend... sigh... after my fingers recover.
It’s been a
long time between blogs but I thought I would share with you my efforts with octagons!!!
earlier this year we saw in an amazing shop some octagon shaped ottomans. They looked great and as we have some old
couch fabric at home we thought we might have a go at making them…
So I started with a couple of prototypes – not quite as big as the final one will be but a decent
size.My shapes were taken from a
computer program and then printed off (I did the octagon shape first and then
broke it into the triangles).
Then it is
a matter of cutting out and stitching together (sides then tops with a bit
unstitched in one of the top bits. I have used heavy fusible interface on the
sides and as one whole piece I have put a piece of bag batting on the top and
bottom. This lets it keep its shape. I
slit one in the centre as this is where I fill it and then hand stitch it up.
To stuff –
I am sure you can get heavy stuffing but I have yet to source this – what I
have done is used old cushions and pillows (clean!!) that have lost their oomph
but are quite dense. I shove a lot in!!!
close hand stitch the opening closed and then stitch the octagon in the middle
So I have
made 2 so far with the biggie cut out as my January project… In the meantime...
Threadneedle Craft wishes you all the best over the festive season. Be
safe and happy and enjoy your families.
I know it has been a while - months are definitely missing and I am sure they were there when I last looked!!!
So apart from the usual faffing around that I do, I decided to make a quillow.
I am not
sure if that is the correct term but it is the one I have heard. We were given
one when our first son was born and initially I was thinking …what will I do
started walking to the park and the pocket was great for a nappy or two, some wipes
and any other things that you seem to need with a baby. It would get chucked under the pram and away
we would go. It also was thrown in the car as a back-up pillow or blanket while
thought I should have a go at making them…
The size is
about 1.1m x 0.7m. It’s a sort of not too big, not too small size that seems to
work. (These are all finished sizes).
pocket should be wide so I use about 0.40m by 0.30m. Any leftover fabric I use
for another smaller cushion pocket – and a handle if I have enough. (I attach
the handle to the inside of the large pocket.
I use a
thick sort of polyester wadding - it is going to be washed a lot!
then it’s a bit of putting the small pocket on.
Right sides together with wadding. Sew around the whole thing leaving a
through and machine all the way around which should close the gap (yes I am
lazy and try to avoid hand stitching).
quilt it doing straight lines up the quilt from the small pocket. Then add the
larger pocket (with the handle on the inside) to the quillow over the smaller
one. (Trust me it works!!). Again quilt straight up the quilt to sew the large
more detailed patterns on-line if you look here but when you start you sort of
work it out (and I tried to make a very easy one).
I like to pretend that I am actually going to finish all the projects I have started.....
Or maybe that my corners are perfect.... my soft toys are stuffed correctly and don't have lumpy bits.... or that my knitting is so even that people will gasp in wonder!!!
(I like to pretend with a strong positive theme)
We all used to pretend so well when we were little... and this little range certainly triggered some memories.
When I say little, there are only three elements to the range that we have and I added just a little of the blue homespun sashing.
It's not huge but it is a sweet little quilt that was fun to do.
And the final pretend..... that it is actually finished - still with pins in, and needing some hand stitching... But, well, lets pretend anyway