I spent a lovely few hours on Sunday at Angel in Easingwold. Kirstin opened her doors on a Sunday so that anyone and everyone could pop in and learn to make a patchwork pincushion and needlebook, with me, for free!
It was a great way to spend the day and (hopefully) everyone enjoyed it.
Angel (and Easingwold) is a really lovely location to work in. Kirstin stocks an amazing range of beautiful things to buy and the space itself is so warm and welcoming. Plus it's always easier to create when surrounded by so much inspiration!
I'm teaching a number of workshops at Angel in the next couple of months, including one to make an embroidered Christmas stocking, as well as a couple of half day workshops to make Christmas bunting.
And if you're really quick, I think there may still be one space left this Monday 31st, on my cushion making workshop.
For more information on dates and prices you can contact Kirstin at Angel right here.
I really must say that if you're anywhere near Yorkshire, then this really is a lovely place to come and spend the day (especially as right next door there's a fantastic old style sweet shop!).
As soon as I saw this new wallpaper, I new that I had to use it to paper my stand at the Country Living Fair.
It's part of the new 'Logpile' collection by Roddy&Ginger, which also includes great pillow cases and tea towels.
My favourite colourway is the moss yellow and I would love to use it to decorate the stand, but because this is a Christmas fair and I'm going to have lots of red on the stand, I've decided to go with the equally beautiful 'silver birch'.
I love the fact that this paper conveys a faintly Christmassy feel to me (especially the silver birch colourway), without being obvious and also alludes to the whole 'Tree fall' thing - you know, logs, from tree's. As well as being a perfect backdrop for my woodland animals.
And as if that wasn't enough, just look at the matching cushions...
all images ©Roddy&Ginger
I think it might be fair to say that I'm working harder than I've ever worked before. Taking part in the Country Living Xmas Fair is not cheap and is in fact the biggest financial risk I've ever taken. Which means that I need to make sure that I have enough stock to (hopefully, hopefully) make the costs back (I daren't think of profit!). And of course one of the downsides to being a designer/ maker is that as well as designing everything, I have to also make everything.
The downside to having such a huge deadline is the stress and worry of not being able to make enough stock in time (and the lack of sleep). But the upside is that it's finally focused me enough to work on some stuff that's been half finished or floating around on scraps of paper for as long as a couple of years.
As well as the woodland creatures, I will also be introducing my new collections of mirrors, key rings and badges at the fair, and a few other smaller items. Of course there will also be Princess and the Pea Sets, Treefall Bunnys, Xmas stockings, bibs and clothing.
I'm so sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of the fantastic 'Just Dandy' fat quarter pack.
The winner is.....
comment number 73 -
Love "dot hatches in blue jay"... Just gorgeous :)
Congratulations Viktorija! Drop me an email with your address and we'll get the pack in the post to you.
The fantastic 'Just Dandy' collection from Josephine Kimberling for Robert Kaufman is a beautiful mix of modern, graphic prints with vintage 1950's cross hatch, florals and dots.
The collection is currently available from the lovely UK based, online shop 'M is for Make' and I'm really happy to say that Kate has been kind enough to offer one of you lucky ducks a fat quarter bundle, that includes all 8 of these prints, for free!
All you have to do to have a chance to win one of these bundles is pop over to 'M is for Make', have a look around and come back here and leave a comment telling me your favourite print that Kate stocks.
I'll be closing the comments on Tuesday 18th, and announcing the winner on Friday 21st October. So you have a week to be for a chance of some free fabric.
A new jersey top and chambray/linen skinny trousers - still in the prototype stages.
The top has bat wing sleeves, that tighten at the cuff and has a large rolled collar, that hangs more cowel like when worn. And the trousers are skinny fit, made from a really soft chambray that has a little stretch to it for comfort, and a deep linen cuff.
I'm rubbish at drawing (much to my annoyance) so I tend to work by going directly to the pattern paper, (I use a big roll of Ikea paper) and draw the patterns out freehand to start with, before working out the exact measurements. Then I just start cutting and sewing, using fabrics that I like rather than muslin, and expand on my ideas that way.
This outfit is in a size 3-4, but sadly my 3-4 year old seems to feel she should have the right to exercise free will and refuses to wear it for any longer than a split second so I can check the sizing.
I have a plan though. And it involves pink. And floral. And a little more pink.
And possibly some begging.
Natural linen and polkadot is one of my favourite combinations.
I'm currently trying not to drown in panic as I prepare for my first year exhibiting at the Country Living Christmas Fair in London. Any advice about surviving it would be most appreciated!
Also it's my 10k run on Sunday!
And my mum has a horrible surgical procedure tomorrow.
And Lily has just been diagnosed with verbal dyspraxia.
And .... well, you get the picture.
Love linen and polkadots though.
Anyone who spends any time sewing for men or older boys knows just how hard it can be to find prints that are masculine without being cowboy/robot/transport themed. Unless you stick mainly to plaids, stripes or plains, it can be nigh on impossible to sew a masculine quilt, especially if you want it to be modern and original.
Which is why I'm so excited to see this new collection called Curious Nature, which includes both quilting cottons and home decor weight cottons in muted colours and graphic prints.
The collection is the first released under the name of Parson Gray, which is the new brand created by graphic designer David Butler. And if that name seems to ring a bell, it's because David is the hugely talented husband of the equally talented Amy Butler.
In his own words David says
"The collection is a folk modern interpretation of natural elements. It weaves together a balance of hand-drawn patterns inspired by Japanese indigo and mid-century fine art. The palette is grounded in richly muted nature tones evoking deep forest and dark ocean balanced by bone ivory and oyster grays."
"I am profoundly inspired by watching Amy's artistic process, and being so tied to this creative industry through her for many years, with so many friends, I finally couldn't help myself. I only had to wait for the ideas and inspiration for what I felt I could offer the textile industry that I couldn't already find. That's how Amy started - by creating print collections that she wanted to see in the world. So I've taken my fine art approach to design, my own voice, and applied it to pattern."
Curious Nature will be launching in Houston at the International Quilt Market this month and should be in shops from next month onwards. Of course, I'm not sure when or if it will be available here in the UK, but as it's being launched by Free Spirit, I have high hopes that it will be available to buy over here sometime in the near future.
After so many years of working so closely with Amy, it's not a surprise that David Butler has finally released a fabric collection of his own and nor is it a surprise that it's such a beautiful, thoughtful collection that will appeal to both men and women.
I can't wait to see what both Amy and David come up with next!
This weekend I taught a patchwork table runner workshop in Darlington and in preparation made this one for our kitchen table, using the pattern that I teach.
I took my colour inspiration from the existing colour palette in our kitchen but also from these images that I have pinned on Pinterest.
The table runner is pretty quick to make and includes both a pinwheel block and basic four patch blocks. It's a good project for beginners at patchwork because it not only comes together pretty quickly but it's also not a huge leap from the table runner to an actual quilt.
The four prints that I've used are Ragg Tagg, which is part of the gorgeous Shades of Grey collection by Daisy Janie, the Diamond Chevron voile from the Greenfieldhill collection by Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler's Coriander in pine and a mustard linen that I picked up a few years ago. For the sashing I've used natural linen and for the backing, a plain mustard coloured cotton.
Talking of runners, (slightly tenuous link, I admit) I've got less than a week until my run for charity and I'd like to thank everyone that has helped me smash my target! Of course, that's not to say that I wouldn't still be extremely grateful for more sponsorship, because every penny really does help! So if you can spare a little something to help research and treat cancer, please do pop over to my Just Giving page. And in the mean time, I'm still training hard and hoping that I'll manage the 10k!