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Cushions Galore, Issue #031 Christmas 2019
December 21, 2019

Christmas 2019

Cushions Galore, December 21st 2019

Merry Christmas Everyone

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all that celebrate Christmas a lovely, wonderful and peaceful time. Hope that you all have a happy and healthy 2020.

I can only apologise for the extreme lack of newsletters in 2019. When we had a unusual warm weather back in February 2019 I began to tackle the front garden and while digging up roots etc I managed to incur a rotator cuff shoulder injury. Sitting at the computer and typing was not something I could manage, nor the rest of the gardening much to my annoyance. I have been recovering for most of the year and with the guidance of a physiotherapist have been doing all the correct exercises and trying to keep my arm and shoulder mobile without being in agony. Hopefully now after about 10 months I am nearly back to full fitness and have resumed some computer work.

I just love this time of year when all the new fabrics and wool are glistening in the shops in the traditional Christmas colours with a tiny little sparkle. I got me thinking that making things out of wool or fabric by knitting or sewing can really help reduce the topic of waste. Back in the years of the second world war new clothes were made out of old ones albeit in a smaller size. Knitted items where unpicked and re-knitted. This was probably the start of recycling textiles. Many companies are now making things in reusable fabrics or ones that can be easily recycled. Face clothes probably seem old fashioned but they lasted for years and didn't add to the waste mountain. Fabric can be used to wrap up presents and reused. The fabrics have to be on the thicker side as when I tried to wrap up a book the writing was showing through. Different sizes of drawstring bags can be made to house the different things or a rectangle of fabric used and wrapped like paper then ties with ribbon or string. When the wrappings are past their best they themselves can be recycled.

Many different Christmas things can be made from bunting, stockings, advent calendars, wall hangings, table place settings and decorations which all add to the celebration and that can be reused the following years.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas

New pages

I have managed a few new pages adding to the sewing theme Sewing clothes This was to give clarity to instructions that appear on paper sewing patterns. I have completed some steps with pictures.

I have also done a page about cable knitting and some of the different types they may be found in some patterns.

I have also managed a page on inserting a hook and loop fastening into cushions

and to finish off with some trimmings that can really make you item stand out and some of the different types of fabric trims and have some for sale.

If there is anything topic you would like to see cover then please Contact Me

Coming up next time

I would like to do a how to Crochet section and some basic stitches.

Again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Warm regards


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