These are my redesign of the owls that I made for the Country Living show back in November.
Whilst I was preparing for BCTF I realised that with the change in the seasons, I didn't want to work with the wools and tweeds that I made the previous owls out of.
So I decided to make them out of the linens that I've also used for my blouses and cushions, which feels much more summery.
Because the linen is plain (unlike the tweeds) I also felt that they needed more detail, so I gave them wings.
The owls come in two sizes and are stuffed with polyfil and a little rice bag to weigh them down.
To be honest, I was never really happy with my wool owls, but these one's make me smile.
And Bella and Lily (who opinions are always seek) say they like these more than anything else I have made! Which also makes me smile.
These are my new Chevron stroller blankets.
The combination of chevrons and grey and yellow is almost too much for me to bear and almost makes me wish that I had another baby to wrap up in it.
Although there are some great chevron prints out there, I wanted to give patchwork chevrons a go for these blankets, and I'm glad I did because I love making these.
At the moment they're only available in these three colourways, but I have a number of other colours in the pipeline, including green and grey.
I'd love to hear suggestions for other colours though!
These ones are available here.
I've just finished exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. The build up to it has meant focusing on new designs and finally, finally creating a much more cohesive collection.
Quite unusually for me, I've been using mainly solid cottons and a lot more colour. But I've been really excited by such a bright colour palette and have found that it's really sparked my creativity. It also feels like a much more grown up collection to me (even though it's all for kids!).
The show is a really good one to do as a designer/maker as unlike the other trade shows the buyers understand that everything is handmade and that the lead times, availablity and price points all reflect that fact.
It's also absolutely lovely to spend 3 days in the company of so many wonderful, talented and friendly designers, especially after spending so much time working alone.
Next up I have The Makers Fair at the The Saltaire Arts Trail.
It's one of my favourite makers fairs to do and if you're anywhere near the area I highly recommend it!