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.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Looking For The Sunshine

We have a few babies due and so Miss Belle has been busy quilting.

I was on bibs,
 I may have had to steal a pair of leggings from someone to make a soft absorbent backing!

Love this coated lobster and crab print from Laura Ashley.

Sticking with the brights - Ankara pencil case.

Grey and yellow quilty case.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Balenciaga & Howard Hodgkin

We had a trip to London, some of us went to see Annie and others went to see Balenciaga.

My favourite.

Upstairs in the exhibition were other designers showing a Balenziaga influence in shaping, 
Gareth Pugh 2013.

Elizabeth Parke Firestone's shoes, when you find something you like why not?

She had an amazing wardrobe.

Women's evening cape 1963.

 A T-shaped kimono cut manipulated into dramatic folds with an invisible internal ribbon, 1950.

Taffeta as thin as burned paper, the shape inspired by the balloon skirts of the women of Ibiza.  Created with hoops to create spacious voids that fill with air when walking, ties at the hem which tie above the knee.


I also managed to get to the National Portrait Gallery, always a treat.

Howard Hodgkin, my favourite was a tiny pencil drawing, no photos allowed.

I couldn't resist this Judith Kerr portrait for my studio.

We also went to the Japan Centre for a bit of reading material.

I am very much enjoying The Master of Us All, a perfect read for the train journey home.