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#AHeart4Ldn

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Last week thousands of hearts were sent to Manchester to scatter around the city centre, the idea came from Beth Clarke who runs a craft business with the intention to provide a little bit of comfort to the city following the horrific attack at the Arena.

Craft groups and crafters from all over the country (and further afield) knitted, crocheted and stitched over 18,000 hearts with a message on them saying “#Aheart4mcr” and “please take me home” so anybody could choose one to take away with them.

I first became aware of it after seeing two of my friends that live in Manchester post about it on Twitter, they had both picked up hearts and were touched by the outpouring of love towards the city. After reading about it I realised that a group had been set up to do the same for London in wake of the London Bridge attack – #AHEART4LDN  – so decided to get involved making some hearts. It may only be a small gesture in the grand scheme of things but one that will hopefully put a smile on the faces of those that pick them up and take them home. I’m not too sure exactly where the hearts will be yet but they will be there on Saturday 17th June, in or around the Borough market area. If you want to know more, or get involved in making some too click on the hashtag above for a link to the Facebook group!

If you would like to donate via The British Red Cross to help the people directly affected in Manchester and London you can do so here. ❤

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Sewing a Song

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Hello! It’s a been a while since I posted anything at all about my designing/making so apologies if you follow me for those sort of things!

Anyway I’ve been working on a few new projects…with one of them being ‘Sewing a Song’. The idea came from when I made a cushion for a friend with lyrics from one of our favourite bands (The Maccabees) on. I thought it would be quite fun to have a little reminder of your favourite song/artists dotted around the house!

At the moment it’s still in the early stages but if you are interested you can follow @sewingasong for more! Or click on the link to my Etsy shop on the menu at the top!

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Shepherds Bush fabric shops

I first discovered the joys of the fabric shops that line the Goldhawk Road when I was a fashion and textiles student, the street has 10 or so shops all selling a variety of fabric from silks, tweed, wool, printed cottons to vibrant African printed material, and the best thing about them? they are incredibly cheap! Chances are if you already know your way around a sewing machine and live anywhere near London you will already know about all that Goldhawk rd has to offer in terms of bargains but if not then here’s a few of the shops I had a good rummage in and picked up some fabric for making cushions!

A relatively new one to the road having only been there for three years I found Goldbrick Fabrics to have the widest choice for what I was looking for. This one looks a little more snazzy on the outside than some of the others but don’t be put off by the ones that perhaps don’t look as exciting from outside as they are mostly all housing some gems if you’re willing to have a good browse through!

It’s also worth noting that if you’re looking for Liberty print fabric Misan West towards the Shepherds Bush end of Goldhawk Road houses a good collection. The best way to get to the shops is from Goldhawk Rd tube station on the Hammersmith and City line (turn right out the station) but you can also walk there from Shepherds Bush/Shepherds Bush Green…happy fabric shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

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Liberty Love

I recently came across an old sample book of Liberty tana lawn fabric from my old workplace that would’ve ended up in the rubbish bin after a big clear-out. So rather than let it go to waste I’ve been using the gorgeous printed cottons to create some cards; following on from the valentine’s post where I used the fabric for the lovebirds card and for some of the hearts I decided to make some bird cards, it was actually one of the first designs I did on a card when I first started card making and hasn’t changed too much…here’s one of the originals!…
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…and here’s some of the variations of prints used for the birds, these are all in my Etsy shop now too!

And these are the lovebirds Valentine’s cards…

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Valentine’s Cards

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I always find it tricky to motivate myself to start making things again after Christmas, it’s such a big part of the crafting calendar and I usually end up running out of time to make all the Christmas-sy things I design before the big day arrives. January and February tends to be fairly quiet months for craft fairs etc, however with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I decided to get making again!

The cards below are made using a combination of music sheet paper (it’s one of my favourite things to use for cards!) and Liberty print cotton.

You can find these cards in my Etsy shop!

…and here’s a few brighter designs including ‘kissing parrots’ and ‘bee mine’!

 

 

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#FolksyFriday – Checking out the tartan!

Every Friday Folksy – the home of all things handmade and craft-y do #folksyfriday, encouraging users to share and promote their fellow makers by using the hashtag on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or via a blog post). Folksy run their own theme and there’s a Pinterest board to share on. Alternatively you can choose a theme yourself to post about!

For my first Folksy Friday I’ve decided to focus on tartan. I’ve always loved everything of the checked variety, especially during the winter time when there are so many cosy scarves in all sorts of tartans! this year I’ve been making some winter cushions from different types of tartan as well as some checked tweeds and wool fabrics. I always think tartan works so well at Christmas too especially for stockings and tree decorations.

Here are a few of my Folksy picks from other designers/makers using tartan in their products, I’m especially in love with the cards by Stewart Craft Cards – tartan inspired cocktails! I also love all the little accessories in Girl of the Sixties shop.

MacQuilla Sunrise card by Stewart Craft Cards  and tartan tote bag by  Carry Stuff 

Harris tweed Christmas stocking by Life Covers and tree decorations by Janet’s Handmade 

Kitchen gloves by My Lovely Lace  and mobile phone case by Girl of the Sixties

Grey tartan baby boy shoes by Dotty Robin, stag and tartan bib by the Crafty Curio shop  and tartan woodland cards by Stephanie Short Stationary

And below is a few of the tartan and winter fabric cushions I’ve been making, available from my Folksy shop here!

Check out the #folksyfriday posts on Instagram and Twitter for more handmade goodies!

 

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Christmas crafting

Having neglected making things for most of last year I’ve been working to get back into it over the last few months and am currently building a new website…albeit quite slowly! Christmas is always a good inspiration to get making though so I’ve just booked a table at a craft fair in Suffolk in a few weeks. Below are a few Christmas bits and pieces I’ve made so far! my Folksy and Etsy shops have some more Christmas and non-Christmas bits in too. Would be interested to hear about any other craft fairs and websites to sell crafts on if anyone has any tips!

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Christmas pudding tree decoration 
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Bird and tree gift tags 
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Bird, hearts and trees gift tags
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Gingerbread man tree decoration 
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Christmas bunting