Friday, 24 June 2011

I've found a supplier of Transfer Paints, and they arrived today. Just a few basic colours to begin with (apart from the Gold, which should be interesting) but I'll get more if you like them. I've had a bit of a go, and they are easy to use; they are ready mixed, so none of that getting powder everywhere! They can be used with water to make them lighter, and I do have the the extender and thickener to make them even more versatile. Perfect for using with spunbonds like Lutradur and Evolon, they are available online, or in the shop.

I've also got some new trimmings in: you can see here the tiny ric rac that has joined the other sizes, together with a little bobble braid that I couldn't resist!

Last today, I've had some more of that gorgeous woolfelt in, including the Christmas colour range. These are packs of 15 six inch squares in lovely colours, and so soft!

Denise

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Another magazine and news of a good day out

You don't get one for ages, then two come along at once! Cloth Paper Scissors arrived just as I'd posted about Somerset Studio, but I didn't have time to tell you about it yesterday.

This issue concentrates on fabric for a change - felting, recycling plastic bags into fabric, fabric books, wearable art, lettering, digital collage, art journaling on canvas and mixed media books. All very scrummy. There are also artist profoles and plenty of ideas.

I thought I'd also let you know about new stock I'm getting in. I've found a supplier of transfer paints, and they should be here in a few days. Just a few basic colours to start with, but there is a good range, so I'll get more if they are popular.

I've also been getting lots of stock in ready for the Embroiderers' Guild Eastern Regional Day in Chelmsford. Lots of yummy Oliver Twists threads and fibres and Craftynotions threads and mixed media, together with lots of books and other selected items from the shop will be wending their way to Writtle on 2nd July.

There will be lots of other traders, and the lectures look good; Dennis Northdruft, curator of the Fashion & Textile Museum on 'Zandra Rhodes' and in the afternoon Lesleie Morgan's lecture is entitled 'At my mother's knee and in other joints'. There are also exhibitions from local textile groups, demonstations and a raffle. It looks to be a great day out - tickets are £7.50 on the door and there may be tickets to the lectures available on the day at £5 each. You can contact dianehobbit for more information.

See you there?


Denise

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

New Magazine

Somerset Studio has just arrived. The theme for this issue is books - the classics in particular - and includes designs based on Chaucer, HG Wells, Frances Hodgeson Burnett and Mark Twain. There are also projects based on poppy pods, paper collage, and even a project of cards based on tokens from The Foundling Hospital in London (one for you Janette!). There are also artist profiles, some lovely artists' papers and clip art for you to use and lots of ideas and inspiration.

At Embroiderers' Guild last night, we had a talk by Linda Miller
I very much enjoyed her light-hearted presentation and was inspired by her machine embroidered pictures - so much so that I've signed up for her workshop in July. There may even be a place or two left, so let me know if you would like to come and I'll pass your name on.

Denise