Linda’s Shopping Bag

Linda’s Shopping Bag

Hi everyone, I hope you are you all snuggled up by the fire on this cold, dark, rainy evening.

Here is our newest creation ready for Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas Handmade Fair at Manchester Central this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ‘Linda’s shopping Bag’ designed to help you avoid having to buy plastic bags. I couldn’t decide which colourway I liked the best so I’ve pictured two. Thank you Vicky Black for your suggestions for the acorns, the vibrant colours work really well. If you want to buy the pattern or kit you can by visiting my website

Linda's shopping bags

orange bag pic

I added this pattern and kit to the website today. Which made me think about all the ones that I haven’t shared lately, we have been very busy creating new designs throughout the autumn show season and I haven’t shown off our goodies for a while so this is a purely bragging post.

pumpkin pic newsletter

The pattern for these scrumptious pumpkins has been a free give away to people who join our mailing list or buy things from us online. (Newsletter going out any day now if you’ve been waiting for your pattern.)



Michaela Smith came up with this brilliant design for a sewing case. I have plenty of kits available  in a variety of colours;  if you need an idea for Christmas prezzies for your sewing buddies these are brilliant

bunny pic

Bunny in the Brambles was an idea born whilst my daughter and I were at Sandown quilt show. The leaves were inspired by the ones that Michaela Smith
used on her awesome Holly and the Ivy wreath and the bunny is modelled on our very own French Lop Bruce. Bunny in the Brambles arrived as a fully completed project but when I came home and described it to Sue she got to work and tweaked it into what we have today. The blackberries were made using advice from Michaela  on simple stumpwork so the whole thing is a real team collaboration. Each person who contributed has added a little bit of magic to this wall hanging including my mother in law who disposed of the tatty old sticks I left by my back door thinking they were rubbish as it meant I had to source a new stick and I love the new one I found.

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Do you remember that I shared my lovely kingfisher a while back? Well since then I’ve created the heron; they are made to go as a pair, which is your favourite?

Doorstop Diva

Last but not least here are my Doorstop Diva’s. A great bit of fun that can be jazzed up with handbag jewellery, beads and bells.

If you want to purchase any of the designs that I have bragged about tonight go to and you will find these plus loads more other things as well.

For your info I seem to be posting much more on Facebook than here lately; so if you don’t want to miss a thing you can ‘like’ my Facebook page and you will get all the goss’. This week on Facebook I’m doing a giveaway of tickets to Kirstie Allsopps Christmas Handmade Fair so don’t miss out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, thank you for indulging me :)

Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

I’m just back from an absolutely fabulous weekend at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade fair at Hampton Court Palace. It was brilliant, just like a gigantic Great British tea party. I’ve taken a few snaps and I hope that they will show you how far the team had gone to create such a wonderfully perfect vibe.


This is my stand, we’ve made the big change to being all tweed at the shows, I think it looks ace I hope you agree. I also used this event to showcase my antique sewing equipment, this is a new line which we hope will make some of you very very happy this Christmas. Double click on the photo for a closer look. I will post pictures of all my goodies very soon.


Not the most flattering photo of me (I’m waving at you mum.) Kirstie came to the stand on the first day, she was lovely. She spotted our antiques straight away and was particularly taken with the Indian Sadeli work box which is exquisite inside and out.




This is the box in question. It was made in India from Rosewood, Ivory and  Pewter. They made thin matchsticks from each material and fixed them together; following which they cut across the layers  and made mosaic type designs as you can see on the outside of the box. It is likely that at the time Great Britian was an Empire an officer posted out to India bought this for his wife. I adore the history and romance associated with these  items, I hope you do too.




Back to the main event, they had a big top where interviews happened all day.




And there was an amazingly wonderful IMG_1776amount of bunting EVERYWHERE! Every marquee had bunting the whole way around it, in fact anything that wasn’t moving had bunting on all over it.








There was a vintage feel everywhere, all the twiddley bits just showed how the team had gone the extra mile to create all the wonderfullness.









IMG_1787 My favourite was the Deco Lounge, a beautiful chrome caravan called Lola,  We had free drinkies here on Saturday night



Check out the cool vintage tea room, who would have thought that lacey net curtains and lampshades could look so good.



























IMG_1799IMG_1802 And…if you couldn’t find Kirstie she was bombing about in her bunting decorated golf buggy…totes vintage amazeballs!








IMG_1805IMG_1806 These are my neighbouring stall holders, check out the wide range of crafty handmade bits. Linladan  Embroidery, Sarah Westwood and Vintage Lampshades.IMG_1807


 Even the visitors and signposts were glamourous too!

I am really looking forward to Kirstie’s Christmas Handmade at Manchester Central from the 20th to the 22nd of November, I hope you will be able to join me there. 

Farmyard Memoirs


front pic

I feel like I’ve been working on these gorgeous tweed book covers for ages, I adore them. they are really tactile and would make fab presents. I need one for my diary, I need one for my notebook, my reading books, my cookbooks and so on and so on and so on.

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look at the cheeky panel on the back!

The pattern is now on sale at £4.50 with kits to follow in the next few days which will cost £18.50 to cover an A5 size book and £19.50 to cover an A4 size book (price includes the pattern.)

They are a really good way of practising your free machine skills, I began by being a wimp and sewing using matching thread but as I got more confident I went over the top with black thread which absolutely brought the designs to life. As a bonus, I found, particularly with the Holly Cow where I was a bit too scruffy on the edges I could colour in a black patch and hide it.

If you don’t like free machining you could quite easily blanket or zig zag the applique. I am really pleased with my handiwork if you want to have a go, either comment on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 and we will be pleased to sort you out.

August is Christmas time for crafters


advent calendar pic

Oh my golly gosh! I collected this amazing advent calendar from Michaela Smith yesterday; she is going to teach it as a class for us on the 5th of September which is the first Saturday of the month.

The calendar is made from a combination of cotton and tweed fabrics with a bit of Christmas bling in the form of gold on the windows.

I will prepare a kit so that everyone has all the right bits and bobs, kit price to follow as soon as I’ve worked it out. If you would like a place you can either let me know on here or by ringing the shop on 01729 824708

eek I’m so excited!

Rustled these up today…


i pad and i phone

I was messing around this afternoon and I rustled up these swish and stylish tablet and phone cases which have a ribbon mechanism inside so that you can easily draw your device out of the case . Beautiful soft tweed inside and out, means for those of us who are fabric strokers they are a real must have. I can’t take my hands off mine; I’m so pleased with them and they only took just over an hour to make. I’ve written instructions to accompany kits which tell you how to make a case exactly the right size for your own device, the kits which contain everything you need, work out at £15.50 for the tablet case and £9.50 for the phone case. If you want one give us a ring on 01729 824708 or leave a message on here, we have loads of colours to choose from.


Kirstie’s Handmade Fair



Look what I’ve got…complimentary tickets for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London and I am going to start giving them away. If you would like to win a pair of tickets all you need to do is add a comment to, then like and share this post. The show will be open from the 18th to the 20th of September 2015. I will be there with lots and lots of projects to make and do using British wool tweed and I will also be launching my newest range of goodies which will make ideal Christmas presents for crafters.

Before I forget, Kirstie is also going to do a Christmas Handmade Fair at Manchester Central from the 20th to the 22nd of November which I will also be at.

So for now, get liking and sharing of you want to be in with a chance of winning tickets!