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Thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my thoughts and pictures with you. You will find entries on a number of topics, including sewing and cooking and life in general. I have also attempted to create some useful resources in the form of recipes and sewing tutorials.

There will also be occasional guest bloggers.

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  1. I have somewhat neglected Stickytarts of late - but in my defence there has been lots going on. Inbetween day jobs, running The Handcrafted Cafe fairs and family life there doesn't seem to have been enough hours in the day.

    I have largely decided to stop making Stickytarts stock, which is why all items in the shop now have 33% off as all stock must go. I am going to be concentrating on bespoke orders only and on further developing The Handcrafted Cafe. Also, sewing stock meant I never had enough time to make the things I wanted to for myself, family and friends.

    I have started to remedy this over the past few weeks and am going to share a few of my makes with you below. I apologise for the quality of the pictures, but my Blackberry with the nice camera has gone off to be repaired for the second time in two months, and I have been relying on a cheapie inbetween phone in the meantime.

    The first thing I made was a jersey top based on McCall's pattern M6264. The pattern is for a dress, but I adapted it to be tunic length and added in the facings on the neckline and the sleeves. This was my first time sewing with jersey, but using an overlocker really helped. I have to say I am REALLY pleased with the results. Only problem is my mum and my friend now want one too. 

    Next up was a simple bespoke mini skirt for my friend Hazel in Australia - she had seen similar being advertised for £30 so I offered to make it for free just for the price of materials and p&p and a few pics. This skirt was really simple to make to Hazel's exact requirements. Again the overlocker came in very useful for construction and neatening of seams. I may well do a tutorial on this in the future.

    Then one Sunday afternoon it was sprung on me that my son needed a space themed outfit for school the next day. This is what I came up with, what do you think ?

    Next was a make over that had been on my mind for quite a few months. Turning a cat savaged storage footstool into something more desirable by making some new loose covers. Here is a before and after.

    And finally, my poor Bernette 25 who has been living on the kitchen table covered by a tea towel, now has a proper sewing machine cozy which is fully lined and even has pockets. Hurray :)!

    I still have plenty on the to do list, but I am starting to make inroads!

     

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    Greedy magpieWell, where do I start? I’m probably like any other fabric mad seamstress - I love a good haberdashery department, but I’m also in my element in the ironmongery department of a D.I.Y store. Or picking shiny items up off the pavement! Hence the name ‘Greedy Magpie’.

    I’ve always loved groups of small things, I love bits that come off things too! Such as the tiny brass rings on the end of a used guitar string, they are fab.

    I started to dabble in simple jewellery making after finishing my fine art degree in 2008. I also junk shops and vintage emporiums and have a real enthusiasm for  ‘re working’ things.

    I came across Susan Lenart Kazmer whilst trying to find a way of fixing two items together. Susan is described as an explorer, inventor and maverick who has ‘pioneered the use of found objects in jewellery making’. The method Susan uses to join metal together is riveting, literally! Wow! You use a piece of wire, it could be a small length from a bicycle spoke, put through a drilled hole, add your next piece of drilled metal, hammer the end of the wire flat, flip it over, cut the wire to desired length, hammer that end flat too and ‘voila’ you have joined items together.

    I played around with this method, the first piece I sold was a dog tag with vintage watch parts fixed to it. I am keen to use pre loved items in my work. I have taken apart vintage watches and have used pre loved pieces of jewellery in other pieces.

    Needing to learn more about types of metal and other ways of joining things I searched for some type of silversmithing course. I attended a local class where I learnt about soldering, which is fascinating! I love that moment when the solder runs and then joins your seam. I’m not very good but with practice it should become easier.

    Recently I became involved in a craft swap with friends I made whilst taking part in a twitter project, making ‘pillow case’ dresses for young girls in third world countries. For the craft swap I designed a piece of jewellery using bits and pieces I have acquired along the way, I constructed the piece and sent it off to my craft swap partner. I waited with baited breath. It was a tense couple of days! The comments were really positive, which is great. It inspired confidence. The craft swap is a really good idea to test your products, you’re among friends who are supportive and appreciative and it's all light hearted.

     I’m now designing my next piece and in true Greedy Magpie style I’m on the hunt for more shiny elements that I can adapt.

    To get in touch with Dawn go to Twitter @thegreedymagpie or visit her website.