Friday, 9 December 2016

Mark Hearld Harvest Hare Cases

I love the work of Mark Hearld, I bought this linen to make a bag for myself originally and now I've mad up a few zip pouches.  They are backed with a grey wool canvas and i've bonded the linen print on to a vintage linen so the bags are fairly robust.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Original London Underground Victoria Line Moquette


I've reached the point where I need to take off my specs to see the detail, but I do love the detail.
Original London Underground Victoria Line Moquette, the remaining fabric left over from the bag that I made for myself.

All listed on Etsy.

Monday, 5 December 2016

London Underground TFL Moquette

I've been busy with these little moquette cases.
Re-creations from the TFL archive, red Piccadilly,


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Fair Isle: Living on the Edge

A fabulous place to visit.

Pretty as a picture.

The flight is ace.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Vintage Needlepoint

I love doing needlepoint they are addictive but lately I just seem to be collecting them on my travels.
This is a very vintage French piece of Napoleon astride his steed, the colours are fabulous the red just pops from the muted browns, greys and greens.

Vintage French again,  a massive 40" x 18.5"  it would look great on a window seat.

 English this time, small but perfectly formed.

This is the best executed piece of needlepoint I've ever come across, above is the reverse side, it looks like a a knit stitch.  It was formerly a chair back from the 1930's I would guess from the type face and wording on the canvas, although the design on it's own could be contemporary but then that's the mark of a timeless design.

Lessons From The Bottom Drawer

I'm extremely busy at the moment with a studio move and Christmas making. 
Here's something I was reminded of the other day, a piece of audio that ran with my MA Show. 
 It's 20 minutes so you might want to get a cup of tea!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

French Brocade

I've been busy making jackets this week.
How I love bright red overlocking on dark grey wool.

I used up the last of some French brocade that I bought a while ago to make myself some cushions
I did do the cushions.

This fabric combination just makes me happy,
I love pure wool and grey and anything multicoloured and bright so this ticks all the boxes.

This raglan beauty is over on my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Autumn Gold

Back at work and autumn has arrived so I cut into a gorgeous mustard pure wool Witney blanket that I had been saving for just these golden days.  Etsy shop updated.

Original blanket label hand stitched into the jacket.

I think this colour goes with absolutely anything.

A sweet little top with poofy sleeves that I'm tempted to keep for myself.

Time Off For Good Behavior

We popped off to Barbados for half term,

plenty of homework to be done though.

Right at the end of the beach, the perfect spot to swim.

Bathsheba, possibly our favourite bit of Barbados, always worth the dodgy drive.

No family holiday is allowed to pass without finding fibre related heavy machinery.

West Indian Sea Island Cotton in St. George,
we learned a lot about this cotton and that's saying something considering one of my favourite books is 'The Grapes of Wrath' and I listened to 'Twelve Years a Slave' while we were away.

We arrived home to autumn in full swing, my favourite time of year.

Friday, 14 October 2016

London Underground Victoria Line Moquette

On a recent buying trip I managed to secure a very small amount of original London Underground moquette, this is like gold dust, I've only ever seen used seats before but this one is absolutely pristine.  I was very excited when I spotted it.  Like my Welsh Tapestry, they just don't make it of quite the same quality any more and the patterns are timeless.

I may have spoken about my recent trip to Shetland before!  I needed a decent sized hand bag that could double as a useful tote and this is what I came up with for myself.   Being made of moquette it's robust but will stay looking good, just think of all those bums on tube seats over the years. it's basically a very intricate and well made carpet.  A roomy zip pocket to keep my purse, phone and keys safe, a couple of pockets for a small notebook and pen, tissues etc. leaving the main void of the bag free for knitting, shopping, stuff I picked up along the way. I had so many enquiries about this bag that I decided to make one more, the remaining fabric I have a few little jobs for.

I was up at 4am this morning delivering my first born to his coach for a college trip to Paris, so I've got a lot including putting this little gem on my Etsy shop

I improved on my prototype with a very slightly different shape and I tweaked the handles - I think was a bit over the top with double fixings, brass going through a layer of leather and two of moquette isn't going anywhere.

It will stand up on its own, loaded or not.

 I love the simplicity of the pattern...

and the red, white and blue is a timeless colour combination.

Adventures in Dressmaking

I saw this made by Oonaballoona and fancied one,
Simplicity 8014,  the waisted longer one in denim.

Lots of women looked good in this dress.

I've no idea why I thought this would look good in this fabric, I look like an elephant in very good Japanese fabric.  It's essentially done, just needs the buttonholes and hemming but I'm going to let it sit for a while and eventually inspiration is sure to strike.

On a positive note, Merchant & Mills never fail me.
I bought the Top 64 pattern from Ray Stitch - a fab shop - ages ago and had a test run in some orange check brushed flannel which I've worn to death.  I made this one up in some coated linen that I bought a few weeks ago hoping that if I washed it the coating would fade and it did just what I expected/wanted.  I made this up the week before my Shetland trip and It's been constantly worn.  I feel very industrious in it, not sure if that's down to the fabric or the pockets or the shape.  I've also made the Merchant & Mills  Trapeze Dress  and their Dress Shirt a few times

On the same fabric buying trip I bought this really thick teal coloured Indian cotton with the intention of making a table cloth, I bought plenty so I thought I'd try another Top 64 although I haven't got around to the tablecloth yet.  This again was whipped up for Shetland and has been worn lots.  I see many more in my future, they are so comfy to wear because not only is it a raglan sleeve but the sleeve is made of two shoulder shaped pieces, a really clever piece of engineering. 

I also made a double faced wool coat for my trip but I think I'm going to take it apart and tweak it, more of that later.  My last super-fast make for Wool Week was the 2 Hour Top a free pattern from Laura at Sew Different - I've also got my eye on this one that she made up from Sewing Bee. 
The 2 Hour Top  is a free pattern but there is a donation button set at £2 which I clicked because it's a very useful site, but you don't have to.  I made this raglan for the first time a couple of months ago from a yellow checked tablecloth and it's proved to be very useful so I made another from some lightweight pure linen bought on that same very successful buying trip.  I think I originally made it a smidge longer than the printed pattern but I forgot so I wore it over a plain long sleeve top which just happened to have the same curved hem, my original also had a straight hem, it's really easy to tweak.

My fastest no-sew make of all.  Queenie was shivering in the cold so I cut the sleeve off a charity shop Harrods cashmere sweater - this is real quality, it's 1960's - and just guessed at a couple of arm holes, she's worn it a bit and since this photo I've rounded off the arms and chopped a couple of inches off the length.   The hilarious thing is it's got a roll neck and she takes no notice of it at all, it's like she's always had a wardrobe of cashmere sweater for lounging around the house in.  I see many more of these in her future.