Friday, 22 August 2014


Hello have you missed me? 
Do I need a note from my Mum?
I have got a good excuse, honest.

I have been chained to the workroom for weeks now. 

Little old me and not one but two glamourous assistants.
One frock, 3 people, two weeks on the braid and trim alone.

In between times we managed to squeeze in a little extra Victorian bodice too.

All for this show in London's wonderful West End.
We are all now officially done in.
One glamourous assistant has fled the country and the other is running away to Cardiff.
And me?
Well, tonight I am drinking some beer and then going to bed.
Then in the morning I am going to pay some attention to my sadly neglected urchins and my poor beleaguered Mother and her partner who have been holding the fort for the last week.
Well after I have had a cup of tea that is...
Have a wonderful weekend kids.
Love Nora xxx

Friday, 8 August 2014


It would appear that summer in Brittany is Hydrangea land.
We usually go there at Easter so have never seen this sight before.
They were every where, in every garden, on every street corner.

In the most amazing faded colours.

According to my Dad's wife, who has planted quite a few of them since they moved there 8 yrs ago the soil is perfect in Finisterre.

There were even Hydrangea hedges.

This was the best we found just outside Commana, it was enormous. About 200 ft long by about 10 ft tall.
The most amazing sight.

I am now even more obsessed with Hydrangeas than I used to be ( the main reason for buying our old house in London was that it had to huge Hydrangea bushes either side of the front door)
I'm not sure I can live without a hedge of them.
Research needs to be done on this subject.
Love Nora xxx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


The Ginger one had a fortuitous buy in the shop of the cross channel ferry as we were on our way to Brittany on the old summer holidays.
Lucky Lego
Much fun ensued.

Such a rugged salty old sea dog

Once my role as official photographer was over I settled down to the serious business of the day.

Hope your holidays are involving much fun too.
Love Nora xxx

Saturday, 2 August 2014


Well hello there, I seem to have been away for a very long time. 
There are many reasons why, but they are all boring so let's not dwell.
By the skin of my teeth I have managed to compleate Julys stitched journal project.

Lots of layers of fabrics in shades of blue stitched in to a wave shape. Then snip snip snip between all the lines of sewing. I then gave it a serious trip through the washing machine on a hot cycle. 
Which gave the lovely frayed and distressed finish.

I am quite pleased with how this piece turned out. But I think I needed to vary the fabrics and not just have a solid layer of each type, there were about 7 fabrics used. Possibly create the tones of the waves in each layer before stitching. Also I think I should have stitched the lines slightly further apart. It was a killer to try and cut through all those layers or often!
More experimentation is needed on this one I think.
I did also find time to play about with some layers of paper with a much simpler geometric design.

I am linking up with Lola Nova for the stitched journal project pop over and check out what she and every one else involved has been up to this month.
Love Nora xxx

Sunday, 6 July 2014


Right now I am sinking under the weight of work.
This morning I am coming up for air and thought I would show you a little snip of what I've been up to.
Little being the operative word. 
Two tiny tiny matching gowns, for the same film I was working on here.
The only measurement I was given was that the babies are 63 cm long.

Now its been over 6 years since I have regularly had my mitts on a baby of my own and the only one I have regular access to at the moment is somewhat longer than 63 cm and quite a well built little man.
After a certain amount of head scratching I remembered a box of old commercial patterns that I have had for ever. 
I only keep them out of sentimentality, they were all my Mum's old patterns, and the fact I love the illustrations on the covers. 
They are mainly outfits she made herself when she was young and in and amongst them are some she made for me when I was little.

Now at least I knew how big to make the armholes and neckline, or how long the sleeves should be.
The answer is much shorter than I would have made them!
I'm afraid yet again I can't show you the finished garment, but I can show you the tinniest collar pattern ever! And give you the solemn promise to share as soon as the film is out.

Hope it's not raining too much where you are. Have a lovely Sunday kids.
Love Nora xxx

Friday, 27 June 2014


Recently we have had a visitor, they have taken up a temporary residence in the thicket at the top of our garden. We haven't met them and in fact I think they may have gone on to pastures new now. We called her, though she may well be a he, Beverly.
Beverly Nightingale.

She was melodious and beautiful to listen to.
Especially late at night while laying in bed with the windows open.

Though there were a couple of times when at 2.30 in the morning the relentless singing made me think that Beverly may not live to sing another night.
However now she seems to have gone we are really missing our nightly serenades. 
I keep hoping we may here her one last time, but so far no.
We are keeping every thing crossed that she comes back to visit again next year.

So in celebration of Beverly and her all too short visit I have committed her to the pages of the Stitched Journal Project hosted monthly by the lovely Lola Nova.
Go over to her place to see what she and every one else in the project has been up to in June.
In a totally pants way I managed not to make last months deadline, but am hoping to try and play catch up and show you May's effort soon.
Love Nora xxx

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Last night I went to a fantastic workshop organised by the lovely Janey Moffatt Laloe of Craftimation Factory. A couple of weekends ago there was a beach combing session on a Saturday morning which I couldn't make, due to my Mum having a significant birthday. So one evening recently while the Hippy and the boys were  throwing stones at the waves and playing hide and seek amongst the fishing boats I went on my own beach combing session. I found lots of bits of old tangled nylon fishing net and a few bits of rusty old twisted wire.
Which then became this.

It was great seeing what every one else made with their bits of flotsam and jetsam.

The workshop was part of a series of evenings and Saturday mornings that have occurred over the last couple of months as part of "Follow the Herring". A travelling arts festival following the run of the herring down the East coast this summer. It comes to Hastings at the end of the month with a knitted boat and performances based on the tales of the women who followed the fishermen along the coast to help land and pack the catches.
Hastings contribution to this festival is a knitted fish and chip shop. 
My self and a band of trusty yarn lovers are making a yarn rock pool to be on display at the same time. Is this the resurrection of the Ninja Knitters? I don't know, we shall see.
This Saturday is the last of the events in the build up to the festival in which yours truly is leading a band of knitwear fanatics in a session of what I have decided to call extreme quilting.
We will be deconstructing various knitted garments and reconstructing them to look like a giant wave crashing over the benches at the Stade Open space on the seafront.
So if you fancy a jaunt to the sea side with some mad stitching thrown in do come and join us! All the details can be found here.
Love Nora xxx