Best Thursday night in town

Im really looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday!

The first 5 people through the door will get a mini craft swag bag

Courtesy of ooh la lapin, the bags will be filled with goodies for projects, so even if you dont bring anything with you the bag may help you get your craft on!

The sewing machine will be set up with a couple of meters of fabric so if you fancy having a go at a few stitches you can hop on with some guidance if you need it.

So here’s some daily inspiration to be still your crafty heart for Thursday!

taken from ‘More last minute knits’

Download pattern here

Stunning paper work by  Fideli Sundqvist


textile flags

Check it out here.

Make it Monday

I cant believe its ‘MiM’ again! Wow it comes round quick, and I felt inspired to make something a little bit unusual that takes no sewing skill.

you will need…

  • an embroidery hoop, mines a small one.
  • a strip of fabric about 1 meter long or tie a few strips together.
  • jute twine, yarn or ribbon
  • cut outs from magazines, old/damaged books.

Lets get started

  1. Wrap the fabric round the hoop and tie it up.
  2. cut 4 pieces of twine all different lengths.
  3. make small incisions in your pics and pop the twine through tying a small knot.
  4. Cut a long piece of twine and make a ‘handle’ on top of the embroidery hoop to hang your mobile.
  5. find somewhere nice to hang it, you could add more pics over time, photos or mementos!

A Voila!


you made what?

Its Sunday, so to make us smile about the week ahead here’s some weirder ideas for making!

Yeah because lifes to short right?


I love this etsy shop ‘obey my brain’. I think this is the perfect hat for the first time you go and meet your future in-laws.


New pattern from subversive cross stitch, because everyone seems to popping out the little critters at the moment!


I like this very much!!! Check out the artist Nicole here .

Im feeling very inspired and tomorrow is ‘Make it Monday’ so it could be an unusual project. ..




Project Cast Away

Ahoy! Its the launch of a new project called Cast Away.

What is it?

A opportunity to recognise and reach young people aged 6-11 who live in Portsmouth and who may come from a deprived or ‘at risk’ background. Cast Away will offer the opportunity to learn craft skills in a safe and encouraging environment.

Tell me more?

Cast Away will hopefully run for two school terms from September 2011 to April 2012. Over this time children will learn new skills and put them all into practice to create a large boat that will be entirely made by hand. The boat will be a a culmination of knitting, crochet, felting, sewing, weaving and other craft forms. Something to feel really proud of!

What legacy will Cast Away leave?

Before the project comes to close we will aim to help the children set up there own craft club either in school as lunchtime club or at a local youth/community center. This will help to get teachers, carers and friends involved and have a knock on effect for the project.

How can I help?

Over the next few months I will be raising money hoping to see this project come to fruition, its not going to be easy but I feel we have an excellent community spirit in Portsmouth and we can make it happen. I will be applying for funding from various sources including businesses and charities. I hope to match this funding by doing my own fund raising, whether this be through monetary donations, donations of time/skills or materials (yarn etc). My neighbours have already been very generous and given me some large bags of unwanted wool, needles etc. So a massive thank you to them ­čÖé

Can you:

  • Be part of a sponsored knit/crochet a thon.
  • Offer a skill or experience to an ‘auction of promises’. This could be a set of guitar lessons if you teach guitar, a piece of art work, offer a beauty treatment, do you work somewhere really unique and offer someone a behind the scenes tour? If your a great chef or cook offer to cook a 3 course meal for a dinner party? Whatever it is offer it up and people can have a chance to bid on a great gift or experience!
  • A good old fashioned bake sale!!! Sell cakes to work mates, set up a stall for a day.
  • In a band? Lets do a fundraising gig! At the same time have some crafting going on too.
  • Swap a rama, get together, donate some money in a pot and swap some awesome clothes/homeware etc
  • Offer some time up to help organise events
  • Donate materials/equipment
  • Just give a tenner!

So more details to come of how you can help and how my funding applications are going. Hurrah for making stuff happen!

Leave a comment or email if you can help

Thank you x


Book a class!

Yes this year has been well and truly about dragging Ms Lapin into the present, who knew?

So you can now book one of our lovely ‘Buttons and Pearls’ classes online using paypal. How exciting!

I had a meeting with Buttons yesterday to plan and scheme our knit/crochet class. We have selected some super pretty yarns (piled high into a picnic basket) for you to help yourself to at the class and keep!


Not only will you learn or improve a new skill you will get a chance to explore it as a sub culture, share stories and make friends! Ooh and make something really pretty and be able to gush with pride every time you walk into a room and see your handy work.

Lovely cardy from 'Purl Bee'

taking time

Most days I just take some time out to make stuff, even if I feel really rubbish. At the moment I have a sinus infection and my face feels like the worst toothache!

If I go into my ‘burrow/studio’ which used to be our dining room until I took it over, put some Count Basie on the stereo and sit back with a needle and thread it does wonders for your soul!

I have just finished the first in a series of fabric books.

If you would like to win a personalised  book of your own just tell me what you love most about living by the sea.


hmm whats inside...

well hello, its a rather dapper chap!

on the back cover



Next up a piece I have made for the ‘Futurators’ exhibition (a multi -venue event) which is going to be at the Third Floor Arts Center in Portsmouth Central Libraray, 26th March and at Aspex in Gunwharf!

'employee of the month' ooh la lapin 2011

Hmm… what else, well here is some super pretty fabric from my good friend in Rotterdam ‘Holland House Fabrics’. After drooling over PiP Studio bedlinen I decided to make my own duvet set, I cant recommend Holland House enough.

I will also be making a quilt from this fabric to sell in my shop!


Have a lovely sunny day and I look forward to hearing your answers!

Make it Monday

Wow two posts in one day, I cant believe I nearly forgot ‘Make it Monday’. So I got busy after lunch and made some Springtime decorations for my front door!

How do I make the wreath?

  • Cut out a donut shape from thick card, any size you like. mine was a side plate size.
  • Cut strips of fabric about 2cm wide and how ever long they need to be to tie round the card ring and leave ends poking out.
  • I also wrapped some yarn round to bulk it out and cut out some flowers from felt/fabric scraps.
  • When all the ring is covered with fabric give it a little ‘hair cut’ so the ends are kinda even.
  • You can sew with a thick needle straight through the card/fabric to attach flowers and buttons.

I tied some jute garden string through the back and hung it up, it would look nice with fancy ribbon or yarn also.




If you have a go, let me know and email your photos to and I will post them on the blog!

proper shop

Its about time I hear you cry!

Yes I have got a proper online store, its time to move on from etsy, I love etsy but its time to leave the nest. I have bought a domain name for ooh la lapin and the store should configure with the address in the next couple of days. Until then its hoster ‘bigcartel’ figure in the address. So soon ‘’ will be born as my online store! hurrah. It supports paypal as the only form of payment, keeps it nice and easy!

I will officially launch the store in the coming week and keep you up to date!