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The School of Thrift: Easter egg tutorial

By Clare Albans / 14 Apr 2014

  It’s almost Easter, and I’ve designed this little project to help you celebrate! I love Easter eggs (who doesn’t?!) but I really dislike all of the packaging that they come in. So this is just like your stocking at Christmas – an Easter egg that you can re-use each year!   This project has…

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Instagram gallery: March 2014

By Clare Albans / 31 Mar 2014

March seems to have gone in a flash! Here are my favourite Instagram photos from this month 🙂

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Nancy Nicholson – teapot sew kit review

By Clare Albans / 17 Mar 2014

  As many of you know, I love all things sewing and embroidery! I’m always keen to develop new skills and learn new stitches (I seem to get stuck with split stitch sometimes!). For Christmas I received a beautiful teapot sewing kit designed by Nancy Nicholson (thank you Helen and Keith!) and I finished it…

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Fabric button badges

By Clare Albans / 01 Mar 2014

  I love embroidery and I love badges, so this little project is perfect as it combines the two! It’s also a really good way of using up fabric scraps – I hate having random little bits of lovely fabric left over with no idea what to use them for. I’ve made these badges using…

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Scrabble letters bag

By Clare Albans / 19 Feb 2014

  Many, many years ago, I made a bag for our Scrabble letters with my Mum – here it is:  

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Embroidered eye mask

By Clare Albans / 14 Sep 2013

On Thursday I had lots of crafting planned (I’d been thinking carefully about it all week!) and was really looking forward to making the most of my part time days. But I woke up with the most horrible migraine and ended up staying in bed for the whole day! 🙁 Needless to say, I didn’t…

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A very special project

By Clare Albans / 25 Aug 2013

This year I’ve been working on a very special project for our wedding. Tom’s Dad, Keith, is a methodist minister and he took our marriage service, which was wonderful! As lots of you know, I made waistcoats for the dads and groomsmen, but wanted to make something extra special for Keith – so I decided…

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Wedding Waistcoats – complete!

By Clare Albans / 07 Jul 2013

  After months of planning and making, today I finally finished the waistcoats for our wedding! To be honest, there were many times when I didn’t think I’d get them done, and an equal number of times when I wondered why on earth I had decided to start in the first place…but today I’m so…

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Wedding waistcoats – almost finished!

By Clare Albans / 01 Jul 2013

Our wedding preparations are in full swing – only just over a month to go (which explains why I haven’t been able to blog as much recently!). I had set myself a deadline for finishing the six waistcoats by the end of June, which hasn’t quite happened but I suppose it is only the beginning…

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Wedding waistcoats – an update!

By Clare Albans / 06 May 2013

Today I’ve managed to put together the second waistcoat (minus the buttons and buttonholes) and I’m so excited to have more than one done! 🙂 Today involved using slipstitch to sew the insides of the lining on the shoulders together, and also for finishing the bottom corners. I’d never done this before, so I’m quite…

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Making wedding waistcoats

By Clare Albans / 14 Apr 2013

A few weeks ago, I started working on the waistcoats for our wedding with the help of a crack team of people – my Mum, Helen and our lovely friend Hilary (who was the only person with waistcoat-making experience!). I decided to make the waistcoats because we couldn’t really find anything that we liked in…

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A bit of Doodle Stitching

By Clare Albans / 18 Oct 2012

I absolutely LOVE Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching books. Until a couple of years ago I hadn’t really sewn anything, let alone tried my hand at embroidery! But these books are so accessible and the designs are beautiful, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

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