Tweed forever!!

Every second issue of women’s magazines in the fifties seemed to have an article about how to make an elegant handbag that would look like guineas but cost shillings.  I love that attitude to achievable everyday elegance.  The images that accompany the articles are often just as inspiring as the bag to be made. I’ve certainly … Continue reading

Mungo and Wee Jaikie

I have such a list of things to write about after a couple of months of not blogging!  But Mungo and Wee Jaikie have leap-frogged to the top. As you can see, Mungo is an absolutely splendid bear, large, solid and very clutchable. He was made by a local bear maker, in beautiful soft biscuit-coloured … Continue reading

PS Fuchsias

Here it is in black and white, a new fuchsia piece!  The skirt of the fuchsias is embroidered nylon lace, with the top in single satin ribbon—just what the velvet bag needed!  This kind of adding and embellishing is what I intended to work on, when I started the fuchsia making at the end of last … Continue reading

Fuchsia whimsy

I have loved fuchsias ever since I discovered their whimsicality in my Nana’s wonderful North Taranaki garden.  Nothing like them grew in any of the gardens I had known until then.  They danced, they twirled, they flirted their bright, fluffy skirts, and I, I was in heaven!   Cicely Mary Barker  expressed these feelings for me … Continue reading

Thieves’ Alley 2013

The 2013 Thieves’ Alley Market is on next Saturday, from 10 am til 4 pm.  The Thieves’ Alley part is really Bath Street, where the (foot)traffic is often at a standstill, but the stalls are always fascinating. The rest of the market is in the Octagon, and the first blocks of Princes, Lower Stuart and … Continue reading

Add some dash to your old …

The Otago Museum has been encouraging us to reinvent garments, bags and other accessories as part of its showing of a World of Wearable Art, till October 28 http://www.otagomuseum.govt.nz/off_the_wall_world_of_wearableart_up_clo.html So I thought, why not, with the results that follow. First step, as always, is to check the stash.  I found several bags that could do … Continue reading

Something unusual in felt.

I’ve had lots of ideas about how to use the rather sad little felted cardigan in this story, but none of them had seemed quite right. Made by Rock and Pillar as a size 12, it had shrunk to a very baby size indeed.  In its original form, it must have been a very fine … Continue reading

Dance the night away in October

The Grand Gadgeteers are holding a ball to celebrate the fabulous Steam Heritage of Dunedin on October 21, at the Savoy in Princes Street.    http://www.steamfestival.org.nz/index.php/our-activities There will be a fashion promenade as part of the evening.  The Atelier has all kinds of accessories to help you finish off your outfit, whether you just want … Continue reading

piles and piles of buttons

I have so many buttons.  Buttons of all sizes, shapes and kinds. What’s more, they are in containers of all sizes, shapes and kinds.  I’m a bit more cunning than the Old Woman in the Shoe though—I thought, some of them would look nice on heart-shaped brooches.  That’s given me rather more challenges than I expected. … Continue reading

How things change!

We still aspire to the dream home, but without the courtship in many cases!                  What values are being expressed here, I wonder?  It’s hard to imagine that anyone today would work on embroidered tea towels—but maybe you know some one who does, in which case I’d love to know … Continue reading