Category Archives: Studio posts

Cutting out new aprons over the weekend…

New No 4:3 colourway charcoal/red, and also new No12 half apron (not pictured, too dark and rainy!) in heavy charcoal denim, cut out ready to sew this week – using my two new trestle tables!

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Sparky Studio…

Last week I began the process of taking over the front room as my studio! The room was so underused and my Sparky work stations and ‘stuff’ are at different locations all over the house.

Working in there has improved my productivity already. I’ve decided not to have the computer in there…it’s too much of a distraction, but I do have a radio and my mobile phone. I bought two folding trestle tables, so that I don’t have to cut out fabric and patterns on the floor (which gives me heartburn) and moved my Benina sewing machine into the room to join my Texi industrial machine that has been in there since January… it’s all still a work progress though.

If you’re wondering where we sit these days, we’ve turned my eldest daughter’s bedroom into a ‘snug’ with a .T.V. and big sofa under her high loft bed (she is a 5th year vet student and only comes home for a few days every now and then)….there’s also the advantage of the amazing view across Deptford/Greenwich to Canary Wharf/Docklands.

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….