Monthly Archives: June 2014

A trip to Dashwood Studios

Those of you who will have followed The Homemakery for a while will know that we LOVE Dashwood Studios! It feels like they have been around for longer but Dashwood have only been up and running a year, recently celebrating their first anniversary.  With 8 collections under their belt so far, it really has been a remarkable year for them and the next year is set to see even more fabric releases as original designers return with their second collections, and as they welcome brand new designers to the Dashwood family!

On Sunday, Dashwood had their open day and it was a great opportunity to catch up with David, the Creative Director and brains behind Dashwood Studios, and check out the gorgeous creations made with one of their recent collections Retro Orchard:

I love using fabrics around the home and covering seats is a really quick and cheap way of making over a chair, the Retro Orchard fabrics really work well in a kitchen setting.

Retro Orchard Kitchen

How cool are the fabric covered placemats. Such a great idea!Retro Orchard Tablemats

Such a clever idea to cover a table with fabric, it really looks striking in the Seedlings printRetro Orchard Cushion & Tables

I love this striped quilt featuring all the Retro Orchard prints. Sometimes you jsut want a quilt to really show of the fabrics and using large pieces of fabric in a stripe formation really does that.

Retro Orchard Quilt

Cute lampshade and apron.

Retro Orchard Goodies

A few things from the Christmas Wish collection. The reindeer garland is actually made by one of my amazing customers Julie who creates the most fabulous fabric garlands. I thoroughly recommend checking out her Facebook page for more of her creations!

Dashwood Christmas Wish

The advent calendar is a special panel from the Christmas Wish collection, it was already on my to make list but having seen it in real life it has been bumped up the list, they do say its ok to start Christmas Crafting in July right!!

Coming soon

For the dressmakers amongst you, you might be quite excited to hear that Dashwood will soon be adding a range of cotton lawns to their fabric line. The first fabrics up for the lawn makeover are the these two lovelies from the September Blue range. Wouldn’t they make the perfect dresses, or how about a Sorbetto top or two? Scrumptious!

Dashwood Lawns Coming Soon

As for new collections, David was kind enough to let me give you a sneak peek at two of the upcoming ranges!!

First up….Bethan is back!!! Bethan Janine designed the amazing Wildwood collection featuring those ever so popular foxes and toadstool prints and I’m so thrilled she is back with her second collection for Dashwood,  Cuckoo’s Calling. Featuring birds, wheatsheafs and cuckoo clocks in a Mint, Navy, Hot Pink and Orange colour palette this really makes for a perfect late summertime collection and should hopefully be with us in August.

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Another Dashwood regular is Phyllida Coroneo who designed Dashwoods first ever collection Enchanted Forest. Fly Away features a modern take on folksy floral prints in a very cool, Lime Cornflower, Mint and Grey colour palette. Again set for an August release date

Fly Away - Phyllida Coroneo for Dashwood Studios

I think these two new upcoming collections make for a very promising start to Dashwoods second year and I look forward to sharing further collections with you as they are released!

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Farmer’s Wife: No. 111 Wrench & No. 81 Snowball

Week 3 of my Farmer’s Wife Project and this week I’ve carried on utilising the Half Square Triangles (“HST’s”), there are plenty of blocks in the book using HSTs and these are some of the larger ones, there quite a few blocks featuring teeny tiny HSTs so I’m going to keep practicing with the larger blocks until I am ready to tackle those. If you are after a how to on making HST’s be sure to check out last weeks post, they aren’t hard!

No 111. Wrench

Farmers Wife No111 Wrench

Every time I read the word Wrench I think Wench and then I think ha ha Farmers Wench…… now that would make for a whole new book! Yes these are the small things that keep me amused whilst I’m cutting and sewing! Wrench (or Wench) is the last block in the book no 111, I should have saved it for last but I quite liked it so here it is! For this block I used Green Dotty Daisy from Chloe’s Closet paired with two brand new 1930’s Classic fabrics from Exclusively Quilters Small Flowers & Spots On Pink and Tiny Flowers On Yellow both of which are from the same fabric bundle.

No 81. SnowballFarmers Wife No 81 Snowball

Yeah Snowball didn’t provide me with quite so much amusement, but I did like using these fabrics, all new in this week! For my Snowball block I again dug into the new Exclusively Quilters Fabrics this time with Large Flowers & Spots On Pink alongside Red Spot on Ivory from Sevenberry. I have popped  together a bundle of the Sevenberry spots on whites and ivorys, they are such a useful addition to your fabric stash as they really do go with so much.

Have I tempted you to join in with the Farmer’s Wife quilt along yet? If you do fancy joining in you can find the Farmer’s Wife book at Amazon

Happy Sewing and see you next Sunday for instalment number 4!

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Crochet Colour Palette: Zinnia Fiesta

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

If you are a regular follower of my weekly crochet colour palettes you will know that I gain a huge amount of inspiration for my colour palettes from nature and in particular flowers. This week Zinnias are taking centre stage bright pink, oranges and reds these are flowers that pack a punch and when paired with ivory and a soft green they really get to shine. Zinnia Fiesta is the perfect bright colour palette for these bright sunshiney days!


Crochet Colour Palette: Zinnia Fiesta featuring Stylecraft Classique Cotton - The Homemakery Blog

This weeks Zinnia Crochet Colour Palette uses bright zinnia inspired shades of cotton yarn from Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK, a great value 100% cotton yarn.

Pink Hot Pink, Orange Seville, Cream Ivory, Red Poppy, Green Soft Lime

You can find the whole Zinnia Fiesta yarn pack with 10% off all this week here

Farmer’s Wife: No. 84 Spool, No. 16 Calico Puzzle

Week 2 of my Farmer’s Wife Project and this week I’ve started taking on the triangles which feature in the majority of the blocks in the book. I continue to resist using the templates instead opting to use half square triangles where possible. If you haven’t made half square triangles before they are really simple and I’ve popped a quick how to below.

No 84. SpoolFarmers Wife No 84 Spool

For the Spool block I used my favourite Cherries fabric from Chloe’s Closet and a complimentary red spot from Sevenberry.

No 16. Calico Puzzle

Farmers Wife No 16 Calico Puzzle

Sage Green & Grey is such a great colour combo, for this block I used Sage Green Gingham and Spot from Sevenberry alongside Laura Warm Grey from the Tilda Sweet Christmas range. For the centre block I cut a Rose from the Tanya Whelan Sunshine Rose Old Time Rose in Green.

Half Square Triangle How To:

Half Square Triangles (“HSTs”) feature throughout the Farmer’s Wife book so if you haven’t used half square triangles before here is a quick how to!

For my Calico Puzzle block I needed 4 blocks made up of half square triangles. Two squares of fabric are needed to create a HST in fact two HST are created from two squares of fabric.

The blocks in the Famers Wife Book measure 6 x6 inch when finished. So for Calico Puzzle each block when finished will measure 2 x 2 inch. To work out the size of the squares to cut for each HST simply add 7/8 inch to the finished size of the square (ie. the size of the square once sewn together). I cut my squares to 2 inch 7/8. If I was cutting a square normally it would need to be 2 1/2 inches.

1. Cut four squares measuring 2 inch 7/8 .


2. Place the squares right side together. Using a pencil draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. Mark the triangles

3. Using the diagonal line as a guide measure 1/4 inch on either side and draw a line.

Mark the triangles

4. Sew down both outer lines but not the inner line.


Sewn Triangles

5. Cut down the centre diagonal line.

Cut you triangles

6. Press the seam to the dark side Half Square Triangles

7. Cut off the corners and your half square triangles are ready to use.Finished Half Square Triangles

If you fancy joining in you can find the Farmer’s Wife book at Amazon

Happy Sewing and see you next Sunday for instalment number 3!

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