Tag Archives: Fabric

Fabric Heaven

9 Jul

I’ve had a little trip to London today with mummsy, and what a lovely but exhausting day it’s been. As it turns out, Berwick Street; one of the side streets tucked away from the bustle of Oxford Street, is a fabric lover’s paradise. Eight shops selling silks, satins, buttons and braids, all in one tiny stretch. With window displays like this one, who could resist?

I’ve come away with a few samples of fabrics which I have in mind for the forthcoming embellishment of ‘The Dress’. We squeezed in a little visit to the V&A for the newly refurbished dress collection and the special Ballgown exhibition which is on at the moment. It was simply stunning, and I came away with sketch after sketch of bits and pieces which inspired me. A fruitful trip, and with our imminent house move in mind, I have come up with a design which will hopefully not take too much time to execute, just in case I find myself without enough hours in the day what with the next three months promising to be rather busy.

Ooooo, one more thing. We made a quick stop at the Serpentine Gallery in the picturesque surroundings of Hyde Park. There was a Yoko Ono exhibition on which I must say on the whole, I didn’t  find particularly inspiring, with the exception of these wishing trees outside the main entrance.

Ms Ono invites visitors to take a tag, and inscribe a wish to tie to the tree. Mother monster and I both made wishes, and I couldn’t resist posting some of my favourites here, starting with the lovely wishes of my mum.


Floral Felties

12 Jun

In less than four months I will be a married lady. No longer the Mistress, but the Monster Mrs. In a couple of weeks my friends are whisking me off for a mystery hen weekend, the dress is on its way, and the invites are nearly ready to go out.

I can’t believe it’s nearly here, and I’m so excited!

My current wedding project is to carry on working on the flowers. I’m making my own bouquets and button holes with felt, and my beloved buttons. It’s not a small task, what with four bridesmaids and a grooms party of eight! I’m getting there though and I’m pretty happy with the result so far.

Some of them even have a monsterous tinge to them!

ThreadHead – Coming Soon

4 Nov

ThreadheadExciting developments in monster land. On Nov 19th I’m launching an online magazine showcasing the best of thread based craft in the south west and beyond. Regular news, reviews and features to feed your creative appetite. Come and find us at http://www.threadheadmag.com, follow us on facebook and twitter. I have high hopes for this new enterprise and the quality of the artists featured so far is second to none. Jot Nov 19th down in your diary and help us to spread the ThreadHead word!

A Busy Day at Monster HQ…

3 Sep

… And the cats aren’t helping!!

Caught Red-Pawed

Caught Red-Pawed

Making My Monsters Uneasy

Making My Monsters Uneasy

They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab And I Said………..Yes Please!

29 Jun

I love fabric. Be it old, well loved clothing crying out to be recycled into something fabulous, or a pristine roll of a funky new design, I can’t get enough of it.

I can spend many a happy hour browsing the net for interesting new prints for monstering projects and by far my favourite site is this one…Fabric Rehab.  Started by two sisters with a fabric fetish who understand the mindset of us crafters and stock some of the most beautiful and unusual fabrics I have ever come across.  They also have a great blog with giveaways galore and an inspiring gallery of customer projects using their materials.

I am in the process of filling my virtual shopping basket with snippets of their new designs including some of these

I can’t wait for that tasty little bundle to drop through my letterbox!