Saturday, 12 December 2009

Knit and Stitch Show at Harrogate 2009


At the Knit and Stitch Show there was some really inspiring work and I came home with a big bag of goodies. These lovely books are made by Libby Smith. The layers and texture makes them so fascinating and also the colours a really nice too.

This collagraph print was created by Diane Smith. Collagraphs are so interesting as they capture lots of textures and the tonal changes are also very lovely.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Momiji Competition

I read on the Momiji Blog that they are now judging the dolls! How exciting! This is my doll that I entered, its a Farmer called Farmer Ji with a little piggy pal! I designed it to support British farming and to buy local. The secret message underneath reads: 'Plant some love today and let it grow.'

Welcome to Momiji

Welcome to Momiji

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Liberty's Chirstmas Window!!


I found this window display on Liberty's blog, I love the huge robin its so sweet and the whole village of little bird boxes are just as lovely. I am going to look at fabrics at the weekend which should be really fun.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The amazing Toft Alpaca Shop!!


I saw these most amazing bags today at Harrogate's Knit and Stitch Show. I love the shape of them and the massive button! They are called bulb bags but sadly are £80 for the kit. But I do love them so maybe in the future!

Take a look at the website...

www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/home.aspx

Monday, 9 November 2009

FreeQ Mags 1st Birthday Party @ Moog!

This Saturday, the 14th of November come down to Moog on Newdigate Street, Notts between 12-6pm for the Nottingham Craft Mafia Craft Fair, a photography exhibition, live illustration and graffiti. I have been making lots of pig brooches especially!!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Buy Handmade this Christmas!

I was in the Design Circus, Pop Up Shop in West Bridgford yesterday and just couldn't resist this horse clutch bag! Its so beautifully finished, has a quirky horse on the front and fir on the back! It was handmade by Sarah Culleton, a maker from Derby, she has many more in the shop all individual and so beautiful. Visit her etsy shop at....

You have got to visit the shop, its is a little treasure trove full of lots of goodies and Christmas presents. Some of the Nottingham Craft Mafia members are also selling there, its definitely worth a visit!
Buy Handmade this Christmas!



Tuesday, 20 October 2009

First Fair Isle!


This is my first attempt at fair isle using 7 colours, i am quite proud. Buts its not actually as hard as it looks!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Make its 2 - Pattern

Using polystyrene is a quick and easy way to add a pattern and could be combined with the textural embroidery stitches. Letraset is a fun and quirky way to add text.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Big Messy Cup Cake!

This was my 21st birthday cake, it got a bit stuck to the tin, so needed a bit of patching up!!
But the blue ribbon and the plum on top distracted the mess! I liked it anyway!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

The duvet is done!

My finished pig duvet! I used a satin stitch to sew on the pigs then used free hand embroidery for the eyes and ears. I am excited to put it on my bed in Notts now :)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Make its 1 - Texture

'Make its' is going to be a regular feature of ideas to add to your work or new ways of working. Some will be easy and some will be more challenging or require specialist equipment. You can print them out to keep or pass on to your craft loving friends!


Add some textural embroidery stitches to felt, fabrics or paper to make work more tactileand interesting. Couching is attractive when sewing down knotted or tangled cording.

Shopping Week @ Get Made! Monday 14th to Saturday19th!!


Shopping Week @ Get Made! Monday 14th to Saturday19th!! Also Tuesday 15th 4-11pm Shopping evening and get 10% OFF ALL PURCHASES and FREE GLASS of BUBBLY!!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Rankin Live

This exhibition (31st July - 18th September) at The Brewery in Brick Lane is a necessity in anyone interested in photography!

It was an extensive exhibition covering many aspects of his photographic career and many of his more recent celebrity series. He has photographed Kate Moss and the Queen and had a section of photos of his wife and son which let us pry into his personal life. The aim of some of his projects was to shock the viewer and make them feel uncomfortable which I am sure he achieved!

My favourite collection pictured really thin models with clothes pinned (so they are small enough) that had been caught devouring chocolate showing their desperation and the extremes they go to stay scrawly thin. These images were trying to prove a point about the controversial body image attitude of the fashion world.
At the end of the exhibition we watched Rankin photographing nudes live in the studio, so you could see how he worked. He had at least 10 people helping him at a time, not including make up artists. Three people were holding up the light reflective screens, holding a spot light or changing the wall colour. As soon as he took the photo it went to the first of the three computers. On the the other two computers people were editing them as soon as they were taken, smoothing out any imperfections. It didn't seem very glamorous as modeling is always perceived; the models were rushed in quickly then after about 5 minutes, it was the next ones turn, also there were lots of people watching so it needs a lot of self confidence! Photos taken in the Rankin photo booth!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Woman in Black

Yesterday Tom and I went to see The Woman in Black! At the Fortune Theatre in London. It was a really good show, and used the props well so it was simple. There were only two actors playing all the parts which worked really well again not confusing the audience with lots of people on the stage at once. There were a few screams and eerie bits, but i would really recommend it!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Museum of Childhood - Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle


This was a really lovely exhibition again at V&A Museum of Childhood (2 May - 6 September 2009) showing many of Quentin Blake's illustrations for Roald Dahl's stories. They were so simple yet so beautiful and playful. The way he uses ink and water colour really creates a a good representation of Dahls stories and shows their collaboration worked well. There were several illustrations for each story which brought back memories of reading his books as a child.

Museum of Childhood - Make Do and Mend

This free exhibition 'Make Do and Mend' (13 June - 8 Noember 2009) at the V&A Museum of Childhood was really inspiring as artists and school children turned old items into beautiful objects anyone would love in their home. I found the lampshades above really interesting because of the amount of lamps, placement and the bright clashing colours. I was really interested in the beetle chairs and crockery called 'Bugged' 2009 by Lou Rota. They were really fun, quirky and play with what you would normally consider grotesque and especially not want to find on your plate. I have found her work for sale on http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/lourota with plates from only £25.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Project Duvet!

I am up-cycling a duvet cover which my Grandma gave me, I am going to sew large pink fabric pigs about 30cm in width on to the flower patterned fabric.
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Today I brought the pink fabric and some bonda web to use, and happened to come across the best fabric shop called 'Fabric Land' in Kingston. It sells so many rolls of fabric and patterned cotton only £1.99 per metre!! It has lots of buttons, trim and thread all for very cheap, even cheaper than Nottinghams markets.
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Sadly I am very busy over the next week so Project D will have to wait!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

What a whale of a time in Wales!

We stayed in St Brides in Pembrokeshire on the peninsular so had some spectacular views of beautiful and idyllic beaches and landscapes. We saw seals with their pups in a bay, lots of birds and got rained on many times!
And some cool dog statues at St Brides Castle!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Colours of Turkey

Turkey was full of amazing inspiring colours and patterns. I really wanted one of these beautiful lamps but didn't think I could return with it in one piece!!

We visited a carpet weavers and saw the beautiful patterns and colour ways the talented women were weaving.
Architecture in Ephesus, an old tiny Greek ghost town now inhabited by Turks and a really decorative mosque.
I love the tradition of the 'Nazar boncugu' meaning evil eye, coloured eye like stones are attached to cars, houses, pets and babies to protect them from evil.

Monday, 17 August 2009

New Etsy.com Banner

This is my lovely new Etsy banner designed by Tom Moloney my Graphic Designer boyfriend, how handy!! So take a look www.avantgardecrafts.etsy.com

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Will it catch on?

Tom and I saw some tourists doing this by the Houses of Parliament, so we thought why miss an 'hand/famous landmark combo' opportunity!