Thursday, 25 April 2013

Uom papa Jum papa...

So I've been reading an awesome book this week ( Glamorama- Brett Easton Ellis) so much of my crafting time has gone out the window. I've read most of his work and he always does this to me!

I did however manage to knock up a huge pile of new jumpers at the beginning of the week that I can share with you. A screen print/ applique mash up! I've screen printed onto a few vintage pillowcases and sheets; love the mix of patterns, and then stitiched them to the jumpers. Uber fun!



There are also a very limited number of hoodies too!!

I've just dropped all these bad boys off to the shop in the Fashion Quarter but will be adding a few to the online folksy shop the begining on next week too! Watch this space!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Mr Peng and a Sign...

It was my friend Kirsty's birthday last week and she's absolutely obsessed with penguins. So I pulled out the ol crochet hook and made this little fella for her. 

She says she's gonna make him a little pipe cleaner cane. 

I also painted up a wooden pallet for the shop so we can display our opening hours on the outside of the building. A helpful addition I hope!

I used charcoal on the back of computer print outs of the letters to transfer the outlines to the wood and then painted them in with regular acrylics. I then outlined all the letters in black and then white to make them 'pop'. My lovely dad let me use his garage workshop as I totally do not have room to be doing this in my craft room!

To seal it and make it weather tight I coated it in 3 layers of varnish. Took forever as you have to leave 16 hours in between coats but definitely worth it. For the back I used teak oil to preserve it as I didn't want to waste all my varnish and it works well looking after outside furniture.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Satchel Loving

Monday Monday. Ah most people dread this day; back in work, up early. I however can never wait for this day of the week to come round again. Although it is a day of work for me too, I work from home and get to spend the whole day sewing.

Today has been no exception.

I've made a couple of satchels out of offcuts of leather than were kindly donated from Alys the Pocket Pirate. I also raided the big bag of old pillowcases and vintage sheets. Here's what I came up with!

I have a bag of vintage buckles that my grandmother had given me a few years ago and have never used them on a project up until now. I think this is a good use though. I also added rivets to the holes for the buckles so the leather doesn't take all the wear and tear of use.

Inside I added a small pocket and the front is lined with a contrasting fabric on all of the bags.

I think this last one is my favourite. I'm totally smitten with this buckle and I also quilted the fabric on the front.

I haven't yet made straps for all of them. I've added loops so it will be easy too but haven't yet decided what to use. I'm not sure the gold chain I have will match but I don't have enough leather to make straps. I will hunt something out I'm sure!!


Here are a few tiny crochet fruity necklaces that I've been making recently!! (and a toadstool too of course)...

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Sustrans @CarArtBootique

I was asked by Becca at Green City if Sustrans could use my services to make a banner for their stall at the CarArtBootique event at Chapter on Sunday!

Well of course!! They have such an awesome ethos to their work, how could I say no.

Plus the banner sounded like a fun project. Tropical Pedal Powered Smoothies mmmmmmm.

Here's a few snaps of my printing and making!

Can't wait to head down to Chapter for the event tomorrow!!