Isn’t odd how much a teacher can influence us for so so many years? It is only in the last five years that I have begun to sew, knit and generally do more craft. There certainly was no love lost between me and the school needlework teacher who, ironically, was called Miss Hart. We did not get on at all and school sewing was not a success or enjoyed. I suspect she disliked teaching me as much as I disliked being taught by her. I do still have my drawstring school sewing bag, which now serves very well as a walking boot bag. I am slightly cross that I missed out on so many years of enjoyment of sewing and wonder just how surprised Miss Hart would be that I now sew?
As a child knitting was always tricky – being left handed meant people tried to teach me left handed – you have to be very dexterous to learn to knit on chunky long slippery metal needles with unappealing plastically, squeaky, acrylic yarn. As an adult I taught myself with 4mm wooden circular needles and knitted (right handedly) Ed a hat in two evenings. Such is the power of the internet and video tutorials and determination. I am doing less knitting now, and need to get back to it. I am a nicer, calmer person when I knit.
I reckon, that providing I have no urgent deadlines, sewing props for the blog and food styling jobs can legitimately count as work, rather than leisure time. These placemats were quick and easy to make so herewith my first (and possibly only) sewing tutorial. You should be able to find attractive fabric in the remnants bin in any fabric shop, or department. If you are in West London there are some great, and very affordable, fabric shops in Shepherd’s Bush Market.
You can either make a set, or move on to the next fabric if you are using them for food styling!