Preparing for the Alternative Clothes Show

IMG_0245I’m taking part in the Alternative Clothes Show in Hornsey, London at the weekend- My first show for a while so I’m hard at work with felt and embroidery.  In the spirit of the show I’ve been working on a range of necklaces using upcycled beads from the local charity shops and my own embroidered felt.  I’ve also put the polystyrene hat blocks I carved last June in a course with Jane Smith to use making a couple of felt toques.

It’s now the final push to the line finishing the final pieces, and gathering supplies for  dressing the stall (and my self as I agreed to model some handmade felt in their fashion show!)

The Thames Festival

London Loves Felt had its first outing at The Thames Festuval this weekend – we sold felt, talked to lots of people about felt and the sun shone (contrary to what was being said by the weathermen.)

Setting up the stall

It was good to see so many genuirne craftspeople and artists taking part under the auspices of Southwark Arts Forum.  We were able to spread the word about felt, and promote  the classes at Morley where most of us met.

Thanks also to the person who sold me a cut price apple and cinnamon cupcake as a fellow stall holder!!

And especially thanks to Chris who did the majority of the organising and made beautiful personalised designer labels for us all….

Not much felting happening recently……

You may have noticed that there have not been many felting posts recently….or many posts at all!  I went back into full time work last week after 8 months not in paid work (mostly by choice although I hadn’t intended the break to last quite so long!!).  And I spent the last two or three months filling in application forms etc for quite a lot of the time – it takes a remarkable amount of time and energy….

However now I am working for a publishing company 9.00-6.00 –  still in the proscess of working out how to fit my creative life around paid work once again……

However last weekend I did make a small bag to match one of the first hats I ever made.  It has come out quite well (although I’m not sure I could say the same about the photos.)

Green hat and bag with flaps and spikes

Old Hat, New Bag

The bag is quite a complicated design with integral flaps and spikes to match the hat.  It also has a felt button and a stripey inside.  Basically just for fun I threw lots of different techniques at it!!

Close up of small green bag

Unfortunately I forgot that the flap on the main body of the bag was due to fold back once it was finished so I decorated the wrong side.

Stripey inside

But I do like it – I think it has quite a sporan like appearance….

Oh and its going to be a busy week this week.  I’m preparing for a stall at Hays Galleria with the felting collective ‘London Loves Felt’ (of which more later).

And I have a play to see on Tuesday, I’m acting as auditions’ secretary for the Scotsman and my friend Barrie on Wednesday (of which also more later) and four nights of concert going at the Kings Place Festival  Thursday to Sunday…..

I must be mad!!

Yesterday in Highgate

Sewing a button on a new bag

Sewing a button on a new bag

Hello to anyone who came to the stall yesterday at Lauderdale House…..We went for a stall inside the house this time and given the weather yesterday I was really glad that we did!!  The feltmaking demonstration creates lots of interest.  However I am left with a number of small bags and sample pieces which are often attractive designs but not the best made pieces of felt in the world.  It isn’t always possible to talk to people and concentrate on laying an even layer of wool at the same time!

I am thinking about having a basket of them on the stall explaining their provenance, and suggesting that people who want to give them a good home  make me an offer…..People also seem to like the sample pieces I put with my photos and I have sold several of them.  I made a couple yesterday which I liked so maybe this is a  good way to go with demonstrating…….
Piece of felt with peacock designOrange flower sample
I also got a chance to try out the two  scarves I have made on the public.  They had some interest but it seems that I need to work on getting the size right.

Pink Silk Nunofelt Scarf

This pink one is very pretty but maybe too short to be worn  wrapped round the neck.  The cream one is much longer but more like a stole / wrap than a scarf.  Its all in the proportions……Looking on Etsy it seems that makers are mostly seeling scarves that are at least a metre and a half long, but often thinner than mine.

Cream Chiffon Nunofelt Scarf with blue flowers

Cream Chiffon Nunofelt Scarf

Help please re Etsy Shop…

Hi there to anyone reading this.  I think -fingers crossed- that I have just added a link to my new Etsy Shop on my sidebar.

This isn’t strictly speaking supposed to be possible so I have followed suggestions on the help blog and I think it has worked.  I would be grateful if someone reading this could try clicking the link and see what they get – I’m not sure if I’m getting the right place on Etsy as its my site so I can automatically see it!!  (There are only a couple of items on there so far as I am in the process of taking and uploading photos  from various angles….)

Golly – all this techie stuff is a bit complicated!

Blue and Orange Handbag still drying

Blue and Orange Handbag still drying

Here is a picture of the bag I finished this morning just to add something pretty to the post….its not even quite dry yet but I am pleased with it.  For some reason this cobalt blue wool seems to make a particularly smooth felt – different colours of wool really do seem to have different characters….!  The orange decoration is made with a prefelt that I attached before fulling the bag.