There’s been another book project I’ve been beavering away at over the last year and yesterday saw the launch of the second Liberty sewing book which I was honoured to work on with the hugely talented Lucinda Ganderton. We had a wonderful day coming up with project ideas, choosing Liberty fabrics from the massive swatch books and fighting over who wanted to make what. Lucinda created the beautiful quilts while I got obsessed with Libby and her amazing ra-ra dress (I couldn’t stop adding frills!)
Some of the projects in the book require little or no sewing and are great for using up odd scraps of fabric (Liberty or otherwise). The Guardian online have posted this extract from the book on how to make these fabric covered letters.
Comments sections on these things always make for good reading and the ones on this page are pretty varied! Can I just say that the image in step 9 on the website is the right way round … There shouldn’t be an image with step 1 which has probably confused icklewickle … We’re hoping they’re going to fix this but refer to the book image above if you get confused. Ta.
(The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing. Photography by Kristin Perers, styled by Twig Hutchinson. RRP £20 buy it here)
First a little apology… Sorry to my subscribers who are getting this post for a second time as I accidentally sent it out last week due to a slip of my big fat fingers! Seeing as I hadn’t actually given Lizzi and Hugo their gift then it didn’t seem right that the world got to see it before them.
Hurrah Hurrah! Two of my most wonderful friends got married a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful relaxed wedding down in sunny Helford with invites sent by text message (bit like organising a rave), a brass band trumpeted Lizzi down the ailse with a rendition of The Floral Song (them being Cornish and all), the marriage certificate got turned into a paper aeroplane and flown across the reception at some point in the night and there was no gift list.
I know our presence rather than our presents were what really mattered on the day but it didn’t feel right that they didn’t have anything to open … Everyone loves a gift.
On the long train journey home from Cornwall I got all inspired to make them this wall hanging commemorating the day and their gorgeous family. I used lots of leftover scraps of fabric and had fun practicing my freehand machine embroidery skills on the applique motif of The Shipwrights Arms where the reception was held.
Here’s how I did it.
Looking at it in these pictures I’ve realised that I really should embroider the date somewhere on the hanging, so I’m off to do that now.
Today’s post is brought to you by the letters A, E, H, K, C, R, B, K, P, R, V
You may recognise some of these letters from previous Letter Of The Day posts. I have finally found them an appropriate space in My New House hanging between my New Wardrobes in my Newly Decorated Bedroom.
I hung them with hammer and nail … now I can do a lot of crafty things and will have a go at most DIY challenges but I still can’t manage to hammer a nail in straight … It’s always been an issue and one I haven’t mastered yet, so behind those letters are a lot of holes, bent nails and frustration. Oh and don’t even get me started on the spacing between the letters (known as kerning in ‘the biz’. You can play a ‘fun’ game and practice your kerning here), that was hard, and I apologise for the spacing between the R and the B; way to much.
Anyway, what does it all mean you may wonder. Well my friend Master J thinks it could stand for…
Always Eat Hot Kedgeree Carefully. Remember: Burning Kedgeree Proves Rather Vexatious
but what do you think?
It’s that time of year again, when it snows and we freeze and Fashion starts to tell us what we will be wearing when it stops snowing and we thaw out. Over at Marie Claire we’ve been slaving away to make another delicious edition of our fashion bible Runway.
Inspired by next seasons trends and also the 60’s design movement known as Supergraphics this issues design is bright, bold and striking. I made this Pinterest board for inspiration.
Like fashion Marie Claire Runway is …
educational (er, i’m sure you can learn important life lessons from a skirt)
informative (again, trousers have a lot to say if only we’d listen)
Unlike fashion Marie Claire Runway is in the shops for a limited period from today so go get yours NOW!
And we all think this is a jolly nice bit of design. Right?
SAME GUY! Apparently when Dick Bruna the well loved Dutch author/illustrator of Miffy (top picture in case you were wondering) wasn’t drawing rabbits in dresses and Poppy the Kind Pig Lady he was illustrating book jackets for the family firm A.W.Bruna and Zoon.
Between 1957 and 1970 he created over 2000 illustrations for Black Bear books. Inspired by Mattisse, Leger and Mondrian his striking imagery was very indicative of the time. Surely he and Saul Bass (my other design hero) were great friends … or maybe great rivals?
If you want to own your own little bit of Dick Bruna art (and Miffy skipping doesn’t quite cut it for you) then Retrobook.com is selling original and second hand books for the princely sum of 5 euros each.
I have bought these five and will be framing and hanging them in pride of place in one of my many new rooms in my Brand New House which I have actually found now and am moving into next week! HURRAH!
PS. One thing about the Retrobook site is that the preview images are ver ver small (on my browser anyway) but I guess that just means it’ll be an extra treat when I get my parcel delivered and I can see the typography properly.
Today’s post is bought to you by the letter A. To be fair this letter A isn’t part of my letter collection (yet) but I’m slowly running out of letters I actually own, so I’m branching out into Other Things That Have Letters On Them But Aren’t Actually An Actual Letter! I first saw this A is for Awesome print at the Tate Modern Last year. It is by illustrator Paul Thurlby, is part of a whole illustrated alphabet and is beautiful. I didn’t buy it then and there but I should have done as it was part of a limited edition run of 200 and now they are all sold out. Boo. He has done a second edition but it is in a red and green colourway that I don’t like so much… I do like these letter combinations though …
If you want to own a print then head over to his website now and if you buy two then you’ll get one free! BARGAIN.
Long before The Devil Wears Prada there was another film documenting the cut throat world of women’s magazines and it’s one of my favourite films of all time. Funny Face was released in 1957 staring the wonderful Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson. A 1950’s musical set in a magazine that goes to Paris for a fashion shoot, what’s not to love? The opening song to the film Think Pink pretty much sums up everything that I love about magazine design. Not only did it give me my love of strong typography (just look at those massive numbers), it also gave me a brilliant mantra to design magazines by … A magazine must be like a human being. If it comes into the home it must contribute, it just can’t lie around. A magazine must have blood and brains and pizzazz. The way the song is directed and filmed is perfect. Strong, dynamic and beautiful; just how all magazines should be. Click the below picture to watch the video. you’ll be glad you did. If I ever get a little stuck for ideas I give it a watch. One of the things I love most is how though the Editor is dictating that every woman in America must wear pink, she stays in classic black. Some things never change!
Now I know we’ve only just started enjoying the summer but may I turn your attention to the season of beautiful coats and crazy fur, massive hats and embellished bags as today the new issue of Marie Claire Runway is out. Showcasing the latest trends hot from the catwalks of New York, Milan, London and Paris, we’re showing you what you (and the highstreet) will be inspired by when the days turn chilly (hopefully not next week). Giving you all the backstage news and gossip and interviewing design greats including Frida Giannini, Alber Elbaz and we also snuck backstage at Vuitton …
Hung out with some Fraggles …
Got a new font …
Did some more patterns that make your eyes go bonkers …
Found a new illustrator. The amazing Nina Cosford who drew my favourite thing in the whole magazine …
Got slightly freaked out by some of the beauty looks
And also got a cover that not only had a beautiful foil title but also a super shiny bit and a matter than matt black bit.. you really need to buy it to appreciate it, it’s soooooo strokable (and smells good too)
For inspiration when designing the magazine I created this strange story about a eccentric Victorian who traveled the world collecting and cataloging the peculiar people he met, curiosities he found and experiences he encountered. I visited the great Horniman Museum in South London for inspiration and trawled car boot sales for odd artifacts (the camera used in our photo diaries is one such car boot booty). Lots of the Victoriana references were left out of the final design as it was tricky to stop it turning into a bad pastiche or something you’d buy from ‘Ye Olde Victorian Tourist Shoppe’ (est.2010). The final design is much slicker but still has little nods to my crazy Victorian anthropologist.
This was my Pinterest inspiration board. Click the image to see more …
All in all it was a joy to work on and you should probably go Buy. It. Now.
We all know I like a bit of typography and last night whilst watching telly, surfing the net and cutting one million and one felt circles for a new project I visited my friends Master E’s excellent blog social nesting.com and spotted these paper platesI’d seen these plates before and though I love them I wasn’t sure what I could use them for… I knew I would never be able to eat off them as they were Just Too Pretty. But the wonderful Master E has come up with a cunning plan. His blog is full of crafty makes, junk shop finds and renovation projects which make him (in my eyes) the UK’s Grace Bonney (though he may or may not be actually Canadian, (apologies E if you are or aren’t and I’ve offended you one way or the other!)) and by simply sticking the plates up on the wall of a nursery he has created a thing of genius. Clever boy. Fortunately the designers of these plates have also created notebooks and mugs so Im sure I’ll be purchasing something from them very soon… Visit Socialnesting.com here and Magpie Designs here