Juliet & Amanda's Q&A clinic

Juliet & Amanda's Q&A clinic


Posted 24th May 2016

Are you stuck in a creative rut, completely lacking in inspiration and just don't know which way to turn? Don't panic - we've got you covered. Juliet and Amanda are the dream team who bring HomeStyle's upcycling projects to life, and with decades of experience between them, they're just the people to solve your woes. 

Juliet and Amanda

 

I have my first flat and I want to start home making, what skill would be a good starting point for projects please?  Jenna Smith via email

 

Interiors are our thing, and yes we are addicted to home making. Unique finishing touches are what places an interior above the usual high street offerings. When the budget is tight and you're trying to make a little go a long way, pockets aren't deep enough to run to a bespoke finishing touch. That's where team R&B come to the rescue, we design our projects to create that one of a kind stunning statement. When we design and make projects the aim is to keep them simple and do-able using a variety of simple skills, crafting and painting along with some sewing.

There's nothing we like better than settling down in front of the TV for the latest series of the `The Sewing Bee' to watch how the contestant's sewing skills develop over the episodes. Learning dress making skills demystifies a whole lot of the construction process and gives you an array of transferrable skills. The latest book from the program is The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style, it contains lots of skill building projects and helpful hints.

 

The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner (Quadrille £25)

Some people have limited sewing skills, such a great excuse for quick sewing cheats. With this in mind we designed a shibori dyed cushion cover project using pirated pillowcases, which only need one seam to be sewn. 

 



We made these cushions from beautiful tea towels. The fabric is cleverly folded to form an envelope opening on the back. It has only two seams and no fastenings are needed to keep the cushion in place.



One of the more sophisticated sewing projects we have made for HomeStyle Magazine is recovering a 60s style swivel chair with vintage fabric picked up in a charity shop for a song. We combined it with a raspberry cotton velvet remnant for the back of the chair.

 



To be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner, please visit www.facebook.com/randbdesigns1/

Did you like what you read here? If so be sure to check out Juliet and Amanda's websiteFacebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with their latest projects!

Book image: Jenni Hare & Charlotte Medlicott

 





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