Tuesday, 29 March 2011
I made these prints on the last day of my course, I had put them away thinking that they weren't that good, but when I took them out last night I actually quite liked them. They're made using one of my crocheted hearts and some granny squares - I prefer the hearts. I suddenly had all these ideas for things I could use them for, I'll post about it later on.
Monday, 28 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Here are a few new products I've been working on. Hope you like them. They'll be on sale at tomorrow's pop-up shop and also in my folksy shop.
Hope you all have a lovely and sunny weekend. x
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The weather in London today is just beautiful! I had a lovely morning with the Wednesday morning craft group, I've really missed them and I find it so inspiring seeing what other projects people are making and hearing what they've been up to. I then cycled back through the park to the Lido which was absolutely packed with people - but it was still a lovely swim. I'm trying to go 5 times this week, I usually only go once or twice so this is quite a challenge! So far I've been three times and swum a total of 4.5k. I've been getting a bit of RSI from all the crafting and swimming is meant to be a good cure - fingers crossed.
Below are a few of the products I'm going to be selling at the pop-up shop this weekend (the causes of my RSI)!
If you can, please do come to the Mother's day pop-up shop this weekend. You'll be able to get a really unique handmade gift for someone special, support up-and-coming designers, and your money will go straight back into the community and further the amazing work of The Create Place and St Margaret's House.
I'm really lucky to be part of The Create Place Collective, the idea of forming a collective of artists came after we hosted a successful Valentine’s pop-up shop in early February this year. Starting off as a one day event, the shop was so successful that we extended it to run over 7 days, owing to the high level of interest from local customers. The Create Place shop provides a platform for new designers to sell their work. By taking minimal commission and allowing collective members to run the shop, each designer has a key role to play in shaping the project.
The shop is open 10-5pm weekdays and 12-5pm at weekends. It is staffed by members of the collective at the weekends so you can meet the designers themselves and ask them about their inspiration and work. Please note we can only accept cash.
Monday, 21 March 2011
The last couple of weeks I've been doing a screen printing course and so I've not been able to host my usual Wednesday Craft Mornings at The Create Place, but I'll be back tomorrow! I've really missed it and am so looking forward to it. If you're around you should pop by, I can help you with your knitting, crocheting and I think tomorrow I'll be doing some embroidery. If you'd just like to work on your own project while having a chat with other people from your local area - then this is the perfect opportunity for it!
P.S. The Create Place has a brand new website with lots of new workshops - have a look here.
These last couple of days the sun has been shining in London and the temperature reached double digits. It makes such a difference, especially when you're working from home and can go out for a coffee in the sun. I also went for a swim at the local outdoor pool, and for the first time in months, getting in and out of the water wasn't complete torture.
Now we just need the clocks to go back next weekend and we'll be well on our way to summer!
I wonder if the point of winter is to make us appreciate all this even more?
Thursday, 17 March 2011
My grandparents just sent me pictures of me and my sister knitting when we were kids. The picture was taken at their house, the chair I'm sitting in was the most comfortable chair ever!
I'm the one in the top picture wearing a very trendy hair band.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Wind Knitting Factory
"With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which date."
You can see more here.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Yesterday I brought my granddad's photo to my screen printing course and this is what it ended up looking like. I'm really pleased with the result, especially the colours as it was the first time, in a very long time, that I mixed my own colours. I've discovered that I'm not very good with muted colours when it comes to screen printing, I just seem to only want to use the brightest colours possible. It's odd because I'm the complete opposite when it comes to my home decor or fashion - I must somehow need an outlet for it!
I love the fact that my grandad took this image before I was even born, and now I'm creating something new out of it.
First we created a block of colour for the background, by cutting out a stensil in paper. I wanted to experiment a bit, so I tried to create a reflection of the trees-if I could change anything I would probably remove that and just have the single white line running across it, but it's good to experiment...
I had scanned in the photo and printed it out on normal paper. We then oiled the paper to make the white areas translucent.
The screen was then coated with photo reactive liquid and the image was exposed onto the screen.
I then used the squeegee (love that name) to spread the paint across the screen and on to the paper underneath.
I made some on the red background I had prepared earlier, and some on simple white paper. I think both work well and I can't wait to frame some of them.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
This image was taken by granddad, I'm not sure exactly when, but most likely before I was born. He had a photo studio where he treated the negatives in such a way that they became positives and the image in the photo could then be printed into a solid black photo like the one above.
The photo hangs, together with two others, right above my desk.
I'm doing the second part of my screen printing course tomorrow and we have to bring a photo with us. I've been trying to come up with a nice idea all week and all of a sudden I look up and then it seemed so obvious. It's perfect for screen printing. I'll add a nice solid block of colour in the background and perhaps a block of colour underneath the trees.
It's a very lovely thought to be continuing work that my granddad started. That's the way it should be really.
Monday, 7 March 2011
I knitted these booties for a special friend's baby shower last week. I can't believe how small they are and that a baby's foot will actually fit inside them!
The yarn is pure Alpaca that my Bolivian friend brought back for me, it's super soft warm - perfect for little feet.
You can find the pattern here and I'm planning on doing a workshop on how to make them, so let me know if you're interested - they make a really great gift, especially with mother's day coming up...
I'll also be selling them at my folksy shop soon, but contact me to place an order.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
I've been wanting to go to The Handweavers Studio and Gallery for ages and last Friday I finally went and very nearly never left. I loved it. They had thread, wool, silk in every colour you can imagine and the way they were displayed was so beautiful.
In the back they were running a weaving class and I was really inspired by the patterns and textures but I just think weaving takes too long. I'm very patient but I like to see my work progress and am not a fan of repetitive patterns, so I don't think weaving is for me. In a way that's quite lucky because I don't think I have time for any more crafts...
It took a lot of self-control to only come out of the shop with two 25g spools of thread.
After visiting the shop my friend took us to a really sweet café in Crouch End called the Haberdashery - filled with vintage cups and crafty bits. And how cute is the way they serve their bread!
I can't' believe it's nearly been a week since my last blog post - this week has gone by so quickly!
If you're around East London tonight, why not head over to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green to "join in an evening devoted to ethical fashion and sustainability as independent arts venue The Papered Parlour host an ethical mini-festival at the Museum.
Uncover hidden workshops, live music, performance, panel discussion and craft stalls set amongst the Museum's childhood collections. Celebrate the rise of 'slow fashion' as London's leading eco-journalists, green stylists and ethical campaigners come together to discuss the key issues surrounding this growing social movement."
You can read more about it here.