Friday, 30 November 2018

Need your votes please - Liberty Open Call


I’ve been fit to burst with this and have come down with a cold instead ....

I’m a finalist in the #LibertyOpenCall search for the best untapped fabric design talent in the UK, organised by Liberty of London, which is the fabric design worlds’ equivalent to The X Factor.  There were over 5,000 entrants and it’s been narrowed down to a shortlist of 12.

Fabric and design have always been passions of mine - they are something I’ve kept for ‘me’ and my own time around regular employment (as many creative people do ...).

I would be very grateful if you could please vote for my ‘Deco Travel’ design at the following weblink:





My design is based on the Art Deco era – I’ve used a colour palette reminiscent of the time and also incorporated the Liberty ‘housestyle’ colours of purple and gold.  I illustrated it with motifs depicting luxury modes of travel and luggage labels for exotic destinations – in tune with the Liberty ethos.

Although not crucial, the public votes will help the judges with their task of choosing 5 winners.

Each winner will then visit the Liberty studio and have their design translated onto Liberty Tana Lawn cloth.  They will also be taken to Italy to see the design being printed in the mills and it will then be sold in store and kept in company archives.  Winners will also be paid the industry standard for their design and receive 5 metres of their own cloth.

I’m over the moon just to have got this far as the competition has been very fierce.  I’ve been trying to keep calm about it all but it’s very hard!

(Oh – and I might be on the telly – there will be a BBC programme called ‘One Day That Changed My Life’ about the competition, due to be aired next spring J  )

Anyway, thanks and grateful for any votes from you and anyone you know – I quite fancy a trip to Italy in February …..


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Macmillan Bake Off Apron

It's that time of year again .... last year I posted about the Tracey Island cake I made for our work coffee morning.  I actually won 'Best Baker' with it!  I'm reluctant to lose my title so this year, I decided to make a special baking apron which could be raffled as a prize and so raise money that way.  I used a metre of Michael Miller 'Home Ec' fabric which I've had in my stash for a while now.  I used a toning purple bias binding for the finishing touches.  I made a couple of changes to the pattern, which is a Simplicity 1940's repro, as I didn't have quite enough fabric to make thicker waist ties but saying that, I quite like how mine turned out ....  I also missed out binding around the whole apron itself but I don't think that matters either - it might have been too much ....  I might add the rick rack which should go on the pocket borders next time I make it, which I will!  I really didn't want to give this away ....  I love the fabric and the apron shape itself is great - it looks like a little dress :-)




Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Minerva Product Testing - Monogram Bag

You can read all about how I made this initialled bag over on the Minerva Crafts website here  It's my latest product testing project.

I honestly didn't realise how complex bag making actually is ....  It involves as much time and effort as making a whole garment and there are a lot of decisions to be made about how to decorate it, what fabrics to put together, etc etc ....

Anway, I  hope you hop on over to Minerva and enjoy the read :-)







Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Sew Over 50 :-)

It's been a while since I last posted and I've been undergoing a bit of an overhaul personally ....  I seem to have a bit of spare time now (unusual for me!) and I can look back over the changes and document them.

I finally decided to go short with my hair ...  I've been hovering between lengths for ages and am so glad I made this decision.  It feels so light and airy and my new style is really easy to look after too.  I wish now that I'd gone short at the start of summer.  I think that at a certain age, short definitely does look better.

I've also joined #sewover50 on Instagram.  This is a new initiative for older sewists like me.  I've been wondering for a while now where I fit in in the sewing world as I seem to have crossed the divide between the younger sewists and those like me.  Maybe that's why I haven't made much lately ...  It feels good to be part of a crowd again but I'll have to see if I can keep up with all the various challenges ....  Anyway, I'm old enough to know it doesn't really matter and it's all about the fun of taking part when I can.

Autumn is on its way - my favourite time of year and I am thinking about knits and cover ups.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted!



Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Proud Graduate of ...

It's been quiet lately as I've been beavering away over the past month on Module 3 of Make It In Design, Monetising Your Designs.  It only seems like yesterday since I was starting these Modules and I now find myself contemplating the next step - The Ultimate Portfolio Builder.  I've certainly grown in confidence since beginning ...  It had been such a long time since I last picked up a paintbrush.  I now feel organised and equipped to pursue the ambitions I still nurture for surface pattern design .... 

There's still some work to finish up and I so want to get on with things!


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Minerva Product Testing - Astrakhan Jacket

You can see how I made this jacket up on the Minerva Craft Blog here now.  It's still a bit chilly out and I'm glad of it to wear!


Liberty Open Call - Last Chance to Vote

Today is the last chance to vote for me if you like my design.  Please vote here: https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/features/design-and-liv...