Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Diversity is a Pleasure

I always think how lucky we are here at SST - we have students all over the world, all of whom have a slightly different 'take' on colour, design and texture.  That means that we get to view textiles from many different cultures and areas during the course of any one week and I am always amazed by how colour choice and designs differ depending on culture, tradition, climate etc. 

A really good example is the work of Brenda Gael Smith - you can view her gallery at http://www.brendagaelsmith.com/portfolio/ .  She hails from NSW, Australia and her use of colour and design really reflects the wonderful landscape and colour of Australia. 

Do you think that your surroundings, beliefs etc are reflected in your work?  I have been looking more closely at my own recently and have started to worry about what they may say about me!!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bags, Beads and Brooches

As a City & Guilds tutor I'm often called upon to help students sort out the construction of bags - from evening to tote, I've pretty much seem 'em all!
There's a great little bookazine available now from Traplet called Bags, Beads and Brooches which will certainly help where you're thinking evening or beach bags. Projects include pretty tote bags, a sophisticated evening bag, super flower print satchels, a laptop pouch, a felted clutch, copper and button jewellery, fabric covered beads, beautiful flower embroidered corsages and quirky embellished bird brooches.
This design lead publication is fresh and modern with a homespun, ‘modern vintage’ look as is currently very popular in crafting. It combines projects from three extremely hot crafting trends: sewing, patchwork and quilting and jewellery making with the huge high street trend for the ‘homemade’ look.
New beautiful fabrics are used throughout including on trend designs by Amy Butler, Clark and Clark, Kokka, Anna Marie Horner and Moda and many more. The talented contributors share their wealth of experience in bag making and jewellery design, through simple to follow steps and plenty of extra designer tips and know how.It's available online from http://www.trapletshop.com/gb/p/14536/bags-beads-brooches

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Spotted Cushions from Oakshott

Just 'spotted' this modern cushion pattern from Oakshott fabrics.  As someone presently in the market for new interior furnishing, but who doesn't like the 'floral fancy' type of cushion, this would be ideal for me, so I thought I'd share it with you too.

'SPOT ON' Appliqué Scatter Cushions are designed by Lesley Brankin and the pattern and instructions can be accessed free from Oakshott's projects page at http://www.oakshottfabrics.com/Free-Patterns.aspx
These fun 'mix and match' cushions are both quick to make and a great way to showcase a collection of fabrics such as those in the delectable Oakshott Seasons range. Suitable for bonded or turned applique techniques combined with simple piecing