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Darn It!

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

Among my many New Years Resolutions this year was one to 'Waste Less'. Food, fabric scraps, clothes, money, time... a general rule for life really. Last month, I noticed my favourite foxy socks were developing a hole. In utter despair, I threw them in the bin, only to promptly fish them out again. Darning holes in socks is something that I do regularly at work and I shouldn't be so lazy not to just darn my own! The aim of the darn is to replace the weave in the yarn and consequently fill in the hole. My socks weren't quite at the...

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A Very English Tape Measure

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

In my quest to find British made products to sell in the shop, I found that a high proportion of the haberdashery we use everyday is made in Germany. At work I came across a tape measure labelled DEAN Made in England and instantly thought - "this is one for me, I can stock these". I excitedly googled away and was disappointed to find out that as with most British brands, they no longer exist, and by default the tape measure was older than me! Dean were acquired by another company called 'Rabone Chesterman' in 1986, which subsequently was sold...

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The Humble Bodkin

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

When I inherited my Grandmothers sewing kit, it was full of the standard sewing tools that we all know and love: Needles, threads on lovely wooden reels, some embroidery scissors and a selection of mending tapes and zips. Hidden away at the bottom was an old Altoids tin containing some peculiar implements I had never seen before. Among them - the Bodkin. "Why is this needle blunt, and why does it have a split going right down to the end? This is good for nothing!" I was perplexed, to say the least. I was too young to appreciate how handy...

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The Low Down on Dress Shields

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

Sometimes called 'Underarm Liners' also, fondly referred to as 'Pit Pads'. These are a Wardrobe and Costume staple. Under the heat of the theatre lights they can help disguise perspiration from both men's and women's costumes and can be found in everything from shirts to suit jackets to satin dresses. They can also help protect the Costume from the effects that wearing something 8 times a week can have, even the use of deodorant can often have a damaging effect on the fabrics. All of these benefits are great- I'm sure you'll agree, but the best is yet to come! Above all,...

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"Content is Fire...Social Media is Gasoline" Ryan Khan

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

I came off Facebook in approximately 2011, and I haven't been back, until now. I was an addict, checking my status every 2 minutes to see what was happening, if anyone has commented on my hilarious comment etc etc. I realised that it was all getting a bit too obsessive, and scary, and that actually a lot had changed in my life since I had joined up whilst at University in 2007 (post myspace). I wasn't missing out on last minute social things anymore - they were all being organised through text or email, and instead of going through and...

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