08 Aug

blue & white giant gingham blanket

… a bold, classic pattern in simple garter stitch …

giant blue gingham blanket 1 jemima schlee giant blue gingham blanket 2 jemima schlee

… one of my favourite blankets, cool to sleep under in the summer, warm to wrap up in by the fire on cooler nights…

You will need

Rowan all seasons cotton, 60% cotton, 40% acrylic (90m per 50g)
13 x 50g balls in shade 249 Denim (A) 10 x 50g balls in shade 251 Storm (B)
8 x 50g balls in shade 182 Bleached (C) 1 pair of 4mm knitting needles

1 x 4mm circular knitting needle (120cm long)
Note: yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate

Finished size: 125cm x 145cm

Tension: 18 sts and 38 rows to 10cm over g-st using 4mm needles
Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Pattern note: this blanket is knitted in 9 long strips, which are then sewn together before the border is knitted.

Strip A (make 4)

With yarn A, cast on 27 sts.
Work 46 rows in g-st (knit every row). Change to yarn B.
Work 46 rows in g-st.
Cont knitting alternate blocks of 46 rows in colours A and B until you have completed 9 blocks, finishing with a block in A.
Cast off loosely.

Strip B (make 5)

With yarn C, cast on 27 sts. Work 46 rows in g-st. Change to yarn A.
Work 46 rows in g-st.

Cont knitting alternate blocks of 46 rows
in colours C and A until you have completed 9 blocks, finishing with a block in C.
Cast off loosely.
Lay strips side-by-side, alternating strips A and B, starting and ending with a strip B. Stitch strips together using yarn A.


* Using the circular needle and yarn B,
pick up 243 sts along one edge of blanket. Work 10 rows in g-st, inc 1 st at each end of the first row and every foll alternate row. Cast off loosely.
Leave a 25cm tail of yarn.
Rep from * for each side of blanket.

To finish off

Use the tail of thread at each cast-off border edge to join the mitred corners.
Stitch the two diagonal edges neatly, finishing off the end by running it through the back of stitches.

Weave in all ends.

Resources: yarn: www.coatscrafts.co.uk

03 Aug

Take a Seat



…my latest book…

Take a Seat

an advance copy

has just arrived!


Be seated in style and comfort with this gorgeous book full of ideas to revamp the things you siton everyday. if your chairs are looking past their best, or in need of a makeover, you will find beautiful projects that can turn sorry-looking seats into stylish centrepieces. Jemima Schlee’s clever use of fabrics, textures, yarns and paint not only add personality and character to any interior, they are also an ideal way for thrifty types to create a new look on a budget. From homely armchairs and pouffes to eye-catching footstools and vintage-print stools, these are the personal touches that can transform a house into a home.

belt chair - jemima schlee copyspoon chair detail- jemima schleedesk footstool-coffee table detail - jemima schleeblanket chair seat detail - jemima schleepapered footstools detail - jemima schleewine crate footstool-storage - jemima schleespoon chair seat pads - jemima schleecrocheted stool toppers. detail - jemima schleejpgcrocheted stool toppers - jemima schlee

26 Jul

boho floral summer screen

…versatile for use both inside and outside, this screen project adds a wonderful splash of colour with its eclectic, clashing fabrics…

summer fabric screen 1 jemima schlee copy

I picked up this four panelled screen at a car boot sale. The the best kind of screen for this project, it is fairly light and has a wooden frame. You need to remove the hinges and strip the panel frames down – removing and nails and staples – before starting this project. This can be quite time consuming and rather dusty, so is best done on a large dustsheet.

(beautiful illustrations by Kellie Black)

you will need:

4-panel wooden-framed screen

cotton fabrics – enough of each fabric to cover both sides of one panel

grosgrain ribbon – just narrower than the edges of your panels (in this case 18mm) x the circumference of all panels plus 20cm

copydex or fabric glue

staple gun and staples

eight 50mm x 28mm hinges



drill and fine drill bit

hammer and fine panel pins (optional)

step 1

Lay one panel of your screen flat on a strip of brown paper and draw around it and add an extra 5cm all round (image 1). Use this paper pattern to cut two pieces from each of your fabrics.

summer fabric screen 2

step 2

Using a staple gun, attach the centre of the top of your fabric to the centre top of one of the panels with three staples spaced about 3cm apart. Do the same at the bottom, pulling the fabric taught as you do so.

Do the same with the centres of the sides.

Working away from the centre of each
side methodically, and at the same time keeping the tension of the fabric taught, work outwards towards the corners of the frame stapling every 3–5cm until the panel is covered. Trim off any excess fabric with sharp scissors.

summer fabric screen 3

step 3

Turn the panel over and repeat steps 1 – 4 with the matching piece of fabric. Cover the remaining panels in the same way.

summer fabric screen 4

step 4
Using Copydex and starting at the centre bottom of each panel, glue your ribbon around all four edges.

summer fabric screen 5

step 5

Lay two panels together and position your hinges. You may want to drill pilot holes for the screws before fixing on the hinges. Make sure the hinges are positioned to create a zig zag fold in the screen when it is opened out.

summer fabric screen 6 summer fabric screen 7


If you have a concave bend as with the top of this ‘serpentine’ screen, you may want to use very small panel pins or drawing pins to hold the ribbon in place whilst the glue dries.


fabrics: paisley jungle tangerine, millefiore tomato, paperweight pumpkin, asian circles chartreuse: www.fancymoon.co.uk

grosgrain ribbons: www.fantasticribbons.com

25 Apr

bobbin fridge magnets

bobbin fridge magnets 1

…the perfect little gift for lovers of fabric and stitching…

you will need

metal bobbins

colour threads

sewing machine

small scissors

craft glue stick

small self adhesive circular magnets

An easy-peasy project! simply fill your bobbins on your machine in your colour threads. trim the tail end of thread to 3cm and run this end across the top of your glue stick. wrap the glued end of thread tightly around the bobbin and leave to dry. peel the protective backing off your small magnet and glue it to the centre of one side of your bobbin – you’re done!

15 Feb

crochet spring garland


…bring spring inside to adorn a table, tie back a curtain or decorate a mirror… 

You will need:

3.5mm crochet hook

Cotton knitting yarns (dark and light green, dark and light yellow, natural, pale blue)

Fine dark embroidery cotton (for butterfly bodies and antennae)

Tapestry needle


Spray starch



hk = hook

rnd = round

st = stitch

ch = chain

dtr = double treble stitch

hdc = half double crochet stitch

sc = single crochet stitch

sl st = slip stitch

tr = treble stitch

dtr = double treble stitch

To start with…

Stalk (make 1):

Using green cotton yarn, crochet a simple chain 1.5m long. Make a loop with the tails of the cotton at both ends.

Leaves (make 14):64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.indd

Ch 5, dc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc in next, 1 dc in next, work (2 hdc in last, ch 2, dc in second ch from hook, 2 hdc) in last ch. Working now on the opposite side of foundation ch, 1 dc in next, 1 hdc in next, dc in last. Fasten off with sl st in the first dc of rnd.


64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.inddPrimroses (make 11):

Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Change colour, ch 1, 1 tr into next st, *2 tr into next st; repeat from * into next 4 sts, sl st into 1st st to complete round.
Round 2: Change colour, ch 1, *3 tr into next st, ch 1, sl st into next st, ch 1; repeat from * until 5 petals completed, 3 tr into next st, ch 1, sl st into next st, cutting the yarn to 5cm and pulling it all the way through.

Finish off all ends with a tapestry needle.



64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.inddButterflies (make 6):

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to make a ring.

Ch 4, work 3 dtr (double treble) into ring, ch 6, sl st into ring, ch 6, work 3 dtr into ring, ch 4, sl st into ring, ch 3, work 2 tr into ring, ch 4, sl st into ring, ch 4, work 2 tr into ring, ch 3, sl st into ring, cutting the yarn to 5cm and pulling it all the way through on the last sl st (image 3). Use a darning needle to stitch a body and antennae onto each butterfly with a length of the fine dark embroidery cotton.


…and finally…

spring garland finishing - jemima schlee

Finish off any remaining loose ends. Following the instructions on the can, starch and press your pieces with a hot iron. Lay your crochet chain out, and arrange your pieces along its length. Using a tapestry needle, attach all the pieces to the chain.