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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Beaded Scarves - My latest Sew Weekly creation

These are in a velvety velour fabric that changes colour in the light and has a lovely drape to it.  I found lots of colourways in Abakhan, Manchester - blues, browns, greens.  I've edged them all with hand sewn beaded fringing found in my local fabric shop.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Colour Reference

I've started a new colour book and these are some examples of experiments where I've separated out the colours seen in ikat weaves in The Whitworth Art Gallery ...

Monday, 21 February 2011

Sew Weekly II

Next up for Sew Weekly are a dress inspired by Coco Chanel, a Tunic in a Liberty Art Print (I think it may be Kaffe Fassett fabric), and a 40's/50's inspired apron - again, not the best photos but I'll get better!  My sewing skills are improving and my wardrobe expanding ...  Not too sure that the colours in the tunic suit me but I like the garment - an Amy Butler pattern - and will probably make it again.

Sew Weekly I

Since the beginning of this year, I've been following the themes set by the online challenge, 'The Sew Weekly' which you can find here. My attempts so far include a parka style coat influenced by something already seen in a shop, a blue flowered shirtdress, and a top using fabric I already had stashed away - need to improve the quality of some of my photos but you get the idea ...  It's certainly made me think fast from one week to the next.  Love the idea of it all and wonder if I'll last out the year.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

City and Guilds Module 2

I'm in the middle of module 3 of my City & Guilds in handknitting but my favourite so far has been Module 2 which concentrates on colour .......

Monday, 7 February 2011

Mousehole, Cornwall - commission

I had a picture in an exhibition and as a result, I received this commission. It's pen and wash, my favourite technique, depicting the harbour in Mousehole, Cornwall.  Years ago, I did a series of pen drawings all around Cornwall - love the place - inspired to do more ...

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Repeating Seashells II

This is a companion design to the one in the previous post.  Although both were requested by my agent at the time, it's still a subject I love ...

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Repeating Seashells I

Using densely packed shell motifs, rather than an allover effect, this design has a range of possibilities and here are just some of them ...