Sewing Mojo Sale Day

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**SALE 20% OFF SPENCER OGG PATTERNS NOW ON**

This weekend only 20th to 22nd July in my Etsy pattern store

Quite a few people have told me this week they have lost their sewing mojo….Well we can’t have that!

To get everyone back on track and happily sewing again I thought I’d give you a boost – the hot weather won’t be here forever you know. Time to come in from the garden and start stitching again.

Use the link below to get 20% off my PDF patterns this weekend only.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpencerOggPatterns?coupon=OGG20

(or key in OGG20 at checkout)

Happy sewing everyone.

Oh and don’t forget – if you want to watch sewing rather than actually doing it, there is still a free 7 day trial of Craftsy unlimited – Now Bluprint, just click the pic for deets.

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Live and Dangerous

My new Craftsy bag making class launched today.

It’s out – we have lift off!

craftsy class linkMy new Craftsy bag making class has just launched today.

To watch the free preview, click here

If you have unlimited membership you can watch the whole thing. If you haven’t, don’t worry, you can get a free 7 day trial of Unlimited here 

I’m so looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks of the class, and at last I can tell you what I am making!

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I’m making 2 items in the class, the first is the Harris Tote which a few of you will already know, and The Harris Clutch Wallet which is new and exclusive to Craftsy.

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The Harris Tote is a lovely roomy tote bag with inside facings and classic leather handles. It has a huge zipped security pocket on the inside to keep your valuables safe. We all love the look of an open tote – but we still need somewhere safe for wallets and phones.

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I show you how to make the bag in beautiful Harris Tweed with lots of tips on how to work with wool tweed, but the bag is suitable to just about any type of fabric.

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Lots of tips on using rivets, attaching zips, stabilisers, top stitching, easy box corners and more

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The second item is new and exclusive to Craftsy, it is the Harris Clutch Wallet. It’s a beautiful soft co-ordinating clutch wallet that you can pop in your tote or use on its own on a night out with it’s cute removable wrist strap.

 

 

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Use my ingenious flap creation method to make the sharpest and most accurate flap in town!

I’ll walk you through a really easy zipper method that you may not have used before, create credit card pockets and attach magnetic fasteners.

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These wallets are really quick to construct and make great gifts
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I hope you enjoy the class, why not leave a comment and tell me what you think, I’d love to hear.

 

 

Beautiful Bags: The Harris Tote and Clutch Wallet.

 

Craftsy Class Launch

Craftsy Class ready for launch!

So…..my first bag making Craftsy Class is going live this week. I am sooo excited.

I finally got to see the finished class a couple of days ago whilst on holiday – (sat in the sun on our sunbeds under a towel so we could see the screen!)

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It has come out really well, I am so pleased with the finished class. The editing is fantastic, all my slip ups and tripping over the carpet have magically disappeared, along with the odd ‘oooch’ face whenever I stuck myself with a pin.

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I can’t disclose what I am making until it actually goes live, but I am demonstrating two items, one of which you will know, and one which was completely new and exclusive to Craftsy.

I used a Janome Skyline (Atelier 7 in the UK) in the class which is a superb sewing machine, and I will be reviewing it later in the week.

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I so hope you are going to enjoy the class, I will upload the links as soon as it goes live – I can’t wait to hear what you think!

And remember – This weekend on Craftsy, you can stream 10 free classes specially made for the junior chefs, fashion designers, cartoon artists, and crafters in your house. Just click below:

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Competition Winners

Competition Winners – Free Pattern

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Thanks for entering the comp everyone.

Winners generated by internet random number picker

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The winners are:

*****WINNERS*****
The 5 winners of the Spencer Ogg pattern competition drawn at random are:
 
pamsutey
 
Kerri kilpatrick
 
msalisonk
 
kmorgan8
kellie.trudel
 
Well done!
Let me know which pattern you each would like (diane@spencerogg.com).

Happy Sewing !

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Flappy Friday Freebie

Back in the saddle –

New free flap shape for the Flip Clutch Wallet.instablog

Fashion dictates – and what better than to update the The Flip Clutch Wallet with a bang on trend saddle shaped flap.

I’ve made these in faux leather, but you can make in quilting cottons, cork, wool, leather, in fact virtually anything, just like the original.

If you already have the pattern for The Flip Clutch Wallet, all you need to do is print the 2 new PDF sheets below and exchange them for pattern pieces D and F (The flap outer and interfacing) in your original pattern

Click Here to get the new pattern pieces

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If you don’t already have the pattern for The Flip, you can get it here

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Everything makes up exactly the same, just follow the pattern instructions as normal – and place the magnetic clasp in it’s new position on the flap as shown on the new pattern piece. (If you are using leather or faux, I reduced the weight of the flap interfacing to Decovil Light or similar)

If you would like to really go wild with the Dior look, you could give your wallet a stirrup too.stirrupblog

Simply cut a strip of leather (or faux) 3/4″x 6″ – thread a 3/4″ D-ring onto the middle of the leather strip and fold in half, tack in place at the top, close to the raw edges.strap

When you place the flap pieces right sides together ready to sew, slip the little strap between the two flap pieces centrally on the curved edge, parallel to the flap sides, as shown here – you can use a bit of sticky tape to hold it in place, then just carry on as normal. When you turn the flap through your little stirrup will pop right out!flap

Don’t forget to follow the blog as I will be issuing another new flap shape soon

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It’s totally FREE… happy sewing !

Don’t forget to post your pics to #spencerogg

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It’s a Wrap !

So, it’s a wrap!

1What an exciting week in Denver filming my new bag making class with Craftsy. Wow.. I was hoping to blog daily about my Craftsy adventure, but there has hardly been time to sleep.

The whole thing has been a whirlwind since I started filming, what a fantastic experience.

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13I have seen everything this week – blue trees, men going to work on hover-boards, the largest plates of food imaginable, even the Grim Reaper crossing the road and heading into a coffee shop, and the biggest, most impressive fabric shop I have ever seen in my life.

The Craftsy crew were amazing, so friendly and helpful, and they welcomed me with open arms, showed me the ropes and helped me settle in straight away. Thank goodness, because I was so nervous the first day not knowing what to expect, I was shaking in my size 5 trainers.
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We were filming on location at this beautiful house in the ‘burbs of Denver.

You wouldn’t believe how much goes into filming a class and the work everyone puts in to achieve a slick production.

It was a three day shoot. Day one was really geared to getting me used to the camera and filming the shorts, taking stills, and filling me with a false sense of security etc, the hard graft kicked in on the following days (particularly for the film crew).

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It was pretty hot by day two, we were filming in a sun room with numerous windows, and no air-con because of the noise it generated. I had to film in the same shirt for a couple of days for continuity so you can imagine how happy I was to finally change into a new top on day 3.

I suffered with a bit of altitude sickness on day 2, (Denver is such a dry place, you need to drink at least 4 litres of water a day not to suffer with it) so think I might look a bit shiny (sweaty bint) on camera half way thru. Hopefully it won’t be too obvious or someone will Photoshop the green out of my face a bit. 11

I was pleased to get home each night to unstick and wash off the gaffa tape down between the old boobs where I had been miked up all day. (And thank you Bob for uncoupling me every time I needed a comfort break!)

Think I have eaten my own body weight in food this week – huge American breakfasts at the hotel, and buffet lunches delivered to the set daily from every corner of the globe.

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This was my breakfast after asking for just a half size egg and bacon sandwich

By the time I was dragging myself back to the hotel at night, it was all I could do to call into the 7/11 for my usual order of 2 litres of water, a boiled egg and yoghurt, and fall into bed. (One night I didn’t even eat the yoghurt!)

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Interesting Do Not Disturb signs at this hotel

We filmed in living rooms, sun rooms and even out in the garden. Interesting to find how the film industry works, and it really isn’t as easy as just point and shoot! Everything is set up and covered in great detail, often with numerous takes (particularly when my ageing brain wouldn’t co-operate and I fluffed my lines!) There must be hours of film that now has to be edited down for the final product, it really is a huge job.14

Luckily the sewing itself all went to plan, I hadn’t forgotten to bring a whole section of something with me, and manage not to swear or stitch over my finger at any point – though there were a couple of nasty pin incidents where I jabbed myself but couldn’t say anything as we were in the middle of shooting a scene – you might be able to spot the odd wince here and there!

It will be a couple of months before the class is ready to launch and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. – I made a point of not looking at any footage while we were filming so it will be a surprise to me too – hopefully my wrinkles will not show too much.

Thanks to my wonderful film crew Nancy, Rob, Joe, Josh, Danika and Bob, and everyone else who cycled in and out over the shoot, what a professional and fabulous team you are, and thank you for making my experience such a fantastic memorable adventure2

So goodbye Denver, I hope to see you again soon.

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hmm, are these crop circles? There must be a lot of UFO’s around Colorado.

 

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And………Action !

So…..first filming day ! – Monday

I was up and about again at 4.30 am this morning, not surprising as I had fallen asleep in my room service salad at 7.30 the night before. I haven’t even made it through a single episode of Lost in Space yet.

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Out and about waiting for the 7/11 to open – yes, its freezing, hence the hat and scarf.

I was in full make up this morning two hours before the car was due to collect me for the trip to the studio. I was fully aware that a hair and make-up stylist would be waiting for me at the other end, but there was no way I was heading off through the streets of Denver sans ‘slap’, women and children would be running screaming. That, and I am certainly not brave enough to meet a whole film crew without war paint – they wouldn’t even recognise me from my previously retouched photographs.

This is my sophisticated hotel room make up table and makeshift desk set up for the week – the trusty ironing board! It’s coming in handy for an awful lot of stuff.20180521_074653

So we are filming on location in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Denver. 20180521_150034

The film crew were already there when I arrived and put me immediately at ease. They were all very welcoming, chatty, and helpful.Everyone is so laid back, it’s as if it’s just another regular day at work – yes, well I know it is for them.

I was broken in gently with publicity shots and general easy sitting at the machine stuff and getting used to speaking in front of the camera. The real filming is starting tomorrow.20180521_164954

There is camera equipment everywhere, you wouldn’t believe what goes on behind the calming scene you actually see on screen!cam (1)

Anyway, more tomorrow when I can stay awake long enough to take more snaps. I need my bed.

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