HOW TO MAKE: A LINOCUT PRINTING BLOCK [DIY TUTORIAL]

How-To-Make-A-Linocut-Printing-Block-DIY-Tutorial_edited-1Spring has finally sprung here in the South-East of England – everything is a really vivid shade of green and bursting into life. The ferns in my back garden are unfurling long, sinuous tendrils which inspired me to make a patterned fabric featuring this intricate botanical. I had wanted to try linocutting for a long time so this felt like the perfect opportunity. I loved the process of designing and (armed with my Mum’s old linocutting tools from her art school days) carving my printing block and thought it might be helpful to show you the steps I took in case you feel inspired to try it too! Continue reading

HOW TO MAKE: A FRESH FLOWER CROWN [DIY TUTORIAL]

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Flower crowns always bring a smile to my face – probably because they remind me of summer and festivals! Making one from fresh flowers is the perfect way to add some seasonal colour to a photo like this and a great way to put your fading bunch of flowers to use. This was a spur of the moment DIY earlier in the week when I found myself with a bunch of chamomile flowers, a free hour and a sunny garden to work in…

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FIVE TIPS FOR BETTER CANDLES…

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If you’ve ever had a beloved candle turn its glass jar black and sooty or found that the flame is suddenly extinguished in a pool of wax then today’s post is for you!

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DIPPING MY TOE INTO INDIGO DYEING…

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My very creative and talented Auntie Madeleine taught me how to make indigo dye last weekend! I’ve never worked with a natural dye like this and had no idea what is involved – it’s a delicate balancing act between all the ingredients, the temperature, even the humidity and the air. I’m looking forward to sharing more of the process next week, and showing off my new Shibori dyed muslin squares! In the meantime you can hop over to Madeleine’s website here and see some of her amazing handmade textiles.

ME MADE MAY 2016

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For Me Made May this year I pledged to wear each item in my handmade wardrobe at least once! I would be lying if I said I managed it but I did learn a thing or two…

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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!