I was very keen to try out chalk pen art this Christmas, so bought an Edding 4095 chalk marker (bullet nip) from Amazon (although since then have noticed WH Smith have a few different ones, including colours). I drew out my designs on paper first, taped them to the outside of the window, then ‘traced’ on the inside of the glass with the chalk pen – took the paper off and drew more little branches, baubles and ‘snow’ to balance the design here and there. It was really fun and also inadvertantly provided street entertainment for the people visiting the school fair over the road!! AND – I won a prize from Folksy as part of #12daysoffolksy Instagram challenge ‘Let it snow’ !!!
This year’s door wreath is a bit early – to be part of #12daysoffolksy Instagram challenge – it’s entirely made of cuttings from the garden and some green gardening wire.
Very pleased to discover Folksy added No12 blue denim Makers Market Apron to ‘Folksy Favourites’ this week (appears on rotation on the Folksy homepage) and last night No12 ochre denim Makers Market Apron appeared on their ‘Gifts for Makers’ gift ideas selection, alongside my No 4:3 and No7 crossback aprons already there! The ‘No12 Makers Market Apron’ has taken quite a bit of time to develop, I realise it’s a bit niche, so I’m particularly pleased it’s getting a spotlight.
‘Celebrate Handmade’ weekend is an antidote to the ‘race-to-the-bottom’ of the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sales, which seem to last a week either side too!
In contrast ‘Celebrate Handmade’ encourages shoppers to avoid the global high street chains and choose to buy direct from UK independent designers and makers – Find a wealth of diverse, unique and beautifully crafted work, to be treasured.
I’ve been pondering doing a children’s crossback apron for quite a while – a couple of weeks ago a lady contacted me via Etsy to ask for just that! Her husband had bought her one of my No 4:3 aprons, which loves, and she wanted a couple like it for her young son.
I made a version of the adult No 7, so that the apron could be size/age adjustable age 4-7. I used the long side offcuts from cutting denim No 4 & No 7, seaming the aprons down the middle. This will reduce the final price of the apron a bit, when added to the making time which is only 40 minutes less than making than an adult size apron, plus webbing, d-rings and thread.
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.
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.