With a week and a half to go, the sewing machines are whiring away here at Stafford Mill, in preparation for the Textile Trail Open Studios, taking place on the weekends of the 12 & 13th and 19th & 20th of May.

The local Made In Stroud shop have already got a range of our products on display (and for sale!). They re-did the window to showcase our work – which meant we were all beavering away until the small hours making more stock for them – if you’re local to Stroud do pop in to have a look, there are;

Hand woven silk scarves by Leo & Ariadne.

Cushions, bolsters and draught excluders made with recycled fabrics, including mens tweed suits, from Studio Vee,

Fascinators, brooches, corsages and Obi style belts made from recycled ties, by Sanguinello.

I have been busy snipping and sewing with scraps of felted wool to make a new range of flower head bands, based on my current favourite felt flower design!

It’s a great way to use up small off cuts, and I’ve discovered a use for old, felted, moth damaged woollen scarves, which come in a variety of bright colours, perfect for making flowers.

They work particularly well combined with feathers, and all fixed on a pretty elastic fabric band.

I’ve also been making more fascinators with old Monopoly sets, and came across another game called Totopoly, which works on a similar theme but is based on the world of horse racing!

Perfect for anyone looking for a unique head piece to wear to Cheltenham Races!

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