Blog, Press Show Picks

Maison & Object A/W 2020

With lockdown, self isolating and Covid still in full swing , Maison & Object has taken place on line this year. So rather than stay in Paris I have had to make my design choices from my lap-top . Recycling and sustainability are very much in evidence. Dirk Vander Kooij sells his work from Popcorn.… Continue reading Maison & Object A/W 2020

Blog, book review, Book Reviews

The Mindful Maker

35 creative Fabric Projects to Focus the Mind and soothe the soul by Clare Youngs Published by Cico Books £12.99 With Mindfulness being so much of the current zeitgeist and crafting snapping, close behind, on its heels, this book is both brilliantly timed in its publication date and at the same time utterly engaging. Squeezy… Continue reading The Mindful Maker

Blog, Meet the Maker

Meet the hooked rug designer maker, Debbie Siniska

As Charleston, the Bloomsbury home of art and crafts, holds the exhibition 'Post impressionism living Omega Workshops' 14 Sept 2019- 19th January 2020 . I interviewed one of the designers selling in their shop, Debbie Siniska. Debbie at work in her studio I know you as a Hooked rug maker, Can you tell me did… Continue reading Meet the hooked rug designer maker, Debbie Siniska

Makes, Uncategorized

Oxfam urges shoppers not to buy new clothes for a month. So this September I show you how to up cycle, preloved garments, starting with a Smoking Cap.

Second Hand September aims to raise awareness of fashion’s environmental impact Create a twenty first century version of a nineteenth century, Smoking Cap from an up-cycled 1980’s jacket. I made this for my brother who loved wearing smoking caps. Here it is modelled by the beautiful Elsa. The embroidery on the Jacket was beautiful but… Continue reading Oxfam urges shoppers not to buy new clothes for a month. So this September I show you how to up cycle, preloved garments, starting with a Smoking Cap.

Blog, Makes

Make a recycled Appliquéd picnic blanket.

This project was originally in Coast magazine. Those who live on the Coast are probably more aware than most, of the changing seasons. The skies are overcast and dark, the sea becomes rough and the sea gulls soar and wheel on the updrafts. With this image in mind I have designed an appliqued blanket. I… Continue reading Make a recycled Appliquéd picnic blanket.