It has been almost a year since I last wrote in this space, and I am feeling more than just a little sheepish. I think back to the end of August last year, and it seems a world away. I was 8 months pregnant, had just submitted my PhD dissertation, and was preparing for my defence. I did successfully defend that PhD in the third week of September, at 39 weeks pregnant. I defended on a Friday, and have never slept so much during the day as I did that week-end. One could argue that I was 39 weeks pregnant, but I think it had more to do with the lifting of the PhD weight from my shoulders. The next week was spent finishing up some final revisions, and the following Friday evening, on his due date, our little Cobnut was born at home.

And here we are, 9 months further on. With a new babe in arms, the inevitable “what are you going to do now?” question from others was delayed a little, but it has always been there at the back of my mind. To be honest, I am still not entirely sure what I will end up doing, and how I will weave my ecology training into my life, but for the time-being I do now have an answer…

I am very pleased to be able to introduce my newest project:


Spool & Spindle had been slowly forming in my mind for a long time, and I now, in partnership with a woman named Caroline, it is happening! Currently it is an online shop selling sewing patterns (primarily clothing), notions, and fabrics. Fabrics and haberdashery. While we will carry fabrics suitable for a variety of sewing projects, our main focus, to start, will be on bringing in fabrics and patterns suitable for making clothing. The Indie clothing pattern scene is quickly gaining ground, and there is a growing collection of fabulous designs available from designers across the globe. We are very excited to offer clothing patterns, and our selection is still growing!

Inevitably Spool & Spindle will evolve and change, and that prospect, too, is exciting! I hope you’ll check us out.

Currently in stock you can find patterns by: Sewaholic, Grainline Studio, Cashmerette, Thread Theory, and Colette patterns will be arriving soon. We have some voile, jersey, quilting cotton, chambray and canvas in stock, and more is coming all the time.

As for social media, we’re on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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