Wednesday, 27 June 2012

More pincushions

Things have been a tad busy in Elsie May and Bertha world as I've been making a few new items to go into a new shop in Liscard, called Paper, Scissors, Stone ( a great name) so I've not had time to blog since the last time. I'll share pictures of new products at a later date, but for now here's some more pincushions I've made.

Elsie May and Bertha pincushions cost between £4.50 and £6.50 and can be found at the Elsie May and Bertha shop (in the Things for sewing section), or at Paper, Scissors, Stone, 73 Seaview Road, Liscard, Wallasey, CH45 4QW.


Friday, 15 June 2012

Pincushion swap

Over the last month I have been privileged to have been part of a pincushion swap. The idea was that you sent your details (name, address, any blogs or websites you have and a little introduction about yourself) to the swap's brilliant organisers. They read through all of the details and paired people together. My swap partner was Jo from Harry and LeeLee. The organisers must have some kind of magical powers as well as being a maker like myself, Jo works as a legal librarian and I used to work in a library, which was something I didn't write about in my little introduction, spooky!

I knew straight away which pincushion I wanted to make, one that I had seen in the Liberty Book of Home Sewing that I was given at Christmas. A peacock.

Once I had had a look at Jo's website I decided on a pink patterned fabric I've had for quite a while.

I though that the peacock would be quite difficult to make, but I found that the hardest part was actually stuffing the body of the bird so that the shape was right and it could stand up on its own.

The feathers were a little fiddly, but once you've done a couple it was quite straight forward. When I make the next one, though, as well as adding wire to the feathers to make them stand up, I'll also add some interfacing to make the fabric even more stiff. I could use a thicker/stiffer fabric, but then it would be harder to sew the detail on.

As well as the peacock I added a couple of little extras, some pins (a bit obvious I know), some lace and ribbon from my stash and a little card I'd made.


I really enjoyed this swap and am looking forward to the next one.


Monday, 11 June 2012

St. George's Hall vintage fair no. 2

Elsie May and Bertha had a stall at the second Vintage Fair at St. George's Hall, Liverpool. We had another lovely day, though the weather meant that there wasn't a huge amount of people there, and consequently we didn't make a lot of money (just enough to cover the cost of the stall).

The Elsie May and Bertha stall.

There was lots of stalls there selling all sorts of lovely vintage stuff.  

Vintage dresses.



There was entertainment from the Sequin Sisters.

I, of course, had to buy a couple of things, I was very strong with myself and only bought the following: silk embroidered flowers, vintage anniversary and birthday cards and some lovely lace.

We'll be adding new lovelies onto the Elsie May and Bertha website this week so pop over to the New Lovelies section later in the week to see (and buy) them.


Sunday, 3 June 2012

Tired cats, the garden beginning to flower and finished tea cosies

Although it is damp and grey today, at the start of this week it was gloriously sunny and hot. It was too hot for me and the cats (Jack and Ollie). The garden, without any assistance from me (I am so behind on gardening this year!) is beginning to flower and I managed to complete the tea cosies I have been knitting.

Elsie May and Bertha will have a stall at the Vintage Fair at St. George's Hall, Liverpool, next Saturday (9th June) and we will be taking the tea cosies with us if you fancy one.

Hope to see you there.