Category Archives: Brooches

New fish brooches coming soon…

At the moment I’m working on a new set of fish brooches made of old ties and scraps of shiny fabric, with buttons for eyes.

IMG_5514IMG_5516IMG_5517IMG_5518They’re fun to make and I’m enjoying using loads of tiny scraps of nice fabric that I wasn’t sure what to do with.

I also have  little sale on at the moment – check it out here.

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April 11, 2014 · 4:05 pm

Little Stabs

Quite a good while ago I was talking to a friend of mine who was running a rag rugging workshop at Project Space Leeds for ReMade – we were looking at a cushion that happened to be present at the time, and as she is currently doing her reasearch on the subject of fashion and textiles she knows a lot about it and mentioned that the decorative embroidery on the surface of the cushion is something called  Sashiko stitch, a japanese form of reinforcing fabric. I have since found out that the name literally translates as “little stabs.”

I think it is really attractive technique – it was originally used in japan to reinforce fisherman’s robes against wear and tear. The cushion in question had the stitches running in many lines adjacent to each other across it which I especially liked , but I can’t find a good example of this on the internet

My friend Alicia uses this stitch to embroider cardboard and in some of her other works

I tried to use this technique along with blanket stitch when decorating a felt flower I made for my sister recently.

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I havent twote anything yet, but you can now follow me on Twitter.

I promise not to talk about sandwich fillings, the lateness of buses, how much I need a haircut, or the weather.

There is also a Facebook Group

This week I have been writing up some information to send to the Craft and Design Gallery in Leeds in the hope that they might like to stock some of my work one day! Hope hope hope

I think these tartan badges might be more popular than their plain counterparts. We shall see…

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Christmas in two weeks…

I have had stalls at two christmas fairs in the last few weeks. The first was Handmade at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds which was a great success and always promises a pleasant combo of illustration, jewellery, plush, knit and cake for sale.


The second fair was held today at Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB) as featured in The Guardian as pick of the theatre listings!

I have to say this event blew away my expectations completely. The venue was fantastic, as was the decor – the  theatre group that run the HUB have collected a brilliant array of antiques and theatrical props which they used to transform one of the rooms into a cosy christmas lounge, complete with piano. This proved very useful to our Leeds regiment of the WI (who go by the name of ‘Buns and Roses’) who treated guests to a generous round of rautious carols, spurred on by Santa who was being transmitted live via web cam into the lounge area


There was also a hog roast, spiced mulled wine, vegan curry, card tricks from Magic Al, a very informative Knowledge Buffet, story telling and a huge range of craft and food on offer, from which I bought quite a few excellent Christmas presents.

Hopefully the group should be hosting a similar event during Easter 2011

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“Thousands of Cats Wearing Trousers and Hats”

I am on the look out for craft fairs now as I have a nice stock of brooches to sell. I am hoping I will be able to get a stall at the next Homemade in Leeds  – will let every one know the dates if I do.

I am also experimenting with new neck foxes – one of these accidentally turned into a dragony alligator thing; I will embroider some nice scales on him.

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