Recently, I have participated in a wool exchange on instagram (#fibershare), which made me discover weaving.

Let me explain.

I dye yarn, and the lot I sent to my wool pal (@sarahelizabethsphere based in Canada) only included wool hand dyed by me.

In my (relatively conventional) mind, I thought she was going to knit or crochet the yarn. Well I was pretty mistaken. Sarah used my wool to weave wall hangings and mobile baby (available in her Etsy shop).

Here are some pictures of her work (my wool is the chunky indigo / dark blue).

For some time, I have seen more and more weaved art on instagram. It seems that there is a new craze for this textile art that comes from the United States of the 1970s. When we see the bobo / hipster mood of the 2010s, it does not come as a surprise that this art has resurfaced.

Personally, I find it amazingly pretty but, having a practical mind and an allergic companion, I imagine the dust that must amalgamate and, just for that, I do not see myself weaving or putting a weaved wall hanging at my house. What about you?

This variation of the blanket stitch is useful for creating loops and for adding texture to dimensional embroidery. it is worked from one side to another on a foundation made up of straight stitches. The blanket stitches do not got through the fabric.

1) Bring the thread to the front of the fabric in A. Take the needle to the side at B. Pull the thread through to form a straight stitch.

2) Repeat step 1 to build a double-threaded foundation stitch that will support the weight of the blanket stitches.

3) Bring the needle to the front just under A. Pull the thread.

4) Take the needle from top to bottom behind the foundation stitches. Do not go through the fabric.

5) Position the thread under the tip of the needle and begin pulling the thread through.

6) Continue pulling the thread towards you until the stitch is wrapped snuggly around the foundation stitches.

7) Repeat steps 4-6 until the foundation stitches are completely covered.

8) To secure the final blanket stitch, take the needle to the back of the fabric in B. Pull the thread and secure it at the back of the fabric.

My favourite winter jacket has suffered this season. The button at the right shoulder has popped out. No wonder here though as I was always caring my gigantic handbag on the same shoulder. 

My handbag is so big that I use it to carry my personal stuff, my toddler's stuff and my daily shopping. The button couldn't carry all the weight. Here was my look before the repair. That wasn't really glamorous. 

Here is the material you'll need: thread, needle, scissors, button. the ripped fabric is clearly visible on the left. 

First, you'll need to repair the torn fabric by sewing it back.

The end result is not the best looking but it's very hard to get a needle through parka fabric. It feels like a tent fabric covered in polymer.

But then when you fold the flap back you don't see it.

Then, it's time to get on with the button...

... that you'll sew on the area that has been sown back.

When you've done with sewing the button, don't forget to fold the thread between the button and the fabric in order to reinforce the thread. 

Finally, you should have something that looks like this (again not glamorous looking but it will be hidden by the flap).

and there it goes !

Not the rainbow that appears after rain. Not all. But Arc-en-ciel as in the most beautiful fish in the ocean world who knew about his beauty and was boasting too much about it. You've got it, it's a toddler book published in the early 1990s. The colours of this yarn are reminiscent of this beautifully illustrated watercolour book.

£6.50 per 50gm hank - see corolaine on Etsy for more details. To benefit from the 10% discount, email me directly (

Organic, extrafine, soft 100% merino yarn hand-dyed using non-toxic dyes. Variegated colour (blue, green, purple and pale pink).

Sustainable type of wool, meaning that the farms must ensure animals are well kept (e.g. no mulesing system) and the farming methods help protect the environment in the best possible manners.

Ebooks are amazing (sorry if I sound biased here... of course I am, after all I work in the publishing industry).

You can carry your ebook reader everywhere without feeling the weight of your entire library in your hand-bag. It is very practical, but it is also a fragile device that needs looking after. So to avoid any damages done to it, Le Stitch has come up with her personalised Kindle case. Easy to make in a couple of hours; crochet stitches are quite basic.

The yarn used in this project is Soir de Paris in DK superfine sustainable new merino, available in the shop here.

Kindle case

The case is made up of one long piece of crocheted fabric that is sewn on the side to create the pouch shape. Note the pattern is given using UK crochet terms: 2 trebles stitches (tr), 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 2 tr. Adapt the number of stitches number to fit the size of your ebook reader.
trebles and bobbles stitches to hook an ebook reader case

The closing flap does not require any locking system as its length, plus the weight of the yarn, made it easy to close by itself.
It's been a while since my last free cross stitch, and it's been at least 5 years since my football-related cross stitch grid. So today I had to make do. Here it is, for your enjoyment, the free cross stitch grid of the Manchester United FC logo.

You will need a fabric that can take 100 stitches x 100 stitches. Colours are down to basic three: red, yellow, black.