Embroidery – William Morris flower

•January 14, 2011 • 1 Comment

Sooo, I haven’t done any embroidery since I was about 9, when I used to manage to sew my sampler to my skirt almost every lesson. Someone alerted me to the site Needle n’ Thread which is just a great place to get started, the stitch videos are great!

I really wanted to try sewing a monogram/some initials but it just wasn’t working out, so I thought I’d try on a bigger easier design, and this is the result! The petals and centre are made using a satin stitch and the dots around the outside are french knots (which were quite easy even though they look difficult!)

I’m pretty pleased with the outcome for a first try, I’m hoping I can keep practicing and get the stitches a little neater so I can try out embroidering some designs onto clothes and the likes.

Woah! Where on earth have I been?

•November 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been seriously neglecting my blog the last few months! Gah! Its been such a busy busy time.

Long story short, I’m back at university after leaving Manchester School of Art in April. Somehow I managed to get into my ideal course through clearing, so I’m now studying Multimedia Technology and Design BSc at University of Kent in Canterbury. Its the course I should have always done and I’m loving (most of) it so much! (The most of being the horror of learning C programming.)

So I’m now living in lovely Canterbury, just ten minutes walk from the cathedral. Canterbury is a lovely city, very small but with hundreds of vintage shops and cute little places to eat. My favourite place so far is a little restaurant called Cafe Boho on the high street which is ALWAYS packed! Plus there is a great vintage shop called Revivals which sells so many tweed jackets you would not believe (and ABBA costume, living history stuff, piles of vintage scarves and jewellery and more! Plus they gave us a free scarf when Rhys bought his new leather coat!) Definitely a place to visit, and there are so many charity shops around full of amazing stuff.

I’m also attempting to brush up on my photography skills whilst I’m here, had my first taste of studio photography today, it didn’t go all that well but still managed to come out with some good shots at the end of it. I’ll probably be uploading some more stuff as I’m really trying to learn some new skills and step away from just being a snappy photographer.

Anyway, I really should stop neglecting this so much and keep writing like I used to, not that anyone reads it, hey ho.

make it digital textiles

•July 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Found this great little blog through Laurence King Publishing, I especially like the ‘Trash fashion’ digitally printed dress and the ‘paint shadows’ skirt. Check it out and comment.

via make it digital textiles.

Doors

•July 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been working on a small, personal photographic project recently, essentially just a collection of similar images to show how they can vary in style or shape etc. This is the first from a small series I am planning.

The pictures are taken from three villages near me, Penshurst, Southborough and Leigh. I think its interesting to see the different architecture styles all in a localised area.

As always, you can find more of my snaps on my Flick account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shewouldneversaywhereshecamefrom/4742703662/

Pink Elephants on Parade

•May 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time in London since coming home. Whilst visiting Baker Street one fair afternoon I stumbled upon a curious sculpture of an elephant, painted to look like Sherlock Holmes. I have a love for Sherlock Holmes, elephants and curious oddities so I was curious to find out more.

Turns out its a public art and charity fundraising thing going on across London. There are over 250 of these lovely sculptures (258 to be precise) spread out everywhere from Hyde Park to Selfridges to Westminster. I feel a challenge!

Each elephant has a different theme, is created by a different artist and sponsored by a company. At the beginning of July they will all be auctioned off at Sothebys, with the intention of raising both money and awareness for the plight of the Asian elephant.

Elephant Family is a small but hugely ambitious charity working to save the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. Registered in 2002, Elephant Familyhas developed into a lean and focused force for the endangered Asian elephant. Acutely aware of overcrowding in the charity sector, we exist out of urgent necessity due to a serious lack of investment and attention going into elephant conservation.

So, has anyone else seen these lurking about? I’ve currently hit the 49 mark on elephant hunting and am determined to get them all over the coming months.

You can check out more photos of the ones I’ve found on my flickr set: Elephant Parade 2010

Check out http://www.elephantparadelondon.org/index.html to find out how you can help!

Me with Tara - the elephant that started it all!

A New Skirt

•May 6, 2010 • 1 Comment

Now I’ve had a bit more time (and when I say a bit more time I mean a lot, I mean I literally have nothing to do except pack!) I’ve been sewing again. Yay! Finally finished something!

Here’s my new tweed skirt, made using the Jenny Variation A pattern available for a few pounds on BurdaStyle. I love it! So comfy and warm, really easy to make and gives a really nice shape. I can’t wait to have an excuse to wear it!

A Soggy Weekend

•May 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been a bit behind on my blog the last week or so, sorry! I’ve been fairly busy with visits and big decisions etc. Firstly and most importantly, I’ve decided to drop out of university before I finish my foundation course. I don’t want to bore anyone looking at this nice upbeat blog with tails of misery, but essentially the course wasn’t for me and I was feeling miserable about it all. I’ve decided to drop out and re-evaluate life essentially. But enough about that. You’re expecting tales of a soggy weekend!

So Rhys came up to visit Manchester on Tuesday evening, and we spent a glorious two days in not so glorious weather around Manchester. Wednesday was a vintage shopping extravaganza down Oldham Street, my favourite shopping area of Manchester. There are so many great vintage shops, second-hand shops and general charity shops. My favourite is Oxfam Originals, which gets all the best vintage clothes from all over the country in one place. Its a little more pricey than most charity shops but there are some great things to be had! Rhys was immediately drawn to the large collection of tweed jackets and ended up leaving with this lovely one (pictured right) for £25, and the tie too!

nomnom - food at the Lass O'Gowrie in ManchesterThursday we had a bit of a disaster when we didn’t manage to get onto our booked coach back to London, man I hate megabus! I didn’t have my confirmation number so they wouldn’t let me on, despite having ID and my name on their list. Grr. I hate megabus, but you get what you pay for really. So we ended up spending some more time in Manchester and visited one of my favourite tea shops Teacup on Thomas Street. I love it. You can get a really big pot of tea for two people for just £2.50 and they have gorgeous cup cakes and sandwiches.

On Saturday, back in London, we spent the day hopping around. The tubes have been down for engineering all weekend which made life very difficult, but we found some good stuff to do. Getting off at Holborn and taking a wander through the town we ended up getting caught up in the International Worker’s Day Parade which was a surreal experience, before popping over to a bookshop called Magma. (They have one of these on Oldham Street in Manchester too! What a coincidence!)

Picture courtesy of my friend Adam Smith. See more on his Flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gingerblokey

This was when the weekend got really soggy. I mean really really soggy. We were in Covent Garden hiding under the shelter because the rain was so heavy, but decided to make a run for it to Covent Garden station. Not a good idea when the tubes are down. Within a few seconds of running we were all drenched, also not good when you have a pair of ballet pumps on, and a wool jacket. By that time we were wet and soggy anyway so decided to just walk in the rain round to Piccadilly and go home 😦 Which suited me fine anyway, as Doctor Who was on! (Excellent episode by the way!)

Michael Caine got a cloning machine for his birthday and wanted to clone his favourite garment often worn by the people of Fiji as a skirt, but it went wrong and he said “Sulus thousands of them”