Category Archives: sewing


Wedding ring cushion

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At the weekend not only was Glasgow bathed in glorious sunshine but my brother got married. It was an amazing day, everyone enjoyed themselves and I might have had a wee tear in my eye a couple of times before … Continue reading

Say It Ain’t Sew

As part of 2016: the year of fun I went to another fab Yelp night. This time we popped into the MAKlab to get a sewing lesson from Iona.

Iona’s philosophy is simple, anyone can sew and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact you can pop into her Say It Ain’t Sew workshops on Tuesday evenings and it’s completely FREE!   

Tonight, as part of the Yelp event, we had the choice of making a felt cupcake, doughnut or cake slice. Iona provided all the material, equipment and templates, all we needed a bit of imagination and the ability to thread a needle 🙂

Iona was on hand to help with any stitching questions and give us quick tutorials which really helped as quite a few folk hadn’t stitched since school days.

Over the space of a few hours, through a lot of chatter, laughter and serious faces (the placing of sequins is serious business, haha) we all succeeded in creating our own felt cakes.

I’ve been to Iona’s regular Say It Ain’t Sew class(*) a few times and made everything from finger puppets to dinosaurs. She holds them in relaxed venues where you can grab a bite to eat or get some liquid refreshment 😉 I can really recommend trying it especially if you’ve a hectic life as sewing makes you slow down and relax. Making something just for the fun of it is also good fun.

Say It Ain’t Sew is on every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Get in touch with them via Twitter handle @SewScotland.

 PS To keep it free she sells these lovely kits through ETSY for £5. It would make a lovely present for children as well as adults. I fancy the tenement building…or maybe the dinosaur…hmmm.

Go on, give it a try.

A needle pulling thread

Thanks to DStitched I’ve just listened to a fabulous wee programme on BBC Radio4. Talking to a variety of people who use needles – from farmers (I kid you not) to tailors – this half hour programme is a delight.

One part I really liked was when the prisoner talked about how embroidery, as part of Fine Cell Work, has made him more calm.

For Uk listeners you can get I to the IPlayer and for outside the UK try this link to the internet site ->

PS you can meet DStitched on Thursday at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow this Thursday when she talks about the St Kilda’s Project. I’ll be there too 😉


Embroidered pincushion

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Happy new year! I hope you had a fab Christmas & are looking forward to whatever 2014 holds. I’m taking advantage of all this wet weather and finding time to sit and stitch. Towards the end of 2013 I didn’t … Continue reading

A Day in the Life: 24th June 2013

I haven’t taken part in Day in the Life for a while so when I noticed today was the next chosen day I thought it only polite to get back on the wagon. So, if you’re feeling a bit nosey here’s what I got up to today.

One of the (few) decent things about working irregular shifts/hours is that I rarely get that Monday feeling. Today I decided was not going to be a work day so no need to set the alarm. My day really started with a trip to The Glad Cafe for tea, toast and a natter with a good friend.

From there I caught a bus up to the West End to take down the work I’d done with some refugee for Refugee Week. Was sad to take it down although  lovely to hear some people came in to Hillhead Library just to see it.

As it was the perfect day for walking – sunny with a cool breeze – I decided to stroll back to the city centre. Did a bit of charity shop rummaging and picked up a fab looking embroidery book which has diagrams (not pictures!) of stitches. Like the look of the embroidery for darning chapter. It was first published in 1936 but this is the 1968 version. Quite dated however the stitches never date.

Had forgotten it was graduation time and stopped to watch the graduates get their official photos taken on the grounds of Glasgow University before heading through Kelvingrove Park. Got my Olloclip out for some close ups.

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The rest of the afternoon and most of my evening having been pondering different options. Partly it’s because I’m coming up to my redundancy anniversary but mainly it’s because I’ve got itchy, creative feet and have been doing a lot of thinking about how I’d like to channel my skills and experience. The ideas are starting to come together but as my head began to hurt there was only one thing to do…sew!

Today is being curated by Kim so please pop over to her blog for a round up of all our posts.

Day in the Life was started by Mooosh and if you’ll like to take part in the future keep an eye on her blog.

Operation #Craftbomb Glasgow

Plans for the Craftbomb Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens are coming along very nicely.

I’ll give you a list of the crafty sessions we’re running on the 14th April and 11th May soon – I know I’m being a tease. However, if you fancy getting crafty I know Iona is running two crafty workshops as part of Say It Ain’t Sew! @ Hillhead Bookclub on the 2nd and 9th April starting at 6.30pm. All materials will be given.

If you want to involve your children why not pop over to West Kilbride on 10th April and get involved with Rebecca’s workshop. Lots of messy fun to help create for the final craftbomb.

I’m busy creating a flock of birds & planning some fun pieces. As for the rest of the gang…well you’ll just have to come along to find out. 😉


Fancy some Shewin n Bletherin this Saturday?


That’s right we’re back!

If you’ve got a hand sewing project you’ve been meaning to finish or are starting a new project why not make a resolution to crack on with it starting this Saturday.

We meet every Saturday from 11am to 1.30pm at Make It Glasgow in the Merchant City for a cuppa tea, chat and of course a lot of sewing. So, if you’ve got an unfinished quilt, want to practice your embroidery or are even making a toy why not pop along and say hello.

Here’s my original blog post about Shewin’n’Bletherin if you want to know more.

Hope to see you on Saturday.


Are you ready for shewin n bletherin

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Ok the date is set and I’m FINALLY pleased to announce…drum roll…that the first ever Shewin n Bletherin meet up will happen at 10am on Saturday 17th September 2011 at Make It Glasgow in the Merchant City. Now apart for … Continue reading


Shewin ‘n’ Bletherin: a new sewing group

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Shewing = Scots for sewing or needlework Blethering = Scots for chatting As you know I love all kinds of crafts but I’m happiest when I’ve got needle and thread in my hands. The only downside is it often means … Continue reading



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Oh yes! We’re talking buttons! Or maybe brooches…hmmm. Recently I’ve been enjoying making hand covered buttons and embellishing them with embroidery and beading. I’ve been using tweed, silk and Liberty Print to cover them and then just playing with the … Continue reading