Crafts for adults

May crafting

So where did May go? One minute we were enjoying April and May seems to have passed by in a flash – must have something to do with all those Bank Holidays we’ve been enjoying. This is a monthly post I’ve started writing to make myself a little more accountable for the things I make.

May crafting

I’m so happy that the Great British Sewing Bee is back on our screens again. I love watching the sewers and the fun challenges they are given each week. It always makes me wish I was more adventurous with my dress making! I took a few dressmaking courses at Ray Stitch in London a few years ago but never progressed very far.

pretty fabrics and trims mini quilt

Watching the Sewing Bee stirs up my enthusiasm for sewing so I’ve been busy hand quilting my little mini quilt. Yes I know this has been sitting around for weeks but I really think I might finish it soon. I’ve finished adding the hand quilting to the different squares and used some different coloured embroidery threads, which has really made it look more interesting. I’ve already spotted my next project so I’m keen to complete this mini quilt.

Last weekend we were lucky to visit the beautiful Montacute House in Somerset. The house was built in the Elizabethan Renaissance style, with towering walls of glass and glowing ham stone. It was full of beautiful paintings and furnitures. What really caught my eye was a room containing the Goodhart Collection of historic samplers. They were all different styles and I especially enjoyed the mini samplers, such tiny pieces and amazing needlework.

samplers at Montacute House

Regular readers will know I’ve been reading The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes: Secrets from a Victorian Woman’s Wardrobe. It’s a really fascinating book which tells the story of a notebook containing hundreds of small pieces of fabric. The author uses the pieces of fabric to chart the life of the owner, Anne Sykes, who lived in Singapore for a few years. It’s a really interesting way to view the life of a Victorian lady. It wasn’t a book I could just sit down and read so I’ve been dipping in and out of it over the last few weeks, finally finishing it last night.

The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes:


Over half term the kids picked up some new fabric badges so I’ve been kept busy sewing them on their badge blankets, as well as sewing Coronation badges on Scout uniform – really they should be sewing them on themselves!

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    June 4, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    These are gorgeous wow!!! I loooove your art, it looks stunning. Very well done.

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    Zena's Suitcase
    June 4, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Your mini quilt is adorable! We have a few sewing projects on at the moment too

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    Kristy Bullard
    June 4, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    You do such beautiful work! I hope to catch up on some scrapbooking this summer. That’s my favorite crafting project.

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    Monidipa Dutta
    June 5, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    May Crafting sounds like a wonderful endeavor! The month of May offers a wealth of inspiration for creative projects. Whether it’s floral crafts to celebrate spring or themed crafts for holidays like Mother’s Day, there are countless possibilities to explore. I hope you had a fantastic time unleashing your creativity and enjoying the process of crafting. May your projects be filled with joy and satisfaction!

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    June 6, 2023 at 2:55 am

    I’ve never heard of a sewing bee before. Sounds like a fun way to get inspired. Enjoyed seeing what you are working on!

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      June 10, 2023 at 1:52 am

      I’m inspired with your creativity & happy crafting vibes. Thanks so much for sharing all these beautiful art making time. I’m sure you had great time in all the crafts works. Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing

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      June 10, 2023 at 1:53 am

      I’m inspired with your creativity & happy crafting vibes. Thanks so much for sharing all these beautiful art making time. I’m sure you had great time in all the crafts works. Cheers

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