I've been quite frustrated carrying around plastic carrier bags of unfinished knitting projects, (not only because they are unfinished) but the bags themselves look shabby and unappealing, so I thought I should make myself (and others) a proper knitting bag. Whilst working on some designs, I came across a couple of old blankets made from lovely welsh wool that belonged to my Gran, and thought they'd be perfect.
Both bags are adapted patterns and have handles made from secondhand belts. The smaller bag (in front) has a pearl button fastening and binding around the top to match the lining. The larger bag has a zip fastening and pretty floral cotton lining, ideal for carrying all my yarns. I'll be working on a few more ideas before I make a batch of these, so stay tuned.
Here's Ruth modelling an outfit from my new collection, as featured in the fashion show. Machine knitted wrap-over skirt with front ribbon tie in charity shop bought yarn (think it's cotton) and sleeveless jersey top made from vintage cotton t-shirts. Both are one-off pieces, but I am working on reproducing them in different reclaimed yarns and fabrics so stay tuned for more!
Had a lovely afternoon yesterday with my friend Ruth, who kindly agreed to model some outfits that appeared in our fashion show back in the summer. Will be posting them up soon along with an update of where I'm at with the latest collection.
A little while ago (actually being more than a year ago) I made this drawing, originally intended to be used as artwork for folk and blues guitar duo Mellow Peaches, for their album 'I'll Go Down With This Ship'. I was really inspired by the rough mixes they played to me, particularly the song 'Gravity'. And the painting has now been used in a video for their song Ernest. Which you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKrpcnVFjx8
At our fashion show back in July, I hastily borrowed a couple of jersey camisoles having realised I hadn't anything for the models to wear underneath their cardigans. This resulted in me designing my own camisoles using reclaimed pure silk fabrics. More of these to come...
Just editing some photographs of my new range of clutch bags, complete with handles. There'll definitely be more of these to come. This particular bag is made from a piece of vintage hand-embroidery in a pretty floral pattern. One of my favourites!
Just a brief and long overdue update of what I've been up to:
Mostly preparing for these upcoming vintage fairs in Rugby and Sutton Coldfield
Christmas Vintage and Handcrafts Bazaar November 24th
" The Christmas Vintage & Handcrafts Bazaar has a large range of stalls offering unique, beautiful and practical Christmas gifts or treats for yourself in vintage fashion, retro homewares, gorgeous handcrafts, cakes, jewellery and much more.
Take time out from your shopping to relax and enjoy traditional festive refreshments in the Vintage Tearoom, served on vintage china and crisp linen with lashings of style. Dairy and gluten free, vegan and vegetarian cakes available. "
" As usual we will be filling Sutton Town Hall with all things Vintage from the 20's to the 90's, amazing handmade goodies & enviable Home wares - it's the BIGGEST & best value Vintage Fair in all of Birmingham!!!
OVER 80 STALLS FROM ALL OVER THE UK SPANNING 5 ROOMS!
Amazing venue, easy to get to by car or train. Lots of nearby great value parking - unlike the city centre!!!
Live entertainment & cakes a plenty too. Still just £1 - we have 2 entrances now so no fears of queuing in the cold for too long! Invite all your friends :) "
and working on some new items, including more clutch bags, based on my collection that made it's debut on the catwalk back in July, ready for selling on my (currently closed for refurbishment) folksy page. Stay tuned for more.....
Beth wears machine knitted wrapover skirt with jersey waistband and ribbon tie. Her top is made from secondhand t-shirts.
Sadie's dress has a bodice made using a man's shirt, and skirt panels made from a selection of vintage skirts. She carries a machine knitted clutch bag, wiith button detail and her fascinator is made from fabric remnants and a vintage fabric flower.
Giovanna models a top made from cotton t-shirts, with a yoke made from a fine vintage poly-cotton. It has a bound neckline and button fastening at the back. Her skirt is an upcycled charity shop find.
Lucy wears Sportster jumper in pure wool with a striped cotton polo neck made from vintage jumpers. The left sleeve has a new cuff made from grey wool, part of another jumper. Her blue cord shorts are made from a fabric remnant.
Angie's jumper has a pink cashmere yoke, from another jumper, and panelled bodice and sleeves in grey cashmere, from a cardigan. Her trousers are handmade, re-cut from a man's pair of trousers in dark checkered wool. The top part of the trousers are lined and have in-seam pockets. The clutch bag she carries I made from vintage woollen fabric, believed to have belonged to my Gran.
Francesca's cardigan has a handknitted fairisle patterned yoke, with bodice and sleeves made from a cashmere jumper. It is hand finished with crochet edging and fastens with a two buttons. Her shorts are made from a pair of ladies trousers, which were unpicked and used as normal fabric. They have narrow panels, back and front and small pleats at the waist. She carries a machine knitted clutch bag. Her vest top is by Andrea Bonnell.
Kate's outfit comprises of an upcycled floral skirt and cardigan, upycled from a cashmere and cotton mix jumper. The cardigan has a back yoke made from leftover pieces from a previous project. Her fascinator is again, from a selection made by myself. She carries a Teddy Wilson record in complimentary colours!
Cristina wears an upcyled top, made from a dress in cotton jersey. Panels were added to give shape and the armholes were adjusted to fit. Her skirt is made from several vintage skirts in a soft grey-blue, beige and lilac, one of which was also used for Sadie's dress. The waistband shows the selvedge edge of the original fabric, showing text woven into the fabric, saying 'Made in England'. It's a lovely detail to have. Her fascinator is from a selection by myself.
Ruth's top has a bodice made from a fabric remnant with a woven striped and floral pattern in cotton. The lower part of the bodice is made from a polyester top and the sleeves are made from a silk blouse. It has a back zip fastening and is hand finished with a rolled hem. The skirt is made from ready-pleated fabric remnant and has a pale pink poly-cotton lining and a cotton waistband.