Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Craft Guerrilla Christmas Craft Emporium returns!

Not to be missed if your are around Walthamstow!
I was doing Bust Craftacular last year and  had to miss Craft Guerrilla's christmas market as it fell on the same day, but I am going to be there this year, on Saturday 4th December! There are different sellers on both days and the gallery itself (housed in William Morris childhood home) is well worth visiting, so please do come along if you can!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A few more Liberty floral coin purses...


I had quite a bit of success last week with "Betsy", so there are two more coin purses made of Liberty floral cotton. Both are availble from my etsy shop.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Something cheerful to cheer me up...

Rejoice a little
... Walter Erhard's delightful Christmas cards printed by Vigo.

Sunday was not such a good day for me, as one of my patent clutches was stolen at Sunday Upmarket, and to top it all, my takings were not great and I'm behind with my custom orders...

But enough and time to rejoice! I had promised myself that I would make my own Christmas cards this year... until I stumbled on Erhard's witty cards. Theses were all designed from the late 1950s through to the end of the 1960s, and I just love the flat colours, the humour, the delicate drawings... I spent a few nights online searching for the books he illustrated, with little luck as most could not be shipped to England. Only The Animals' Christmas was available in the UK but the warehouse people could not find it...

It seems that Erhard worked as a textile designer. I am trying to find out more as I would love to see more of his work!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A new project (for me) and a great shop (for all the vintage patterns lovers!)

Oh Sew Charming is a fab pattern shop on etsy. I was thrilled by the choice and the fast and friendly shipping! So I'm hoping to find time to make the dress below, version A, maybe in wool crepe. 

Monday, 1 November 2010

Embroidery obsessions.. part 1:

Chez Sucre Chez on etsy
The Smiths: "please please please, let me get what i want (this time)" by Chez Sucre Chez
I don't know what is happening, but it seems that embroidery is the latest craze! Everyone seems emboidering away. It's good thing, as embroidery is so much more than a remote traditional handicraft of the past. I guess Sublime Stitching may have started the trend? Chez Sucre Chez handcrafts these lovely pieces of home decor: they're fun, modern and fresh, and probably a joy to make too! Now that the canvas has become the new blank page, it's time to start writing and I was thrilled to find this great tool that enables you to transform text into a cross stitch pattern. I'm tempted by "rock'n roll", "New York New York" or some favourite cool music lyrics or a favourite quote...