Archive for ‘Textiles’

February 25, 2013

Three Day Patchwork


I know the sweetest little bean and Its her 2nd Birthday this week so I wanted to make her a special crafty present, something practical as she lives in a yurt in the woods, and something she can treasure for years to come. I decided a patchwork quilt would be perfect, except I’ve never managed to finish any patchwork I’ve started, and I only had Three days…

I already had some strips of fabric cut so that was a head start, all but one are gorgeous vintage fabrics I’ve collected over the years. I cut them into different sized rectangles all with the same length (22cm) and varying widths.Then this is what I did:

1. Sew the rectangles together into a strip of suitable length, repeat this until you have 5 strips, iron the strips and sew them together


2. Choose a piece of backing fabric and lay the patchwork piece on top, with the right sides touching, pin and cut around it. (I appliqued an initial and some flowers onto the backing fabric first)


3.  Sew the two pieces together, as you would a pillowcase, going round all corners but leaving an opening at the bottom

4. Turn inside out, measure the right size piece wadding and put it inside. Pin around the edge to secure it in place and pin the opening flap together, turning it back on itself to create a neat edge


5. Sew all around the edge of the quilt, then sew down the lengths of the strips. Next across to create squares, and then diamonds.


Et Voila! easier than I thought, a manageable size for a first quilt and the perfect gift for a kiddo. Now I feel ready to tackle a larger one with proper edging techniques!


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February 23, 2013

Sunshine and Sewing





This week I’ve been sewing, It made me smile when, for a brief moment, the sun beamed through my windows onto my yellow threads.

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February 21, 2012

New in the shop: Nest hoop frames

I’ve made these two little hoop frame beauties for the SHOP, they are hand screen printed and appliqued and perfect to hang in your nest, I love the circular shape, good for mixing things up amongst all your rectangular frames and the words are good to live by. They are also extra special because they are original one-off pieces:

Climb a mountain

Home is wherever I’m with you

February 20, 2012

Fabric joy

This weekend I organised all my fabric into neat piles, and added some new bits to my collection thanks to a Fabric swap at the very lovely Tenderfoot shop. I’m all set to start my quilt now…

My fabric

A gorgeous vintage fabric

I love the bee!

Another beautiful vintage piece

A lovely Echino design


A pretty 50’s style design

A patchwork book my Mum gave me

February 6, 2012

New in the SHOP:

I have added some new products to my SHOP today including;

Petal Liberty apron – These pretty numbers are handmade with gorgeous Liberty print floral’s, perfect for stylish kitchen flouncing and suchlike. Available in Blue/ Purple and Cherry/ Grey.

Nest garlands – These garlands are handmade using a selection of Liberty, vintage and other bits and bobs of fabric, embellished with ribbon, lace and vintage doilies. They are perfect for hanging in your nest for a touch of handmade charm. 2 meters, available in different colour ways.

Wild flower tote bag – handmade in a gorgeous eye-catching fabric with a lining making it extra sturdy and ideal for books/ shopping/ all your bits and bobs

All available in the SHOP, pop over and let me know what you think. I’ll be adding even more over the next few weeks.

Also remember to enter my GIVEAWAY for a chance of winning some aspetalsfall goodness… (Winners announced on Friday 10th)

** A special Thank you to Hels for being a super model and lending me her garden.

December 20, 2011

Blanket dreams

One day I would love to invest in a really beautiful hand-woven blanket or two:

Tapestry blankets from Jen Jones – seller of antique Welsh quilts and blankets

Red Scottie lambswool blanket from Avoca – woven in Ireland

Nos Da throw by Donna Wilson available  from Design Within Reach

Albion woollen blanket from Toast

Harlequin woven blanket by Fine Little Day, has been featured on APF before but I just LOVE it.

Beautiful Welsh woollen blankets from Melin Tregwynt, woven in a mill in Pembrokeshire.

November 13, 2011

As leaves fall

Today was a beautiful crisp autumn day, my favourite sort of day. I love the colours of the changing leaves, the smell in the air and the light in the sky. It was perfect for a trip to the woods to take photo’s of some of my new cushions, I’ve combined my own screen printed fabrics with bits of material I’ve collected including Liberty prints and vintage fabrics;

November 2, 2011

Hello November

Winter is approaching, its dark and chilly, the sheepskin slippers are out, the heating is on and the hibernation has begun, which is perfect as this month I will be beavering away creating stock for my upcoming shop:

As petals fall will be a purveyor of beautiful handmade textile goods, each piece will be unique incorporating a mix of hand screen printed designs, vintage fabrics, ribbons, doilies and pretty material I’ve picked up along the way (including some gorgeous Liberty prints).

My first market stall will be at The Christmas Steps Artisan Market on the 3rd December, which is most exciting. The market is especially for independent artisan traders and the higeldy pigeldy charm of the Christmas Steps is the perfect place for stress free Christmas shopping, There will be carols, mulled cider and pretty lights, ahhh I can’t wait!

October 21, 2011

Ribbons doilies and garlands

This week I have been making cushions, garlands and other pretties out of vintage and hand screen printed fabrics, doilies and beautiful ribbon ready for the launch of the As petals fall shop in December…

June 18, 2011

Handmade in Britain / Bath

Today I had a lovely day sauntering around the streets of Bath with some friends, we went to the Handmade in Britain fair, bumbled around flea markets, haberdashery’s and charity shops and ate cookies, It was just peachy.

The Makery Emporium

Handmade in Britain was full of wonderful crafty designer makers, who were all so friendly, it was really interesting chatting to them about their inspirations and methods. Some of my favorites were:

Zoe Hillyard ~ Beautiful recycled silk and ceramic patchwork pieces that were truly original and encapsulated the ethos of craft and up-cycling perfectly.


Deryn Relph ~ Rainbow bright interior textiles that would uplift any room, I loved this chair:


Natalie Salisbury ~ Beautiful jewellery that embodied the intricacy of lace work, we were swooning over these rings for some time:


Emily Gliddon ~ Elegant, nostalgic jewellery with really interesting surface patterns,she also does jewellery making workshops in Bristol which I would love to do.


Helen Steel ~ Cheerful handmade textile home wears and gifts, I loved the printed tea towels and applique bird badges.


There were so many other inspiring exhibitors I definitely recommend a visit if you can tomorrow, see the Handmade In Britain Website for more information.