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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Chinese Laundry



My house looks a bit like a Chinese laundry today,
 I've been busy washing some of my Sunday purchases.  
Percy is on an eiderdown - I didn't wash this - that he thinks is his. 


I have a Welsh Tapestry bag order to make up,
below are some of my new treasures.


Last of all is Miss Belle's new coat which we now refer to as 'Brenda Yates'.
 I don't know Brenda but I hope she spends more time washing her neck as a grown up.
I removed the label before soaking the coat but I might just sneak it back in somewhere.



Monday, 29 September 2014

1920's Paisley Shawl



I picked up this little beauty at a textile fair yesterday, I would call it a Paisley Wool shawl, although there is no 'paisley' - as we think of to today, teardrop shape in it.  I think Paisley refers to the place in Scotland where textiles were woven. 


I had been after one like this for a while, I got one in Jaipur that cost an arm and a leg that was an intricately woven pashmina - real pashmina fibre from the belly of a goat and not just a term that is used for any old wrap - and I wear it constantly in the winter, although I will need to live to be 100 to get my moneys worth!


This one is 1920's and wool, exactly the type that I had in my head when I was climbing through crumbling days of the Raj palaces in Rajasthan.


It has a few signs of wear, but because it's made of proper wool it still does it's job and looks gorgeous even after about ninety years of service.  
Wool is amazing! 


I'm really not in to fringing on garments and it was looking a bit tired so I gave it a trim.


It's now having a good soak in a bucket of tepid soapy water,
ready for it's next adventure.


I may have to give it/her a name, I love it so much and I know we will be great friends, 
definitely another 90 years left in this one.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Salt Line Studio



A very enjoyable class today.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

I am a Weaver!



Who knew?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Busy Gals



Been busy making from my fabric stash and updating Etsy


and doing the school run!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Angelina's Wedding Dress



Miss Belle has a gorgeous - really really -  the most beautiful tweed coat ever.  
It is mostly green but with flecks of every colour you choose to look for and goes with absolutely everything.   This photo is from 2010 and she was reading her ninety year old copy of Hans Anderson - not called Hans Christian Anderson at the time of publication - in front of the Hans Anderson statue in Copenhagen.  Unfortunately I kept feeding her and she kept eating!


I couldn't be parted with it, it's such a fabulous piece of work, so I included it in my MA show,
 with a few additions.

When I got it there was a hole in the pocket and in the lining I found a brown crayon and
 a Noah's Ark stamp which I included.


Betsy drew all girls like this at the time, hand bag and flowers.


This is an earlier Betsy.


Here is Louis' signature style at the time,  a T.V. Head.


Another Betsy.


 I did this of Louis when he was about two, it's on the inside of the coat with a load of other stuff and the words...
"One more step along the world I go."


A Louis car and very early Betsy people.
All done in Shetland wool on a wool coat so it could be around considerably longer than any of us.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Foxy Cushion



The last cushion for a while I think, a wool needlepoint backed with cream wool and linen.


A bit of Monday night pub knitting in Knit Witches Cashmere, the edging is supposed to look like hearts, will need to help them a bit in the blocking!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Moomins



I have been listening to Tove Jansson's Book at Bedtime this week - The True Deceiver.
 We went to the Moomin shop last week and couldn't resist making this for my little Moomin nest where we like to listen to them on Audible.

Bottom Drawer Linen



A bit more upcycling


of my lovely Bottom Drawer


hand embroidered linens.


Friday, 5 September 2014

Chalk and Canvas







Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Putting In The Hours



Everybody back at school now so down to some serious time in the studio.


Another great fabric from Frumble called 'Bookshop'.  I love brown and turquoise, I added a turquoise zip and a light brown felt interior, think I'll keep this one for myself.


Been doing a bit of experimenting with bag shapes and construction.


Zip a dee doo dah.


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Chalk Cloth



I got this chalk cloth fabric a couple of weeks ago at Frumble 
and have been holding back on cutting in to it because it has to be primed first.


 Remember 'ye olde' days of blackboards?
My junior School had it's centenary when I was there and it's long since been knocked down but I loved it far more than home.  My strongest memory is of the massive hymn sheets/books up in the hall ceiling that had to be lowered on their rope to have the child sized page turned,
 I don't often sing hymns but I would just love to have one in my house!


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nearly Alton Towers



My Cadet had his fourteenth birthday this week and for a treat we went to Alton Towers.  
We stood in the queue to get in for an hour, gave up and went and bought a trampoline instead.


Some fab military plane fabric from Frumble made a last minute pressie.


I've made friends with my overlocker - 
it was being very temperamental so I gave it a complete overhaul and it's in a much better mood.


It's been in overdrive whizzing through chunky needlepoint.


These are backed with the massive green cow hide that I got a while back.
A reclaimed bright green wool blanket overlaid with a hand dyed lace.


Always a winner, my favourite Welsh tapestry.