Tag Archives: Lisa Bennett


Big thank you to my friend Fran for gifting me an overlocker! Today I spent a few hours setting it up…I needed the magnifying glass to peer into the machine’s innerds, trying to thread it. I was very impressed with the instruction book and colour coded threading diagram inside the machine itself… now looking forward to some fun with thread colour combinations…

Making a name change today…

Today was a bit momentus, I changed the shop name from A Dog Like Sparky to ‘IN THE MAKING – aprons’. I’ve been pondering it for a while. The shop range has changed, focussing almost entirely on women/men creatives rather than children. Things came to a head when an apron/linens business lifted my entire tagline word for word, for their new denim apron’s Christmas social media campaign, then a magazine used my ‘Aprons for Makers’ title for a Christmas apron feature (really girly ones!). A change was needed, a shorter shop name that gives you an idea what I do!

It’s amazing how many changes have to be made across the Folksy and Etsy shops and social media…things that have been built up gradually over the last 4 years.

New apron No14…

Working on a new apron. It started as a doodle, on the morning of my open studio day when it was a bit quiet.

Since then I’ve drafted a pattern, made a toile (calico mock-up) and made lots of making notes and changes.

I bought some dark navy, crisp cotton twill in Rolls & Rems Lewisham last week, which I need to do a wash test on (to calculate shrinkage and colour loss) before I make a sample apron….



Open studio 2017…

My first ever open studio went really well – had lots of visitors and great conversations about design craft amd making… didn’t get any photos though, too busy talking!

Thanks to everyone who came and to South East Makers Club for making it all happen!









Open studio nearly ready…

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.