Thursday, 28 February 2013

Hello March!

Perhaps it's because my birthday sits right in the middle of the month,(and because it's a little on the short side anyway) but February has a habit of whistling right past me, and this year has been no different. But, on the plus side, March is shaping up very nicely indeed!

On  Saturday I'll be taking part in my first fair of the year, at the amazing Camp and Furnace.
The Baltic Arts and Craft Fair before Chrtistmas was a brilliant day, lots of wonderful sellers, brilliant live music, and just a really fantastic atmosphere. I'll be fully stocked with Mother's Day gifts, a basket of half price bargains, and I'll be debuting my new range of Liberty knot jewellery too.
And on Sunday the Made Here shop in the Metquarter are going to be celebrating their First Birthday!
A big milestone for this brilliant shop, there's live music,  half price framing on prints all day and there's even going to be cake! If you're in the Liverpool area I really recommend checking it out and supporting your local independents.

Still in Mother's Day mode, Thursday sees me working with Craft Creative again on my sailor tattoo inspired Cushion Workshop.
I'll be showing you how to create your own retro tattoo style design, and teaching you all the stitches you need to adorn your cushion cover, a night out and a gift idea in one! We'll be at Percy Gulliver's Printshop and Social, above the Shipping Forecast, 6:30 - 9:30. All materials and equipment are provided, you don't need any previous experience and you can have a glass of wine while you create! Book tickets by getting in touch with Craft Creative here.
And if that isn't enough fun for you there's still Threshold Festival to look forward to! 3 days of live music and events for just £20, from the 8th to the 10th. I can't tell you too much about my involvement in this but if you take a wander round Liverpool's Baltic Triangle next weekend there might be some new additions to the area....

And that's all for now! Do let me know if you get a chance to see any of it, and come and say hi if you're about! Hope you all have a lovely March!

Monday, 11 February 2013

New for 2013

In the months since Christmas I have been busily working away on a new collection of jewellery, with a little bit of help from YouTube and my trusty Good Housekeeping Encyclopeadia of Needlecraft.
 Whilst sitting at my desk for hours playing with string might not have looked like work it was an important part of the process.
 So far, not very impressive.
 Getting somewhere...
I think I'm onto something!

It was also my first foray into the frankly baffling world of jewellery components, which lead to hours trawling Ebay, Etsy and various other sites trying to find the things I thought I needed.
And once that was resolved I had to splash out on (another) new gadget for my machine, though that was much less confusing.
Is owning 3 different kinds of zipper foot excessive?
And you can see the new collection after the jump!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

River Crossing

 I posted off a special parcel today, complete with my new logo.
It was the first shipment of my pieces to go to a new stockist, the Cetra Studio and Gallery over the water in Heswall. The shop is part of a larger business providing photography services for weddings and other events. 
Some of the beautiful work on sale at Cetra already from their Facebook page. I love this tealight holder by Karen Turner.
I was very excited to be asked if I'd like to display my work there, and 
got together a mini collection of bags and purses just for them.
 An oversize envelope clutch in ecru ticking with a Liberty needlecord flap.
3 little a-symmetric purses with vintage button fasteners.
 A trio of shiny gold framed coin purses.
 A trapeze clutch in vintage Liberty wool.
And another little clutch in pink, pure wool tartan.
Of course they are all completed with my surprising linings!

I think my stitching has found a happy home at Cetra. If you're over on 'the other side' why not stop by and have a look at all the beautiful local work on offer!

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