Wishing you all a Happy Christmas!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Here we are again with another Christmas Artisans' Bazaar at the Fish Slab Gallery in Whitstable. I've been sewing into the small hours to get things finished in time. It was a relief to finally open the doors to the public and we've had a busy first day with lots of sales despite the snow.
I really look forward to spending a few days with the other makers and there are so many beautiful things.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
I've been making a few cloth books of late for some special first birthdays.
The monkey is a likeness of a favourite toy and has a squeaker in him.
The tea cup represents all the coffee mornings (and afternoons) spent at the Tudor Tearooms, and Bob is her little pull along dog.
This is broccoli and blueberries, the only food that passed her lips for quite some time, and of course the last page is Betty tucked up in bed.
She likes this page best.
Here's Betty's special friend Oliver's.
Here I've added a stirring spoon. The sail boat has crinkly flapping sails.
Oliver lives on the top of a very steep hill.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
I am trying to spend a bit more time in my workshop. (Typically this happens as the temperature drops and the hours of daylight lessen). It's almost a year since Betty was born, and I haven't begun to seriously make work since. I have a lot to get ready for various projects. I find I can sometimes grab a couple of hours making as she naps during the day and it's surprising how much can be accomplished in such a short time. (Housework, dinner etc goes out the window though!)
Here are some cups ready for the slip to be painted on. But cups are nothing without saucers, so I'd better get cracking on those!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
I've been steadily working my way through the knitting patterns in the wonderful "Knitted Odd-Bod Bunch" book by Donna Wilson. I love that each pattern's character is styled in a funny little vignette. Here's who I've created so far....
Ginge Marmalade twins
Rill Raccoon Fox
Cyril Squirrel Fox
There are 35 characters to knit, so I've plenty more to go!
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
On Tuesday evenings for the past five weeks I've been going to a screen printing class at The Print Block. Beginning with stencil prints, we then moved on to using drawing fluid, and for the last two evenings we used photographic screen printing techniques. Despite being incredibly disorganised I am really pleased with my final print. I have to admit I am indebted to the patience and skills of Suki and Karen.
I used three overlays. The first one pink, the second a semi translucent blue (creating a purple where it overlays the pink), and finally the dark outline. I almost prefer it without the dark outline.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
I was so excited to find this at the Seaside Brocante yesterday. It looks like it's never been used and has instruction book and cotton reel ready to go.
From the 1950s I would guess; such wonderful graphics.
Rather a gender specific toy!
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Other than eating them straight off the vine, I was wondering what to do with the first substantial harvest we've had from our grape vine. It's a wonderful variety called "Strawberry", with a very unusual musky deep flavour. I found a recipe for grape jelly in Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook.
This made 900ml of juice, and 3 and a half jars of jam.
I've been popping out these Christmas baubles in anticipation of our Handmade Market at the Fish Slab Gallery the week before Christmas.
They are fairly easy to make....
*Firstly wind a tight ball of wool. (must be 100%wool).
*Then cover with 'wool tops' so that none of the wound wool is showing through. There's a great selection of wool tops colours available from Knitshop.co.uk.
*Stuff the balls into a leg of old nylon tights, tying between each ball.
*Machine wash with a teaspoon of detergent on a hot wash. I did 90 degrees c.
They come out tightly felted and shrunk by approximately one third.
I've not done much embroidery before, but taught myself a French Knot and have been decorating with simple contrasting colours.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
I've been making pot holders and oven gloves from the stash of material I've been building up. I came home from the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace with quite a bit more, mainly from the wonderful Eternal Maker stand.