HOW TO MAKE: BLOCK PRINTED WRAPPING PAPER [DIY TUTORIAL]

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This DIY wrapping paper couldn’t be simpler and is perfect for some relaxed weekend crafting before the final Christmas countdown…

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BLOCK PRINTING [MY LATEST MAKE]

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Easy to learn, difficult to master.

A couple of weeks back my good friend Anna and I spent a fun (if somewhat chilly) day at The Handmade Fair where we learned how to block print with The Arty Crafty Place! Continue reading

MAXIMUM METALLIC MADNESS [MY LATEST MAKE]

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I finished this dress in a three night sewing frenzy back in April when a good friend’s Birthday party (and the promise of a child free night of dancing) gave me the urge for something 60’s and shiny to jump around in.

The fabric is another House of Hackney sample sale bargain (from the same trip that yielded my Leonine A-line skirt). It’s been hanging about in my stash for far too long as I’ve been too intimidated by it’s beauty to cut into it. The detail and texture of the fabric is incredible – the black background is lush and smooth whilst the palmeral print is picked out in tiny green and metallic stitches. Different sized stitches give the palm leaves an amazing depth – it would be a shame to save this fabric for the evening really as you can appreciate the detail better under natural light.

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HOUSE OF HACKNEY LEONINE SKIRT [MY LATEST MAKE]

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I picked up this amazing piece of velvet at a House of Hackney sample sale about a year ago and have had this project quietly on the back burner ever since…

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SCANDINAVIAN FOLK ART INSPIRATION

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From left to right: Pattern from a 1960’s Polish coffee cup, Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius, illustration by Amy Blay, interiors and still  life photographer Joanna Henderson, tea-towel available from Hummingbird Factory via Etsy, vintage art via The Animalarium, interiors and still life photographer Joanna Henderson, antique Dala horse, linocut print ornaments found via design blog Du Abu.

Lots of colourful, Scandinavian style folk art has been catching my eye on Pinterest this week! It must be from sewing with all these fun printed jersey fabrics from Europe for Orla 🙂 I love some of the simple screen printed shapes that use just one or two colours – screen printing is definitely on my to-do list for next year. Also check out the lino cut print Christmas decorations on the bottom right! I think next year might be all about printing for me. I love the cheerful, painted furniture too – especially when mixed with Scandi style embroidered textiles!