Monday, 28 November 2016

Print-making Workshop at Selvedge

I popped into the fantastic wool shop Loop in Islington to gather some Christmas presents for friends and picked up a flyer for the Selvedge Advent Festival.

Selvedge is a magazine that focusses on textiles and craft. They have a shop on Archway Road in North London and I discovered they have really interesting workshop classes at weekends and in the evening.

I attended a printing workshop last night ran by the lovely Trudi Savin from Yateley Papers. She had prepared a really fun evening of printing with lots of beautiful hand-carved wooden blocks.


I had a blast! I was a printing machine and churned out over 17 sheets of hand-printed paper ready for Christmas present wrapping.
Enjoy the many photos.

























Saturday, 26 November 2016

Traid #secondhandfirst Review

I enjoyed wearing second hand, vintage and re-fashioned clothing this week to raise awareness for the charity Traid #secondhandfirst.

Here is a quick visual collection of my outfits this week.

Monday: Blue vintage 1960's hand-made shift dress (I mended the sleeve hems which had come undone)
Tuesday: Hand-made skirt (Dolores Pocket Skirt) made by me with vintage fabric circa 1960's
Wednesday: Stripy vintage 1970's / 1980's nylon dress with 1980's purple belt
Thursday: Patterned Vintage late 1950's / early 1960's dress hand-made many years ago!
Friday: Vintage 1960's / eary 1970's shirtdress with inverted front boxpleat. Hand-made for somebody with very, very skinny arms as the cuff will not button up (folded back on this photo).

It was a lot of fun this week. I often wear trousers for work as it's more practical for an Art and Technology teacher but I really enjoyed wearing dresses / skirts all week and raising awareness for Traid.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Traid #secondhandfirst pledge


Last week I discovered an interesting week-long event that promotes sustainable textiles.
It is run by Traid and the idea is you make a pledge to wear second hand / refashioned clothes for a full week starting on the 21st November until the 27th November.


What / who is Traid you might ask?

TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. They turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of clothes.

  • They want to increase clothes reuse across the UK reducing waste, carbon emissions and consumption
  • They fund international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry
  • They educate people of all ages about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices

I made my pledge here and I don't think it is too late for you to get involved too.
There are also lots of fun events happening at Traid stores around the country. Check them out here.

If I recall I think I may have been rather optimistic and pledged to wear 60% second hand clothes this week. It looks like I will be wearing some of my favourite vintage / re-fashioned dresses this week with thick woolly tights and cardigans!! I will update with a visual round-up at the end of the week.

If you want to join in, use the hashtag #secondhandfirst and upload to social media!
Happy second-hand-wearing this week!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Halloween Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations to Julia from Sum of Their Stories blog who is the well-deserved winner of the Halloween Giveaway. She has created some amazing Halloween costumes for her children over the years.

Julia has even written a whole blog post about her fab and creative makes. Here is a small selection of fantastic hand-made Halloween costumes Julia has created.

Image courtesy of Julia of Sum of Their Stories 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Renegade Craft Fair and Shoreditch Adventures

I took a trip to Brick Lane to check out the Renegade Craft Fair. I found out about it from Tilly and the Buttons blog as she is one of the many crafters / makers at the event. The fair is open on the 5th and 6th November from 11am - 6pm at the Old Truman Brewery and even better it's free to get in!


I popped along to see crafts for some unique hand-crafted Christmas presents. I met the lovely Tilly at her stall and bought the new Cleo dungaree dress T&tB pattern which is also available as a kit. I bought the paper pattern as I have a decent remnant of burgundy Liberty needle cord from my McCall's 6696 shirt dress which is pretty similar to the kit option below. I hope I have enough for the Cleo.


Lots of amazing craftspeople and makers

The lovely Tilly herself!
On my way home I took the scenic route via Ebor Street near Brick Lane then to Spitalfields Market and finally Liverpool Street.

Lettering mural by Ben Eine on Ebor Street

Beautiful collections of antiques and bric-a-brac at Spitalfields market.