More Japanese design …

April 2017

…knot bags this time, with harris tweed and scraps of upholstery weight fabric. Basically there is a long and a short handle, and the long passed through the short to pull the bag closed. I’m really drawn to the economy of the design, no pockets, zippers, poppers, buttons, just one basic shape, fully lined. The construction is a little strange because of the shape and is well described here at The Chilly Dog, although I made my own pattern. I quite like the idea of making more of these, but I think I’ll live with these three for a while first  and see how I might next adapt them.

Maybe a Japanese apron next …



Embroidered, collage cards

February 2017

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Ok, so there’s a bit of a backlog due to real-live-actual-work. That’s it now. Playing around with some card designs. I love in hand embroidery that you can get quite far with only a few stitches, looking at Clare Beaton’s books for example (liking the wee french knots, very cute).


Gotta catch ’em all!

February 2017

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Felt pokes: I really love the concentrating face above. This was a nice one to do because it involved some sustained effort and a collaborative project that could be broken down into different tasks: drawing a master version; tracing and cutting pattern pieces; cutting the felt (the adult bit); sewing together and stuffing (snowstorm scenario).

Fairy punch, x

Hearts and cranes

February 2017

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Hearts and cranes with origami boy, the cranes only a wee bit inspired by the big, gold ones in the foyer at Summerhall. The hearts are just strips of different lengths, largest to the outside, stapled to pinch in the top part of the heart with a ribbon loop at the centre, then stapled separately in tiers at the bottom. The tutorial we used for the cranes is here (utube is so much easier than the books for little ones – and me) and the hoop for the mobile is for wreath-making. The boy is getting actually, properly good at this now.


Tulle skirt part II

February 2017


Wellies and a tutu in a classic combination …

I think I’ve got this construction down now and might tutorialise it, next time. This one is remade from one of my skirts which travelled to special places with me so it’s nice to see it being reused. Again it has tulle over the top of a print with an elasticated waistband (with a sneaky opening so that the elastic can be altered to give it a little bit more life). The girl actually likes this one (whoop!) although favours wearing it with a bunny fleece and wellies.


Simple constructions for wee girls


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October 2016

So above, I’ve been looking at various ways of putting together simple skirts with an elasticated waistband, therefore easy for the child to dress by herself. The one above is like a tutu in reverse, with one layer of net layered on top of a pattern. I think my net might be a little soft, a firmer one would do better, but otherwise I like it. The waistband is hip width with a little ease, and a fuller skirt gathered to fit. I’ve seen these connected directly to the elastic, but I think it’s much nicer to have a proper waistband.

The crossed back apron is another Japanese design, highly pinterested, and I experimented with it on scraps. My fussy princess chose the cat pocket and the surprise carp on the back, but now she’s not so sure about the reused shirt fabric, and she might be right. I have a pattern for a grown-up version, so maybe one for me next time …



September, 2016

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Below, the wildflowers in all their messy loveliness, A’s learning to make petal shapes, pea fairies and stripes, a delicate dinosaur bone restoration and play with left over wood. I’d like to figure out more about spare parts material on a micro scale. We don’t have the lots of grass style children’s garden so I need to find different ways of making it fun …maybe with the addition of little bunnies?