Flowers Artisan Apron

by Nova on January 5, 2015

As previously hinted at, I had the pleasure of playing with the latest fabricy offerings from the girls at Umbrella Prints over the Christmas break. Flowers Collection is a gorgeous selection of prints & colours on a quilters organic cotton base. Lovely.

My pics don’t do the colours justice (partly due to aforementioned camera incident & relying on camera phone only at the mo) but the description of the range does  – the following words  are borrowed from Amy & Carly at Umbrella Prints: ” … We were thinking about the quiet moment when the sun sets, the light is soft and golden, the reds and pinks are saturating the sky and the flowers absorb the last rays of warmth.”  Beautiful.

Lots of project ideas sprang to mind but this one stuck.  I had been gifted Janet Clare’s Artisan Apron Pattern last year by my mum and it’s been patiently waiting in the ‘to make’ pile.  As a pinny lover of old, with a stack of scrummy fabrics to hand & an urge to sew, I was off!

artisan apron Flowers Artisan Apron

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I used a mid weight  linen cotton blend from the stash in a steely bluey grey for the main body of the apron & a cotton voile in light grey  for the lining – a climatic decision to prolong the season of wearability for my new pinny.

umbrella prints pinny Flowers Artisan Apron

I wanted the Flowers fabrics to be the main feature & made the longer length apron so it had a more garmenty feel.

I love the criss x cross back & curve of the hem!

umbrella prints pinny back Flowers Artisan Apron

Obligatory hand stitches were added along the hem line..umbrella print flowers collection Flowers Artisan Apron

umbrella print flowers collection 3 Flowers Artisan Apron

umbrella print flowers collection 2 Flowers Artisan Apron

… & around the pockets.  I lined the pockets with some of the Flowers prints – I love those ‘just for the wearer’ secret details – they make a garment (& the wearer) feel a bit special.

pocket details  Flowers Artisan Apron

The Flowers Collection is available later this month but  you can pre-order your prints & bundles here. What a pretty start to 2015!

Thank you to Amy & Carly for sharing with me x




a bit of a stitchy catch up

by Nova on January 2, 2015

Just a couple of stitchy makes to catch up with & yes, there will be more soon!  I had the pleasure of playing with the new Flowers range from Umbrella Prints over the Christmas break & I was all set to photograph my finished project this morning when smash! the tripod fell over with camera attached & the camera is no more. Oops. Hopefully I will get some snaps by other means later on to share over the weekend.

The Flowers Collection stack web a bit of a stitchy catch up

[image from Umbrella Prints]

Anyhoo, no point crying over smashed cameras –  time to play catch ups…

A covered coat hanger for a friend. If I can remember how I did it & you are keen, I might cobble together a tutorial of sorts at some point. Let me know.

covered coat hanger a bit of a stitchy catch up

the hanger inside is one of the old school wooden types that you can pick up from the craft store or the Opp Shop like I did – I think their proper purpose is to be crocheted over?

l a bit of a stitchy catch up

Next up, a fun pot holder with some favourite Echino prints…

pot holder a bit of a stitchy catch up

A Liberty needle case for a nieces sewing kit.  I used the same formula I’ve used before on a few occasions (here, here & here &  maybe elsewhere too!  – if it ain’t broke & all that..).

liberty needle case a bit of a stitchy catch up

liberty needle case open a bit of a stitchy catch up

needle case back a bit of a stitchy catch up

a vintage shell button was the perfect match to the mauve prints…

libety needle case closure detail a bit of a stitchy catch up

& a stitchy make of sorts – sewn up baking bags for some festive shortbread –

shortbread a bit of a stitchy catch up

& not stitchy at all but on the theme of food & pretty things, here’s  a birthday cake for a couple of friends – been loving all the pretty naked cakes that are everywhere at the moment. So, inspired by those I made them this:

fl birthday cake a bit of a stitchy catch up

lf birthday cake a bit of a stitchy catch up

I’m looking forward to a year filled with more sewing, more knitting & more cake! How about you?


a bit of a knitty catch up

by Nova on January 2, 2015

Firstly, Happy New Year! Here’s to a  happy, healthy, crafty, productive & fun 2015 xxx

I have a few knit finishes to catch up with around these parts & over on Rav.

I think 2014 was the year of the sticks for me more so than needle & thread,  though I do have one or two stitchy projects I still need to share so I’ll be back shortly with a catch up post for them too.

So here’s my knitty catch up  in order of completion….

Lacy Rib Socks in fab Crazy Zauberball sock yarn.

lacy socks a bit of a knitty catch up

it was a super fun pattern to knit & love the randomness of the yarn!

lacy toe up socks a bit of a knitty catch up

Pattern notes & details over on Ravelry.

Greyhaven Cowl in the prettiest of yarns  – photos don’t do the colour justice at all, it’s like the inside of a shell.

greyhaven cowl a bit of a knitty catch up

greyhaven cowl detail a bit of a knitty catch up

I love this pattern & the yarn is so wonderful to knit with.  I will need to make another as a keeper at some point as this one was gifted. Notes & deets in Rav

Lastly & possibly my favourite knitty finish to date is my Song of the Sea Cowl

Song of the sea cowl a bit of a knitty catch up

song of the sea cowl detail a bit of a knitty catch up

I adore the yarn, the colour & the pattern The process was a joy & this one is definitely a keeper.  Details of yarn, pattern etc over at Ravelry

I do have one more knit finish to share – a man cowl for Andy – but my model has popped out so will share that one another day.



looks like a real one

by Nova on July 15, 2014

a real cardigan that is!graphite cardi looks like a real one

Amazed myself that I made this & chuffed to bits with the result.

The yarn (Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Onyx) is beautiful & so so soft and  the pattern (Ochre – Okrankeltainen jakku by Veera Valimaki) was a joy to knit, with lovely little details in the eyelets & sleeve gathers.

graphite cardi back sleeve detail looks like a real one

graphite cardi sleeve detail looks like a real one

Pattern recommends adding a hook & eye fastening but I skipped adding that preferring to use a brooch should  I want to wear it wrapped across.

graphite cardi brooch looks like a real one

Though I like the drapey open look too.graphite cardi open looks like a real oneI was super nervous when it came to blocking the finished piece but found a good tutorial here & can’t express how grateful I was to my gifted blocking wires (thanks Fi! x). Blocking truly  is a bit of a magical process.

One all round happy knitter here!

Yarn & pattern details over on Ravelry.




by Nova on July 1, 2014

It’s been ages since I made a fabric bowl!

fabric box  +++

It’s a handy storage  addition for a friends nursery.

I made the 7″ size adding  a simple pieced plus panel with handles that can be used to drag it around later by little hands.

fabric box tutorial +++

Hand stitches & a little tag were added  to finish.

fabric bowl +++

project notes:

Pattern details here :)
Fabrics = Kona Snow & Kona Charcoal
Perle 8 thread for the hand stitches.




by Nova on June 5, 2014

Not a lot quilting has been going on in these parts of late so it was nice to have a bit of a quilty fix when I was over West recently. I visited the Salvage/Selvedge exhibition at the wonderful Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle.

83 quilts made by 45 quilters over 15 months.  All made from an array of donated fabrics (from suiting, corduroy, upholstery, vintage, ties & more!) in 3 designs only – horizontal, quilt as you go or log cabin. The variety within these boundaries was incredible & the mix of textures were right up my quilty street.

We were encouraged to touch the quilts & flip them over to see their just as wonderful backs. LOVE that.

Photos don’t do them justice but I’m sharing a few shots  anyway ;)

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Salvageselvedge1 inspiring...

ss3 inspiring...

ss col 2 inspiring...

ss col 4 inspiring...

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ss col 31 inspiring...

All the quilts were to be auctioned off as a fundraising event.




by Nova on May 15, 2014

As a long time lover of Liberty fabrics it was very lovely to be invited over to the Liberty Craft Blog for an interview last weekend. Hop over to the Liberty Craft Blog for the full interview….. liberty Liberty...


Stripey, patterny socks

by Nova on April 28, 2014

An autumnal nip in the air means it must almost  be sock wearing time! Yay!

I finished this pair in the midst of summer & I have to say that self patterning yarn has got to be the most fun ever to knit with!

self patterning socks Stripey, patterny socks

The yarn was a gift from a friends de-stash & a chance to practice sock knitting after I was almost traumatised by my first pair! I tried a different heel technique this time & it worked like a charm - the fish kiss lips heel. Weird name but great results & a perfect fit as promised in the pattern.

Pattern & yarn notes in Ravelry.


Bunny Nugget

by Nova on April 17, 2014

bunny nugget Bunny Nugget

a cute little knitty project perfect for itty bits of leftover yarn :)

Have a Happy Easter & enjoy the lovely long weekend!




geese in the corner

by Nova on April 12, 2014

Inspired by the gorgeous ‘in the clouds’ quilt  from the book ‘Modern Designs from Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink & Andie Johnson’ I made a more down to earth version in the form of a play mat.

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I used Kona Charcoal for the background with snippets of scraps & fussy cuts for the geese. It’s a gift for friends expecting identical twin boys & it was fun to pick out fabrics that the parents to be as well as the boys would enjoy.

geese in the corner 4 geese in the corner

geese in the corner 5 geese in the cornerBacked with some scallop fabric from Spotlight

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& quilted with a mix of machine & hand stitches

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I really enjoyed making this one!

Finished size approx  60″ x 60″

The baby shower has been & gone and the play mat gifted but I had to share this recipe – my contribution to the pre-babies afternoon tea was a Lemon Meringue Cake. I reeeeeeally love to cook but rarely share recipes here, however this recipe was requested many times that afternoon so I thought I’d share it with you too :)

lemon meringue cake geese in the corner

If lemon is your thing then I encourage you to make this one (preferably this weekend, you won’t regret it I promise)  – it’s super easy & super scrummy! It’s a Nigella Lawson recipe from her ‘Feast’ book but you can find the recipe on her website too.  Homemade lemon curd is not essential but way yummier than shop bought & it’s not tricky. I like Ruby’s recipe, its a nice rich one using yolks only.

Happy baking!