Out with the new and in with the old!

Make this tartan heart cushion

Susan Penny blends some vintage treasures
This project is my way of welcoming in 2014 – a new year, with new challenges and lots of new ideas. I wanted to make something that would remind me of new years past. It had to include tartan, because I have had a bit of a thing about it since spending Hogmanay in Edinburgh several years ago – the kilts were amazing, along with the pipes, Scottish reels and the hospitality. I also wanted to include some vintage blanketing, because over the past year I have grown to love it big time, and find that my workroom is stuffed with this wonderfully versatile material. The pretty red brooch was passed on to me by an elderly friend many years ago. It was already vintage, before vintage was fashionable, but somehow it found its way into ‘the stuff I used to wear but can’t get rid of drawer.’ Happy New Year from me, and I hope that if my elderly friend was still around, she would be pleased that her brooch has a new life in 2014.
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Susan Penny has become one of Britain's best-loved craft writers. She has already written more than 50 books and introduced tens of thousands of readers to new craft skills and memorable projects. Many of her books, like 'Knitted Cakes', have become international best sellers. Her background is an arts graduate who has turned her love of making things into a career. After launching and editing some of the biggest and best craft magazines in the UK, Susan is now one of the most respected designers, writers and editors in the contemporary British craft scene. Susan is just as happy working with needle and thread as a crochet hook.


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