Sewvember – A Photo a Day

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Ok, so I’ve done a photo a day challenges before, but none have been focused only on sewing!  I thought it might be fun to play along, everyone else’s photos on twitter & instagram have been pretty interesting.  The idea originated with Amanda of Bimble & Pimble, and while I have put some photos on twitter, I thought I’d do a week’s round up on here.

These last couple of weeks I’ve been rather busy with Daughter No2 making a whole stack of wool poppy brooches.  I mentioned this in my previous post, we decided to make 100 this year as a commemoration but seriously misjudged the time it was going to take!  So my photos for the first week of Sewvember are all about the making of an awful lot of poppy brooches.

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1. Sewing space – machine pushed aside to make room for cutting out masses of poppy petals. 2. Technique – I used topstitching thread & buttonhole stitch to attach the brooch backs to the poppies. 3. Stash – just a small glimpse of the collection of small black buttons, both new & found in local charity shops, used for the centre of the poppies.

Daughter No2 would have been doing this job all on her own, but with the demands of school work & University applications, there was no way she’d have had the time, so I put in a lot of the hours while she was at school.  We were able to sell all 100 poppies with the help of local shops, Ivy Heart and Lucy Walker Flowers, as well as the support of local people.  The most poppies were sold through Ivy Heart & the owner of the business donated an additional Pound for each poppy sold.

4. WIP - poppies in progress.  5.  Tools - the tools needed for the job, small sharp scissors, pins & a strong thimble!  6.  Me - with a tray of completed poppies ready to re-stock the shops.
4. WIP – poppies in progress. 5. Tools – the tools needed for the job, small sharp scissors, pins & a strong thimble! 6. Me – with a tray of completed poppies ready to re-stock the shops.

We are really pleased to be able to donate £400 to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and will be doing so in the name of local resident, Thomas Shutter who served in the RAF Mosquito Squadron, and my great uncle, Douglas Simpson MBE, who served in the Royal Scots Engineers in Burma and in Belgium.

Leuitenant Douglas Simpson, Royal Scots
Leuitenant Douglas Simpson, Royal Scots

It has always been important to me to support our troops, both present and past and the Poppy Appeal is a charity close to my heart.  Do you use your sewing skills to support a good cause?

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Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

2 thoughts on “Sewvember – A Photo a Day”

  1. I’m all about remembering past and present sacrifice and supporting our troops, too. Love these poppies. What a wonderful project.

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