|Bunny slippers for a grandaughter from a pattern by Fiona Goble. The jumper is knitted by Patricia and in the shop.|
|I've been making cashmere bunnies for ages but I found the 'finger doll' when tidying and I'll make more of her|
|Velvet on velvet. Making lots of velvet buttons both to sell and to use in jewellery making|
Since having the shop I've made lots of small things to sell at a reasonable price. This week I've been sitting at my worktable making.
It was a nice surprise to come across the finger doll pictured above. Years ago I made lots of these and they must have sold well because she's the only one I have left. I drew round my longest finger for the pattern. Last night I soaked a piece of calico in tea to achieve a more flesh like colour and ironed Liberty scraps for the bodies. Hopefully I'll have the sewing machine out and get some made in the shop today.
I love velvet, especially soft silk velvet and even better, silk velvet that has been hand dyed in colours that blend into one another. Years ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on a quantity of velvet expertly dyed by my friend Alison Crosthwaite. We swapped because she liked my handmade buttons - not velvet ones, the ones I used to do with patterns on them. I've tried dyeing velvet myself but wasn't happy with the results. Woman - know your limits!
Happy weekend everyone!