My mother taught me to sew and knit when I was six years old (and more recently a refresher course in crochet after finally recovering from the trauma of going to the beach in a purple and yellow crochet bikini I made for myself when I was 16 – sorry, no photo available). Below is a picture of me in the 1960s with my knitting needles in hand.

I had a toy sewing machine that really worked and I made clothes for my dolls. Later, I made clothes for myself as a teenager, then for my children when they were young. Now I love to discover vintage and recycled fabric, rescue them from the bottom shelves of opportunity shops and transform them in to bags and soft toys. As Seams Different, I love to see old fabric given new life, bringing colour and floral patterns out of the dark and in to the world where they belong.

I love the Retro Age Vintage Fabrics website for stunning, unique, high quality fabrics, as well as Gone To Earth for new fabrics from a range of talented designers.

I have just started using bag patterns purchased from SusieDDesignsUK. Susan has a website and can be found on etsy.

This website was created on 31 August 2013 and is still in the process of being born.Theresa knitting at age 6 There is always something to learn in life – thank you to my son, Julien, for his generous assistance with this project.

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