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Monday, 23 May 2016

I Win Again ...

This really is proof that it pays to complete those fill in forms at the back of magazines for the giveaways.  I'm delighted to have a copy of this book from Sewing World.  I was hoping that out of all the prizes on offer, this would be the one I won - and I did!


As you can see, I have trouble taking a decent photo these days ....

Boutique Bags is a collection of 19 projects from which 76 bags can be made.  It's written by best selling pattern maker Sue Kim and published by Stash Books.  I like the Violet Bag and this will be the first one I tackle.  I'm thinking that a bag will be a nice, small project to get back into sewing again.



I've also entered the pattern swap over at The Monthly Stitch and am looking forward to seeing what my swap partner will choose for me - I'd forgotten how exciting things like international pattern swaps can be!  This is for indie pattern month in June ...

Monday, 25 April 2016

Project Progress

Well, I've finished the first side of my patchwork project bag.  I work at it while I'm watching television - I have a bag full of scraps at the side of me and attach a patch here and there ...  I'm enjoying the process and the way it's turning out.  There are about 50 patches in this piece - on to the second side now ...


Friday, 8 April 2016

How to Wear a Kitten ...

Meet the latest addition to my family ...  here's Oscar.  He's 12 weeks old at the moment and very cute.  He loves nothing more than to sit as close to me as possible, so no doubt he'll be making a lot of future appearances on this blog!  As well as bringing up Oscar, I've also just bought my wedding dress pattern which I need to have finished for October.  So although it seems as if things are quiet here, they certainly aren't.  Anyway, I'll keep posting!

 


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Paints, plans ...

Well the 5 'official' weeks of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1 are over now but the module classroom remains open until September.  I'm at the point of dusting off my paints, having caught up with my drawing once again and eager to get going with colour.  I've been very impressed with this course.  It's packed full of content and I'd even go so far to say that I should have been taught much of it years ago ...  The community aspect of it is good too, the Facebook group of students is still going and there has even been an offshoot support group created which is great.  As life is busy at the moment, I won't be following up with Module 2 just yet but there are plenty of students who are.  Will probably be next year for me now ...


Hope everyone is having a Happy Easter - a good chance to re-charge batteries and make new plans. I'm enjoying getting on with my crafting room renovations.  I'll be in there in the next couple of weeks now.  Can't wait!

       

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Designing Your Way


A few posts ago, I documented my creative journey so far in life.  I had just finished City & Guilds and was enjoying a rest and a look back over achievements so far.  I thought a retrospective might provide a pointer for the next leg of the journey and it has in a way.  I really enjoyed the creative design elements of C & G and have been taking this aspect further in 'Designing Your Way', the first module of a series of 4 run by Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton of the Make It In Design School.  I am re-discovering drawing and the design process, along with how to look at the world from a designers perspective once again.  Module 1 only lasts for 5 weeks and I am in Week 4 already.  It's entirely manageable alongside my full-time job and very enjoyable.  More news soon!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

His 'n' Hers - Patchwork Mugs

Continuing the patchwork theme, me and my other half found these great china mugs - give a lovely pop of colour to the kitchen and the shape is elegant too.  Tea always tastes best out of a china mug don't you think?

The one on the far side looks like Cathedral Window...

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

First Sew of the Year


What nicer way to start the year than to make what I hope to be a much loved project bag to hold all my supplies while sitting and crafting ...

I've attempted patchwork before and love the look of it.  It's such a calming and therapeutic thing to do while sitting cosy indoors.  I've tried squares, Dresden Plate and hexagon designs - all in varying states of progress - though the hexagon cushion cover is near completion and I finished a pincushion for an international swap some time ago.





For the bag, I'm using scraps of all my favourite projects over the past few years.  I've made 50 hexagons so far.  Seeing and using it will remind me of all the fun I've had taking part in sewalongs as well as the various outings I've been to in my creations.

I've been inspired to try patchwork by all kinds of sources, including places visited in the past and books read.

This crazy patchwork teacosy appears in a Milly Molly Mandy episode by Joyce Lancaster Brisley. One of my past projects was based on these stories - she always had outfits of pink and white stripes and I made a chevron skirt as homage!  I'll be sure to add some pink and white stripes to my bag ...


There are some wonderful illustrations in the books, a particular favourite of mine being the endpapers showing a map of the village where she fictionally lived.  This reminds me of patchwork too ...


Another inspiration is this covering, supposedly made by the three Bronte sisters, Anne, Charlotte and Emily from dress scraps.  It used to be on display in the 70's and early 80's at the Parsonage in Haworth where they lived and I remember seeing it there.  I believe it was out on display again for a short time just before this Christmas according to the wonderful blog http://kleurrijkbrontesisters.blogspot.co.uk/ where I found this illustration.




When I lived in the North, there always used to be trips to places such as York in the school holidays. This crazy patchwork covering is in the Castle Museum.

Have you any favourite patchwork examples you can tell me about?  Would love to hear about them ...