• Christmas Wreath Workshop Fun!

  • I had a super fun day yesterday, catching up with a bunch of my friends at an incredible wreath making workshop! Me and the girls always like to meet up for a Christmassy get-together – last year we went to see Love Actually in London with a live orchestra. So this year we were excited to try a different approach to filling ourselves with festive cheer.

    The workshop was lead by the lovely Kim of English Petal & Herb, and she talked us through all of the basics of putting together our very own Christmas wreaths. She had a huge choice of greenery to choose from, so you could really tailor your own wreath to exactly what you wanted. And so many extra bits, like baubles, pine cones, cinnamon sticks – you name it, she had it covered. 

    I tried to go for the natural/earthy kind of look with my wreath, but at the end I couldn’t help but throw some gold glitter all over! The heart wants what the heart wants ok! 

    It was so fun to see how each person made their wreath – but the main thing I was really impressed with is how everyone’s wreath ended up looking so professional. We all left feeling super excited to see the finished pieces on our front doors. I mean, after we made a quick stop for late lunch and prosecco!

    Thank you Kim for hosting such a wonderful workshop. We had a blast and we’ve already decided we’re coming back next year for the same. It’s going to be our new Christmas tradition! 

    Lots of festive love

    Jen x

    Some happy wreath makers right there

    Close-up of my wreath!

    The girls' wreaths!

    Wiring the moss to the wreath shape

    All all-important moss!

    Look at that focus... and spot the mince pies and mulled wine!

    This girl feeling 'very Kirsty Allsop in Handmade Christmas' 🙂

    So many gorgeous bits to add to our wreaths

    Ta-dah! The finished wreaths taking shape

    Et voila!

  • My Sewing Room

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    Hello sewing fans! I haven’t shared photos of my sewing room on the blog in years, and there have been a few tweaks here and there. So I am excited to share new photos with you. Here it is in all of its glory (after days and days of tidying/cleaning/hoovering like crazy!). I don’t think it’s ever going to be this tidy ever again! I’ve tried to credit suppliers of various pieces in these shots, but please leave a comment below if there is something specific you have a query on and would like to know where it is from. Lots of sewing love, Jen x

    Sewing Machine & Overlocker - Brother Sewing UK; Pegboard & accessories - Block Design; Thread rack & Kit-Cat Clock - Amazon; Trestle table - French Connection Home; Adjustoform Dressmaking Dummy - John Lewis; Orange chair and orange picture frame - Habitat; Desk lamp - Ikea

    Clothes rail - Ikea; Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious print - Oliver Bonas; Copper hangers - Amazon

    Chest of drawers - Ikea; Replacement handles on chest of drawers - Marks & Spencer

    Storage Unit - Ikea; Sewing Box - Stoff & Stil

    Magazine rack - Cox & Cox; Magazines - La Maison Victor, Suzy Magazine, Lisa Comfort, and an old Betty magazine

    Plant Lover Print - Em Makes & Bakes; Dog Pincushion - Beyond Measure; Sewcialist Patch - Like Sew Amazing

    Book storage unit - Ikea; Chest - Habitat

    My collection of old printed By Hand London patterns!

  • My Christmas Gift Guide for Sewists

  • I cannot believe we are here, but I *think* it’s officially the countdown to Christmas! So I’ve put together a little list of my favourite items for gifting to any sewist out there. A few of the items I already own, and they have been such lovely gifts to receive in the past that I really wanted to share with you all. And maybe these ideas will help with any Christmas lists you’re writing to Santa…? Enjoy guys!

    1.   ‘Maker’ Necklace, Closet Case Patterns

    Can we all just take a second to swoon over this STUNNING piece of jewellery up for grabs from Closet Case Patterns? I am putting this on the list for myself – I love the silver version so much it hurts!

     

    2.  Dress With Pockets Print, Oh Squirrel

    I think the sentiment of this print would make the perfect addition to any sewing space. Amirite?!

     

    3. Hardwood Point Presser & Clapper, Sew Essential

    I've had my eye on this beautifully crafted clapper for so long. It would be such a useful tool for any dressmaker! And it also wins points for being handmade by a local craftsman in the UK.

     

    4. Seamstress Patch, Pink Coat Club

    I don't think it's even possible to put together a sewist Christmas gift guide without mentioning Pink Coat Club. Literally everything in Joy's shop is gorgeous, so I struggled to choose just one item to add to my list! 

     

    5. Breaking The Pattern Book, Named

    This book has been all over Instagram lately, as it has just been released. Perfect timing for adding to the Christmas list... I know it's on mine!

     

    6. 'Sewing is my Superpower' Pouch, Em Makes & Bakes

    Em Makes and Bakes has some gorgeous products in her Etsy shop. Please go check her out - I have so much love for her Mama products too. This pouch would be perfect for any sewist needing a little tidy up of all those little bits and bobs we have strewn across our sewing spaces!

     

    7. PatternTrace (Swedish Tracing Paper), Creative Industry

    I think PatternTrace paper is probably my favourite sewing product in the world ever. I always recommend this stuff! It comes on a huge wide roll AND you can sew straight it. Magic! Perfect for making a quick toile, or just using as really posh tracing paper!

     

    8. Magnetic Beech Wood Notions Block, Beyond Measure

    I was given one of these last year, and it has been one of my favourite sewing room products. It has a super strong magnet inside (I still can't see/work out how they got it in there!), and you can either use it as a pot - or what I do is turn it upside down as more of a block. It looks so cool - and is insanely useful and practical. Plus - someone made this!

     

    9. 'I'd Rather Be Sewing' Tote Bag, The Crafty Pinup

    Absolutely love this illustration on Crafty Pinup, Abi's, gorgeous tote bags. She also has pins of the same image in her shop too. Plus she's an all-round sewing mega babe!

     

    10. Pegboard, Block Design

    The question I get asked most is 'where did you get your pegboard?'. So I felt like it would be a good idea to share this in my gift guide... and because I'm such a big fan of this company in general. Block Design sell different sizes and colours of their pegboards. They also have various accessories like a mini shelf and letters you can peg in! I got a little bit crafty with some of the organisation on my sewing room pegboard - I figured you can use 2 pegs close to each other as a tiny little shelf 🙂

     

    Hope you've liked seeing my picks guys. Happy Christmas shopping!

    Jen x