Hope & Gloria - Sewing Inspiration for Children

Hope & Gloria - Sewing Inspiration for Children
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Lavender Harvest

Back in July I posted a tutorial for lavender hearts (click here to view tutorial) featuring this picture -

beautiful lavender bushes in our garden. Just before we went on our hols the time had come to cut the lavender flowers and this was the result; a bumper harvest! I am not sure if this year's fabulous summer weather was responsible for this lovely crop but I was delighted to be able to cut so many beautifully scented flowers from just a few plants - brilliant!

These two trays full of gorgeous lavender flowers have been slowly drying out in our airing cupboard for the past three weeks with the added benefit of making our towels and bed linen smell heavenly!

Today I have been cutting the flowers from the stems, (quite a long and boring task), ready to store in airtight bags until October half term.

I have a plan for my homegrown lavender - it will be just perfect for a project that I have in mind for our October Half Term Holiday Workshops - details to follow shortly.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Our Creative Summer Challenge

In July with the long Summer Holidays stretching before them the Hope & Gloria Team set a challenge for some of our club members. We asked them - What will you make this Summer?

We provided a "mini-kit" consisting of 2 pieces of felt, 2 pieces of fabric some buttons and some thread along with a set of instructions: to create their own sewn project making use of the materials of provided. This could either be used as a starting point (including the fabric as part of a larger project), or the kit could be used to create an entire project.

As we suspected our lovely club members did not disappoint and at Hope & Gloria HQ we were amazed by the children's creativity. Our top three projects are featured below:

This fabulous fabric house created by Lucy is just brilliant! The whole team thought the use of fabric was excellent and what a great idea for a pin cushion that doubles as a needle case. Well done Lucy for all of your hard work.

This cute coin purse was created by Natasha and demonstrates perfectly how it is possible to make something fabulous without needing a huge amount of supplies. A big well done to Natasha.

Finally, well done to Connie. This lovely cosmetic bag is a brilliant use of  patchwork technique and the zip is sewn in perfectly resulting in a stylish bag that anyone would be proud to use. Great work Connie!

Our three featured super sewing enthusiasts will be receiving a Hope & Gloria Mini Sewing Kit shortly. Well done girls from the Hope & Gloria Team and we look forward to seeing you either in a school club or holiday workshop soon!