Thursday, 23 December 2010
I just wanted to say a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all. Thank you to everybody who has supported me, bought my work, or just written kind words this year, it is all so very much appreciated. I didn't really know what to expect when I began this blog in the summer, but I've discovered so many lovely and inspiring people on my wanderings through blogland and facebook, and have made some good friends too (many of you I've never actually met in person - that's the strange world of blogging for you, haha!)
2010 has been a good year in a lot of ways, but some things have also been really tough, but I am so looking forward to 2011 and what it will bring. I have some exciting projects in the pipeline and my head is full of new ideas and new products, which I can't wait to share with you lucky people! :)
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas break whatever you are doing and I look forward to catching up in the New Year!
Monday, 13 December 2010
Had a really busy but very productive weekend sorting and sewing orders and catching up on some household jobs, but I also made this lovely Christmas rag wreath on Saturday night whilst watching my weekly dose of Strictly and X-factor!
What do you think?? I was inspired a few weeks ago after reading a wonderful tutorial on Bunny Mummy's blog, so decided to give it a go, as I've always fancied making one. I'd been on a little shopping trip to Bath on Friday and had allowed myself a visit to 'Country Threads', an amazing fabric shop nestled on a quiet backstreet in Bath. I always end up buying masses of fabric and other bits there, and this time was no exception, I came back with a lovely little haul, including some nice festive red and white fabrics to add to my wreath.
The rest I made up out of scraps I already had in my vast collection, including some gingham and a plain red cotton. Once I'd cut out all my pieces with pinking shears (approx 160 rectangles 6'' by 1.5'' in varying patterns), all I had to do was simply tie each one in a knot around a wire frame, which I made from a piece of very thick jewellery wire. The whole thing only took a few hours, finished off by tying a long piece of reg grosgrain ribbon to the top for hanging, perfect!
I chose only to use a simple colour palette of red and white too, which looks festive but not too Christmas-y that it would look out of place the rest of the year! It turned out so well that I'm now tempted to make a little 'heart' version, which I think would look really sweet in dusky pinks and purples... will have to go raid my stash to see what I've got!
Anyway, hope you like my efforts, and with any luck are all having a lovely, unstressful run up to Christmas (here's hoping anyway!) xxx
Thursday, 9 December 2010
I haven't mentioned it much on my blog so far but as well as my textiles work, I'm also a designer for an online invitation and e-card site called Pingg, which is based in the States. In my collection for them, there are designs for lots of different occasions but today I want to share some of my recent Christmas designs, which can all be sent as holiday cards or invites to parties and events over the festive season!
It seems like I've been sewing badges and buttons almost non-stop over the last few months in preparation for Christmas, so it's been really nice to work on some of these digital designs for a change! Of course it does still involve some sewing too, but there is much more emphasis on the computer side of things than usual, which is like a lovely breath of fresh air at the moment!
If you're interested to see the rest of my (ever-growing) collection of designs for Pingg, you can take a look here. Let me know what you think as always... xx