Sunday, 25 November 2012

Flamingo jersey giveaway winner announced

Hi friends! I'm so, so sorry for the delay in announcing the lucky winner of my Flamingo-print jerseygiveaway. I got back from Cyprus late on Wednesday evening, was back at work on Thursday, took the boyfriend out for a belated birthday meal in the evening (I missed his 30th birthday by a day and I'll never live it down), spent Friday evening preparing for a flat-full of friends, entertained said friends Saturday day time, celebrated the boyfriend’s birthday in the evening...and now, after the clean-up operation, I'm finally catching up with myself!

But you don't want to know about my hectic shenanigans! You want to know if you're a winner of course ;o) After taking out a couple of duplicate comments and a reply of my own, I was left with 114 entries to the giveaway. My most popular giveaway yet, so thank you all for entering!!!


And the winner is...the gorgeous Andrea from Four Square Walls, who is tempted to make a cardigan with the jersey. Congratulations Andrea - I'm a huge fan of your blog and I know what a good home the jersey is going to! I'll be emailing you soon regarding your postal address.

In other news, since I publicly denounced the accumulation of new fabric, new fabric just can't seem to stay away from me. And I'm not even seeking it out that much, with the exception of the Birmingham Rag Market meet-up of course. Anyway, Cyprus never disappoints and this time I really struck gold people!

I was given the most special silk yardage, which was handwoven by my great grandmother in the late 1940s. She even nurtured her own silk worms that produced the silk! I already have plans for some of this which will be revealed as part of an exciting project I'm launching in January!


I also had the great fortune to be handed down some stunning 1930s fabric from my mum's aunt – these are a delicious mixture of silk, rayon, cotton, linen and broderie anglaise. So, so beautiful!


And finally, I also got to visit the one fabric store that always catches my eye, but has been closed on other visits. It's been there since the late 1950s and I managed to get some cool 1960s fabrics for a mere 2 Euros per metre.


If you're concerned about my storage issues, don't be! While I was away, the new furniture for my sewing room arrived and has already been deftly built by my boyfriend. I now just have to invest a little time organising and I should be left with a really great and clutter-free sewing space.

Gosh, sorry for going on...I guess I've missed bending your ear! Hope you've all been keeping well and  have been making time for creative adventures.

19 comments:

  1. Holy cow! What a fabric score! These are all so unique and amazing! I truly can't believe your great-grandma wove that fabric herself (with her own silk worms, to boot!)! I love that you come from such a rich heritage of handcrafting!

    Oh, and I know that Andrea will make something way cute with this! Alexandra over at Alexandra and the Cuckoo Clock just made a Renfrew dress with this same fabric! It's just so cute!

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    1. Thanks Sonja...I never knew we had a hand-crafting background...it was a well-kept secret! But now my grandma knows I like sewing, she's really happy that it all won't go to waste. Can you imagine weaving silk from your own silk worms...crazy!!!

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  2. Eeeeeeeeeeeek. Seriously?! Out of 114 entries, little old me was picked? Well, you know how much I love jersey fabric. Can't wait to get my hands on it! Thank you so so so much.

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    1. You certainly were lady, congratulations!!! Just emailed you for your address ;o)

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  3. Wow, those fabrics!! You sure lucked out. :)

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  4. Wow! Those are some beautiful fabrics! I can't get over that silk, that's so amazing

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    1. Yes, the silk is pretty special...and to think I had no idea of my great grandmother's talents!

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  5. You always have the cutest fabric! :)

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    1. Thank you...just need to get better and faster at using it ;o)

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  6. Oh, what gorgeous fabric!! It's all beautiful. :)

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  7. Congrats Andrea! Lucky ;)

    Also lovely ladies I have just recently started my own blgo an would love it if you could follow me/give advice?

    http://becstiches.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks Rebecca...looking forward to popping over the your new blog ;o)

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  8. Wow, I can't believe that silk was produced and woven by your grandmother... Incredible. I would almost feel bad to be cutting it, you know? It's so precious.

    What are you cooking for us, Marie? we're all curious!

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    1. I know what you mean about the silk...I'm really scared!!! You'll have to wait until Jan to see what I'm cooking ;o)

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  9. And I can't believe you got these vintage fabrics for 2 euro a yard. I reckon your hometown might become the next sewing destination!

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    1. I'll have to come with you as a fabric tour guide of course ;o)

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  10. Oooo...all of those fabrics are stunning! I especially love the blue with the ships! What are you planning on making with all of these delightful pieces?

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    1. I just don't know yet Meg...wish I could quite my job and just sew all day!!!

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