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more boxes

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

So have spent the last 2 days embroidering my display boxes.  It was a slow start but after just 2 days all of the embroidery is complete.  I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of Gillian and Olga - a very big thank you ladies.

Here’s a sneaky peek at what they look like

boxes

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

My studio is overrun with cardboard boxes.  In fact not just my studio but the landing outside my studio as well.  It’s alright though they are there for a good reason.  They are going to be my display furniture at Mid Century Modern on Sunday.

It all started when I realised that I needed freestanding display furniture for the show.  My initial idea was to borrow some ladderax shelving from Fragile Design.  It was a great plan - I borrow the shelving to display my work,  Fragile Design get some extra space at show - everyones a winner.  Sadly not - my stall is next to large glazed wall so everything needs to be freestanding.

Cue lots of questions.  How will I display my work?  How much is it going to cost?  How will I get it to London?  Then a bright idea from Matt - shelving from cardboard.  It didn’t take much longer for us to come up with the idea of modular shelving made out of cardboard boxes.  They’re cheap to buy, can be packed flat for easy transport and will easily support cushions and purses.  It also very DIY which is something I like - I get to create my own display.  Hoo-rah for Matt - he does have his uses.

So I took delivery of 30 cardboard boxes on Wednesday from Cardboard Box and have built a mock up of the display in my studio.

At the moment they are quite bare and boring but by the end of the week the sides will be decorated with beautiful embroidery. I’m using DK black wool to embroider and I think it’s going to look great

sewing machine

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Disaster has struck - with only 2 weeks to go until Mid Century Modern show my trusty Bernina sewing machine has broken down.  AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

Cue desparate trips to Frank Nutt and a lot of nervous worrying about when my trusty steed will be back in working order.  The power supply has been replaced but it hasn’t solved the problem of it turning itself off without any notice.

It’s very strange - I’ve never had any problems with the machine before.  In fact it is exactly that reason that I bought a Bernina instead of a Janome.  Bernina’s are just work horses that keep on going.

So until it can be fixed I’m relying on my spare machine - a Brother which is defying its previous status as unreliable and working well.  Fingers crossed it stays that way until my Bernina comes back.

patchwork

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Well the weeks have been catching up with me. I’ve been racking my brains about what to make for Mid Century Modern Show.  I’ve made some large heavily embroidered cushions, a few more ‘jigsaw’ cushions and some hand knitted ones (which I really want to keep as they are lovely).

But today inspiration struck - what about some patchwork cushions.  I’ve got loads of small scraps of fabric left over from making other things and a new crop of jeans to recycle.  It all feels like a plan coming together - or to quote properly  ‘I love it when a plan comes together’.

So here’s what I did - first of all I choose three fabrics to work with, denim from old jeans, some 50’s floral cotton and some wool/cotton blend.  I cut them into 10 x 10cm squares - yes cut with scissors!  I don’t have a rotary cutter but if I’m going to do more of these I think I will have to invest in one.

I then laid out the squares of fabric into a 9 patch block.  That’s a fancy quilters term - I bet you didn’t know that I was schooled in the dark arts of quilting.

When the 9 patch block is sewn together I cut it into quarters and arranged into pattern.

I did this with 4 9 patch blocks and ended up with this cushion front.  The pattern is called disappearing nine patch and I think I’ll be making more of these for the show

midcentury modern

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

well things have been busy here at needlesandhooks over the last few weeks.  I walked up a big hill with a tower on top - glastonbury tor and went away for a few days to Burnham Overy Staithe in Norfolk.

I’ve also started working on new items for the MidCentury Modern show on 29 March in London.  It’s the first time that I’m exhibiting at a show in London and I’m really nervous. Nervous about how to price my work, will anyone buy it and do I put zip closures on my cushion covers (not at the moment - can’t seem to find zips in the colours I need).  My haberdashery nightmares aside I’m 50% good nervous about the show - it will be a higher percentage when I finish making everything.

I will be showing mostly homewares with a few accessories.  There will be new designs for cushions (teardrops), some large flight cushions and new bespoke ‘jigsaw’ cushions.

I’ll have some photos up soon