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- Sewing hasn't been uppermost in my mind lately. I've been back in Sheffield again spending quality time with my oldest friends and celebrating the too short life of one. I expect normal sewing service will resume at some point next week.Fabulous day hanging out with new and old friends today at Grace's open studio weekend @beyond_measure_uk in the beautiful countryside of Todmorden. 🌳🏞 I came away with these stunning spalted turned wood beads and a pile of delicious Yorkshire wool offcuts that are destined to become cushion covers. Great to hang out with you guys today @beyond_measure_uk @thriftystitcher @julietillyflop @jennismithsews @nelnanandnora ❤❤❤ If you're in the area get down there, an absolute treat awaits you and the studio is open all weekend 😉✂️Having a clear out at my folks' place and came across loads of my degree work including this, my dissertation: "Fashion & The Environment - How Can They Work Together?" Are we any wiser 18 years later??? 🤔Repost from @beyond_measure_uk 📣📣📣 hopefully see some of you northern makers there!! ❤❤ STOP PRESS! I've got some last minute special guests to announce for this Friday at the Beyond Measure Open Weekend. First up, I'm delighted that @thatwendyward will be joining us! After working as a designer in the fashion industry for seven years, in 2007 Wendy began teaching dressmaking and pattern cutting in Brighton and in 2012, she opened MIY Workshop in central Brighton where she has a busy timetable of teaching dressmaking and pattern cutting. Wendy is a regular contributor to Love Sewing magazine and has published three bestselling books and the MIY range of sewing patterns. An advocate of sustainable fashion having worked for a fair trade organic cotton brand for four years, Wendy is passionate about empowering people to create their own style, interpret fashion in their own way and re-connect with the joy of making. Wendy will be here on Friday from 11am. She'll be bringing some of her patterns and accessories to sell, as well as signing copies of her fabulous books! These would make fantastic presents for anyone into sewing and are ideal beginners books too. See you on Friday Wendy Ward! And everyone else, more details on the blog! #beyondmeasureopenweekend #wendyward
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I really enjoyed choosing my 6 inspirations and must-haves for Sewing Network magazine’s “Blogger Picks” feature this month.
In true form you might easily guess some of my choices, but can you guess all of them?!
Gees Bend Quilts
I love the social history of patchwork and quilting. I find the idea of the stories and meaning held in quilts made from re-used clothing really powerful and they can make me quite emotional. Ever since I first saw images of the Gees Bend quilts they’ve been a constant source of wonder and inspiration for me. I love their honest beauty.
Worn Stories by Emily Spivack
The idea behind this book is simple; the author asked people she knew to tell a story about a piece of clothing in their possession, something significant that happened in their lives while they were wearing it. It makes for fascinating reading and a bit like the Gees Bend quilts, reminds us of the significance that clothing can have in our lives and that it is more than a disposable commodity.
Began as a kickstarter project and championed by Patrick Grant this is a great project. Based in one factory in the north of England it aims to reinvigorate garment manufacturing in the UK by using the seasonal quiet times faced by all factories producing for brands to make their own range of good quality basic items such as jeans, harrington jackets and raincoats.
Just up the road from my hometown of Sheffield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is heaven, how could it not be when it combines art and beautiful Yorkshire countryside?! There are permanent works set outdoors as well pieces from featured exhibitions and several indoor galleries including the stunning Longside Gallery whose huge windows not only flood the gallery space with natural light but also perfectly frame the most perfect views of the green valley below.
This might be my favourite of all my patterns. It’s one of the most popular and I’ve personally made myself at least 8 versions. It’s easy to wear and easy to sew which makes it a good first dressmaking project for beginners. However, I think its real secret is its versatility; it works in almost any fabric and can be made as a top or a dress in lots of different combinations. I’m always finding new ways to make it. I enjoy working that way; I’d much rather explore the potential offered by one pattern rather than churning out pattern after pattern.
Again, harking back to objects with meaning that can tell stories, I love my handmade Ernest Wright scissors. They’re made in my hometown of Sheffield and I’ve visited their factory to see them being made. It takes a huge amount of skill to make a pair of scissors and it shows in the finished product – they cut through anything and are sharp along the full length of the blade, including the tips. They’ll last you a lifetime and the more you use them, the more they wear to your hand and your particular grip. I love that. You can buy unique MIY Collection branded while handled scissors here.
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