Things [ Hand Made ]


My chance to wonder about hand made things and tell the world about those I make, love and cherish!

Monday, 20 October 2014

An embroidered sunflower patch

While we were on holiday this year I was bowled over by the beauty of the sunflowers. Field after field of glororius sunflowers.
It got me started on a couple of sunflower projects to hold onto them a little longer. The first was my skirt and t he second was a small pouch.
Originally planned to be attached to the skirt but they went separate ways in the design process and would now look awful together.
Both of these projects have been made in quite a spontaneous way.
I ten not to overplan work anyway but this idea for a punch was inspired by a beautiful rainbow range of coloured napkins I saw in a french sewing shop in Bergerac.
Knowing that it would be a little ridiculous to buy one of each colour I resisted and went for one green, a beautiful spring green that I am really drawn to at the moment. Picked up a few threads and streets it on holiday.
What do you take on holiday? I wouldn't dream of going without a small embroidery hoop, scissors and needles for just such an event of inspiration.
Anyway, some doodle later and a lot of bullion stitche later I have an origami pouch doodled with sunflowers.
It's stitched both sides in heavy embroidery and has 3 pockets.

Not quite sure what I will do with it but it has helped to work out a bit of sunflower addiction.


Friday, 10 October 2014

A "new" dress


I have a new system for getting things done, it's nothing new or exciting juts a list that I stick to, where things cannot be added until things are done.

I know, there is a pending list where things wait to get on the list but I just ignore that.

This is a vintage dress that I found for £15.

Yes, £15

It has sat waiting to have a simple alteration to the neckline and then today seemed to be the day to do it.

Just like that, job done.

Another ticked off the list.

Now something can move on.

.........and I have something " new " to wear.

Off to the Ashmolean in Oxford to see the embroidery exhibition. I think this dress might just say arty traditional in just the right way.


Friday, 26 September 2014

A sunflower skirt

A project finished.
I have been mulling this one over for most of the year. It probably started seeing 2 of Van Gogh sunflower paintings in London back in Februaury. It has started a bit of year of sunflowers.

Followed by reading the blog by one of my design heros Sarah Campbell

Then a great summer trip to France and Spain, seeing fields of ripe sunflowers.

Then finding a lovely cotton sheet for £3 at a flea market.

I know, I wish I had bought the other one now

Painting the cloth with lovely big blousy sort of sunflowers.

Had to be in the garden as the kitchen table had been taken over by a variety of other projects.

Finding time to paint the second piece.
GettIng excited to see it washed and pressed, sitting on the shelf earlier this week.

Then a frustrating couple of days teaching with fingers itching to get it started.

I know, I am always telling the learners that life shouldn't get in the way of making things.

Finally this morning getting round to cutting into it using my trusty a line pattern

and Ta Dah........a new sunflower skirt.

Not bad, from February to September.

I'm off to wander through fields wearing it trying to look like something from the Boden catalogue.

Well, when I say fields, I mean the bit where everyone walks their dogs.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

A room of my own


Most days I could have a rather dramatic tantrum about not having having a room of my own......a space to make....... a studio.........somewhere
I usually make at the kitchen table which allows me to stay at the centre of the family. It means I can hear all they do and they can see the processes I go through. We share making things and everyone usually has an opinion on what is needed.
Today however the table was taken with the mending of a remote control car, some glitter art and a school project that needed mending.
I was pushed out to the garden.
Actually it was rather nice.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Painting the garden bench

At last..

One of those jobs I have been meaning to do.

It's not pink.

I have been meaning to repaint the bench for the garden. I don't have a big garden and I don't particaurly enjoy gardening but there is a little corner I am often found just sitting.
Made all the nicer by the next door neighbours having one of those tinkly water things that just make a background noise.
The bench isn't pink.
I was going to paint the bench as I had found this half tin of not quite pink paint in the garage. I added a genourous squirt of blue acrylic and it took on a more lilac tone.
It's not pink.

I wanted is to match this little table I made. The bottom of the table comes from a little table that was slowly falling apart. The top is a mosaic I did on a workshop with the effervescent Caroline Jariwalla.

It took me a while to work out what I could use the mosaic for but together with the bench it has just refreshed my favourite little corner.

Now if someone could just fetch me a Pimms and my embroidery....

Where has that 14 year old gone?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

From sarong to skirt

Today's project was turning a beautiful batik sarong cloth into a skirt I can wear a bit more often.

My hips are a bit too wide to carry off the wrap around skirt anywhere other than the beach!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Some summer flowers

Preparation for a workshop has caused me to spend an hour painting and printing fabric.

It's a tough life.

Heavily influenced by Sarah Campbell