Tuesday, 24 June 2014

My name is Kate and I am a geek. This week I'm messing about with Tagxedo.

I freely admit to having a geeky, nerdy side
not as much as him
Dr Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
or him
Dr Leonard Hofstader, The Big Bang Theory
But a geeky nerd non the less. I not only love messing about with all things sewing related but graphics, photos etc too. 

I've used word clouds extensively in the past but they got a tiny bit old hat and you saw them EVERYWHERE. Well time has moved on and I rediscovered the likes of Tagxedo and Wordle, the two most popular sites. 
They say a picture paints a thousand words, well these actually do, a couple of hundred anyway. I took the URL for the blog and plopped it into Tagxedo. Hey presto, loads of fun later after messing with fonts, colours etc and here you have The Literate Stitch Blog as a word cloud.

Then just for good measure I typed in my Facebook page URL and added my logo as a custom shape. 
Pretty neat huh?
If you look carefully you can find the names of some of the great people who follow and comment on my page :D

Go on, have a go, you know you want to :D

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Monday, 26 May 2014

First there was the pocket, then there was THE PELICAN POCKET!

Well I've been all kinds of busy with various things, not all sewing related. But I have spent some time with my own designs.
YAY go me!
One of the designs I've been working on is a criss cross back tunic but with a twist. If you are not sure what a criss cross back (or cross over back or any one of the dozens of other names I've seen them called is. This is it...

These pinafores are easy to put on they have no fussy buttons or other fastenings to do up, they are also practical and can be worn with or without a top underneath to embrace the changing seasons. They also last for ages as they can be worn with leggings etc as your child grows.

Anyhoo! I wanted my pinafore to be a bit different, so I started thinking about how I could mix it up.

1. I love appliqué (NOT the sort you do on an embroidery machine but proper appliqué LOL).
2. I love experimenting with different techniques.
3. I love pockets




Anyone can make a patch pocket.


My special pockets were born.

I named them after this perfectly normal looking bird...

Ahhh reminds me of holidays in California.

Well normal until he does this!

Just how much can he stuff in that beak!

I called them

Pelican Pockets©
(yes I came up with that name, yes I have the copyright © and NO you may not use it!)

I'm not going to give you the nitty gritty of how to make them but let's just say it's a combination of tailoring and appliqué techniques.

But wait...
I haven't shown you the actual pockets yet have I 

Here you go

I don't just do clouds of course, I have a whole lot of other designs in the pipeline so watch this space.

These guys decided to hang out in a Pelican Pocket. 

I wonder how much you can really cram into a Pelican Pocket? I think some testing might be in order. Pass the toybox someone.

Now if you are itching to lay your hands on your own Pelican Pocket top you can find them in my Loubilou Shop  now with Etsy and Folksy to follow.

Kate aka The Literate Stitch

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Oxford Dungarees and other news.

Once again I have been very neglectful of the old blog. There seem to be so many things crowding in that blogging sometimes has to be put on the back burner. I think perhaps a little less time on Facebook and Pinterest and a bit more time spent in doing the things I should be doing wouldn't go amiss. Consider myself duly chastised!!

I have much to tell, but all that excitement requires a longer more considered post. So just a quick shot of what I have been working on for today.

I am privileged to live in a beautiful part of the world, namely the county of Oxfordshire in the UK. Our little corner os the globe is betwixt
the Cotswolds

High Street Burford

and The Dreaming Spires of the famous university city.

Synonymous with Oxford are bicycles, LOTS OF THEM!
Broad Street Oxford

So in recognition of this heritage



These are made from the wonderful Lullaby Line Overalls pattern by Amy Hindman of Peek-a-Boo Patterns, a goddess of pattern making. Pop over using the affiliate link on the side bar to see her range of super patterns.

These have been made for a wonderful little shop in Oxford called Two Foot Nothing

situated in Oxfords famous and historical covered market. I could write a whole post just about the market to be honest... maybe another day LOL.
Avenue 4 Oxford's Covered Market

Once this order for Two Foot Nothing is complete I shall be making some more of this super pattern which will be available online on my Loubilou store.

The Literate Stitch on Loubilou

Catch you later alligators, there's stitching to be done :D