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9 Months!

21 Jan

I can’t quite believe it has been over 9 months since I last wrote a post! Although I have predominantly been working full time I did manage to squeeze in a holiday to Olu Deniz in Turkey, a trip to Koutouloufari in Crete, indoor skydiving, a trip to Chester Zoo, a weekend in Llandudno, a flight in a helicopter and a few days at the lake with friends. I am also attending dressmaking and tailoring evening classes.

In the next few posts I am going to share a few photographs I took whilst traveling and some images of my craft projects. I then intend to blog a little more regularly in the coming months!

Vibrant Patterned Scarf

16 Feb

In a post I wrote a few days ago I mentioned a scarf I made for my sister as a Christmas gift. The following photographs show the colours and patterns I incorporated within the piece.

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Rag Rug Development

10 Feb

I have been making some progress with my rag rug although there are still a few more hours of work to go before this piece is complete. To create this piece I have used an incredible amount of fabric including everything from sheets, blankets and shirts to tablecloths and curtains. I particularly enjoy working with printed fabrics and those embellished with embroidery and sequins. The images below show both the front and reverse of the rag rug.ImageImageImage ImageImage

Pinterest!

8 Feb

During the last few months I have found time to add a few bits and bobs to Pinterest which is a fantastic site I use not only as a source of inspiration but to store and post images. In particular I intend to use the site to store ideas for craft projects as well as images of inspirational interior and fashion design. To see what interests and inspires me, please have a look at my Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/smanff/

Rag Rug Course

3 Feb

For a period of 10 weeks I attended a weekly ‘Rag Rug’ class. During the first few weeks we were taught numerous techniques such as hooky and proddy, braiding and standing wool. We began by trying out techniques on a small sample piece of hessian shown below.

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ImageAfter this we moved on to developing our own pieces. Some students made rugs whilst others made cushions and decorative wall pieces. I decided to create a 60cm square piece, which will either be a rug or a cushion for my new studio.

Unfortunately I did not complete my final piece in the allotted time period due to work commitments. However, I have now sourced some rag rug tools and my dad kindly made me a frame so I am currently working on completing the piece in the evenings. Below are some images showing my progress to date, but keep checking back to see the completed piece!

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It’s been a while!

3 Feb

Today I realised that it has been 5 months since I last wrote a blog post! Following graduation time has flown past. When I last wrote a post I was awaiting the delivery of my garden studio, which has since arrived. It has been painted and decorated and I am just about settled in.

Just before Christmas I traveled to the outskirts of Darlington to collect some yarn for my knitting machine and to Edinburgh for a long weekend to celebrate my sisters 21st birthday. In recent months I have also completed two textile classes in Carlisle one of which was entitled ‘embroidery and textiles’ the other ‘rag rug making’, in addition to this I have began sampling and knitting a few things. The first and only piece I have completed since graduation is a colourful patterned scarf complete with tassels. I gave the scarf as a Christmas present to my sister but I hope to obtain some photographs of it soon to put on my blog!

In the coming weeks I hope to find time to begin blogging regularly once again, I intend to add photographs and explain a little more about the textile courses I have completed and what else I have been busy doing. Below is a photograph of my fantastic new garden studio. Unfortunately the image quality is rather poor as the photograph was taken quickly in fading light using my phone.

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Garden Studio

3 Sep

In the next few weeks I will be busy sanding and painting furniture in preparation for the delivery of my new garden studio, which I am extremely excited about. I am getting a fully insulated studio complete with triple glazing, wooden flooring, electricity and Venetian blinds. It may be compact but I am sure it will be perfect for my art and design projects.

In order to create space for my Studio we have dismantled our garden shed as can be seen below and the arch has since been moved to another area of the garden. When the Studio arrives in October I will post some more images!

 

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