Saturday, 24 June 2017

The universe in a t-shirt

Some people say their partner is the centre of their universe. Well, my husband is now wearing mine.

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We are presently basking in the summer sunshine of Crete. But, before we flew from Scotland, I decided he needed some new t-shirts for the occasion and set to work on making him some.

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First up is this one made from the Mandalas fabric supplied by Polish company dresowka.pl


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A mandala was originally a symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism to represent the universe and has become a generic term for any pattern representing the cosmos.

Swirls in an unusual combination of blue and earthy brown and mustard make this a bright and striking digital print.

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The 92% cotton/8% elastan combination makes for an exceptionally smooth, silky and stretchy fabric that is ideal for t-shirts as it keeps its shape without ironing and is wonderfully breathable in the kind of hot temperatures experienced here in Crete.

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I think it’s pretty cool in more ways than one.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Hare it is!



It may not be March, but it’s hare nevertheless!


The Mrs Hare Bag has as its centre-piece a hare motif in silver Washpapa, shining brightly on a background of grey no-wool, animal-friendly eco-felt.


Creating such a handsome, openwork hare is no quick leap, being hand crafted using the paper cut technique.


Sling it on your shoulder or dangle it by your side by the sturdy felt and Washpapa straps. Should you eventually wish to lay it down, its base is protected by four metal studs.



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Jump inside and the cotton lining of brown flowers on an off-white background contains a couple of handy pockets.

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Spring into action and buy the Mrs Hare Bag today. You would be mad not to!

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Mrs Silver Hare bag is available <here>

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Red Piramido Bag

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There’s nothing ordinary about this hand-made bag.

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That’s because it’s irregular - an irregular tetrahedron to be exact.

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The materials used are not run of the mill either. 

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Mainly a striking bright poppy red eco-felt, the bag has protective Aged Sahara Washpapa* in each of its three corners on the base, with metal studs underneath.

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A metal zip allows access to a red and cream cotton lining in a Damask pattern.

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It is all lovingly finished with a heart-shaped charm in Aged Sahara Washpapa with red felt edging that is attached to the red felt handle with a metal chain.

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You’ll capture lots of attention swinging this by your side.

Available <here>

*Washpapa is manufactured in the EU and known as a washable paper. It is a waterproof mix of paper and latex. The paper is Oeko-Tex certified and a Forest Stewardship Council (SCS) for wood product.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Geometric Tote Bag

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Here’s a bag with real edge.
Taking inspiration from abstract art, the Geometric Bag is made of Black Aged Washpapa*.

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Decorative triangles, squares and rectangles in Black Shine, Gold Shine and Silver Antique Washpapa, plus metal studs, elevate it above the ordinary.

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Open it up and the contrast could not be more stark, with the bright white on black dots and white, black, grey and yellow stripes, of the cotton lining emerging like a shining light from within.

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It has two functional pockets inside, with shoulder straps in black cotton webbing to keep it hanging handily by your side. Metal feet protect its base from wear and tear.

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Whatever your angle, with this bag, you will never be square.

Bag is available <here>
 

*Washpapa is manufactured in the EU and known as a washable paper. It is a waterproof mix of paper and latex. The paper is Oeko-Tex certified and a Forest Stewardship Council (SCS) for wood product.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Dragonfly Summer Bag

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A new scientific report suggests climate change is unfortunately killing off a lot of insect species, but here’s a new one of my own - the giant gold and silver dragonfly. And it adorns my latest bag made of eco-friendly Black Shine Washpapa.

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This is no ordinary dragonfly, with Swarovski crystals and Czech glass beads, each lovingly hand-stitched, sparkling richly in the sunshine as it spreads its wings and stretches its body.

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The dragonfly, the design for which I found in a book called “Papercut Woodland”, was painstakingly hand cut from Gold Shine and Silver Antique Washpapa.

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The bag is fully lined and has small pockets to keep your phone or pens handy.

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It is all elegantly finished off with tortoiseshell (vegan-friendly, of course) acrylic handles.

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Whether you want to glide down the catwalk or swoop down the high street, this stunning bag will give you wings, to quote someone else’s catchphrase!

Bag is available <here>

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tulips

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As you can see, I am still in a spring mood here. This time, I decided to try some Washpapa origami. It was something that I wanted to do since I bought that washable and sewable paper for the first time. I thought that looking into origami patterns could bring some inspiration to my traditional projects too.

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 I found this instruction and decided to give it a go. I knew that it would be more difficult than folding traditional paper, but at the same time, it looks like Washpapa origami is going to last longer. For this project, I used 20cm x 20cm squares.

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 I made two tulips with stems for a start and then I needed some way to display them. Thr original instruction shows that tulips should be able to stand on the flat surface. But flowers made of washpapa are heavier and the top of the flower was weighting it down. 

I had different ideas, but eventually I decided to go back 'to the roots' and make probably the most popular thing that has been made of washpapa - a pot.

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 I made a similar pot in the past to keep all my keys handy and tidy in our hallway, so it was only a case of measuring and not making it too big for my tulips.

I think they would make a great gift as an alternative to traditional 'fake' flowers, or even for real ones!

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 Encouraged with the success of my first origami work, I decided to try this quick heart instruction. It turned out well too. I used some glue to keep it flat (I know, not a very 'origami thing', but it is also not traditional paper). I am thinking of turning into something useful like a bookmark or maybe, after adding couple of eyelets, it could even be a necklace. What do you think?

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Dalahäst Skirt

 
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When I saw this heavy cotton Dala Horse fabric in the shop, I knew I had to buy it and make something from it. At the moment,I am in love with full skirts with petticoats, so I didn't think twice.

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When I found the Scandinavian Design Center on-line shop, I was actually looking to buy a wooden Dalahäst to compliment my small collection of folk art. 

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Of course, it wasn't the only fabric I bought, so you will probably see more similar projects soon.
The skirt is made of two rectangles with plenty of pleats to fit the waistline. I also made in-seam pockets because pockets make every outfit that little bit more practical.

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I didn't make a petticoat as I already have one from Lindy Bop. Also, when I was working with tulle in the past, I experienced problems with accommodating bigger volumes of fabric in my sewing room. And, yes, you need quite a lot of tulle to make a nice petticoat.

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Do you remember Cut-Out Bag, made of Washpapa washable paper, that I made earlier this year? It is one of my favourite bags at the moment and I think it looks really nice with the rest of the outfit. Should I make couple more for my on-line shop? ;)

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