Monday, 12 March 2012

Cutting Edge

Just a quick post to show off my new purchases... My very generous mother-in-law gave me some John Lewis vouchers for my birthday, and the lure of the haberdashery department was strong, so today the three-year-old and I set off on the mammoth bus trip to the windswept out of town mall that is Cribbs Causeway.

The wall of yarn was tempting, but I plumped for a rotary cutter and self-healing mat, as I'd like to do more patchwork and quilting, and these tools make things a whole lot easier (and more precise). Rotary cutters are notoriously sharp, so I'll have to be a bit careful with my fingers as I'm not the most co-ordinated person in the world.

I was a little saddened by the JL haberdashery department, as it did seem to be a shadow of its former self. As a child I remember gorging my eyes on all the reels of trim and fabric as I waited for my mum to choose the right buttons to finish off a hand-knitted cardigan. They still sell sewing machines, but the expert woman who used to advise customers was made redundant a few years ago. Now you're just handed a photocopied leaflet from the manufacturer with a list of bullet points on it.

I also picked up a couple of packets of machine needles, as it's important to change needles regularly and I've been going through them at quite a rate recently.

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking of getting a rotary cutter and mat, I'll be interested to hear if you find it makes patchwork easier & quicker - my patchwork cushion covers look lovely on the outside, but inside they're pretty messy cause I can't cut straight enough! Hope you enjoy your new toys, and watch out for your fingers! x