Friday, 15 September 2017

Mindful and Contemplative

As some of you may know i've been away for a few months, not permanently but most weeks through the summer attending the fairs with Antique Ideology.  It's been an amazing, interesting, cold, warm, stressful, frustrating and exhausting experience.  I'm now home for the winter and ensconced in my studio or the shop when it opens again in a few weeks.  In between fairs, through all the travelling and the long days i stitched.  I had no plans i just packed a ton of thread, a ton of fabric, needles and scissors and just stitched, the process was slow and wonderful and i was quite pleased with the results too. 

I didn't intend to do any sort of picture but i love how sometimes you see something emerging, you can choose to go with it or ignore it, either works for me.

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Some of these will be framed and sold under my "Part of your Story..." label.  But for the moment they will go on the Works in Progress  page.

This adorable little bunny emerged a while ago and i'm currently working on a fox.  They're quite fun to do but fiddly.

"The faster we live, 
the less emotion is left in the world.  
The slower we live, 
the deeper we feel the world around us."
~ Stanko Abadzic

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Salvo Fair

Hello, what glorious weather we're having here in the UK at present, very hot.

We're taking Antique ideology back on the road this weekend to the Salvo Fair at Henley on Thames. where i'm hoping i can find some space to display the "Part of your Story..." stock.

We've been working on labels and packaging for the past few weeks, it's been intense as it can be quite expensive to have everything made.

we finally decided on these gorgeous 'vegan' cork leather labels from a business on Etsy, custom printed with "Part of your Story..."which we sewed onto the scarves and bags and also added them to the information label.  It was nice to be able to support another small business.  We also purchased some paper bags in two sizes and everything else we recycled and made  ourselves.

The fabric scrap books with each purchase containing tiny scraps of vintage and antique Japanese and quilting fabrics, encased in vintage ephemera.

Please see the 'Part of your Story..."' Page at the top of this page for information about the "Part of your Story..."  ethos and/or come and see us at Salvo on Saturday and Sunday 24/25 June.

We will update the "Buy" page as soon as we return from Salvo.  Feel free to email me with any enquiries


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

How many stitches?!!

This stitched bag is going to be amazing ❤

This is a close-up, 'detail' picture of the inside of the hand bag i'm currently working on.  There must be a zillion stitches inside and out and i think it's almost finished now....

So many stitches... The secret is knowing when to stop ❤

... it's very hard to stop, almost the mixed media of stitching, it's hard to know when it's finished and very easy to keep adding to it.  

New 'Studio' photo

My ever-changing studio.  We keep finding these beautiful cupboards at the antique/salvage shows we attend, they're very beautiful and tell such a story.  This one is a gorgeousl green colour and rescued from someone's garage, hence the bursts of red spray paint.

Ever changing studio....loving this look ❤

This one is old, about 200 years old, i'm just going to wax it to brighten up the paint...


...perfect for storing snippets of fabric 

It's great for storing my Japanese fabrics in.

Huge Kokeshi dolls seen at Peterborough Antiques Fair earlier this beautiful

This Kokeshi doll is about a foot tall ❤ @donifolk

❤ @ Peterborough Antiques fair ❤


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Three Beans in a cloth...

‘If you can wrap three beans in a piece of cloth, 
then it is big enough to keep.’

... very true, but to be honest if i could wrap even one bean, or less, in a piece of cloth  i'd keep it and do.  Some of the smallest pieces of fabric in my collection wouldn't wrap a pin, but i know that it's precious and will get used somewhere at some point., 

Scraps of fabric used in 'Part of your Story...' creations:

Vintage ticking and American and British quilts pieces carefully unpicked

Vintage Japanese futon and kimono fabrics from Japan

 It was very tempting to sell these mannequins when i was a very good price for them, but in the end i couldn't part with them, i think they're really beautiful and look good in the studio.

Contemporary linens used for my scarves, they look lovely all together


 "When we engage in fibre arts, 
we are creating something, 
but we're also participating in historic traditions tens of thousands of years old.  
You are not only making art for your soul 
and for future generations, 
you are ...
embodying the work of our ancestors."
~ The Woven Road