Lovely Things

I’ve managed to get some really lovely Christmas presents this year, so I wanted to share with you the lovely makers who made my beautiful handmade gifts. My birthday is also on Christmas day which is a blessing and inconvenient at the same time. I was luckily enough to get a Sally Nencini flower scarf to go with my gorgeous mittens and matching hat.

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For my Birthday I got a pretty pair of Claire Lowe silver studs which have tea suspended in resin, she uses wool and other media to create her jewellery, so I was always going to be a fan.

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I also got a couple of small pieces by Jo Downs who is renowned for her fused glass pieces, she also makes much bigger interior pieces but I’ll have to wait for something bigger.

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I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and I’ll be back in the New Year!

Sarah x

Christmas felt decorations

I decided to make some felt decorations as presents this year. I had some beautiful left over grey felt from a previous project that I decided to use. I decided to make five as I had five vintage crystal buttons left and some lovely red ribbon I found in a box. I started by finding a template online, I wanted to do Nordic themed decorations so I decided on a heart. I got my template from here.

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I then cut out ten hearts, I doubled the fabric up and cut out two at time to save on time. I couldn’t decided whether to blanket stitch the edges etc. but in the end I decided machine zigzag stitch them together. I left a small opening to stuff them from a disused cushion and then finished them off with more zigzag. Also this way I could see the loop and make sure it was sewn firmly in place.

I then hand stitched the buttons on with red embroidery thread and added a hand stitched cream snowflake, I made them slightly different on each one. So Here are the finished results! I’m very happy with how they turned out. :-).

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Rainy days

I’ve been inspired to make some of my very own Christmas decorations this year, I came across this lovely blog The Purl Bee it has everything you could want from knitting to Embroidery patterns plus a gorgeous shop where you can buy all the materials you need.

I am planning to have a ago at these particular projects, especially the running stitch napkins

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How about a Taffy twist felt garland?

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Or a beautiful felt winter wreath?

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Hopefully that has wet your appetite enough to have a go yourself.

Happy holidays :-)

That time of year

So there is definitely a chill in the air and plenty of leaves on the ground. I’ve been busy finishing off my projects that started when it was a bit hotter, but as Christmas comes ever closer I turn my attention to my shows and making new jewellery for my AW13 collections.

I’ve had a lot of fun developing and experimenting and come up with what I feel are some pretty lovely things. There has been a lot of reflection this year and thinking about how to move forward with my jewellery. I decided to forge on and have found new galleries to stock my jewellery and have been given new motivation to create new pieces.

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(Found Bracelet with dyed jade beads, Czech glass and a fresh water pearl.)

So hopefully anyway you should be seeing a lot more of me on here plus of course finding the loveliest most gorgeous hand made items to share with you.

Boxpark

Next week I am off to Boxpark. Based in Shoreditch it is constructed of stripped, and refitted shipping containers, creating unique, low cost, low risk pop-up stores.

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Filled with a mix of fashion and lifestyle brands, galleries, cafés and restaurants – BOXPARK places local and global brands side-by-side, creating a unique shopping and dining destination.

If you’ve got the time it is definitely worth a look, my very creative friend Jo from HAM will be there from the 10th -14th July. I will update next week with no doubt some lovely things to share with you.

Bench Mark

So I have been quiet for a while working on other projects but I wanted to highlight the new exhibition ‘Benchmark‘ happening in Clerkenwell in the next couple of weeks.

From the 10-15 June you’ll be able to see some exciting contemporary jewellery at Craft Central in their new Gallery space. This is just one of many events happening over Jewellery week 2013, so make sure you find time to go have a look at these wonderful creations!

 Lynne Maclachlan- Phase Earrings

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Fathom Ring

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From the top Lynne Maclachlan – Phase earrings, Farrah Al-Dujaili necklace, Jane Gowans – Fathom ring, Julia Parry-Jones – Nestling earrings.

Christmas Show

Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces, as I take part in my first We Make London show. Make a space in your diary to come along and pick up some lovely handmade items :).

Inspired London

So I can now finally reveal my fantastic news I have been having to keep secret,  my jewellery  is about to be published in a book!

I am of course very excited, to be featured with so many other fantastic designer/makers based in London is such a joy. The book will contain how and where to buy the the best locally handmade British products directly from us the makers :).

The Book launch is coming up a the end of this month, which I am very much looking forward to.

East London Print Makers

So I haven’t posted for a while as I have busy with some new projects, a couple of which I will let you know about soon.

With the weather doing it’s best to keep me in doors, I thought I’d let you know about the East London Print Makers which provide open access facilities for screenprinting, etching, and relief printing. It is run by a group of artist/printmakers with a wide range of experience and knowledge. They also run work shops and recently had an open studio where you watch the artists in action and pick up some of their lovely work.

Also my lovely friend Hazel Stark was there printing a small run of her quirky mask cushions, but be quick if you want one she only printed a few.