Moving my sewing room…

Inspired and energised by the wonderful summer sunshine we’ve been enjoying here for the past couple of weeks(!) I decided to undertake a project that I’ve been planning for a little while.  Not a sewing project … but a sewing room project.  My old sewing room was in the smallest upstairs room, at the back of the house – lovely to look out over the garden in the summer months, but cold with little sunshine through the winter.  So I decided to move things around and transfer my sewing area to the little-used spare bedroom at the front – not such a nice view, but much cosier – and larger too….

Coombe Leigh

 With room for a lovely comfy sofa – that also doubles as a bed for guests.  The hand-crochet blanket was an amazing bargain from Totnes market – just £20 (that’s around $32) for an enormous – about 6′ x 4′ blanket – I don’t think I would even be able to purchase the yarn for that amount.  I did query with the stallholder if she was certain that was the correct price, but she assured me it was so I carried it home in triumph and have been waiting to show it off in all its multicoloured glory!  One of the teddies is a childhood friend, the other was rescued from a village fete a couple of summers ago – a very handsome fellow indeed.  My sewing machine also looks as though it likes its new home…

Coombe Leigh

 And the collection of Bustle & Sew softies are waiting for a shelf to sit on – hopefully I’ll be able to sort them out in the next few days.  On the noticeboard you can see a collection of lovely illustrations by my friend Jacqui of FlapdoodleDesigns.  Some were for my “Simple Stitchery” free e-book – if you don’t already have it you can download it from the right-hand sidebar – and some are for my upcoming “Handstitched Christmas” collection – it’s all finished and will be published next month in time for “Christmas in July”.

Christmas Collection

  I felt very hot and dusty after moving everything around, so I rewarded myself with a deckchair in the garden, a lovely iced lemonade and some fresh-picked flowers to make the perfect finishing touch to round off all my hard work….

Coombe Leigh

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Stripey Fishes




Love the blanket. Your room does look lovely and sunny. What do you see from your window? The sea………?
Julie xxxxxxxx


No, sadly just the road and then our woods. The sea is over a hill beyond the next village. X


It looks very bright and airy…just right to get those creative juices flowing… the sneaky hounds jump on the sofa though? or are they barred?!!!
Cheers from a sunny Wensleydale(Even drinkies and yorkshire tapas in the garden tonite!!!)


No dogs in workroom! Indeed, no dogs upstairs at all! So they wait at the bottom of the stairs and POUNCE whe I come down. Hope you had a nice evening, sounds lovely.


What a wonderful find, the stall holder clearly didn’t value what she had hold of. I love having a really good sort out every now and then, finding treasures I’d forgotten and clearing out stuff I wonder why I kept. I’m sure you had a good sort out too.


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