Somerset Blooms

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July was a busy month with getting ready for the Walthamstow Garden Party and then the end of term and the various events that are held. I had hoped once that was finished I would have more time for some Craftee Fox admin and marketing but I got caught up in making clothes and that hasn’t happened! Part of this admin was to write a blog about my latest design,  so better late than never.

Somerset Blooms is a collaboration between my Mum and me, although a collab is probably over stating it a bit as my Mum had already painted the four watercolour pictures and I asked if I could use them. There is chatter of her painting some more for future designs.

So I took the four paintings, played with them in the computer and then had them printed on fabric. I love the way they have come out and intend to play with them some more for other items.  I already have a pattern ready to make this into a dress for my daughter, which I’m very excited about – the thought of her wearing a dress made by me with her Grandmother’s painting on. And it’s called Somerset Blooms as Somerset is my Mum’s (and my maiden) surname.

 

 

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Flip flops for summer

Last month I launched my latest design and it’s all because of a pair of flip flops. These flip flops in fact

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These are my daughter’s flip flops and while we were on holiday last year I drew them and added other flip flops.

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This year I worked them into a design on the computer and now have flip flop fabric and am making it into lots of items. Its different to my other fabrics – and not a flower in sight – but it does have similar strong colours. I made a complementary fabric for linings and after a mistake in the size of my image now have flip flops in two different sizes. The larger size is good for bags.

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A trio of pouches which are perfect for pens, glasses or even sanitary items.

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Funky lavender bags

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A swim/ PE bag and a tote bag made from the larger flop flop print

The make-up bags have beads added to the zip pull and I’ve printed the image into the price tag

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A sunhat and hair bow

And finally (enough of flip flops?) A6 plain notebooks and for these I made a dark blue design. I am soon going to add two more colours to range.

So there we have it. The new range to get you into the mood for summer!

Chives

Last year I did a short course at City Lit called ‘Textile and surface pattern’. It really challenged me as it involved some drawing, something I didn’t think I could really do. I still can’t draw well but it made me realise something I was beginning to grasp already, that I don’t need to be able to draw portraits or be a fine artist to be able to draw patterns. During this course I drew a chive flower. After the course I developed this pattern while using Adobe Illustrator – a computer programme I knew nothing about.

Fast forward 8 months and just before Christmas I had my second lot of fabric printed. The first lot didn’t come out as I thought it would and after a three day Illustrator course,  I finally printed something I was happy with. Unfortunately the fabric got lost in the post and I didn’t manage to make what I wanted in time for Christmas markets,  so I have finally managed it. A start of a range of products, which even includes notebooks!

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Christmas 2015

Christmas has been and gone, although with a week left of the holidays, I’m still very much in relaxing mode after lots of sewing pre-Christmas. This year my focus was on sewing for markets as I knew I had some markets close together and wouldn’t have time to re-stock in-between. Orders were quieter this year, which is a mixed blessing, as working 4 days a week leaves little time for sewing, and balancing making stock for markets or orders can produce a little stress (to say the least). This year I’ll see whether I can build up stock for markets AND get more orders AND be more organised.

Here’s a few of the items I made for markets and orders. The tartan stocking, upcycled from a skirt, was a particular favourite of mine and of course, there were elephants for the tree again! I made a few sets of covered notebooks and matching pencil cases, which make perfect presents, and the brolly bags sold as well as ever.

As ever, if you see something you like just send me a message.

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Upcycled tartan stocking

 

Brolly bags

Brolly bags – for your wet umbrella