Monday, February 27, 2006

Back by popular request

Here is the recently requested back of the fruity cushion. It's some sort of shot & crushed polyester(sounds like a form of textiler's torture I know).
There isn't a cushion of the week this week because there was a lot of curtaining going on for my buddy Kim. Made from a very nice fabric recomended by my friend Heather, loose cover maker extraordinaire; Bolton Twill from Whaleys . Smells wonderful when ironed & does whatever you ask of it.

The other reason there isn't a cushion of the week, is because we were having too much fun with Roxi....

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Walsingham revisited

Today we went back to...........

Richard, Roxi, Kate, Cuthbert & me.
Snowdrops as far as the eye could see.
The most beautiful sunny day.
A snowdrop dell.
In a few more weeks there will be a bluebell dell. Cuthbert went wild with his own individual stroller.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cushion of the week

MMMMMMmmmmmm fruity.
I've had the beautiful retro printed orange silk on the corners of this cushion now for at least 5 or 6 years. Always loved it, never had the right things to put it with. It's Italian silk probably from the 6o's. Gorgeous stuff. I may have to use the rest for a dress or something. Who knows Summer may eventually get here.

stat counter

Sorry about this statcounter thingy, I couldn't figure out how to just get a nice inconspicuous meter. This came instead. Any one got any info on elegant looking counters?

Site Meter

Monday, February 13, 2006


Last Thursday Kate & I went to Walsingham to do some market research on Ecclesistical wear. (I am making a stole for her partner David who is being made a Curate in June this year.)
It's a strangely quiet and run down place. Which makes it seem authentic & weird.
Here's a little about Walsingham from the web site.
"Built in the twentieth century the Shrine Church is where the Holy House is located - a replica of the home in Nazareth of Joseph, Mary and Jesus (the Holy Family).

Within the Holy House is the image of Our Lady of Walsingham, carved in 1922 and copied from the seal of the medieval Priory which was suppressed in 1538."
Here's a picture of the carving from the same website.

There were some beautiful second hand embroidered articles in a tiny shop down a side street. In the window were brass incense burners & icons. Unfortunately no 'throbbing heart lights' or 'nodding Jesus' for the back parcel shelf in the car.
I came away mightily inspired here are some examples of the beautiful work one finds on church robes.
The ones in the following photo are from the 17th Century and are embroiderd in real gold. From the Church of St Silas.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Cushion of the week

This week we have a fabulous cushion, made for David Uden, the Organist & choir master at East Harling Church. David is an incredible fountain of wisdom on all aspects of choral music. He often peers over the edge of his high organ seat and tells the choir amazing details about the Saints, or ancient & modern composers.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Robyn & I went on an exciting adventure to meet up with the gorgeous Clarrisa and see her at work as the Costume Designer for the BBC drama 'Gill Mayo' at Warwick Castle.
Here she is reclining on one of her couches.
She has 4 cats & I managed to get a photo of a couple of my favorites.

We had a lot of fun including sqeezing ourselves into a very large pair of trousers......

Friday, February 03, 2006

New cushion!!!

At last a new cushion has crossed over the frontiers of the sewing machine.
Check it out.
Vintage Japanes kimono fabric, silk velvet & tiny embroidered cherry blossoms.