I’ve been YouTubed !

It’s been an exciting week at Spencer Ogg Towers!

I’ve just filmed my first short sew-a-long to get started with the medium of video. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, but scared of being seen in real life!

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So here’s my first toe in the water, just me and a film student Jake. Thank goodness he knew something about camera angles/directing/editing/re-shooting/throwing great lumps away etc. It really is time consuming.

I know I was filmed for the Craftsy Class, but that was all singing, all dancing with crew and cameramen everywhere, make up artists, hair fluffers, sound checkers etc – all I had to do was sew. Now I have to think for myself too, it’s so much harder, and a steep learning curve for someone who was a social media illiterate just over a year ago, I hadn’t even heard the word vlogging.

So, I have unbelievably just launched my YouTube channel here: 

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and loaded up my first 8 minute video clip. It’s just on making an adjustable bag strap, and I’m sure most of you already know how to do it blindfold, but I needed a starting point. Be kind to me, its my first attempt and I’ve learnt a lot along the way!

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My plan is to do a couple more quick tutorials just to get myself and Jake used to it – and maybe improve a little into the bargain, and then, my first full sewing pattern sew-a-long! Now I know how long these things take to make, I better set a few weeks aside for that one!

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Please subscribe to the channel while you are on there, and my next free video tutorial should show up in your YouTube feed

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New Bag Sewing Group on Facebook

So…I thought it was high time I opened a bag sewing support group on Facebook, for help, support, photos and questions about Spencer Ogg sewing patterns. So on Sunday I launched the Spencer Ogg Bag Sewing Group Facebook board – just press the button to join!blog SO facebook board

I have been putting it off for a while as I just didn’t know if I had enough patterns out there yet, but I have been delighted with the response so far, so thank you those of you who have already joined. (and now I have counted, I actually have 22 patterns, lots of free tutorials and a Craftsy class out there, so maybe more than I thought!)

I am aiming for a friendly, happy group and want everyone to feel part of it. It doesn’t matter if you are new to bag making or an old hand, we know from other groups that a wide mix works really well, the more experienced members helping the newer ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

Feel free to post pics of any work in progress or finished items from Spencer Ogg patterns or just chat about bag making. There will be free tutorials and competitions and lots of fun, and I’ll keep you updated with what is happening in my sewing studio.studio

Thank you so much for your continued support, I look forward to chatting to all of you. I know so many of you already, even if we haven’t communicated before we have often seen each other’s pics out there.

So as a start did everyone pick up the free Groovy Glasses Case pattern from the blog on Friday ? –Free Pattern

We’ve already seen lots of lovely cases, and I’ll be running a mini comp on the new board this week for the most ingenious versions.

Happy Sewing, and I look forward to chatting with you soon.

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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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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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Sewing Studio Tour

8SO….Finally it is complete. My new sewing studio. It seems to have taken forever, though it has only really been a few weeks. What turmoil we have gone through in the house, living with dust and rubble in everything from my make up to the boy’s cornflakes – it gets everywhere. We all sound like we have a severe case of asthma, gravelly voices and non-stop wheezing, I never realised how much havoc a build can create.

 

So that will be our last home extension, ever! We did have a conservatory built on a few years ago, but there was nowhere near as much upheaval. I felt like I was living with 10 men at some points, they were there when I woke up and I was shoo-ing them out the door sometimes at 7pm so I could have a quiet glass of wine before it all started over again.

 

Although it was fraught, I have to say now it has definitely been worth it.

I now have huge runs of storage behind doors along each side of the studio – this is lucky because obviously we lost the loft for storage and we still have a lot of junk to store, including excessive Christmas trees and decorations, 200 years of family photographs, 80 paintings from previous artistic family members which I am waiting to posthumously gain in value (unlikely to happen really) and more suitcases than you can shake a stick at.

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I have moved most of my sewing paraphernalia in now, though I am still trying to get it set up properly and find everything a proper home, but I thought it was time to show you how it looks now compared to where we started 10 weeks ago.

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The windows are large and airy and can be opened up both sides so I can feel the breeze blowing straight through (or an icy gust of wind, depending on the day) I planned the position to allow in the most light into the centre of the room where I do most of my pottering around.

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I planned worktop with desk spaces along one whole side, with nothing built in on the other side to allow for my cutting table, and a bit of room to breathe.

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We used Ikea Kallax units to fit out everything with Ikea worktops. I wanted lots of open shelving so I can see all my fabrics – it gives me constant joy and inspiration (Maybe I’m a bit sad)

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We constructed a long thin cutting table to fit the space (from more Kallax units) which is narrow enough to walk all the way around without bumping your head on the sloping walls, well, it is for me anyway as I am a bit of a short-arse, I have a friend however who is 6’5” and it wasn’t quite as accommodating for him as the big bump on his head can testify.  Sometimes it’s good to be short.

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My main feature was my ‘Wonderwall’ at the back which is designed to show off glass jars with my trims and haberdashery – a bit like an old fashioned sweetie shop, with a large open shelf in the middle for photography. (I’m actually finding it very useful to prop my iPad in there and watch TV at night if the boys are all out, it’s so very cozy, especially if the fire is on.

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I purchased a lovely patchwork chair and footstool from Ebay which sits beautifully in the corner and is exceptional for watching Stranger things 2 on a dark night when the rain is battering on the Velux windows.

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The lighting in the ceiling is LED and very good, but I have bought task lighting for the desks as, I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but I am allergic to any lights that flicker – which include LED and fluorescent – which yes, is an absolute nightmare in today’s world.  I had loads of electricity points put everywhere. I think 16 sockets in total, and I am already wishing I had more. I had accounted for machines, but not for phone/tablet chargers etc.

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Along the long shelved wall I have my sewing machine and computer. I have a separate desk for my embroidery machine by the stairs. This little spot also handily fits my ironing board as if it was made for it.

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Anyway, my Spencer Ogg decal has been applied so I am now well and truly installed and working every day from my new haven. It’s the best present I could ever have. A total joy to work in. I just have to keep it tidy – unfortunately I am a bit of a messy worker, but it’s too nice to be untidy so I will be trying really hard to keep everything in its place.

 

In the morning I don’t go off to work any longer, I go up to FIBRESPACE.

So many friends have been around to enjoy a bit of crafting and Prosecco, I now have a permanent wine cooler up there, and Mr O has put a sign on the door –

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