Wednesday, 22 December 2010

2nd Year Comission Project

"Design a something to go in a specific space. " was pretty much the brief.

I chose to use Broadway Cafe.
Inspiration taken from Shane Meadows films.
Hand felted, screen printed and machine embroidered. 

(click for larger views)

(Visualisation of the finished piece in it's location)

Friday, 5 November 2010

Knitted Dogs

I saw these at Origin and thought they were amazing...

I'm going to try making some for xmas. Although I might try needle Felting them. There's a book available...
And there's loads more stuff on the Muir and Osborne Blog here.

Here's my needle felted version of Hagrid!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


I love dressing up, so i was mega disappointed when I had to leave a Halloween party for a stupid migrane. (and I didn't get a better picture of my outfit) Anyway, here's our costumes. 

Laurence - Pacman, Scott - Pacman Ghost Red, Me - Tippi Hedren in The Birds, Andie - Pignose (it was a last minute thought). 
(BTW i'm in character for the photo, not just seen a rat...)

And well done to the boys who won the best costume! 
(even though their seams were 'sewn' with staples and cellotape.....)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Copy Pirates

i love drawing stuff like this. 

Some illustrations for my current Uni project....

Broadway Cafe Bar, Nottingham 

Broadway Cafe Bar, Nottingham 

Trinity Square, Nottingham 

Waiting for the Winter - Light Night 2010

Last week I was involved in Light Night in Leeds. 

Bascially it's a night of multi-art-celebrations that happens all around the city, where people do stuff for arts sake. 

As an honorary member of Knit a Bear Face, I was invited to knit for a statue in Leeds City Centre. 
I was knitting for James Watt, the Scottish Inventor. We decided that he needed a hat, beard and ginger locks. 

Because I had to finish Uni and get the train from Nottingham, mine was one of the last pieces to be put up. But it was pretty cool sitting waiting for the guys, as the passers by began to notice the knitted accessories worn by the other statues :)

I've uploaded my pictures of most of the Knit a Bear Face Light Night knits here... so go have a look!

Big thanks to the Victoria for providing shelter for Knit a Bear face to knit and sup, Designer Yarns for donations and Mildred and everyone else for doing a lot of hard work. 

More about Light Night here... 

Here's the Knit a Bear Face group

Here's lots of photo's of everything that was happening at Light night

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Textile Institute Student Design Competition Entry

The brief was to design a furoshiki that would appeal to delegates at the 100th anniversary conference.

(Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. Choose from a wide variety of sizes and designs to complement your lifestyle. Why furoshiki? It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size.)

I mulled this over in my head for ages, and then when it came to it just wanted to design something I'd like myself!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Brudenell, baby.

Having the best nephew in the world means I have the opportunity to make sure he's well dressed.
Here he is modelling a funky green version of the classic Brudenell Social Club shirt I made him just using computer transfer paper.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

P P P P Penguins

A birthday pressie for a friend. (also the 1st thing i've put the Scissorsaurus name on)
Recycled fabrics (One of my Dad's old shirts, scraps of fabrics), applique and machine embroidery. 

Friday, 26 February 2010

20 fairy costumes

My mums school is quite poor, and in her nursery department, the dressing up box contains mostly fairy outfits.
I've been meaning to wack something up for a while, but last night with my sewing machine out I finally had the urge.
She told me tabbard style tops with velcro fasteners on the sides, were the best for the kids.

They're a bit rushed, but i don't think the kids will mind!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Start from today, go back to the past another day.

I've decide i'll start to update this now as i do things, and go fill in the gaps later. 

So at school i was shown how to embroider on a machine last week. I LIKE IT!
I did this one completely free hand. i coloured in the heart and the clothes with a satin stitch (really close zig zags)

On this one, 'My Brother has' was done using a braiding foot to sew over a cord, and 'a big orange beard' was done using satin stitch again. The beard was done with tailor tacking so it's nice and loopy.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Sock Bunny

Last easter I made a sock bunny for a friend. When my mum saw it, she tried to steal it.
So i made her one for her birthday this year.
I found the pretty socks in ASDA. Promise i'll write a tutorial next time i make one!