The humble beret has been around for centuries. Originally constructed out of wool felt and designed to keep the head warm and dry, this peasant hat has evolved to mean many things to many people.
These simple hats were enlarged in 1900’s to become voluminous velvet Tam O Shanters and worn with ostrich feathers
Scaled back down, they were the hat to wear in the 1920’s 30’s and 40’s. Chic and warm.
In the 1950’s the beret was adopted by the beatnik
Really it can be such a conundrum trying to select the right needle for your hand sewing or machine sewing project.
The wrong needle could wreck your fabric and your machine. A carefully selected hand sewing needle is a pleasure to stitch with and avoids painful fingers.
So here's two downloadable guides that might help you choose.
Here's link to our other free downloads.
Have you been busy making lots of lovely jams and pickles?
Is it time to start thinking of giving them to your favourite people?
They always look so special when they have that little fabric top on them.
Here's a really easy way to make 'no fray' jam pot covers using ordinary scissors.
1. Measure from the centre of your jar top down to where you want the fabric to end. In this case this was 31/2 inches
2. Double this measurement to give the full size of
We all look forward to our Christmas dinner.
But for the chef, roasting that perfectly golden juicey turkey, can be hard work.
It's in the oven, out of the oven....baste.......in the oven again.......oh I forgot!
It seems to get heavier as the cooking process goes on.
Surely it doesn't need to be this complicated!
Well here it is...........................our grannies were clever!
Take a large piece of cotton muslin and soak in melted butter
Cover the turkey