After so much computer time / life admin / social networking, it's been great to get back into the studio this week. Here's what I've been up to...
Hubble bubble tweed and trouble
This is the second of the tweed hats for the Linda Harper window display, using my new bubble crown block! I had initially intended the bow to sit centrally on the lower edge of the back of the hat, but (as is often the way once the hat and its personality are born!) I changed my mind as I was about to sew it on after some experimental positioning and much prefer its flirty offset position on the front!
|Tweed bubble: Irish tweed on a canvas foundation with cotton shell edged lining, with offset tweed bow|
I also used my new cotton lining on the inside - I think I've discovered yet another new addiction! ;)
Spring chickens (well, pheasants)
The two tweeds I've done so far could be considered a little autumnal now the sunshine's out at last (welcome back - we've missed you!) so I was inspired to make a spring hat with some bright dyed pheasant feathers providing the hattitude! The lining in this one is Thai silk, which looks like water when the fabric's flowing over my desk - working with such beautiful fabrics is one of my favourite things about my new occupation! :)
|Waltzer: Tufted tweed button on canvas foundation with dyed and curled pheasant feathers|
I'm desperate to have all my new blocks to hand and ready to use (and out for admiration purposes - some of them are so old that they're little works of art in their own right!) so this weekend I got this cupboard from The Lions which is just the job!
|This way to Narnia...|
I've taken the doors off (I'm pretty sure this was actually a children's wardobe!) and wrapping papered the back; shelves to be added (c/o Dad) :) tonight. And I'm going to paint the front of the drawers with blackboard paint so I can keep a track of their contents. I can't wait for the blocks to be sitty pretty in their new home!
I've also been drinking a LOT of tea this weekend in my newly fired Crazy Kiln mug - I'm so pleased at how well it's come out! I think the shop was impressed too - three of our pieces were in the window display! :)
It's a short and sweet update from me this week with only 6 days to report, so head over to Handmade Monday and see what everyone else has been up to. Top tips: CatkinJane's fabric cards (it seems my tweed obsession is catching!); Free Spirit Designs' nesting bird coasters (just what I need for my new mug!); Handbags by Helen's beautiful fabric buckets and purses; Annie's Table's tea embroidery (so true!); and Tickled Pink's Orange Rice Cake (Natalie - I have sent you the recipe!) ;)
Aiming to finish off some origami projects this week (I've got permission from David Brill to incorporate his amazing horse design into a racing hat!), so have a good one my dears and see you next Monday!