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

Angels and Christmas fairies

I’ve said in earlier posts just how much I enjoy making Christmas decorations.  High on the enjoyment agenda  are angels and Christmas fairies, not least because I often get to use the little kewpie dolls that used to be such an important part of A&P shows.  So many women tell me how much they wanted one, … Continue reading

Oamaru Victorian Fete: success!!

The whole Oamaru Victorian Fete experience was just great!  I’ll be going again next year, all being well.    What was so good?  Organisation top hole, customers interested, engaging and a delight to look at in their fabulous garb, simply splendid sights amongst all the stalls, —I could go on. Pictures will say it this time, … Continue reading

Oamaru Victorian Fete

Just a reminder about this fabulous event, on Sunday Nov 18th. Atelier Jeux d’esprit is making its debut at the Fete this year.  I am very grateful to the organisers for finding me an indoor space for my stall—my treasures do not like windy days.  You will need to look just a bit harder for … Continue reading

Oamaru in November—I’ll be there

Atelier Jeux d’esprit will be at the Oamaru Victorian Fete on Sunday, November 18!!  I will have lots of white–lingerie, linen, handkerchieves galore;  lots of accessories–gloves, shawls and scarves, bags; and even some Christmas decorative items, such as this little red velvet angel. Details of the Fete are on the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust website: … 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 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

This could happen to you … !

Recently, I needed a bag to go with an outfit.  Not an unusual problem, you might say. No indeed.  I had a whole day in hand and some fabric that would do very well.  For once though, I wanted something on a frame, rather than the softer forms of bag I’ve made in the past. So … 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. 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