I had a lovely time on Tuesday at my neighbours house-she runs a little sewing group from her home which involves making things to sell for charity or occasionally something for yourself. This week it was just something for yourself, so out came a lovely book with some cute little characters to make. I'm not that well practised in following a pattern for sewing as I plan and design my own, so they are in my own words if you know what I mean? Undeterred, I set to my task whilst drinking some yummy decaf coffee and munching on some scrumptious cakes and biscuits (no figure watching whilst growing a baby!). A few hours later and this was the fruits of my labour!
This led me to wonder what lovely handmade toys could I find on Folksy?
Behind Blue Stripes is myself, designer/maker Claire Louise Finch. Blue Stripes was born in April 2009 when I decided to pick up a second hand Singer sewing machine and try my hand at making some cushions for my little girls' rooms. What a surprise it was to find out I had so much creativity buried deep inside me!
Almost a year on with a new Pfaff machine I have completed 3 City and Guilds courses in Patchwork and Quilting, Machine Embroidery and Soft Furnishings which were fun and enlightening.
I design all of my work myself and do not use commercially produced patterns for any of the items I sell.