As the regular readers of this blog will know, most of my recent crafty activities have involved yarney things that can be done outdoors while enjoying the sunshine. Consequently I have not done very much sewing for ages and recently I have started missing it.
Last week, on the way back from our holiday, we stopped at the town of Lewes. It’s a lovely place, with lots of quaint little streets lined with characteful old buildings. I was hoping to come across a craft shop and sure enough, we soon came across a sign to “the Needlemakers’ Gallery” which I thought sounds like a place that absolutely must have a sewing or yarn shop of some kind. And I was delighted to discover a wonderful little patchwork fabric shop, a real treasure trove of lovely fabrics (my husband said I must have a 6th sense for craft shops that allows me to find them wherever I go).
Given that I do most of my craft shopping online, it was great to be able to see the colours properly, feel the textures and match fabrics with each other. Of course I couldn’t resist myself and the visit ended up being quite expensive, but it was definitely worth it. I bought a collection of fabrics by Moda called Whimsy – a lovely selection of slightly retro looking fabrics in pale olive, cream, red and brown shades. They only had them in packs of fat squares, so I had to buy the whole selection (what a shame…) . These fabrics were my colour fix.
The second group of fabrics were in a lot more melacholy shades of muted gray and brown. They are vintage in style, some of them designed by William Morris. And although they are new, they still have a lovely old-fashioned feel to them.
I have already got several project ideas in my head – I feel like making some tablecloths – and so I have started cutting up the Whimsy fabrics this morning. I am also thinking the gray fabrics could make nice clothing, perhaps a top of some sort. Hmm… will have to think about that.
The great thing about sewing is that you see results a lot faster than when you are knitting so I am hoping to be able to show some pictures of my new projects in the next couple of days.