Category Archives: Studio posts

New – ‘The Makers Market Apron’ – No12

A chance remark by a glassmaker on Instagram, about needing big pockets for craft markets, was the ‘lightbulb moment’ for designing this apron.

The aim was an apron that was brilliantly useful at craft fairs, beautifully made and intrinsically convey the wearer is a practicing artist/maker.

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Nighty Nightie make…

A couple of hours, one morning this week, spent making myself a nightie with lovely lightweight paisley fabric from Merchant & Mills. The pattern is Simplicity 1561, but I didn’t elasticate the sleeves….One thing I would say though, is that threading the elastic through the channel was very tricky!

 

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Shark in the Park Storysack finished…

I finally finished the Shark in the Park storysack!

I made the game quite a while ago (and posted about that), – but I had to sew hair on the Timothy Pope doll and make him some clothes, which was a fiddley job.

The other characters were scanned from the book and made into ‘lollystick puppets’.

Luckily I had some shark print fabric in my cupboard, which is just perfect for this Storysack!

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Hockney Exhibition…

I went to the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain on Monday! – A riot of colour on very large canvasses, I also loved the drawing, but actually his most recent ipad work was the most fascinating…. I’d also forgotten how amazing ‘A Bigger Splash’ is in real life!

I bought this book at the Tate because I’m very interested in artist sketchbooks.

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Ticking apron shop update….

Spent the morning re-photographing the ticking No3 apron. One of the earliest aprons in the shop, designed in 2013, the photographs were not the best – the Etsy/Folksy shops desperately needed fresh ones with better lighting and detail of the red stitching. £35. folksy.com/items/5503591-Womens-cotton-ticking-apron  etsy.com/uk/listing/468027819/womens-cotton-ticking-apron

Lovely new notebook…..

Started a new 2017 notebook, lovely brown paper, looks great with black and white ink! – 3 days of ‘hard thinking’ and writing about ‘Aprons for Makers’, design and craft – which I condensed to use in updated ‘About’ sections Etsy/Folksy, website, Linkedin. Drawing little pictures makes it easier to look back at what I’ve written and remember it….

Knitting and Stitching Show 2016…

The much anticipated annual visit to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, on Saturday, with my friend Charlotte. We didn’t go crazy buying lots of things this year, mainly because we have so much from previous shows we haven’t used yet… but there was still a lot to take in. The exhibition by textile artist Sue Stone was a stand out. I wish I’d gone back and had a second look now because I’ve been thinking about it a lot since – the textures of the work and the humour.

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Storysacks header…

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do this, but the Myatt Garden Storysacks Library Website finally got a header image. I chose one of my favourite storysacks, Mr Wolf’s Pancakes… and all the blues and yellows work well with the bright yellow background colour. storysacks.spc.org

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