Earlier I showed you how to make a vintage diamante side tiara. Next up is a hair pin made with a recycled vintage brooch. These pins look great added to an up-do and work well in thick or curly hair. Here I have used an old 1920’s brooch, two hair pins joined together, silver knitted wire and silver 0.2 wire. Firstly cut a length … Read More Making a Recycled Vintage Diamante Hair Pin
I have been making these side tiaras for a while now, but it all started in 2013 in response to an enquiry from a bride-to-be…. Paula loved vintage marcasite brooches and wanted a statement bridal headpiece made from them. I experimented with different techniques and ended up using silver plated wire to bind all the pieces together and fix them onto a blonde coloured … Read More Wiring together a Vintage Diamante Side Tiara
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!
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