Category Archives: Equipment

Foraging bag

When I am out and about and I see a useful leaf, it is handy to just pop it into my bag, or a pocket. Then, of course, it gets damaged as it gets muddled with other things, or I … Continue reading

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Review of Patterntrace Swedish Tracing Paper

I like the look of this stuff. Tracing paper on a roll, which stays flat when unrolled (which has to be a plus if it is true), and is strong enough to sew together to check the pattern works. My … Continue reading

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Useful books

Now here is a good idea for a website. Interview a series of people who really know their subject, and ask them about their 5 favourite books on a subject. Except couldn’t really find anything arty or crafty on the … Continue reading

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Fringeless weaving

In the last year or so, I’ve got into tapestry weaving. I’ve always been put off weaving by the space and money taken up by the loom. But if you are doing something small, you can get away with a … Continue reading

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A flower foot for my sewing machine

Remember Spirograph? You put the point of a coloured pen into a hole in a plastic wheel, then rolled that wheel round the inside of a plastic ring to make a pattern. The two bits of plastic were held together … Continue reading

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A new way of getting heat

I’ve decided to buy a toaster oven to use in the dye house (OK, it is a garage really). I like to work out there so that chemical things stay out of the kitchen, but also to keep the house … Continue reading

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Knowing your sewing machine needle

I have to admit I’m a bit slack here. I know the importance of using a needle that is sharp and straight. And I always make sure I’ve got a ball needle when I’m sewing jersey. Apart from that, I … Continue reading

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Twenty uses for a bulldog clip

I must say that I think the title of this post is rather pushing it. Some of these “ideas” are only what I thought a bulldog clip was for. But on the other hand, there has got to be some … Continue reading

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Pattern weights

Sometimes, pins just won’t do. You might be using something where the pins would leave holes. Like leather, pvc, or paper. You might not want the distortion you get when you lift everything up to get the pin through. You … Continue reading

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New tapestry bobbins in action

Weaving tapestry tends to mean that you have several colours on the go at once. Which means a choice between lots of loose ends, and winding the thread onto some form of small piece of card, or another type of … Continue reading

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