Thursday, 17 October 2013

Children's parties and hen do's at Cordial and Grace sewing parlour cafe, Clifton, Bristol

For some time now I have been running children's sewing parties and sewing hen parties at the very lovely Cordial and Grace sewing parlour cafe in Clifton. I love running the parties, helping children and adults alike enjoy create something they are always proud of is very satisfying! One particular lady wrote a very complimentary blog post about her experience which you can view HERE if your interested. Below are some very cute owls, cushions and bags made by the children followed by bunting and doorsteps made by the hen's. Other hen do parties are also available, including a quilting party where each hen can make one personalized embroidered quilting square, these in turn can be made into a quilt which the hen can keep forever. A corsage/brooch/fascinator hen do is also available which includes learning how to make fabric flowers.  
 






Monday, 26 August 2013

Summer patterns

So here are a few patterns I made from my drawings this summer I think the boats are a suitable print for a bathroom or bathroom wallpaper perhaps, or maybe a summer tote bag or even a skirt? Hummmm so many options! 



Summer drawing

This summer I decided to go back to the drawing board (literally) and draw whatever I felt like, whenever I had the chance.  I had a commission from a friend to paint her a huge watercolor butterfly which is where I started and I just carried on from there. Here a few pages from my sketchbook, I have plans for some of the drawings, others are just for fun. I've also realized that my work is greatly influenced by the seasons and that I take a lot of inspiration from the changing of the seasons. I'm therefore thinking of producing a range of prints that use this as a starting point.
 













Sunday, 11 August 2013

Impressions of Edinburgh in August

Last Thursday I embarked on an trip to Edinburgh visit some old friends and experience the Fringe festival. As everybody told me before I went I can now confirm from personal experience that the Fringe festival is a amazing experience indeed! I saw loads of amazing shows including The Trench by the theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and Missing by the theatre company Gecko, these were my favourites, they were both incredible pieces of physical theatre, possibly the best I've ever seen. I also got accosted by eager flyer distributor's on the royal mile, saw lots of very good free comedy and climbed Arthur's seat, the huge crag that overlooks the city. Finally, in an attempt to be Scottish, I drank straight whisky in some very trendy bars and traditional pubs! Anyway I wanted to share some photos I took whilst I was there...




Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Embroidered map of the world...finished.

So here it is, my finished embroidered/ appliqued map of the world. 



Saturday, 15 June 2013

BV Open Studios


Hey everyone, my studio is open to the public all weekend this weekend, as is another 100+ artists studios. Come and have a look. I've got some work on display including my finished embroidered map of the world,yes thats right I've finished it. Horray! Photos to follow soon, come and see it for yourself in the flesh first though!
ll be in there today creating some other pieces, hopefully see you there.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

The progress continues...(5 continents down, 2 to go, and yes I did count Antartica)

   Well as the title suggests my embroidered map of the world is definitely 'getting there'. South America , North America, Antarctica, Africa and Australasia are all now successfully embroidered/ appliqued, hooray! Only Europe and Asia left, phewf. I've got to admit I can't wait to get it finished so I can move on to some new projects, but I'm pretty pleased with my progress.
   I think with the patchwork background and the different colored country's it may be a little 'busy' but that's a lesson I've learnt now so if I go on to make some more to sell I will be keeping the background or the foreground plainer.






Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Embroidered and patchworked map of the world. (A work in progress).

Sometimes I get an idea that sticks in my head and won't go away until eventually I just have to do it no matter how crazy/ambitious that idea is. This post is about is one of those ideas.

About a year ago now I had the idea of appliqueing/ embroidering a map of the whole world! My idea was to cut out every country in a different fabric and stitch each one down onto a patchwork background. The idea mainly came from a desire of mine to have a map of the world up at home but without having to display a slightly boring flat paper map, most of which often look like they belong on a school classroom wall. I wanted a piece of art up instead, in particular a textured, patterned piece of art with the potential to be personalised! Well anyway, the time has finally come where I have started that project and below are pictures of my progress.

After I have finally finished this mammoth of a personal project I have some other smaller/simpler map- related projects up my sleeve; something that will be a lot more commercial and personalised to order, watch this space!