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Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut

It’s nearly time for the Beyond Measure Open Weekend.  I am busy clearing the space and making room as I am sharing the studio with artist and illustrator Louise Lockhart, the Printed Peanut. It’s been almost a year now since I introduced the SEW panels, designed by Louise, to my shop.  I loved Louise’s work […]

Beyond Measure Open Weekend as part of Todmorden Open Studios

It’s less than one week until Beyond Measure will be open to the public for a whole weekend on September 8, 9 and 10!  This year we are officially part of Todmorden Open Studios which includes 20 artists exhibiting in various venues around the town.  There are 4 of us in the Old Fire Station, so […]

New shear cases have arrived!

I’m delighted to introduce a new item to the Beyond Measure range of leather goods, made especially for us by Matthew Riley of Awl Leather.  Many of you have been asking for a larger case for your dressmaking shears, so here it is at last – The Leather Shear Case! We went through several prototypes, […]

New things for wool lovers

I really love wool, it’s such a wonderful material.  Warm, waterproof, light, adaptable.  I love sewing with wool (especially the boiled variety, and of course tweed) and also making it into my lovely wooden pincushions. Doing more wool based events over the last couple of years has also rekindled my interest in knitting – who […]

Beyond Measure Open Day Saturday 1st April 2017

After the success of last September’s Open Day, I am again flinging open the doors to my Todmorden studio this Spring on Saturday 1st April! There will be slightly extended opening hours this time, from 10am to 4pm.  As before, I will have my full range of products available to buy, plus some sale items, […]

Clean as a new pin

Spring is coming at last – do you get the urge to have a clear out and invest in some new tools?  I am rather obsessed with pins and of my first blog posts on Beyond Measure was all about my quest for the perfect pin.  Viewing the feedback, it seemed that everyone had a […]

Dropcloth Samplers now in stock

If anyone’s visited me at an event recently, you may have noticed these beautiful Dropcloth Samplers for sale on my stand.  I’m delighted to announce that they are now available online!   Dropcloth samplers are designed and printed by US artist Rebecca Ringquist.  I first saw Rebecca’s work at the Rijswijk Textile Biennale in the Netherlands. […]

Party at mine – my first open day….

Thank you so much to everyone who came to my first open day!  I was very excited about having an event at my workspace but I did have pre-party nerves – who would come? What would they think? Would they find me in the depths of deepest darkest Todmorden? I had a frantic few days […]

Beyond Measure Open Day part 2 – Our little town of Todmorden

So, if my last blog post about my open day (full details and directions in my last post) didn’t persuade you to quickly google travel times and routes to Todmorden, then I am pretty sure this one will! For those of you that don’t know, Todmorden is a small market town on the Rochdale canal, […]

The first Beyond Measure Open Day!

Less than two weeks to the first Beyond Measure Open Day in my new work space! It’s going to take place on Saturday 10 September from 11 am – 3pm. So, what will be happening? Well, I’ll be setting up the space like a real shop, so you can browse all the usual gorgeous Beyond […]

The Sewing Weekender 2016

How to write a blog post with no images? Yes, somehow at the Sewing Weekender, I managed to take ZERO decent photos apart from the ones of the beginning and end of my journey.  So I will have to try and be a bit creative… I was attending as a sponsor of the event, organised […]

Xerea versus Washi

I’ve tried out a couple of dress patterns recently that have been on my list. First up is the Xerea by Pauline Alice.  I made view A in a size 40 (bust 36) and lengthened it by about 7cm.  I didn’t do a toile (sigh) and unfortunately discovered that the bust darts were pointing to totally […]

July Vintage Pledge Extravaganza!

You probably already know about my love of the annual Vintage Pledge, hosted by A Stitching Odyssey and Kestrel Makes.   Basically it’s an excuse for all us vintage patterns hoarders to drool over delicious design details but above all, to get out those precious pattern pieces and actually sew something! I’m a bit more involved […]

Hugh Leishman, on collaboration and cat beds

“I love wood”.  I’ve lost count of the number of times customers have said this whilst perusing wooden goods on my stall.  And I do too, there’s something so wonderfully warm and tactile about the material, people just want to pick it up and have a good feel! A couple of years ago, I had […]

Adding Porthole Pockets to the Skipper Tunic

  Here are some details about how I made the circular pockets for my Skipper Tunic from Papercut Patterns.  They were inspired by pockets on a RTW coat belonging to my sister and are deceptively easy to do!  However, depending on what you are making,  I strongly recommend reading through this post first and doing a test […]

Aye Aye Skipper – the Skipper Tunic by Papercut Patterns

You know I just can’t resist a bit of nautical style.  The clean lines, the square necklines, the stripes!  Papercut Patterns’ new Ahoy Collection epitomises this look but investigate further and you will see a great range of separates that can be adapted to suit your own style.  Ahoy includes 6 patterns with variations to make dresses, […]

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