Things [ Hand Made ]


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

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


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Trying to have a productive day

Following on from my return to actually making something, I am not making a box to contain the umbrella.

In the way that happens with these things, it involves, cutting, drilling and sticking books back together.

Not the best of pictures but trying to avoid stopping to take proper photos which would cause me to avoid the work

This is avoiding work avoidance.


Thursday, 8 May 2014

New work

Finally the lethargy lifts.

I am involved in an exhibition with some friends at the beginning of June and to say I have been putting off the work is an understatement!

We have been planning it for a while and others are very busy producing work

I however, have procrastinated, avoided, moaned, had a frozen shoulder, had a rotor cuff injury, tidied, taught, spent time with my kids, family, friend redecorated rooms, anything other than actually sit down and produce something.

Last week I was discussing with students what prevents us from making and creating when it gives us such pleasure. Lack of a realistic dead line?

Ideas have come and wandered round my head, most weekends have me moaning that I need to work on it but I knew that it was still to far away.

I tried doing a little each day. Rather like a write should produce 200 words a day.

This particular piece got stuck in the ugly stage and was hidden away. Not to be touched or thought about


Finally this weekend I sat down to work on it. Less than a mont to go. That's usually when the dalines kick in for me.

At least I get going with a month to go.

It could really be all last minutes

Now I am almost back in love with the work. Trying to find odd moments to work on it.

Bang goes the housework......


What's it about?

Well I am currently embroidering an umbrella with "lost things" to hide in a box.

Hmmmmm. It's about what we look for when we make and enjoy art.

I'll explain more later.