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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 ...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Zandra Rhodes Sale Time

I was tempted before Christmas and I've finally given in!  There are some gorgeous bargains to be had again at Zandra Rhodes Handbags.  Go and have a look at the website here ...  there's up to 70% off and free postage and packing in the UK.  This time I've plumped for an oriental style rucksack/cross body bag and a make up bag, a giveaway at £10, which has the iconic squiggle and punk inspired safety pin on it.  My treat for the New Year!


Thursday, 7 January 2016

£1 per metre - it's true!

I noticed a dress under construction over at The Monthly Stitch using fabric from John Lewis for £1 per metre.  It initially caught my eye because I have some that I bought some time ago but in a different colourway...  So I had to go and look for myself and yes - they are actually selling sale fabric for £1!  There wasn't much left by the time I got there but I do have enough of the black 'Snippy' fabric to make a shirtdress with (over 5 metres ... should have been £16 per metre ... organic craft cotton).  I have about half as much of the stitch ripper fabric, again should have been £16 per metre originally - not sure what I'm going to do with that yet ...  I feel some sewing coming on!


Monday, 4 January 2016

A Look Back ....

I was quite productive in 2015, just not so much as in previous years!  The first part of the year saw me working hard to fulfil deadlines for my City & Guilds course, which I passed in February.  This was the culmination of years of hard work, sampling and designing along the way ...

I feel as if I now have a good, solid background to work from.  I've enjoyed taking time out since February to re-charge and evaluate where I want to go next.

My final project was this mohair jacket based on Autumn Leaf falls.  I feel so much more confident now in my ability to follow a design through from start to finish.  

Things weren't quiet on the sewing front either ...

I completed my first menswear item in a beautifully soft Yorkshire wool fabric with a satin back.

This Colette Aster is complete now - just need to get some decent photos when the weather improves a bit.  I also sewed a silk robe ...

I want to sew more this year and have a look round the Independent Pattern Companies.  What are your plans?  Would love to hear from my neglected sewing pals! 

Friday, 1 January 2016

Holiday Medley

Just a few images of the Holiday Season.  I was so looking forward to the break and now it's nearly gone! So busy ...  but in a different way to the norm and it's good to get out of the usual groove and daily grind.  Hope you all had a great time too  - Happy New Year!

Relaxing ...

Eating, man at work and a night out!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Spoonflower 12 Days of Design

I had hoped to take part in this but I only got as far as day 3 before I was struck down with fluey cold ...  The 12 days had a task to complete each day and ended in a finished design.  For day 1 I chose 'Botanical' as a theme to create a textile design with.  I have hundreds of photos from walks around the botanic gardens next door to where I work.
Day 2 consisted of creating a moodboard, which I made on Pinterest.  You can see it here:


The task for Day 3 was the creation of a colour palette.  I did this at www.colourlovers.com and was quite proud to have created an entirely new colour there, which I could name.  It's the 4th one along ...


I've named it BOTANICAL and you can see it here:


Well, I may get to post again before Christmas, but if I don't I wish everyone peace and joy and a well deserved rest!