A couple of months ago I made some Bunny Ears which were sold through my local stockist Made in Stroud. They sold well in the run-up to Easter, and one lady even bought two woollen pairs for a party. I collected the unsold stock to take to a Vintage & Craft Fair in Gloucester. That same day the customer (who had already bought 2 … Read More An Unexpected Tail
Inspired by pieces I saw recently in Liberty’s, and remembering a prototype pair I rustled up for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party themed event, I have made a collection of bunny ears. Every girl should have a pair in her wardrobe to call on for a party, or festival, or just a quirky pick-me-up. Put them on and you can’t help but smile! There are … Read More Mad March
The last two weekends have been a hectic whirl, as we opened our studio at Stafford Mill as part of the SIT Textile Trail. There is a rich textile heritage in the Stroud Valleys, as it was once a world leader in the production of woven textiles. It is home to the Stroudwater Textile Trust, and Stroud International Textiles who organise the Textile Trail. … Read More Welcome to our Material World!
With a week and a half to go, the sewing machines are whiring away here at Stafford Mill, in preparation for the Textile Trail Open Studios, taking place on the weekends of the 12 & 13th and 19th & 20th of May. The local Made In Stroud shop have already got a range of our products on display (and for sale!). They re-did the window … Read More There’s nothing like the pressure of a deadline…
One of my aims for this year was to find more shops and outlets to sell my work through. As a small scale maker it can be intimidating approaching new retailers, and it’s hard not to take each knock back personally. The best leads often come from word of mouth, through friends and family. A casual conversation can lead to an opening, an opportunity … Read More Bristol beckons!
The idea for these little bolero style cardigans came about when I needed a cover-up to go over the lovely vintage dress I wore to my sisters wedding. It was in May, and the unpredicatable English weather could go either way…so I needed something that would keep me warm if it was cold, but wouldn’t swamp me or hide the dress….I was searching for … Read More More felted wool! – Shrug cardigans
These corsages are perfect for using every scrap of fabric left over from the felted wool jumpers! This lovely pink wool and angora flower came from a jumper which had already yielded enough fabric to make a pair of slippers and a pair of wrist warmers. They are fairly easy to make. You cut circles out of the fabric, fold then over twice and … Read More Up-cycled wool flower corsages
Had a great day at Prema Arts Centre yesterday, running an afternoon workshop. We were making a pair of slippers out of old, felted woolen jumpers. The emphasis was on using favourite jumpers which had been a victim of the washing machine and shrunk to unwerable proportions! We followed a simple pattern, adapted from ‘Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed and Organic Materials’ … Read More Slipper Workshop