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Handmade in Britain and Mid Century Modern

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Things are a hotting up here at needlesandhooks.  The house is a hive of activity with the building work in the loft nearly finished and just 2 weeks until my 2 London shows.

As exciting as my new bathroom, bedroom and store room are there is still loads of work to do before I can kick back and relax in my penthouse suite.  For one, I’ve got a really long list of products to complete for the London shows.

I’ll be exhibiting at Handmade in Britain (11 - 14 Nov) which is held at Chelsea Old Town Hall and Mid Century Modern (15 Nov) which is held at Dulwich College.

Am very nervous (and excited) about both shows especially Handmade in Britain.  It will be the 1st time I have exhibited there and I’ve never visited the show either.

It will be the usual mix of accessories and cushions for both shows although I’ll be exhibiting some hand knitted lace cushions at Mid Century Modern which won’t be available at Handmade in Britain.

I’d better get back to work as there’s a lot to do.

commission no 3

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Back to the sewing machine after Marvin’s Magical Mini Mart.  A big thanks to all those who came along to support us.  Hopefully there will be more events like Marvin’s in the near future.

I’ve just completed commission no 3 - a black denim jacket for a private client.  I’m really pleased with the results.  If you want to see more photos click here.


Monday, September 7th, 2009

I’ve been evicted from my studio.  I’ve had to pack up my fabric mountain and move out.

It’s all in a good cause though.  I’ve had to move so that the builders can insulate my studio, replace the window and put a radiator in.  They’ll also be building a new bathroom and storeroom in the unused loft space.

I’d forgotten how much room there is up there.  It was quite hard to see it hidden behind piles of fabric and pattern paper

So for now I’m taking over the front bedroom as my studio and working around boxes of music equipment and old bank statements.  It’s a bit cramped but I can’t complain, I’ve managed to get my cutting table in which is the main thing.

All that’s left to do now is argue with Matt about where my studio goes after the work is done.  I think I should have the big front room, he thinks otherwise…


Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Things are hotting up here at needlesandhooks.  It’s not just the beautiful weather we’ve had over the weekend.  I’ve just received a new commission to make a wall hanging for a stair well.  Design has just been approved by clients.  Now begins the fun part - fabric shopping.

I’ve also just finished a commission for a private client in London.  I’ve made a large cushion set with flight embroidery using vintage 1940’s wool crepe, printed Japanese cotton and recycled satin polyester.

Am really pleased with the cushions - in fact I would like to keep them.  If you want to see more photos click here

machine envy

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’ve had a bit of machine envy recently.  Whilst buying needles at Frank Nutt I saw the new, all singing all dancing Bernina 830.  Just a mere £6,500 buys you this very expensive toy.  It has an electronic switch to lift the sewing foot up and down and a really long arm.  No manual lifting of levers here or squashing fabric under the arm.

To be fair I wouldn’t really want one as if I was going to spend that kind of money on a sewing machine I’d be better off with an industrial one.

It does make me think who would buy these type of machines - they’re not made for professionals and they’re quite expensive for hobbyists. I also have a bit of a problem with the automated aspect of these computerised machines.  Is it really you embroidering that picture if you set a machine to do it?

Whilst on the subject of machine envy I went charity shopping on Friday and went past a drycleaners and alteration shop in Harborne.  They had miniature machines as a window display.  They are really beautiful and they actually work

I have my own miniature sewing machine which actually works.  It was a birthday present a couple of years ago and it has pride of place on our record shelves.  I think I want to decorate my studio with more of these.  They’re slightly more affordable than the Bernina 830 and probably more of an inspiration.