Friday, 29 October 2010

Liberty floral coin purse - Besty

Betsy... expect more next week: Whiltshire, Tatum, Nancy Ann and Edenham!

I love, love and love Liberty fabrics, especially the dainty florals. There're so quintessentially English, and in my opinion,just too good to only use for little girls dresses… And indeed, in the past year, Liberty had collaborated with Target, Merci, Hermes, Nicholas Kirkwood, Manolo Blahnik and countless others. 
After the success of the Knitting & Stitching show, I have decided to use more of these delightful floral prints. This cute coin purse is made of "Betsy",designed for Liberty in 1933!
The purse closes with a pale green metal kisslock frame and has a tiny golden bow at the front, for added cuteness! It's available through my etsy shop.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Chiffon Knot: The Liberty Way To Tie A Scarf

I love silk scarves, especially equestrian-themed ones and I always wear them in the same way. So I was keen to watch "cine liberty" and discover new ways of wearing scarves. This so far was the best way for me: I think I'm actually quite traditional and feel funny about pleating/ twisting/ knotting vintage scarves...

Thursday, 21 October 2010

My very own "Martin Parr" moment...

At the Foreign Office
Well, it's a bit of an exaggeration! I took this picture when I visited in September during the open house event. That little flag caught my eyes and I quite like the result, it's a little quirky and a nice break from taking pictures of purses... and I forgot to look for the name of the portrait.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

I've been featured in a book...

the book in question, published this October
Peppermint Twist coin purse and two applique pouches!
About a week or so ago, I discovered that some of my work had been included in a new craft book, Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse. It's a "proper" book: it's available from Amazon!  I had prepared the text a long time ago and did not know if it had been accepted, so it was quite a bit of a surprise! And as I was buying birthday cards in Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road  the other day, I saw it! It was a little surreal! I used to make pouches and purses with dove and horse applique; I think it's about time that they return!
I was included with Craft Guerrilla.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Some great jumpsuits from Built by Wendy...

I love these winter jumpsuits from Built by Wendy's autumn/winter collection, especially the grey tweed one. They're relaxed and easy, yet they're styled in a chic look. The wool voile top looks great too; I'm tempted to make myself something similar.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Rococo Chocolates..

Contents vary according to seasonal catch but may contain praline mushrooms, maize, quail eggs, walnuts or potatoes...
I needed to buy some chocolate as a thank you present but it is not so easy when the recipients are craft minded (they're the Craft Guerrilla)... I thought of making something, but of course I'm still recovering from the Knitting and Stitching Show and my talent in the kitchen is rather limited...  Searching for artisan chocolates, I had a quick look at the Rococo Chocolates' website, and yes, I don't think I could achieve something like this! I love this autumnal version, with potatoes, mushrooms and maize!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Nearly there... The Knitting & Stitching Show 2010

Established as the textile event of the yearThe Knitting & Stitching Show is a feast for the eyes to anyone interested in textiles and craft!  If you are passionate about stitching, knitting, quilting, crafts or any other form of textiles you’ll find plenty to buy, workshops to attend and beautiful galleries to inspire. Peppermint Twist will be exhibiting in London thanks to the generous support from the lovely gals from the East London Craft Guerrilla! Click here to see the other talented designers they have selected for the London show: Sarah Kerry, Rebekah McMullenRosalind Price-Cousins, Boubou Designs and PolkaDotSundays

7th October – 10th October 2010
Thur, Fri and Sat:10.00am – 5.30pm; Sun: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Monday, 4 October 2010

Some new items in preparation for the Knitting & Stitching show..

Available in the etsy shop
Love Story 
I've been sewing a lot lately and working on my displays, so it's all slowly taking shape... We're getting ready for the Knitting and Stitching Show this week. These new clutches purses are made of hide leather and come in neutral colours, tan, dark brown, black and grey; they all have a chain option too. I've been told there's a 1970s look about them.. which was so flattering as I am a big fan of Ali McGraw!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Oh Carven!

Some wonderful spring summer 2011 dresses from the recently relaunched Carven label!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Drink, Shop & Do

I was thrilled when I had an email from Coralie last August about the re-opening of Drink, Shop & Do! Last winter the gallery-shop-café-bar opened at as a temporary pop up during December. It was such a lovely venue, with boldly painted red stripes walls, but three weeks were not enough to make most of it! They're now open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from lunch to bedtime and serve tea, cakes, light meals, great cocktails, etc,  in a lovely setting where everything is for sale! They organise small crafty events too, and they stock a nice selection of Peppermint Twist button badges!