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It’s been a long time

Monday, April 9th, 2012

It really has been a long time since I wrote a blog post here.  I’ve been wearing my Stitches and Hos hat for most of this year and what a year it’s turning out to be.

First off I’ve been commissioned by Wolverhampton Art Gallery to help transform St Peters Gardens in Wolverhampton with knit graffiti.  The project called Park Your Yarn will be installed in the gardens from 21 April for 4 weeks. Over the past month I’ve been delivering a series of drop in knitting workshops around Wolverhampton getting people to help produce the knitting needed for the installation. Rachael and Cheryl from ArtYarn have also been giving crochet workshops as part of the project.

Secondly I’m proud to announce my latest project with Stitches and Hos K2TOG - Knit 2 Together. For this I am planning to cover the columns on the outside of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in knitting to celebrate the arrival and stay of the Jamaican and American Olympic teams to Birmingham.  Six colours (red, white, blue, yellow, black and green) will be used to create the installation. The colours are taken from both teams’ national flags and are also used on the Olympic rings log.

The project has been selected for a Kalaboration commission which I’m very excited about.

Right now the project is trying to raise £2500 to help pay for a pop up shop in the Mailbox, Birmingham.  The shop will be a relaxing drop-in space where anyone can come to contribute to the piece and find out about the project. Staff will be on hand to teach basic knitting skills and local workers can pop-in over their lunch hour or after work to knit a square or just a few rows.

To support the project by donating as little as £1 please visit the Sponsume website

new printed purses

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I’ve been having a play with printing lace on leather for a new range of clasp frame purses.  A couple of weeks ago I went over to my good friend Ruth Green’s who let me use her printing studio for a day.

After a morning of experimenting I finally got the paint solution to the right consistency and started to print the leather.

I got varying results depending on what colour I was used so decided to stick with the darker tones. Here’s some pictures of the leather pieces drying.

The leather has been sewn up into lovely clasp frame purses

The new purses will be on sale at Marketplace the Midlands Arts Centre’s contemporary craft fair which runs every weekend in the lead up to Christmans.  I’ll be there on Saturday 19, Sunday 20, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November from 11-6pm.  Please come and say hello.

Moseley Festival

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

If you’re in Birmingham this Saturday you should pop down to Moseley for the Moseley Festival.  There’s a whole host of things going on including CBSO players playing in the private park, summer cider tasting at The Fighting Cocks and an Art Trail around Moseley.

I’ll be selling my wares at the street fair on the village green (Alcester Rd and St Mary’s Row).  So do come, say hello and marvel at my new fabric and cut out greetings cards (pictured above).  I’ll also be selling my usual mix of accessories, cushions and stitched pictures.

Kings Heath Big Party

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

This weekend I’ll be taking some of my wares to the Kings Heath Big Party.  The fun all happens on Saturday 19 June in and around Kings Heath High Street.

I’ll be selling my usual mix of unique handmade accessories and homewares.  They’ll be lots to see and do so if you’re in the area, do pop along and join in the party.  Or even if you’re not in the area, make a special trip to come and visit my stand.  For more information about whats going on where visit here

Birmingham Royal Ballet exhibition

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I’ve been back at Birmingham Royal Ballet helping out with Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake but one week I was given a rather unusual task of helping to install an exhibition of costumes, sets and props.

Birmingham Royal Ballet are celebrating 20 years of moving to Birmingham from London.  As part of their celebrations there was a gala performance with excerpts from their whole repertoire.

So cue resizing mannequins with an electric knife and mini-sander, padding out cod pieces with tissue paper and fixing in props with fishing wire and suction cups

The exhibition is located in the foyer of Hippodrome Theatre.  You can just walk in and have a look around