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Feeling blessed

This week I am counting my blessings.

I have been passed on crafting supplies from a variety of sources… There’s a certain thrill in receiving a bag like this and wondering what it holds.

Fabric supply

I was very delighted to discover amongst other goodies a button box. Anyone else just love having a looking through someone’s else’s once treasured buttons – there’s no knowing the stories behind them. Were they saved from a much loved garment?

Btton box

The bag also contained a darning mushroom, much as I love recycling and upcycling I suspect I will never take up darning!

fabric stash

Next up up was an enormous bag of wool and tweed fabrics, from a lovely friend of my Mums’s. Ann recently moved house and was having a sort out. These fabrics are going to be perfect for a lovely range of winter bags. It was so thoughtful of her to pass them my way.

handturned sewing machine

Finally an old hand turned sewing machine. It’s simply beautiful to look at. I have yet to work out how to access the bobbin and give it a go. I am hoping it will cope with thicker layers of fabric than my modern machine:) The idea is to teach my daughter to sew with it. She’s not known for her co-ordination, so I’m not sure how best to go about teaching her. Has anyone any tips, experience? Would you recommend teaching on a manual machine or an electric?

wrist pincushion

Finally this week I have made myself a wrist pincushion, prompted into it by a twitter chat #makedoandmendhour. Recently I have just heard one story too many where people, storing pins in their mouth, have inhaled them into their lungs, or swallowed them. I have to admit to the dreadful habit of holding the odd pin between my lips for convenience. But NO longer…

It took me ten minutes to whip up this wrist pincushion, if you feel prompted to whip one up yourself the cushion is made from a square of 3.5 inches, and the wrist strap from a rectangle 10.5, by 3.5 inches (folded in half). It is fastened with Velcro.

As it’s sunday I am popping over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to, and if you are kindly visiting me from the link up I finished my dress, see it here🙂

I hope you have had a productive week:)





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Gina Caro

Thursday 12th of June 2014

We have an old sewing machine too but it's a Jones one not a singer. If you look on You Tube there are various tutorials showing you how to wind the bobbin and other useful tips. That's how we learnt to use ours. Thank you for joining in with Thrifty Thursday and being my second interviewee :-)


Wednesday 11th of June 2014

What a great bunch of supplies. I've never heard of a darning mushroom before.

Great idea making a wrist pincushion. Knowing me, I would probably end up missing the pincushion a few times so I think I'll stick to the one attached to my sewing machine :-)

Andrea Kay

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

Ooh I just love a discovery stash! Button tins are wonderful. I used to spend happy hours sorting my mam's buttons when I was little. I have the same machine, it was my mothers. It's under my desk at the moment. Yes it still works, and mam recently gave me some attachments for it when she had a clear out of her craft room. Haven't a clue how to use those!

For finishing off with no reverse I usually stop with the needle down turn the fabric round and make a few stitches. It's how I learnt on the singer and I still do it now!


Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Oooo! Nothing says "TREASURE" than a Box of BUTTONS! - Sweet HAUL! Great Fabric too! Just felt the odd bits and you can make some cute little Creatures. And what a pristine looking machine for its age! - It's kinda weird if you think about it how much Artistry went into making the BODY of the machine than its WORKING parts! Even if it never works, it still "looks" GREAT! -- btw, good luck with trying to figure it out! My Mom used to work for SINGER about 60 years ago and always hated how finicky the machines were... But, it is still nice to look at... :-D


Monday 9th of June 2014

Ok you made my heart sink. I put pins in my mouth:(. If it helps, I learnt on an electric machine. Finally, I love button tins. I have happy memories of playing with my mums.

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