London yesterday was a treat! I met the lovely Nush again, and we headed up to Loop. I do apologise for the squeaking, jibbering and excessive yarn gropage, but oh. my. god. That place is GORGEOUS. We spent about an hour in there, talking about llamas and cats that look like Lenin. Nush and I work in very different ways – she buys yarn for a project, and actually finishes it. I buy yarn because it looks and feels nice, and I have little intention of ever actually using it. I just sit and stare at it from time to time.

 ANYWAY. The loot.

Clover DPNs <3

Blue Sky Alpacas: Alpaca/Silk (left) 100% Alpaca (right)

Trim from Liberty for Mum

All in all, an excellent trip!

Rotary cutter and mat, obviously

I bought these a couple of weeks ago but forgot to blog about them. I think part of my lack of sewing confidence comes from my apparent inability to cut sodding straight lines. So I thought that with a rotary cutter and mat it’d be a cup of cake. but I’ve not touched my fabric stash since the coasters. Meh.

Old wooden hangers

In the process of clearing out my room, some wooden hangers were unearthed. I think they would be perfect to pad and cover, but there’s a problem.

I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do it.

I don’t see how you sew the fabric around the hanger so as to have all the seams on the wrong side and it generally seems very faffy and not-doable. Help! You, dear blog readers (alright, there’s about four of you who read my blog but anyway) are a fountain of knowledge and internet links – someone please hook me up with a tutorial, instructions or anything that might help!

Ooh, I’ve also been baking but I shall leave that for another post.


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10 thoughts on “London

  1. I have yet to buy myself a rotary board and cutter- my mom has one so I just use hers.
    Doing a ‘quilt along’ thing actually sounds kind of fun. I am much more likely to do something if I have someone to keep me from lazing out =D

  2. padded hangers are easy. You make the cover in two halves that fit the hangers like sleeves, then sew in the middle (if you can do invisible matress stitch or something – i’m no sewing expert when it comes to terminology – or just sew it messily and tie a ribbon around the middle).
    You would either wind the padding/wadding in strips arounds the hanger like ribbon or you can do the same as the fabric cover.
    Hope that makes sense without pictures. and I am jealous because I’ve been meaning to do it myself but can never find any wooden hangers of a nice shape like yours (all of them have shoulder-shaping and bars to hang trousers off so it makes it a bit harder.)

  3. Of all the wooden hangers I’ve had that resemble those above – the metal ” ? ” part has always unscrewed really easily…

    I covered one once with a fabric sleeve, and used a buttonhole to create a little hole for the ? thing to screw back into the wooden hanger part…

    Does any of this make sense?

  4. I think what pav said is how the padded hangers I have were made. Make two sleeves, then hand sew the middle pieces together.

  5. Just came across your blog – such fun things you are doing.

    With regards to the wooden hangers – what about crocheted padded covers? I haven’t search for patterns; however, growing up we had lots of wooden & plastic hangers that had been covered in crochet by relatives.

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