The Tunisian Crochet Project

Tunisian Crochet is a hybrid beast, somewhere between knitting and crochet. It uses a long crochet hook, sometimes called an Afghan Hook (as Tunisian crochet is also sometimes called Afghan crochet). It has a stopper at the end. You work back and forwards along the hook – always working on the ‘right’ side. This post…

Dorset Buttons – Making a Bird’s Eye

Dorset buttons have become something of a fascination. Having started with the cross wheel buttons from this post last year, things have moved on, thanks to the finding of this unassuming little booklet, dating from the the 1970’s by the looks of things. It covers all the basics, the history of button making in Dorset…

A bit of Crewkerne History – Arthur Hart & Sons

Crewkerne history – this post is a little delve into it’s manufacturing past. The town is peppered with mills from it’s days as an important centre for the processing of flax and turning that flax into products. Whilst Bridport concentrated on net and ropemaking, Crewkerne was more concerned with sailcloth – and webbing. Of course…

The Dollshouse Project – An Update

Time for an update on the dollshouse project. This began last summer with the reckless purchase of a property ‘in need of work’. Progress has been slow and is far from complete but progress there has been all the same. It may look the same from the outside… …But on the structural side there are…

Kingston Lacy and their Laundry

Kingston Lacy is a beautiful house, of that there is no doubt. The exterior is truly splendid – a great glistening Italianate jewel. The interior is grand. Perhaps too grand for the likes of us. It’s so far removed from our direct experience (well most of us anyway). It’s all look and don’t touch. On…

Christmas Paper Stars

These Christmas paper stars are easy to make once you get the hang of it. Use any paper you like. This is made from the pages of a very tatty old atlas found in a bargain box – 10p a book! So the cost is minimal. The plan is to have masses of them hanging…

Bygones, Bygones, Rooms full of Bygones

Bygones – Definition: Things dating from an earlier time. Or more specifically: Artefacts, implements etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest. And where do you find these bygones? In a museum of course – ideally a local provincial museum. Every little town must have its museum – it’s worth hunting…

Easter Egg Glut – Add Lemons

There is an Easter egg glut around here. Right on cue the bantams have been laying like the clappers, plus at least one of next door’s proper sized hens preferring their little nest box for her big brown eggs. So many eggs – what to do? Even after giving away and doing swapsies they are…

Blandford Fashion Museum

The lovely Blandford Fashion Museum is well worth a visit if you like your textiles. And it’s not all about the Buttons (see last week’s post). Now it seems only fair to give some attention to some of the other ‘stuff’. It’s basically the collection of one woman – Mrs Penny – who gathered together…