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SEMC18 – Makers Market Sept 14-16

I’m exhibiting the ‘In The Making-Aprons’ range at the South East Makers Club ‘Makers Market’ this week 14-16 September – the weekend celebration of South East London makers work is part of the London Design Festival.

Address: 1 Market Yard, Deptford Market Yard, London. SE8 4BX – 11.00-18.00 each day.

For information about the South East Makers Club weekend events and workshops visit – southeastmakersclub.co.uk/semc-2018

For information about London Design Festival (15-23 Sep 2018) events visit – londondesignfestival.com

 

New elegant pinafore apron…

I’ve added a new design to the range, a pleated pinafore apron ‘No14’, now on Etsy & Folksy

The apron has deep pockets concealed behind the pleated skirt, a box pleat in the bib, adjustable neck ties and long waist ties – the first three in this design are in crisp dark navy twill.

I’ve been working on this design for since before Christmas! …with several toiles and samples…

etsy.com      folksy.com

 

 

Orla Kiely – ‘A Life In Pattern’ Exhibition…

Yesterday I went, with my daughters, to the Fashion & Textile Museum, to see Orla Kiely “A Life In Pattern’. Really enjoyable exhibition, fun with fantastic attention to detail which is very much Orla’s design ‘DNA’. The gigantic frocks and the wall of bags were the most eye catching exhibits, but my favourite bit was the first room of installations with wonderful drawings and mood boards.

….a lovely way to spend an afternoon whilst my elder daughter awaited her finals results at 4pm…she passed and is now Dr Ruby! The cafe at the restaurant had very nice coffee, cake and food too!

trip to William Gee Haberdashers…

I’ve been meaning to visit William Gee haberdashery for ages. I made the trip to Dalston Junction on the Overground yesterday, with my friend Fran – thank goodness she came, I couldn’t possibly have carried both the rolls of dot & cross paper (very heavy) and manilla card by myself!

William Gee has a modern website full of fabulously useful stuff, so the antiquity of the shop interior was quite a surprise; with most of the stock behind the two long counters and you must ask the assistants for assistance!

New ‘Boro’ style aprons…

I listed a new apron range on Etsy today!

Individual and unusual aprons pieced together from offcuts of denim and other cotton fabrics left from making the aprons in the In The Making range – taking inspiration from Japanese Boro clothing and vintage French and American rustic aprons, which were made from collected fabric scraps and usuable parts of worn out clothing.

I laid bits of fabric out on a big table and pieced each apron together like a jigsaw, balancing the different blue denim tones and complementing with contrasting ticking and red canvas.

Overlocker!…

Big thank you to my friend Fran for gifting me an overlocker! Today I spent a few hours setting it up…I needed the magnifying glass to peer into the machine’s innerds, trying to thread it. I was very impressed with the instruction book and colour coded threading diagram inside the machine itself… now looking forward to some fun with thread colour combinations…