It’s taken a couple of weeks to get everything sorted for the open studio on Saturday. Lots of planning, compiling and printing, exhibition diagrams, written information, signs, and moving the furniture about!
Open Studio – Saturday 23rd September 2017
South East London Makers Club 2017 – a London Design Festival 2017 event.
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.
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!
Making No7 ochre aprons with red ties, today, because Etsy shop has sold out. Measuring from the curved edge for the pen pocket is time consuming…so I made a template to align with the edge and drop the little pocket into…very pleased with that!
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….
A bespoke order for Much Ado Books in Sussex, finished and posted off. The apron is a variation on a classic shape, cut a bit wider for extra coverage because they deal with a lot of dusty boxes of old books, they also requested longer ties to tie up at the front. I showed them some diagrams of different colourways and they chose the ochre denim with burgundy colour ties for the men’s size and dark green ties for the smaller women’s size. I used ‘antique bronze’ metal D-rings (for the first time) from U-handbag which worked beautifully for these aprons.