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  • Little Squares Scarf, (quick pattern).

  • Little Squares Scarf, (step-by-step pattern, with lots of step-by-step photos).

  • How to sew up crochet or knitting with an invisible stitch, step-by-step tutorial

  • Sisterhood Crochet Blanket pattern for square.

  • step-by-step pattern for Sisterhood Crochet Blanket square. Makes crocheting this pattern a doddle for beginners!

  • step-by-step tutorial for some basic crochet stitches

  • Tara's failsafe cup cake sponge recipe

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Oh.My. Goodness. How totally utterly intriguing and exciting!!!
I love the fabrics, can see/feel the appeal of the nostalgia. And i do like peeking into Donna's blog/home too...
Vanessa, you are such a tease!!Sculpture indeed...listen, you have my email, can you not privately spill some beans, this guessing/anticipation is going to totally do my head in.
Yours, in eagerness


Wow those fabrics are lovely. Sounds intriguing....I have no idea what kind of sculpture you can make with such scrummy fabrics. Can't wait to see
A x


I have the same attraction to pretty fabrics, though neither do I sew. My daughter and I are getting ready to learn, though! Perhaps some new and inspiring projects using collected textiles are in my future as well. (I had the same attraction to yarn and wool YEARS before I learned to knit). Can't wait to see what you've come up with!


just lovely....


Hmm, you are a tease!

Helen Lambert

I am glad I am not the only one who buys fabric (and wool) irrationally..I am dying to see what you do with it...I have been on the look out for vintage tea towels since your last post...I am at that stage with my knitting when I want it finished and yearn for smaller you know what I mean....unfortunately the family dont they just see it growing nicely and cant understand my and hugs H

kitschen pink

Oh Donna's site is like a sweet shop for the fabricoholic! I love to visit and just drool! You chose soem perfect florals! I could eat them all! Can't wait to see the big mystery project... when when??!!! t.x

P.S. Have you noticed? I did a double take - you said you're not really 'a sewer' - I had to read it twice. HA! t.x


Ohhhh thank you for saying such lovely things about me :-)

I can't wait to see what you are going to make from this delicious selection of fabrics.


Fabric buying impulses are not a bad affliction, they can lead you up wonderful paths of creatified genius (oh yes!). That is what I tell myself anyway......

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon