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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Beautiful fabric from Backstitch

I ordered some plain coloured cotton fabric from Backstitch on Friday and it arrived Saturday morning. Not only do Backstitch provide an excellent service and top quality products but their fabric arrives carefully wrapped in tissue paper with a ribbon and a hand written note - such a nice touch! It made my day!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Design Studio

Back before the Easter holidays I handed in my resignation for my teaching job, as it was beginning to take over my life and gave me no time to do my own textiles. This week I started a new part-time job which gives me lots of time to sew and make things, hurray!

I've spent some time sorting out my spare room so that it is a practical studio space. I just love it!

Some of my recent cushion designs on top of a quilt I made a couple of years ago.

My inspiration board

Monday, 23 April 2012

Vintage finds in Dorset

Over the Easter break I had a lovely holiday in Dorset. Whilst in Dorset I visited Bridport and Lyme Regis to hunt for some vintage goodies in the markets and charity shops. My shopping trips were a great success and I found lovely vintage embroidered fabrics, some very sweet tea cups, strips of buttons and a set of floral place mats that match my Royal Albert tea set! I plan to use the fabrics to make bunting and cushions.

In Lyme Regis I spotted this amazing piece of graffiti - an origami heron! So clever!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Beautiful Paintings by Ryoko Oikawa

I recently visited The Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster, Bristol where they had a lovely exhibition of the work of Ryoko Oikawa. This is the second time that the gallery has exhibited Oikawa's work - the first time was just over a year ago at the time of the 2011 Japanese earthquake. The paintings would have almost certainly been destroyed if they had not been in the exhibition as the artist's home was greatly affected by the earthquake. The gallery is exhibiting Ryoko Oikawa's work again to mark the anniversary of the earthquake. Oikawa paints flowers and gardens with thickly applied oil paints creating an almost 3d effect. I just love her use of colour and texture.