Red, white & blue bunting

This was my attempt to be patriotic for the Jubilee. I only decided to crochet it on the Thursday and it was done just in time for the end of the Jubilee celebrations on the Sunday. Oh well I’m sure it will come in for the Olympics : ) Bunting is great to make if you want a quick, pretty decoration with little concentration needed.

Kim Searle

This is Kim Searle’s window display at A1 Stationary Huddersfield. Specialising in print Kim has arranged a representation of the town of Huddersfield using printing techniques onto papers, wood and fabrics. Huddersfield really suits quirk installations like this and I hope to see more.

Here is a statement from Kim about her work:

“I guess I make site specific work reflecting whatever environment I’m in at the time and my emotions towards it. Currently my work is reflecting Huddersfield and my sense of home and pride in the town and a want to convey my positive feelings about Huddersfield to other people. I also do a lot of community based artwork, encouraging other people to be arty and immersing myself in the art scene of wherever I am. My work is always over the top, whimsical and looks quite childlike”.

Here’s a link to Kim’s blog:  http://kimsearle.tumblr.com/

The Bowery

This is the Bowery in Leeds, a craft café/ gallery/ creative workshop venue. Its got it all if creativity is your cup of tea. The café serves lovely food, cakes and drinks along with displaying works from artists such as paintings and crafty objects. I am really looking forward to teaching a class in decoupage in August. Take a look at the wide range of quirky workshops such as tea cup candles, cupcake decorating and lamp shade making.

http://www.thebowery.org/meet_the_maker.html
Decoupage – bangles and brooches
Meet the maker-
Learn how to transform bangles and brooches by carefully selecting papers to emanate a particular style. varnish and paste them onto your object for a shiny, flawless finish.
Sat 04/08 10-12pm £25

Recycled knitting

This bag is made from recycled materials and simply knitted up. This consists of 1 ladies cotton top, 1 plastic bag, 2 ribbons and 1 button. I’m running a recycled knitting and crochet workshop on the 14th of April at Unravel, Denby Dale. This will involve making bags and purses made out of any old materials, cut and rolled into workable balls to knit and crochet up into something not only striking and fun but useful.

Check out the new time table for workshops at Unravel, I will be teaching the knit and crochet sessions:

http://www.unravelcrafts.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=108

Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson is one of my favourite designers, with her playful, soft and colourful characters that adorn interior products its no wonder I smile every time I see her works. I have a Donna Wilson cat called Tigg which and sits proudly on my bed, who said cuddly toys are just for kids?! I love the illustrated tea trays and egg cup just as much as her patterned cushions and poofs. Most of her textiles is made from machine knitted lams wool and is then slightly felted to make a super soft finish. Here’s a like to her lovely website: http://www.donnawilson.com/  If you care to take a peek I’m sure you’ll become as big a fan as I am.


The power of making

This was a brilliant exhibition shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum from Sep 20011 to Jan 20012. It showed a range of crafts, design and textiles pushed to its limits in strange and wonderful ways. Some works included a dress made entirely out of pins, crazy hand crafted coffins and tiny pencils with letters carved into the led. This exhibition really showed the skills people can achieve with their hands and mind and the need to celebrate the power of making.

Puff & flock

 

I came across Puff & Flock whilst researching textile crafts for my degree last year. They’re a collective based in London who formed in 2008. They all take a different approach to textiles, design and crafts but have the same concepts to challenge and take risks which gives all their works a common ground and narrative. They have shown at Designers Block which is well known for displaying work which is more experimental and more about showing the idea rather than a finished product.

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www.verydesignersblock.com

Crochet head band

This started out as the back of my crochet cardigan but when I realised it was far too wide, probably due to my tension, I had already done 6 rows and didn’t want to pull it all out and start again. I decided to make a head band out of it by tying it round my head in a simple knot, this made it look like a bow so I stitched it in place and wrapped a ribbon around the middle of the bow. And there you go, a lovely comfy head band for my le tete.