Old Curtain | New Frock


It’s been a long time since I did a sewing post (mostly because the light has been so grim I’ve been putting off taking photos) but last week I made a dress and now I am finally posting I can’t think of anything much to say about it except once it was one of a pair of secondhand curtains from someone on ebay…

…and now it’s a dress!


Here are some details.

And this is the pattern I used, with a couple of adjustments.

Version 2

I do think it’s a most lovely, cheerful, just-what-we-need-in-the-drab-days-of-February-fabric sort of dress :D

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare



Wool on Sundays – 138 (January was Mostly Blue)


Welcome to the first of the new monthly, Wool on Sundays :)

Now that I’m only going to be doing WOS once a month, I feel it ought to be easier to find yarn content to share but January was not only mostly blue, it was mostly yarnless so I am including the post I made for Wandering Camera, which I hope no one will mind.

I did finish a baby cardigan, using some Drops Baby Merino. Being impatient to get started, I wanted to use up yarn from stash and this yarn is very warm and soft and it’s also stretchy, which I think will be handy for the new Mum for ease of dressing, but my colour choices are limited and I don’t know whether the baby will be a boy or girl. I think I might change the button, especially if it’s a girl. I can imagine a daisy button looking nice…


I used a simple raglan design in garter stitch with moss stitch edging. And that, I’m afraid is as far as I got. I’ve been thinking about making a hat to wear in the garden but I couldn’t find anything that leapt off the page. I quite like Talena Winters’ Twisted Rope Hat on Ravelry but I was really thinking a nordic two colour one with ear flaps would be nice…Do you have any favourite hat patterns?

I hope February will be more wool-full!

And that brings me to the Wandering Camera pictures.

The sky said blue.


And the pond said blue.


And the trees admired themselves in the glass.


And the sun strode northwards, further each day.


Kissing the treetops with cold fire.


And the new buds asked, “Is it time, is it time?”


And the cold earth said, “Not yet, not yet!”


And the chicken said, “Spring! Hurry up! Hurry up!”


And the old gourd said, “No rush, no rush…”


And the oak, who is wise, said nothing and was equally content with the sunny days and the frosty nights.

If you have any wool/yarn posts to share, I’d love you to link up. The rules, as usual, are: 1). Posts must include some content – makes or musings or photos – related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don’t link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in any posts you link up. 4). MOST IMPORTANT visit anyone else who links. 

The next Wool on Sundays post will be on Sunday 5th March.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Shimmer: VERB [NO OBJECT] Shine with a soft, slightly wavering light.


Today is the first reveal day in 2017 for Four in Art. Our theme for this year is ‘Light’ and the sub-theme for this quarter is ‘Shimmer’. 

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Our aim is: “…to break out of the usual gridded experience and try a new concept, free of structure or preconception, moving the boundaries of our own skills forward in both concept and technique” and, looking back at my last reveal post in November, I see I claimed I would begin this quilt in the next couple of days. Needless to say, I did not begin in a couple of days…or weeks…or months…and the nearer the deadline loomed, the more I became convinced that no word in the entire dictionary held less resonance for me than the word ‘shimmer’. It’s strange how deadlines can have such an effect on the most innocuous of themes.


I started scouring the internet, frantically, keying the word ‘shimmer’ into every search box that claimed to reveal quotes and images. And I found a LOT of nail varnish before I, eventually, chanced upon a quotation, which I thought might have some potential:

“In a work of art, chaos must shimmer through the veil of order.” (Novalis).

(1) What form this orderly piece could take and (2) how I could shimmer chaos through it remained more than uncertain.

As it turned out, on point (2) I need not have worried. The chaos came of itself when I inadvertently ironed over the transfer letters. And point (1) seemed to be resolved when, thankfully, I chanced upon another quotation:


As soon as I saw that, I thought “Yes! That is just exactly what it is like with ideas!” And, since the eleventh hour had already struck, I got straight to work without further thought beyond the hope to comply with “moving the boundaries of our own skills forward in both concept and technique” and the plan to use a circular piece of shimmering fabric for the ‘idea’.

I tend to think of my ‘art’ quilts more as illustrations than art so I decided to extend that concept by using the actual text as part of the final piece – hoping to end up with something resembling a page from a book – and to extend my skills by using a a transfer sheet for the lettering and a new-to-me method of applique I learned in Lara’s book, Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities (I omitted the straight stitch edging stage).

To enhance the contrast, I decided to keep everything except the ‘shimmering idea’ matte and textured so I used a plain sewing thread for quilting to create some texture whilst staying in the background and I used velvet for the dress. The finished piece is about A4 paper sized so Lara’s applique technique was ideal for creating detail on a small scale and the variation in textures shows up better in real life.


The shimmering fabric that this piece so much depended on, however, turned out be almost invisible and, although I expected this to be the easy part, I was amazed at the variety of fabrics and beads and buttons that just blended right into the background until an antique cuff link finally came to the rescue.

And, after all that?

Less a work of art than a little order shimmering through the chaos, I fear.

But I think, using this as a sort of test version, I could make quite a nice piece so I’m happy with it overall. I won’t use transfers + quilting + an applique method which requires a hot iron together again but all these things will, no doubt, come in useful separately on future occasions :)

Please visit the other members of Four in Art and see their interpretations of this quarter’s theme.

Bette Ayers   Camilla Cathro   Catherine Chisholm

Elizabeth Eastmond   Nancy Myers   Rachel Riley   Simone Bradford


Happy Sewing!

Janine @Rainbow Hare

I’m linking this post with TGIFF, which is being hosted this week by Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts If you pop over, you will see she has made some adorable baby items :)

And for Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts