Before Christmas, I made a custom woodwork apron for a client – it was a long design process, several months, and required 3 toiles (calico versions) and lots of advice from woodcrafter friends. I’ve tinkered with the pattern some more, and finally have the first finished woodwork apron for the Folksy shop. The cargo style pockets are quite a challenge, and the magnetic pocket tabs are tricky… they want to stick to everything including the sewing machine plate! Hopefully I’ll get James to model for photos tomorrow….
This week I’ve gone back to working on a woodwork apron. I made a custom woodworkers apron for a client before Christmas, the development was a lengthy business. The pattern’s been tweaked a bit and today I cut out the apron pieces…more photos over the next few days…..
The Dog Like Sparky Folksy shop has had lots of ‘views’ and ‘favourites’ today – one of my denim crossover aprons was featured in Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Guide and pictured in Folksy’s email newsletter today! Thanks to jessicacatherinecreates!
I had a lovely surprise this evening when I opened the Folksy newletter email – there was a photo of one of my aprons (modelled by James)!! They are “starting off 2016 with a selection of artisan crafts made by hand by British craftsmen and women, curated by Kirsti B Ceramics.” Actually there are 2 of my work aprons in her selection. Big thanks to Kirsti!
December was a bit fast and furious, finishing an order of 20 bespoke aprons for Marine Ices in Chalk Farm (ice-cream parlour), whilst orders for aprons and Christmas decorations were flying out of the Folksy shop.
Discussions with Marine Ices started in August. It took ages to source them the right fabric – it was surprisingly tricky to find a nice blue cotton the right weight, price and with a reliable supply (for replacement aprons in the future).
The apron also needed to feature the Marine Ices logo, screen printing was going to be costly for such a small run and there was the chance that it wouldn’t look great either – after a bit of research I decided to have fabric digitally printed with the logo designs. There are several good companies out there, I used Bags of Love because they had the weight of fabric I needed for this particular job. 30 logos were printed for around £23. The fabric did shrink 4.3% in the wash, I was just about able to cut them out with enough for turnings, phew!
Christmas has come to my Folksy shop with a selection of handmade decorations.
I delivered 2 custom aprons to ‘Flavours of Spain’ recently; the ochre coloured denim and red ties are perfect Spanish colours for their deli business. A dog Like Sparky basic No7 design was adapted with changes to the pockets and longer ties, plus a monogram A and T for Ana and Teresa so they could tell them apart.
Flavours of Spain have a spot at The Southbank Centre Food Market (Central London near Festival Hall etc), Brockley Farmers Market (SE London) and throughout August have run a pop-up at Number 57 in Brockley, Lewisham SE London, selling their fantastic cheeses, charcuterie, wines etc and freshly prepared tapas.
More aprons in fantastic golden ochre denim.
Men’s No 8 Artisan apron.
Women’s No4 Artisan Apron. Very much a utility style apron, with wider straps and larger pocket than the standard No 4.
Over the weekend my Folksy shop had masses of visits – finally did a Google search to figure out why and found that my new ochre denim apron was up Folksy’s favourite picks… then found it again on Folksy’s front page!
I’m quite obsessed with this ochre denim fabric, it’s both beautiful and tough. It puts me in mind of the coats storemen and grocers used to wear in the old days. I put two aprons on the Folksy shop today one with royal blue ties the other with red.