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

Divine fabric, or an ambition achieved!

I have had this fabric since about the time I took on the lease for the studio (which is already a long time ago!).  I bought it from one of the astonishing fabric shops in  London’s Berwick St., even though the pattern on it was much too big in scale for the things I was … 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

The problem with op shops

I love op shops! The randomness of them, the memories they evoke, the people you meet there, the eternal hope of a bargain, of a never-to be-repeated treasure … But … I got very frustrated with most of the op shops (charity shops) I found while in the UK and Germany a few years ago. … Continue reading

A tree for Tanya

  What is Lyndall drawing attention to?  Read on!    When I first started out making whimsical trifles, Tanya Carlson very kindly let me have some offcuts from her studio to use. Such beautiful fabrics!  They were so inspiring.  As a thank you, I made her a decorated Christmas branch! What a pleasure it has been … 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

Handle + Braid + Linen = Bag

I have been hoarding the braid on this bag for a long time.  It’s so vibrant and delicious, and even though there is quite a lot of it, I didn’t want to use it on just anything. The idea for the bag comes from an old Stitchcraft magazine.  I’ve adapted it to use braid, rather … Continue reading

Starting your stash

I don’t know about you, but whenever I wanted to make something when I was a kid, there were two places to look for what I needed:  one was the Stanley box, about which I might write another time, the other was the ragbag.  It had all sorts in it, from things only fit to … Continue reading

Double charm: long silk scarf

The print on the  fabric used for the ends of this scarf is so simple but so effective!  The motif is very highly stylised, but the close repeat and the delicate colours make for a very lively impression.  The fabric itself is a lovely light crepe de chine, which flows and drapes beautifully. Fortunately, I … Continue reading

What I could do with that is …

The yellow beret of this story had been out in the rain, I would say, as it was felted beyond release or recovery, and shrunken and misshapen. I bought it because it’s a lovely colour it has a great shape, even if it doesn’t work as a beret any more I knew I could do … Continue reading