Monday, 20 April 2015

Hornsea Pottery Society AGM 2015

Yesterday was a big day in our Hornsea Pottery calendar, the AGM on hallowed turf at Hornsea, which interestingly fell 15 years to the day that Hornsea Pottery went into final receivership.

Our meeting and talk was very interesting, lovely to catch up with people who I only see once a year as it's difficult to get to the other 3 yearly meetings they have scattered around the country.

The stalls were brimming with pots for sale, I'm sure there was more than last year, or may be more of the designs which I liked this time.

Loads of Contrast which I like and still use. I was wanting a particular mini soup tureen but no one had one.

A wonderful stack of Heirloom storage jars.

Below, the lovely white teapot in the middle was called Alaska, it is sort of a white version of the brown Contrast design.

If only I was starting my own coffee shop! Many many different espresso sets. This design I hadn't seen before called Prelude in a dull minty green and brown.

Lots more things than usual in the auction, below.

So what did I buy, well, I got this wonderful 1977 mug by John Clappison for £1 on the auction, they sell for lots more on Ebay so I was very pleased. It will a be a birthday pressie for a Scorpio.

I also found just one Concept espresso cup with saucers, this was good because I already have one cup and no saucers, so it is useable now for coffee and a piece of cake for two.

And finally, this was rather unusual and irresistible to me as it was very minimal and stylish.

These plates and bowls in a wave/cell shape were designed by Caterina Fadda in the late 90s, she commissioned Hornsea Pottery to produce them for her so I'm happy to say these design icons which broke the mould in plate design were made in Hornsea. The museum had purchased them some time ago and were selling them to raise funds as they had duplicates.

I bought a combination of the black and white. They will be fabulous for serving a tapas style meal with bits 'n pieces on the side.

Caterina has a London studio with furniture and other stylish designer items for the home.

Thank you if you made it this far, I do tend to get carried away with Hornsea pots!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Bird friends, woolly creations, apple tiles

For the last couple of months the garden bird friends have been gathering in our bit of garden as they think about nesting. I have been reluctant to put food out with the large number of mice there are here but when my favourite bird, Gladys the Great Tit appeared tapping on the door handle for food I had to give in.

She is such a character and an intelligent little bird, Graham her husband is with her but he is a little more timid. We can now stand outside with arm stretched and food on hand and Gladys will flutter and land on you for tit bits. Graham won't come that near.

These pictures are not very good as taken on the phone but if you look carefully you can just see her coming in to land.

We have 2 robins, given the usual names of Robbie & Ruby although they must be different robins to previous years as they act quite differently. I'm convinced it is the same two chaffinches so that is Judith and Brian mentioned. We have Barney the Blue Tit who has recently brought along his friend Beryl. And new this year, on his own at the moment, is Dave the Dunnock.

Whilst the birds have been busy teaming up, I've finished what will probably be my last neck warmer until winter again.
I just had to use up this weird, fluffy wool and it's quite horrible to use so it leant itself to wrapping around a knitting loom.

I have crocheted another flower necklace with the cotton yarn which is very nice to use.

I'm just working on something which I don't know if it will work yet, I've done a quick prototype which suggests it should work and now I'm embellishing a felt sugar skull before moving on to the next stage with it.
All will be revealed if I do have a successful outcome to this project.

Finally, I do like a bit of simple, 1970s retro design. I spotted these apple tiles in B&Q at the weekend, not a shop I've had reason to go in really with renting a house for 7 years but DIY shops do seem to have some interesting things in occasionally.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter and some recent makes

April and it's Easter already, I hope the weather is kind to us all and we can enjoy some sun and chocolate, bliss! 

I found a lovely little craft activity on YouTube the other week which is great for using up old scraps of fabric which I'm sure most of us have in heaps. Long thing scraps like these are best.

And look at what you can turn it into. Beautiful recycled fabric twine.

I will give you the link to the lady called Hester who posted this nice little tutorial on YouTube.

It's such a simple and mindless task you can sit and do in front of the TV and the results are lovely.
It's all in the twisting!

Here's the link and Hester has some other nifty ideas on YouTube too.

I've been busy with my sausage dog kits. The printed kits arrived back from the printers this week.

I will be selling the kits with a choice of jackets or bandanas. You can see the prototype below which I stitched up with a lovely tartan jacket.

I have also been working on another sausage dog, not a printed kit but this one will be cut out from scratch with his features appliqued on. It very nearly made it into a sewing magazine but they already had a dog toy lined up to go in so I may see if I can get it featured elsewhere.

This dog will be slightly bigger than the printed kits.

And lastly, another one of my fabric designs which I have been revamping for Woven Monkey, this one is my Flower Girl design. I've done it in lots of colour combinations.

Enjoy the long weekend folks! :)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New folk fabric design

Sometimes I make a new fabric design from the embers of some old designs and that's what I did last week when I created an American style folk fabric.

A few years ago I designed some Amish people cut & sew kits which I think I only sold one of, the idea was to make a family group and string them like bunting.

I took some of the design elements from the kits and worked out a pattern repeat and then picked a selection of muted colours for the range and these are my results.

I've already had some cotton samples back from print which I'm quite pleased with and I think this one will be nice for kitchen textiles, aprons, patchwork etc.

Another design just finished is a mish mash of lots of other elements, butterflies, embroidered flowers, vintage postage stamps. birds. I'm thinking Hawaiian shirts with this, maybe because the sun is shining on me today!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Solar Eclipse, first day of Spring

Hurrah spring is here. 
Today was to be the best solar eclipse since the one in 1999 which I traveled down to Devon for and was thoroughly wowed by it.

Different story today, started off with a hint of brightness but cloud soon got the better of it. All my pictures were rubbish, this is the only one less rubbish with a hint of eclipse if you look closely.

I also think I made the hole too big for my pinhole camera. Not satisfied with the pin prick shown by the red arrow, I went for a larger circle above but it didn't actually eclipse and after the near totality point it naturally clouded completely.

Oh well, 6 years to another partial eclipse!

Hope you saw it wherever you where.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Sausage Dogs on the loose soon!

I can't help but smile when I say the words Sausage Dog. The word Dachshund is just slightly austere for such a comical, characterful little doggie.

For some time a friend of mine has suggested I make something sausage doggy, I think brooches were the original intention however I wanted to work on a bit bigger scale so as to incorporate some doggy clothes.

This is what I've come up with, Sausage Dog Cut & Sew Plushie Kits.

I found some classic sausage dog pictures to sketch from and created digital illustrations to have printed as my kit.

The fun bit will be clothes, as in the visual below I plan for them to either have jackets or bandanas.

I will make the clothes from vintage or tweed fabric and offer a choice to go with each kit.

Funnily enough, last weekend as I was supposed to be finishing off this project, I went to Bridlington for a bit of fresh air and I saw 2 very cute sausage dog puppies out for a walk. This spurred me on to finish my kits.
I didn't used to be too fussed about sausage dogs but I have to admit to quite liking them now!