Thursday, 20 July 2017

RA Summer Exhibition

We popped down to the Big Smoke on Tuesday for a private view at the RA.  
A little brunch fortified us for our travels.

Then a stroll through Hyde Park to the Serpentine Gallery,

to worship of the Shrine of Mr Perry and The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever.  For anyone who missed them I would recommend his Reith Lectures,  Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery: 2013.  I enjoyed these immensely, I've never had so many laugh out loud moments on Radio 4.

In the glorious sunshine we walked down through South Kensington - past the new V&A entrance,  through Chelsea - where we found excellent proper gelato, over the Thames into Battersea and to our destination of Fabrics Galore in Lavender Hill.  We walked through parts of London we'd never been to before, particularly interesting was the Shaftesbury Estate originally built in the 1870's by the Artizans, Labourers and General Dwelling Company, when you see an old bloke leaning on his gate post you know you're going to get gold when you stop for a chat, it was a treat.

Purchases were made and we walked on to Clapham Junction station and gave our feet a rest, 
a mere 7.6 miles from out starting point of Euston.  Fortunately I had left the stilettos at home and had on my sensible Grenson's, not really glamorous enough for a cocktail party but I think I got away with it. We ended the day at the most enjoyable Summer Exhibition.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

National Portrait Gallery

We took a trip to the Big Smoke, sadly I didn't realise we were matchy matchy until I got into the car!  After a good breakfast we went to the National Portrait Gallery to seethe BP Portrait Award 2017.

Of course I never go with the winner, this was by far my favourite, 

We stopped off for some party trousers for a little do next week.

This is what I'll be wearing...


Finally we went to see the new people.

Louis took to his role as big cuz pram pusher very well.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hand Weaving

I managed to get some pieces of hand weaving from Jan Beadle at Woolfest
 she does beautiful work and we always spend a lot of time cheek feeling her scarves! 
 This mustard and brown is my favourite I think. 

I used the bright yellow linen from my Japanese dress to line the red and grey which is a bit bigger. 

A few new Marimekko pieces.

Now onto the business of a frock for a fancy party at the RA.  I've got to be in London all day so stilettoes are out,  I'm hoping I can get away with a pink stingray brogue if my dress is dazzling enough.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The British Wool Show

I managed to get to The British Wool Show on Saturday. 
These cones of pure British wool from Riverside found their way into my bag...

and some walnut dyed Alpaca...

and my third lot - two cardigans already knit - of Shilasdair from Ewe & Ply...

and a bit of wool fabric from Riverside...

and a small Alpaca!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Eyes Have It

I've been busy with the eyelet tool, I only wish I'd found this years ago.

 A few new project bags in the shop.

I finished off another dress from a rather gorgeous piece of vintage barkcloth, I just had a big square so I went a bit Japanese and didn't use a pattern, seam up the back, arm slits and a bit of neck shaping.

The button tin had to be scoured for the perfect match for my  Sweet Olivia,
a free pattern by Drops Design, Garnstudio.


I knit it in the wonderful local yarn,  Shropshire Ply by Ewe & Ply who can be found at various wool shows and in the Market Hall Shrewsbury - if you are visiting for the first time, it doesn't look very promising from the outside but delights await you inside!  I cocked up by knitting the sleeves inside out but just chopped them off and kitchenered them back on the right way around.

I tried a ribbon button band for the first time after watching a few tutorials.

It wasn't as tricky as I'd expected

I'm very pleased with the finished article and I've worn it already, another one ticked off the list and on to the next.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Etsy Stitching

I found an unfinished patchwork quilt top ages ago and I was torn between making it up into a quilt or cutting it up,  in the end I decided I wasn't short of quilts so the scissors it was.  I love the cotton prints that the original maker used, 60's and 70's but the yellow hexagon is just the type of thing people like Lotta Jansdotter do now.  I made a few bags.

A bit of Jamieson's of Shetland Fair Isle knit.

An absolute stunner, this 1960's barkcloth reminds me of a Rothko painting, shaded red to orange to pink it's like a sunset.  With the very last of this fabric I made a few slim cases, which I'm quite into at the moment, good for pens or the bottom of your handbag!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Woolfest 2017

On Friday I took my annual trip to Woolfest in Cockermouth, my favourite fibre show.

The Rare Breed Parade with Peter Titley is an absolute treat every year.

Plenty of wooly friends,

old and new.

360 miles, but well worth it.

In other business, I made my third dress from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic
same pattern just a different linen!

At last a cushion for my studio rocker, 
Haddon by Maj Nilsson for David Whitehead, 1959.

A couple of bags with my remnants, this is a heavy almost canvas cotton.

 At last I've dived into my enormous lace stash.

Finally the vintage Marignan - I made a frock from this
 the ever so stylish French with their fur coated chauffeurs and fancy hats,

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Hokusai at the British Museum

I nipped off to London on Monday for the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum.
"From the age of 6 I had a penchant for copying the form of things, and from about 50 my pictures were frequently published; but until the age of seventy, nothing I drew was worthy of notice."
There is hope for us all!

I had a solo lunch at the Wolseley and who should sit down next to me but the very lovely
 Eileen Cooper, Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools.   I had just watched the joyous BBC 4 programme Royal Academy Summer Exhibition  and so thought I may burst when I spoke Eileen.

Back to work, I've been busy with oversized linen totes,

 and some rather nice vintage French cotton drill.