My first trip was to one of my old haunts Leather Lane Market. I found one of those book stalls that sell the magazines that have just gone out of date, I managed to buy an Australian smocking magazine which not only gave me loads of inspiration, it also had free patterns inside, an Instyle magazine and a slimming magazine. All three magazines had a retail value of over £10 but I managed to get all three for 1.50. Just as I was about the leave I saw a great cook book from River Cottage on vegetarian cooking. I have been following the TV series and been inspired by some of the recipes he has made, so couldn't resist the book.
I wont bore you with the great value fruit and veg that I bought, but you will be interested in the little stall selling some wonderful fabrics ranging from £1 a metre to £3 a metre for some silk organza. I spent £20 in total and bought 1 metre of the silk organza, 2 different types of knit (I can see another Jalie top in the making), some grey pinstripe to make some trousers and some 2 way stretch lace in both white and cream, very wide and only £1 a metre, so I bought 3 metres of each colour because it is a really good for underwear, stretch tops etc.
I then cycled on to Dalston Market and found the silver grey and black charmeuse that you can see on the right for only £1.50 per metre and the white cotton you can see at the top of the picture on the right. I need more of this to continue embroidering my little squares for Alana/Ella's quilt.
Just so you can see the pattern on the silk organza I have opened it up over of the sofa - This will make a top with some lovely sleeves.
Last but not least, I stopped off at a sewing supplies shop nr Dalston Junction and purchased some interfacing, zips, elastic and and thread to keep here at the flat.
All in all I had a lovely day, mooching around, under no pressure of time, and didn't have to worry about upsetting anyone because I was taking too long, and I have managed to wash everything except for the silk organza and the white cotton.
Last but not least, I found quite two cool websites. The first is called Embroidery Library Projects and the other was Wild Ginger For any of you that do machine embroidery take a look at these. Lots of tips, free software and projects.
So that was my day. My D Mike has just got home from Germany so time to cuddle up and watch TV.