Author Archives: lisabenn

…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.

…new eco-friendly packaging & gift wrap upgrade

A re-think of the ‘In The Making’ gift wrapping was in order when my supplier of spotty paper retired! A Folksy blog piece about gift wrapping, started me thinking about using boxes and doing it recyclable and plastic-free.

The box is recyclable and part made with recycled material – the brown wrapping paper and tissue paper is recyclable and from certified sustainable forests – 100% cotton twine, (UK made since 1850’s), re-usable and biodegradable – the parcel tape is made from paper with plant based adhesive, biodegradable, compostable …. oh and apparently “Vegan Friendly”!

Meet In The Making Aprons in Brighton this month…

The first Made+ Good pop-up shop has opened this month in Brighton. The shop will stock a range of beautiful small batch and handmade products from over 40 different British designers and makers. Three of my crossback aprons along with kids aprons exclusive to Made + Good will be in the shop. A percentage of profits go to charity visit madeandgood.com/pages/charities for more info.