Tuesday 9 January 2024

They say sewing mends the soul


Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.

Johannes Brahms.

Its been too long I know, it has been a very emotional 6 months and the passing of my dear Mum.  My sister and I moved into her care home with her for the last 9 days of her life to be with her 24/7.

I have not picked up a needle and thread for so long and it is time that I did.  Christmas then followed very quickly after her funeral and all the chaos that brings ...  not feeling it as well was a difficult time and I really should be inline for an oscar.

It is now time to get back to me and I can imagine what my Mum would be saying to me to get back to the land of the living and indeed my passion.

So this week it starts firstly I have gone through my neglected studio and cleaned the cobwebs away ( literally) and sorted through my design journals. I have two new ones, which I received for Christmas .. thinking family think its time too!! and I have sorted through fabrics.

Designing things to stitch is a joy and I have decided on something fairly small to get me going again and with Valentines on its way it had to be a heart I felt.

Looking forward to getting back on here, sorting through treasures, going to Vintage Fairs of which I have at least 10 in my 2024 dairy and the relief I will feel about not feeling guilty of being there for the day when I should be with Mum.  To be able to look around and laugh and meet up with friends will be a joy and my Mum would want that for me so very much.

The weather here in Dorset is very cold and frosty indeed and yesterday we had some snow as well to be able to light the fire and fireside stitch is a real joy of mine as you know and to be able to talk sewing and antique finds and fabrics with you all once more has really lifted my spirits today.

One tiny stitch at a time ....

My mission to myself is to design and ponder over new ideas.  Stitch my heart and start writing on here again weekly .. especially now that I have threaded some needles this morning with determination and with a huge smile on my face.

I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful gifts at Christmas and I had some gorgeous threads and some vintage fabrics from a friend ... thinking she thought lets get her going again shall we! Well it has worked and I am very grateful indeed.

The sun is shinning here even though it is bitterly cold and I have the rest of my day planned and it involves cutting out my fabrics for my project.  I have drawn my pattern and design this morning already.  Also I think I will do some more designing and ideas.  I am a wordsmith as you know and love adding words to my work as well as a button which is my thing.

Before Christmas I did manage to go to a small vintage fair in the Cotswolds for the day as a Birthday
treat for myself.  I met up with some wonderful friends there and it was a real tonic.  Such a beautiful fair in a wonderful little hall and so pretty.  I was able to wander around happily and I did manage to purchase some wonderful little bits of fabric for my sewing.

My favourite colours are always red and white and being that time of year stall holders had gone all out on those colours with antique quilt pieces and fabrics I was so happy with the fabrics that I bought.  It is only today that I have started to unwrap them and put them away to be perfectly honest with you but will be using some in my heart sewing.

I also managed last year to go to the Vintage Bazaar in Frome as well to meet with some of my great vintage friends and I bought three most gorgeous quilt pieces from a quilt never made it seems.  They are hexagon pieces with the old papers still inside and for me they will be framed and the papers will be on show because to me this is the beauty of them with the fabric just showing. If you look carefully at the photos you will see dates on the papers on one.  Look out for Old Bond Street and the date underneath it, this is the large photo at the end.  ...I was thrilled to find them and bought them from Donna Flower ... 

Beyond pleased with these beauties I can tell you.  The history of them and the story they could tell.  Who started them, how many were actually made, why were they not finished into a quilt ( although I have to say I am most excited about them just as they are!)  All these things have my fire inside me for embroidery and slow stitching again.

I will be hoping to actually blog weekly with my ramblings of stitching tales and tales of Thimble Cottage along side some wonderful Vintage Fairs this year and the truffled treasures found.

Thank you to those of you that have sent me messages of condolence and I appreciate everyone of them. Your words have comforted and encourgaged me again.

Until the next time Happy Stitching.

Sarah XX


  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mum. Its a difficult time, be a little selfish and be kind to yourself. Im sure a little gentle stitching will be a great tonic.

    1. Thank you, it has been tough but i am getting there. Rembering all our laughing together and pushing away the last few months. Sewing again is helping me and is, as you say, a great tonic.

  2. Throughly enjoyed your rambling My husband and I spent an anniversary week in Yew Cottage in the Cotswolds many years ago and it was my dream for all times! Will enjoy following you

    1. Thank you I am really pleased you enjoyed reading and I am so pleased you are following me. I am slowiy getting back into it all and it helps to know people are out there reading and following my stitchery and rambles.