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Lelly Young artist and No22 Kite apron….

A few weeks ago I visited textile artist Lelly Young, and her dog Minnie, in her fabulous studio-with-a-view! She had ordered a black Canvas No22 ‘Kite’ apron, so I took a walk down to Deptford to drop it off… and she was kind enough to let me take some pictures of her wearing it.

Lelly makes fantastical creatures with cloth, her clients include Osborne & Little and John Lewis. Some of her work is on her Twitter account – and her breathtaking photography of the natural world, most of it taken in SE London, is on Instagram.

‘Christmas has arrived’ in my shops…

Spent yesterday taking festive theme photos of my gift-wrapped apron, in various locations around the house. The orange berries from the garden look great with the pale orange tissue paper! Light levels meant the best spot turned out to be the mantlepiece in our front bedroom. I used the best photo for new Christmas banners on my Folksy and Etsy shops ( first ever Etsy banner for me), and intended to use a cropped version on each item listing …. at the last minute I had a brainwave and added Merry Christmas! text to the image.

…Old Sample Apron Remodel

Having a bit of a sort out in the studio and found this sample from when I first started the Folksy shop. This woven stripe denim is so lovely. Over the weekend I unpicked and re-cut the bib, and double stitched the pocket – quite pleased with the design update – it’s now in my Folksy shop SAMPLE/SALE SECTION folksy.com/items/4210194-Woven-Stripe-Denim-Work-Apron-Womens-Artist-Craft-Apron-Small-Large-No-5-

…Design Museum visit

Thought provoking visit to the Design Museum yesterday, the first time I’ve visited in it’s new location. It has a different feel to the old museum and is now free, the collection focusses harder on observations, challenges and practice of ‘good design’. I particularly liked the British road signage designed in the 1960’s. Plus there was a beautiful mini exhibition of alternative materials being developed to replace plastics eg seaweed (transparent disolvable film), bamboo, coconut, nettle…

…Knitting & Stitching Show 2019

Visited the annual Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace yesterday, the first time I’ve been on a weekday…it’s just as busy as a Saturday! Very noticeable this year how many more fabric stalls there were and also lots of small dressmaking pattern companies. There was more space given over to bookable workshops and also ‘artists-in-action’ demonstrations, but disappointed with this years textile art exhibtions. This year my Knitting & Stitching Show buddy wasn’t able to go – it’s no fun on your own, go with friends!

NEW Unisex ‘Kite’ Apron No22

These aprons are now in my Folksy and Etsy shops. Named for it’s distinctive kite -shape, I am so pleased with how this apron turned out, it perfectly fits me (5’6″) and my partner (6’4″), and looks great. An adjustible crossback apron, in beautiful quality cotton canvas with tough marine cord ties.