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New Dog Commissions

I’ve had a small flurry of requests for custom sausage dog draught excluders in the last month – I guess that’s what happens when people get a bit chilly and start searching for things to keep their house a bit warmer. Also, Christmas is next month; erk!

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Embroidery / henna

 

Hi there,

I’ve been experimenting with hand felted felt and embroidery this week – I’ve used embroidery threads to reproduce a henna or mehndi design. Not totally sure about the colours of everything, but will continue to experiment…

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Remember that jumper you shrunk in the wash? Well…

It’s always gutting when this happens… but you could make it into coasters!

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I had some horrible card Ikea party coasters, and simply covered these with two layers of jumper or fleece, and used embroidery thread to blanket stitch round the edges.

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Brooches available now

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blue-fabric-brooch

 

All of these brooches available to buy at www.nicolarbell.co.uk

Priced at £6 – £7 each

10% discount available to those who’ve liked the facebook page (let me know before you order!)

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January 2013 – The Plan!

I never thought I’d be particularly glad to see January, but I feel like I have endured and survived a mince pie avalanche for the last few months. I’m glad we can start being normal, and eat meals that aren’t 90% sugar or gravy again.

I have a slightly different plan for my design work this year, which is as follows:

I’m going to go to more craft fairs, but I’m not going to get stalls at them…

This is because over the last couple of years I have found that the only fairs I have done well at have been during winter, and even these can be hit and miss. I think too many hours spent sitting in the cold, not daring to leave my stall in case I make a sale have taken their toll, and I would prefer to spend that time working on new designs, talking to people, looking at other’s work that interests me and focusing time and energy on web promotion.

I will look into getting some stock into shops…

I have tried this in the past, but didn’t much energy into it as I could have done. I also don’t think my work was as good, so I think I can make use of a few years experience, come up with some better designs, and see what happens! I would like to send stock to shops outside of Yorkshire, so will do my research!

I will work on some new designs and experiment more…

Not everything I have made in the last couple of years is stuff I really like… I want to use embroidery more in my work and possibly make more sculptural pieces. I have been offered some horsehair  by an ex-upholsterer, which could be an interesting medium!

I will carry on learning on my pattern drafting course…

I’m still learning to make clothes; it’s a slow process but it’s helping me work out how to use fabric in new ways.

I will reflect on what inspires me

The natural world is one of my biggest sources of inspiration and I want to reflect this more in my work. The news a couple of days ago that Japanese cameramen had filmed a giant squid for the first time in its natural habitat was so exciting, and a recent David Attenborough documentary introduced me to the world of trilobites which was equally AMAZING AND COOL:

Trilobite!

I am also excited by so much folk-law and traditional folk art from around the world. The more surreal/uncanny the better….

So that’s the plan! More updates soon….

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Headingley Cardigan Triangle ART DAY! 30th Sept 12am – 5pm

This time next week I will be displaying/selling work as part of Headingley Cardigan Triangle Art Day.  The art day is in it’s seventh year, and features 21 artists hosted by 17 houses and gardens in the area.

Some featured artists:

Diana Lamber


Christian and Lisa Bristow


Helen Entwhistle


Jonathan Hopper


Kate Evans



“This year’s Cardigan Triangle Art Day creates a whole new genre with its ‘Great Cardi Challenge’.  In between all the artists hosted in residents’ houses, you’ll discover a trail of cardigan connections you never knew existed. You may be lucky enough to spot a diamante-encrusted Cardigan Hurst or wicked knitwear from movie blockbuster, ‘The Devil Wears Cardis’. Vote for your favourite as you feed your artistic inspiration with home-made cakes at the Art Café, this year in the church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Browse, buy or just enjoy prints, jewellery, illustrations, landscapes, portraits, photography, poetry and painting across a whole range of artists, including lots of new people and work to see.  You can also make your own art in activities run for the Art Day by Left Bank Leeds.”

I am anticipating this to be quite a cake orientated event which is pleasing.  Not just any old cake. Proper oh-crikey-I-need-to-hold-on-to-the-table-because-this-is-excellent cake.  See you there!

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Some photos from the weekend – Lantern making and weaving workshop in Cumbria

This weekend I organised a craft tent for Penrith Scouts jubilee celebration, which took place on the Saturday near Blencowe. Scouts enjoyed a day of activities, a hog roast and then camped over night.

I managed to take photos in the lulls whilst the kids were off climbing, cycling, baking bread or firing arrows. At other times I was inundated with questions about weaving, lantern making and requests for selotape. A very industrious pair of girls came back time and time again, managed to complete all the activities I’d set out and went on to make their own creation ‘Mrs. Kipling’ which I didn’t get a photograph of because they were too occupied poking it over a wall at people..

Click for panorama! 

Hoping to get some more photos soon of lanterns lit at night.

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