Can I borrow a peacock feather for a minute?

I was awake early today so thought I would pop out for a bit of retail therapy.

I went to Goldhawk Road with a few projects in mind – animal print for zoo-inspired clothing, and cotton to make a wearable muslin of a dress I’m making for my brother’s wedding. Sadly I didn’t see any cotton prints that caught my eye, but the remnant bin at A One Fabrics was overflowing…

I impulse bought just under a metre of pink, purple and blue swirly, silky fabric (a sorbetto perhaps?), just under a metre of purple knit (for a little cardigan or shrug), almost 2m of black jersey (you can always use black jersey) and two and a half metres of tiger-print polycotton (for a top secret project…). I also got the black and white leopard print jersey that was actually on my list.

Next on my to-buy list was some trimmings and haberdashery. Next month will be busy for sewing as I have an outfit to make for my brother’s wedding. He is getting married in a zoo so I wanted to make something with an animal reference. Leopard print didn’t seem sophisticated enough, snake skin is not me, and anything fluffy would look weird so I decided to take my inspiration from the peacock.

I am awaiting an ebay order of various peacock feathers to make a hair clip, but luckily when I saw a pile of guterman beads the man in the shop let me borrow his from the display to check the colours in the feather.

I picked up a few tubes of beads (in the clearance bin) in a range of turquoises, blues and greens, some beading needles, and “Caribbean” coloured felt. I couldn’t find any hair clip backs, so I grabbed a hair-slide in the sales that I can rip apart. Now I just need to wait for my feathers to arrive so I can get started.

Crochet club

A colleague at work got a lovely crochet book and asked me to help her get started (inspiring my Crafty Resolution). Word spread around the staffroom and a few more people wanted to learn, so after work on Friday we took over a table in the pub. There were so many people, I didn’t have enough hooks to go around!

Crochet club in the pub

The lovely Miss C spent all of last week practicing (and visiting John Lewis and Hobbycraft to stock up on supplies) and I am very proud of her – very neat, even stitches. She came prepared to learn more last night, even bringing a mini lamp as the ambient lighting in the pub was not suitable for crochet. I’m hoping the kids in my club at school are as quick at learning!

The work of Miss C

 

Among all the teaching I have managed to make just a few squares for my Crafty Resolution (and maybe picked up a few balls of yarn in the sales…)

I have now made 11 squares which is 1 over my 10-a-month target but next month will be full of sewing (details to follow soon) so it should balance out.