Posted by: michelenel | 31 December, 2019

That’s a lot of lining paper….

Seven rolls of lining paper later and we finally have one final thin strip to paste up in the Poppy room 🎉.
This has been really tough going because of the terrible walls underneath but for the first time in probably 100 years we are down to the walls lime surface rather than simply adding another layer to it – I hope that doesn’t prove to be a mistake and the wood-chip paper was holding up the plaster! 🤪
Now we let it all dry, add some caulk to hide the joins and tomorrow we can put up the wallpaper.
The final job for New Year’s Eve is to put a couple of coats of paint on the ceiling because we do NOT want the red paint to drip onto the wallpaper.
#HeskethEmporium #HeskethRestoration #HeskethHouseRestoration #RestoringA1700House #WP #HeskethArmsHouse #RestoringAnOldPubIntoAHome #RestoringAGrade2ListedBuilding
Posted by: michelenel | 29 December, 2019

The joys of decorating and restoring a grade 2 listed building….

One of the joys of decorating and restoring a grade 2 listed building are all the little surprises you find on the way.
Today our friend and decorator Toni has uncovered a message hidden under multiple layers of different paper and paint; so we now have the name of the culprit responsible for all  the woodchip which dominates all the walls in the house. Thank you Mr H.Entwistle for applying woodchip to every available flat surface of the entire house in August 1968!
#WhoInventedWoodchipAnyway #HeskethHouseRestoration #HeskethHouse #HeskethArmsRestoration #HeskethArmsStandish #RestoringA1700House #WP #HiddenMessagesInOurOldHouse #HeskethHouseRestoration
Posted by: michelenel | 27 September, 2019

A camping quilt…

I adore a quilt and felt that we needed one for camping and outdoors; one that was made from only scraps and fabric from the stash.

It needed to be really quick as I only had a week to complete it before we left for Germany. I decided on a scrappy quilt that would require minimal quilting.

All the backing squares were cut from brushed cotton – for softness and comfort. Wadding in between and the tops from heavier weight baby cord or similar fabrics. 9.5 inch squares with a quilted cross from corner to corner through all three layers and then all sewn together before finally snipping the seams to create a frilly/fluffy edging. The fluffiness will increase over time, washing and use.

I absolutely love it and it looks amazing in the tent. The added bonus is that I won’t have to be too concerned about it getting dragged around and well used – I hope!

Quilting success and a lovely warm holiday too.

Posted by: michelenel | 25 July, 2019

Happiness is….Finding Black Bees

I am so excited to see that one of our hives has a lot of new bees that appear to be native black bees. This means that we have black bees somewhere near us that have bred with one of our queens. The reason this is such good news, is that they nearly died out in the UK and a few apiaries around the UK are working very hard to get them back because they are better suited to our weather, are good honey producers but eat far less honey than the now common Italian bees.
You can see a mix of bees as the queen is not a native black bee herself and she can also be inseminated by multiple drones (male bees) on her mating flight.

#heskethhouse #heskethemporium #heskethhouseapiary #backyardbeekeeping #backyardbees #sewityourself

Posted by: michelenel | 25 July, 2019

Handmade sewing community group …..

Handmade sewing community group is next week on Thursday so we’ve been doing some preparation of what we will be making and I LOVE this fabric. Maryam’s done a great job sewing it together as a demo piece. They will make a wearable item and learn how to make a fabric tube, darts, bias tape and lace insertion. Anyone near the Wigan area is welcome to join us at @theedgewigan and @postcodecoffeehouse on Thursday 1st August, 9.45-1pm. Every 1st Thursday and 3rd Saturday of the month. £5 for all materials and equipment. #🧵❤️ #heskethemporium #heskethemporiumhandmade #handmadeinpostcode #handmadeinthegreenhouse #sewinginwigan #socialsewinggroup #sewinggroupsinwigan #sewityourself
Posted by: michelenel | 12 July, 2019

When on Keto ….

When on Keto some snacks are better than most – in this case biltong made in a beef jerky way in the dehydrator. Never tried this before but I’m sure it will still taste amazing. I’ve always made biltong at home but using a wire hook and air dry method but the dehydrator was incredibly simple to get started. I will report back when it is done tomorrow 👍. #heskethemporium #heskethhouse #makeyourownjerky #makeyourownbiltong #ketosnacks #sewityourself
Posted by: michelenel | 10 July, 2019

Glitzy pot scourer…

The most glamorous thing in my life today is this glitzy pot scourer! 🤣 small but very useful. Thanks to the lady who donated this ball of polyester yarn to me, we now have 6 of them to rotate into the sink. #sewityourself #crochetpotscourer #redheartyarn @redheartyarns #makeyourownpotscourers #wp
Posted by: michelenel | 28 June, 2019

Old trousers to dust covers….

Not a very glamorous sewing job today, but one that is much needed. Dust covers instead of the hard plastic covers to go over the sewing machines. The rollcage that I keep the machines in for sewing club is so full that the covers take up too much space so this will just keep them neat, tidy and dust free instead. Another great recycling project because this used to be a pair of my daughters nurses trousers-therefore zero cost. #SewItYourself #HeskethEmporium#HeskethEmporiumhandmade #UpCycling #UpCyclingProject #RecyclingProject #RecyclingOldFabric #RecyclingOldClothes #WP
Posted by: michelenel | 27 June, 2019

Altering men’s trousers…..

3 of the 6 pairs of tailored trousers I have eventually finished altering for hubby. He has been amazingly diligent about his health and the yoga and strength training have meant a huge change in his waist, so all of his trousers needed to be taken in. It may have taken less time to make them from scratch as I not only had to take in the waist, but the seat and the legs too 🤪. I’m happy it is one job to tick of my endless list. #sewityourself #heskethemporium #heskethemporiumhandmade #trousersalterations #sewingforhubby #wp
Posted by: michelenel | 19 June, 2019

Meet Bethany …..

Meet Bethany – the latest Bernina in the sewing room. A Bernina Virtuosa 160 plus. For a change, she is for me and not the sewing group. I can’t be happier as she is in pristine condition with very little use from the clean pedal and body. The original receipt from 25th July 1999 is still with her along with all the literature from the store when it was purchased. Hard to believe she is 20 years old next month 😁❤️ by the way, can anybody tell me what those pale green things with the heart shapes are? #HeskethEmporium #HeskethEmporiumHandmade #SewItYourself #BerninaVirtuoso160 #BerninaSewingMachines @berninauk #wp

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