Author: Lyn Butler

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We’ve had our Ercol dining room table and chairs for over 50 years and thought it needed a ‘service’. I left school at 15 ( yep I’m that old!) and went straight into work at Ercol Furniture in the accounts department. Six years later I was still working there when I got married. It was…

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A few months ago I decided to join the UKQU Mini Swap 2019, this was my 3rd mini swap. Not only is this great fun with all the ‘stalking’ but it pushes you into making something very special for your swappee. After joining we are eventually put into groups headed by a swap Mamma who…

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Last year my friend bought me some Cloggies for my birthday and I loved them. When I opened them and tried them on, I was very surprised to find how comfy and roomy they were…but hang on…one was roomier than the other! We soon realised that my lovely friend had picked up two different sizes.…

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Many years ago I organised a sew day for our W.I. group. I arranged a room in our local pub and organised a pub lunch. About 15 ladies turned up and we had great fun making these lovely boxes…and of course enjoyed the delicious  lunch. Everyone finished their gorgeous boxes to take home that day.…

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A few years ago I had the opportunity to have some curtain fabric sample books. I managed,with some difficulty, to remove all the sticky back, and stored them, colourways, in a few boxes and there they stayed for a few years. My daughter was getting rid of a tub chair and asked me if I…

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Many, many years ago hubby bought me a lovely sewing box. Overtime it began to look a bit tired and dare I say, a little dated. I had an idea, so checked to see if I could remove the tapestry fabric easily. Yes, no problem. Next, it needed a lick of Annie Sloan paint. We…

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We had an odd dining room chair, so I gave it a lick of chalk paint and covered it in new fabric… Over time it got a bit grubby and Hubby didn’t need it anymore in his ‘play room’ so I gave it a new lease of life with a patched block for my sewing…

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A while back this lovely home crafted fairisle waistcoat took my eye in a local charity shop…do you see cats or swans? I took it home, but it didn’t suit, so it hung in the wardrobe…until now. I decided to make something from it…I removed the buttons and stitched the edges together. I then cut…

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Quilts for Care Leavers needed some Morsbags to pop their quilts in to be gifted. So when I saw this huge pair of curtains in the local charity shop for £4, I couldn’t resist. I quickly checked on group info for size needed and did a quick reckie…yep..enough for eight bags. So after a quick…

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May 15

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Makower have come up with this delightful new range called ‘Walk in the Park’. The colours are beautiful soft tones of turquoise/grey/orange/yellow. I particularly like the park scenes… The dogs are fun too… And paws and bones…     Not forgetting some cute hearts…     So, what to make up? I wanted to include…

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May 15

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Makower have a new design out called ‘Stitch in Time’. This is a wonderful set of subtle colours of pink/ turquoise/ grey. If you are of a certain age, these retro designs may bring back some memories of the 50s. These are a taste of this nostalgic time… Remember these irons?… And wooden cotton reels……

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Once again I had the privilege of reviewing some Makower fabrics. This is their new Scandi range and it has some very pretty designs in classic red and modern grey. There are also some lovely patterns, cute stockings and advents on the Makower website. I received some 10″ square samples to play with so decided…