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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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A few of you have emailed me asking me about how easy it was to indigo dyed... well, the way I do it... it's easy. To do it 'like a boss' - to borrow an expression from my children -... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
oh my how much I loved those books!! Little Women is my absolute favour. I collect old copies and have more than 80... slightly insane I know. My favourite 'series' (although give Rebecca another five years for it) is the one written by Jennifer Lambert, American, I think the first book is called "star spangled banner' there's loads... oh gosh how I loved them!
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Indigo fever. There's something about that colour that I find mesmerising. Magic. It's deep. Calm. Thoughtful. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Small randomness. - I just couldn't sleep last night. Don't you hate when that happens? - And the night before I had one of those lingering nightmare when something is out to get me and it's scary even though I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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After the success with onion dyeing I was itching to try other natural dyeing methods. I did a little of research and the yellow gold you can obtain with turmeric was too beautiful to be ignored. Turmeric comes from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Wednesday already? I can't believe how time is running away from me at the moment... but at least is nice and sunny, right? And it's time to through away the last vestige of winter around the house and make it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This is something I've been wanting to try for ages. ... but we don't eat a lot of onions so it took a while to collect all the dry skins. I boiled them for an hour in a big pan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Another one from 'the list'. Pattern from the book "Crochet Adorned" (Linda Permann), which is unbelievably 6 years old. Geesh... where does the time go? The plan was to use a lovely piece of Nani Iro, but I really didn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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As in Katherine Hepburn. THE Katherine Hepburn. Via Molly Wizenberg of 'Orangette' fame. The recipe can be found in her delightful book 'Delancey' which in actual fact is a memoir with recipes... more than a recipe book. And it's lovely.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ah the irony of me talking about sewing clothes after yesterday's experience at London Fashion Week! Talking about pretentious and deluded... Anyway, since we're amongst friends, let's do it. I've had this pattern: 'Sailor Top' by Fancy Tiger Crafts, for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ok so this is not how I usually spend my Sundays.. ... at London Fashion Week... ... instead of standing by a rugby pitch... ... we were surrounded by photographers... and beautiful clothes... ... and the odd sprinkle of known... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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When you're stupid enough to have scheduled an osteopath appointment really early in the morning during half term you're left with a very very long day ahead of you. Don't ask me how I know. First of all ,'the silver... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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The WIPs are being ticked fast and furiously... soon I'll have nothing to show you! Can you believe I have ONLY 1 quilt top to quilt (and I have all the necessary stuff for it too) and 2 knitting projects... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've had this crochet kit for a couple years... three big rolls of t-shirt yarn in cream with instructions to make a round doily like rug. Didn't like it. I tried, I really tried but half way through I had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It'd all started so well... ... brunch at 'Boston Tea Party'.. then a mooch around 'The Wilson' (they boys went back home to play football in the garden...) (Vanessa Bell... lovely colours, don't you think?) Then a lovely walk home... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
wonderful! you make it sound easy but I'm sure it isn't...
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on A collage tutorial. Of sorts. at the scent of water
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... so I said to him "choose a fabric for the binding"... ... and he choose the last piece of my favourite fabric... Sigh. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I think they're lovely. Anything that makes me stop and listen to words is fab!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2015 on Strike 2 at the scent of water
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As the title says I give you 'Jules', by Brooklyn Tweed, and designed by Julie Hoover. Except it's not by him, it's done by me. Over too many months and with too many mistakes. By hey... such as life. Also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I don't buy many craft books. Not because I don't like them, I do I do! but I rarely make things out of them... I have this rebellious streaks that makes me allergic to instructions. I like doing things my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Would you like to learn to crochet? Let me teach you! I'm running a beginners class at The Fibreworks in Chipping Norton this coming Tuesday (3rd February), 10-1pm. There are still a few spaces left, so hurry! AND if you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Have you hear the big news? Let's assume you have at least heard of Comic Relief/Red Nose day... yes? (if not please click here or you might be a little confused). Ok, with me? Great, WELL, Emma (aka Silverpebble) has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A title like that was impossible to ignore, right? If you like the idea of time travel then this is your book. A new take on it, as a matter of fact it's not exactly time travelling at all, flawless... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This is going to be the most useless knitting post ever, so if you want to move on now feel free. I won't be offended. I finished another hat. And it's really warm and light and fluffy. BUT: 1) it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First time for everything, right? Adapted from a recipe from Anna Jones' brilliant book "a modern way to eat"... the original recipe calls for lemon rinds (not in the morning, thank you) and raisins (and you know how I feel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead