Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

Time for a craft room spring clean!

It’s a job I’ve been putting off for ages. A spring clean of the craft pit, err I mean my craft room. Join me on my quest to discover the ever elusive Clean Craft Room!

 

With the long Easter weekend upon us, it’s with a determined sigh that I log off Pinterest, put down my Kindle, and tidy up my craft room before I sew another stitch. No longer will an arm sweep of my desk suffice – the sunlight from the window is being hindered by a mound of craft paraphernalia! If you decide to take up the feather duster this weekend and tackle a crafty tidy up then check out some craft room inspiration here.

Happy crafting!

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Black Friday Sewing Sales

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With the work’s Christmas party in a couple of weeks I’m on the lookout for patterns, fabrics and haberdashery for a handmade outfit.

Here are some of my favourite independent pattern retailers with offers on this week thanks to the Black Friday sales:

Ahh, choices, choices! My urgency to stitch prompted me to go for my favourites in PDF. Time to put that printer to work!

Have any sewing sales caught your eye? What are your favourite go to patterns for the party season?

How to Choose a Sewing Teacher

Wendy Ward

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Have you been thinking about learning to sew but been a bit daunted and put off by the choice of sewing schools and teachers available?

Maybe you’ve felt intimidated by going back to learning, thinking it might be a bit like school?  Perhaps you thought you wouldn’t be good enough or creative enough to join a sewing class, that everyone else would be much better?  You might even have been put off by the thought of a strict / lazy / patronising / old fashioned / clueless teacher or simply a teacher you wouldn’t be able to get along with.  Have you been wondering how to choose between the many people that are now offering to teach you how to sew?

Here are a few tips that I hope might help you to reach the right decision (these are the criteria I would personally would apply to choosing any kind…

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Cultivate Blog Tour

Cultivate Blog Tour!

Cultivate Blog Tour  Cultivate Fabrics

Hello, I’m jumping back on the blog today for my turn on

Bonnie Christine’s Cultivate Blog Tour! Woohoo!

flourish  harvest

This new range of fabrics designed by Bonnie were inspired by her love of gardening. Being a green fingered type myself I fell for the designs the moment I saw them so I jumped at the opportunity to stitch up something special.

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With a yard of fabric to play with I had in mind to stitch a nice summer top. After rifling through my vintage sewing patterns and then my modern pattern stash I eventually settled on doing a mini pattern hack with By Hand London’s Holly Jumpsuit.

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Taking just the bodice part I stitched up a cute sleeveless crop top, perfect with lightweight trousers or shorts. It was also the perfect opportunity to dive into my vintage button collection. Oooh my pretties!

I love the print as I feel like there’s a bit of a vintage vibe to it so I’m thinking of making the playsuit version as well using Flower Field Mist again for the top and navy fabric for the shorts.

Fingers crossed the summer weather doesn’t disappear on me so I can wear it!

In the meantime here are the out takes from today’s photo shoot courtesy of the Little Man after being bribed with a chocolate croissant!

With the four year old in charge

With the four year old in charge

Cultivate Crop Top

Say DUCK Mummy!

Cultivate Bodice Top

Can I have my chocolate croissant now?

You can find the Cultivate range at your local awesome fabric shop but here in the UK I spotted it at one of my favourite online retailers Plush Addict.

Be sure to check out the full Cultivate Blog Tour and visit (another) Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs for her gorgeous project from last Friday.

Next up on the tour is Jenn from Quilted Thimble Cottage. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Happy stitching!

Annie

The Story so far...

The Scavenger Studio

The Story so far...

The Story so far…

Hello I’m Annie McGee, an alternative embroiderer & seamstress in Warrington, England. I love to create textile gifts, clothes & accessories with an unusual twist, from rock & tattoo inspired pieces, to kawaii & steampunk. I set up my embroidery business when my son was born & I found that the clothes out there just were not alternative or “rocky” enough for my little fella. Quirky threads stitched with a twist soon grew from baby clothes to adult wear & accessories. With a range of home wares now available, Scavenger Annie’s is full to the rafters with all you need to ensure your lifestyle is suitably outfitted with the most rockin’ threads around.

Karina's review of the Pattern Perfection class

Karina’s review of the Pattern Perfection class

In the last 12 months I have started offering sewing & craft workshops with the Scavenger Annie twist. You can join me to reveal the bare basics of your sewing machine & stitch up a voodoo doll pin cushion, or discover pattern perfection & learn how to decipher a commercial pattern. With each class there’s a rockin’ take home project to help you progress with your stitching.

Hen party stitching

Beautiful ladies with beautiful bunting!

With your help I am seeking funds to build a sewing studio from which I can embroider, sew, design & teach. I currently work from the family’s dining table so as you can imagine space is limited & it restricts the number of lessons that I can provide as well as student numbers per class. It will cost around £5000 for the make, construction & fitting out of a log cabin studio.

This building project will enable me to continue to work from home, generating a regular income whilst looking after my four year old son. Since being made redundant from my day job last year I’ve found that running a small business from home is flexible to fit around my family commitments, keeps business costs low and is creatively fulfilling. It does however mean that I have taken over nearly every room in the house with fabrics, supplies & equipment, as well as relegating my family to the living room when I host classes in the kitchen/dining room.In order for Scavenger Annie to grow I desperately need the space to stitch in!

The money

The cabin will be built by a local company & the costs are as follows:
The log cabin itself (3m x 3.5m) : £3500
Concrete base: £630
Build: £390
Electrics: £400
Total: £4920
Insulation, painting & decorating will be done by myself.

The Perks

By contributing to Scavenger Annie’s Sewing School you can choose from the following perks:
  • £5 = My thanks & an exclusive Scavenger Annie patch
  • £10 = Gift voucher valued at £15
  • £12 = Embroidered Death Before Decaf calico tote bag
  • £20 = Gift voucher valued at £30
  • £24 = 1 x Cheshire Cat Cushion
  • £35 = 1 x 3 hour sewing class voucher valued at £40
  • £100 = 3 x 3 hour sewing classes valued at £120
You can find full details of the perks & make a purchase from my website here. All funds from this campaign will go towards funding the sewing studio. If the goal of £5000 is not reached within the 30 days of this campaign any monies raised will still go towards the build of the studio, it just may take me a little longer.

The Impact

Not only will the studio provide me with a space to design & embroider the rockin’ threads, it will provide a space for individuals to learn or refresh their sewing skills, to try out new craft practices and also will enable me to offer guidance to small craft businesses with social media workshops.

Each step of the way I will provide updates on the campaign via my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/scavengeranniesalternativeemporium and this blog.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are unable to contribute financially then please share my campaign to build a sewing school with your friends & family.

Find out more about the Scavenger Studio campaign here.