Tonight I shall be watching the third instalment of The Great British Sewing Bee. Amongst other things, the contestants will be tackling the horrors of stretchy fabrics and making a pair of leggings. Not my cup of tea at all.
More to my taste is making a button loop, which was one of the tasks set in the first programme a fortnight ago. This endearingly tatty little item is the sample button and loop I sewed in about 1969 or 70 for needlework at school. It has been lurking in the button tin ever since.
On close inspection, the loop looks rather like a miniature bag handle.
To make sure I could still do it - I can't remember making another one in between times - I made another last week and have posted a video on Youtube. This time, instead of using about six strands of ordinary machine cotton, I decided to use stranded embroidery thread. I wanted to see the finished effect when using a variegated thread. It would look nice with a pretty cotton print so the colours would match. It doesn't look too bad with the ghastly shade of brown of the sample in the video. I have to use up that dreadful brown somehow. The dye runs, so samples are all it is fit for.