Inspired by Lynne’s post about her favourite things, I thought I’d share a few of mine…
My most favourite part of my sewing kit is my needle book. This is one of the first things I made after I started sewing again, 3 or 4 years ago:
Excuse the rubbish pic, just goes to show, my photography skills have improved a bit since then! It’s made with a little scrap of my favourite Liberty print (Bourton) and pure wool felt, and it has got to be the most useful thing I have in my kit.
My favourite sewing inspiration is Suzuko Koseki. I love the fact that she blends traditional and modern styles so effortlessly without compromising either, and her use of colour and print rarely fails to intrigue and inspire. I was just searching for a nice link to her lovely books – Playful Patchwork, Natural Patchwork and Patchwork Style, and happened to find this interview with her at Sewing Under Rainbow – she sounds like a lovely person. Here’s a pincushion I made using her pattern in Playful Patchwork.
My favourite sewing tool is my wonderful pair of Janome Soft n Sharp Dressmaking Scissors with micro-serrated edges. I bought them about 6 years ago, and I have lost count of the times when I have accidentally cut paper or felt with them, but they are still as sharp as ever. They’re so comfortable to use too. Love them! I just wish they came in a better colour than Germolene pink.
My favourite, never be without it, utility fabric (can’t think how else to describe it!), is Vilene G700 medium woven cotton iron-on interfacing. Some interfacings can leave fabric with a nasty ‘crunchy’ feeling, which means that they crease easily and just don’t feel right. Because G700 is woven cotton, it works with the fabric, instead of against it, and converts quilting cotton into something approaching a home dec weight whilst keeping it soft and flexible. Brilliant stuff.
I’ve been wondering about whether to try and pin down my favourite fabric line or designer, but that’s utterly impossible… I can tell you the favourite fabric I have in my stash just now though…
It’s the gorgeous Free as a Bird from the Cut Out and Keep Collection by Heather Moore. I bought it in spring last year – still haven’t cut it!
I’m trying to avoid chocolate at the moment, so I wont follow Lynne’s example and name my favourite chocolates (they’re by Paul A. Young if you want to know… woops I said it!), so instead I thought I’d tell you about my favourite possession instead. I love it with a passion and can’t wait to get it out from under the stairs very soon. No, it’s not the hoover…..
It’s my beautiful Yukon River 4. Can’t wait for the spring to come!
Tell me about your favourite things… you know you want to…