Sunday, 15 January 2006

Soho and silk (and cotton, velvet, leather, pvc...)

With the very best intentions I started out for hounslow yesterday, initially meeting Nikki at Holborn. Discovered that as well as the district line being closed (which I knew about) the piccadilly line was also up the duff (which I didn't). Basically meant no way to get to west london. Was rather ticked off but Nikki marched me off to soho and a rather good time was had by all.

I'm not going to list all the shops we went into a that would take many pages (who'd have thought there were so many fabric shops in soho) but there are a few that deserve a mention. The Bead Shop in Covent Garden yielded these:
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Nikki knew of this amazing bling jewellery shop which was packed full of sparkle and everything a girl could want in life. I was very restrained and just got these two:
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I'm not saying what Nikki got.....

Then the Cloth House just off Oxford Street. I got the top two of these three from there and could have got a whole lot more:
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As soon as i got back I started effectively swatching the fabrics I had to see which I'd use in the final thing. I decided against the brown one this time and got going. The hexagons are about 3cm across. I am aware that the overall effect is cute rather than actually attractive and I've just joined a new Yahoo group asking for advice on choosing fabrics and mixing patterns. A major source of inspiration is going to be Yarnstorm. But then that women is just a dude anyway. That squidgy date cake has my name on it.

Anyway, here is what we have so far. I ran out of paper templates which I've done on the graph paper generating website here. I just cut along the lines...
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This is destined to be a cushion. But I would like to have a stab at something a bit bigger like these...
Maybe start slightly smaller though!

8 comments:

Tracy said...

Love patchwork but never indulged. I think you should go with what takes your fancy, if you want a quilt then make one. I'm sure it will be a success, you have the knack!

scarletprincess said...

I admit i've never had an interest in patchwork, but I really liked the crazy patchwork which made a sorta landscape pattern.

Good luck with your cushion
x

Jess said...

lovely work... oh, if only my sewing were neater I'd give a cute patchwork a try too.

Look forward to seeing it done!

Jennifer said...

The cushion is going to be beautiful! Sounds like you had a wonderfully fun day.

Sue said...

It's been years since I did any patchwork but I think you've inspired me to drag out all my old supplies!

I guess I really should first finish off the quilt top that has been awaiting it's wadding and backing for, oh it must be about 11 years. Oops!

Enjoy your stitching!

Sue

Woolly Wormhead said...

Good luck with it - haven't done patchwork for years! really like no. 1 & 4 of the links you've posted....but true, start with something smaller first ;)

It's dangerous to go fabric shopping in Soho...

Annarella said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic day out. I love OhMyGod, I can rarely walk past without paying a little visit. The hair thingies you bought are great. xx

NikolaAnne said...

It was a good day, and I finally blogged about it! I photographed and posted what I got in OMYGOD as well...
(You need to correct your URL, there is no H in it) and I commented about Brokeback as well! ;-)

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