Sewing News II – Return of the News

Wall hanging, Gawthorpe Textile Collection

Evening loves!  It’s pizza time again, but more (or less, depending on how seriously you take pizza – it’s a close-run thing here) importantly, its sewing news time!

The sum total of my creativity this week has been cutting out all the pieces for the cusion covers I’m remaking for 2 vintage Ercol chairs and their footstool.  I picked them up on eBay, for a decent price since their cushions had no stuffing and all the webbing was shot…  At first I thought re-webbing them might be beyond me, but once I’d looked into it my natural over-confidence reasserted itself.  Happy to say, they are all re-webbed, and very bouncy, but the cushions are going to be a bit of a marathon…   anyway, here goes!

Sewing News
Sewing Places
  • We were in the area and took the family to Gawthorp Hall in Padiham, Lancashire – turns out as well as being a gorgeous old house, it’s the home of the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.  The photo at the top of the page is one of the hangings in the exhibition, which has new art as well as the collection of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, a maker, teacher, collector and activist who was the last family member to live at the hall, and tho founder of the collection.  Well worth a visit!
DIY News
  • If you also fancy sprucing up some classic mid-century design, this site is where I went for instructions and supplies for re-webbing the chairs.  They have everything you need, for pretty much the cheapest I could find.  I followed their tutorial and it worked perfectly, although I did leave off the black plastic spacers as I found they wouldn’t fit into the frame.
  • It’s so easy to get paint colour wrong, but when it’s right it makes a space look fantastic!  I’ve had my share of wins (and disasters), but I love the painted cabinets in DesignSponge’s kitchen round-up.  So many to choose from…
  • It’s no secret that I love B&Q (you can actually hear my husband groaning right now), but I’ve just found the Hints & Tips’ section of their site – including this gorgeous build-it-yourself wardrobe!  Irritatingly, you can see pictures of the top, and the bottom, but separately – there’s no picture of the whole thing.  I mean, they look good enough for me to share it, but still…  It’s pretty bare-bones in terms of instruction – nothing like the picture-heavy tutorials we’re used to seeing, but the result looks pretty great!

And I think that might be all my news!  What’s your news?

See you next week,




  1. July 4, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    You are so right about how much making your clothing changes the way you consider RTW forever. Now whenever I wander into my old favourite clothing store I leave with nothing in hand other than a conviction that I could make it so much better myself or at the very least get a better fit somewhere on the garment. RTW now just serves to nourish me with ideas, inspiration and commitment

    • Lucy
      July 4, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      So true! The more you sew, the more you notice what corners have been cut in the clothes you can buy!

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