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Cats & Flowers Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Before these pictures no longer look seasonal, here is my Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket, photographed during the brief period of snowy weather we had here in Birmingham in December.

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

I’ve been planning to make a Tamarack Jacket for some time, but was waiting to find a pre-quilted fabric, which I haven’t seen on sale very often in the UK. I suspected I would have more luck in Japan, and, sure enough, during a trip to Tokyo last year I found that the large Tomato store in the Nippori Fabric District has a wide selection of pre-quilted fabric (and pretty much everything else too). I picked this dark floral print, which has hidden black cats (see below). I would note that the downside of bringing 4 metres of pre-quilted fabric back from a holiday is that it takes up a lot of case space! For reference, I have found Miss Matatabi the best place to order pre-quilted fabrics online, and their recent sale included a few pre-quilted fabrics.

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

I must have looked at the fabric requirements for a non-pre-quilted fabric, as when I came to cut out a Tamarack Jacket I realised I had (just) enough for two. As it happened, I was planning to make my Mom a Tamarack as a present for her birthday in November; I had purchased a different fabric for my Mom’s jacket, but decided instead to make us matching Tamaracks.

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Having skipped the quilting stage, I assumed this would be quite a quick sew, but the volume of bias binding to be attached (not a favourite task of mine) and the welt pockets mean that these jackets took me quite a bit longer than anticipated (ahem, my Mom’s birthday present may have been delivered a few weeks late).

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

Here’s how me and my Mom looked in our matching Tamaracks on Christmas Day. I have some more pre-quilted fabric to sew, and am currently debating between another Tamarack or a quilted bomber jacket – TBC!

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket

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Sleepy Cat & Proud Fox Doorstops

Handmade Plush Doorstop

Making the most of the last few days of my Christmas holiday I made a selection of doorstops. I made them in two designs, a sleepy cat and a rather proud looking fox. I screen printed the images in blue ink onto three different fabrics – a white, pale yellow and stripy Laura Ashley fabric. The doorstops were then backed with alternative fabrics in contrasting colours, and stuffed with toy stuffing, except the bases which were stuffed with gravel to give them sufficient weight to stand and serve as doorstops. They’re available in my Etsy store.

Handmade Plush Doorstop
Handmade Plush Doorstop


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Alice Potter Illustration

Alice Potter very generously donated one of her prints for the craft fair me and colleagues held at the University of Birmingham recently. Along with the print she included the adorable postcard pictured below with a personal message written on the back. Since it was addressed to me I thought it would be ok to bring the postcard home:), and it’s now taken pride of place on my fireplace. I’m thinking it would look even better if I were to decoupage the frame – so that may be a little job for the weekend!

Alice Potter Postcard
Alice Potter Postcard