Monday, 23 June 2014

Lytham Arts Festival

Had a great weekend at my pop up exhibition and upcycling demo which was my collaboration with Stringers Homelife for the Lytham Arts Festival
Here is a montage of images of my display
I will be sharing my projects over the next couple of weeks :)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Winning Collaboration: Steven Sheldon joins Hand & Lock to design the SS15 collection

At the start of 2014 Hand & Lock, the embroidery atelier to the Royal Family and top European design houses announced plans to create a debut fashion. 
The project was borne from the notion that many of the design houses using Hand & Lock were
suppressing their design ambitions because of perceived embroidery limitations. 
Design houses that did fully embrace embellishment often only applied it to couture pieces rather than streetwear or Pret a Porter.
Hand & Lock’s Production director Jessica Jane Pile felt a collection from Hand & Lock could help inspire a generation of designers to see embroidery in a different light.
Jessica went on to say, “In the last year we have worked on pieces for Mary Katrantzou, Pringle and Louis Vuitton. We are in demand because we have the expertise to take traditional techniques and make them fit contemporary designs. We want to design a collection that takes that to the next level”.
To create the perfect design team Hand & Lock launched a competition for a talented designer to join their ranks. The open competition attracted over a 200 submissions from enthusiasts, students and graduates from the UK and beyond.
The winning designer’s garment had to fit into the rest of the pieces in the collection and had to be an ambitious design that met the brief. 
One designer; a graduate of Hudderfield University named Steven Sheldon stood out with his stunning artwork, inventive construction and attention to detail. He was ultimately selected as the winner and invited to meet the Hand & Lock team before commencing work on the collection.
Sheldon who set up his label ‘Sheldon Hall’ with his friend Emma Hall will start by illustrating the full collection in his distinctive croquis style.
His winning design will be made by the experts at Hand & Lock and will join the other pieces for release in time for the September London Fashion Week

Hand & Lock have been producing the world’s finest hand embroidery since 1767. From Civilian and Military Regalia through to Ecclesiastical
and Couture, they specialise in bespoke, individually crafted embroidery.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Here Comes Summer

I am delighted to have 2 projects published in the Summer issue of Stitch Magazine

Here Comes Summer is the 2nd in an embroidery series featuring a tree shown over the four seasons

Stitch Magazine Issue 89

The other project is an appliqued and embroidered picture
Summer Garden

Stitch Magazine Issue 89

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Pink Cotton

This morning a collection of pink accessories from my summer sale
All just £5 each 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Cool Summer Necklaces

Now as a lady of a certain age I can sometimes feel a bit over warm especially at this time of year 
I find that heavy jewellery can make the problem worse so I have come up with a solution
If like me your thermostat is on the blink you may
 like these cool as a cucumber cotton necklaces
Light as a feather crocheted flower lace, they have a little magnetic clasp so no more getting hot and bothered trying to fasten and the glass beads feel so cool against your skin
As a bonus they are also fashionable in a Boho, Hippy, Festival kind of way!
I have added a few to my Etsy Summer Sale for just £5 as an introductory offer each plus shipping to see if people like them and if you do I will make some more :)

The HandStitched Summer Sale

As my studio declutter continues I have listed some gorgeous hand embroidered summer goodies for the amazing price of £5 each (plus shipping)

This pretty summer brooch has tiny pink flowers hand stitched onto layers of white cotton with glass beads around the edge
Use it to enchance any summer outfit 

Pin to a scarf, bag, hat or use to brighten up a plain tee
WOW this one sold within minutes!
Here is a similar brooch in case you missed it 

Perfect for summer is this pretty pastel phone case
Hand stitched on layers of soft cotton and decorated with feather stitch and finished with a crocheted edging this case it totally unique 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Craft Supplies Destash SALE

Time to sort out the studio so I have decided to destash !
Just listed these decoupage papers

At £10 for 50 sheets they are a bargain, that works out at 20p per sheet!!
Alert all your cardmaking friends today!

 50 mixed decoupage sheets 

50 Christmas decoupage sheets