Thursday, 17 April 2014

Moroccan Tiles

We've been looking at tiles for our bathroom floor.  Kundra at Moroccan Warehouse in Cape Town sent us these photos of some of our favourites.  Although we're worried about how trippy they might look (especially after a 'night on the tiles' - cringe), we've finally decided on the second geometric, blue and white pattern. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

'Potato' Printing

I've had this idea for potato printing for ages.  This was actually my second attempt after meticulously carving out the perfect 'p' only to discover that I'd done it back to front, (obviously I then grew despondent and put the whole idea off for a while)!!!!  So chuffed with how it eventually came out.  Not sure if the dappled effect has more to do with printing it on grass than just the potato itself.  Need to do some more experimenting with printing on a hard surface, otherwise I'll be spreading the lawn with rolls of white fabric.  I've put the potato in the freezer to see if it will keep.  Got big plans for this print...

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Painted Dresses

I almost wish I hadn't found these pictures of painted dresses, whilst experimenting with painting my own fabric.  I was discussing just recently with some friends, how there is a fine line between being inspired without being overly influenced by someone else's idea and subconsciously copying it.  These vintage dresses by Hermes are beautiful and humorous.  Hopefully I can be inspired by them to produce some modern and also tongue-in-cheek textile designs.

To see the full story see The Vintage Festival Facebook page.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Some girls spend their whole life planning their wedding (ha, not me we didn't even tell anyone), for as long as I can remember I've been saving images and dreaming about my first home.  Finally the h-bomb (still not comfortable using the word husband) and I have purchased our first home!  Excitement aside it is definitely a project albeit a small one...

It's currently being used as an office.

It's a super old building so there's a bit of a damp problem and an old fashion skylight in the ceiling otherwise known simply as hole.

Measuring out our new bathroom.

Original floor detail.

It consists of two rooms, one big and one small!  We're hoping to install a mezzanine level in the large room with open plan living - otherwise know as; shit where you sleep!  In this case it will only be cook / eat where you sleep as we're going to put the bathroom in the smaller room in the back of the building!  We're aiming to keep the style of the space fairly industrial and we've already started to attend auctions and flea markets to find mid-century, vintage furniture.  So my blog might be taking a more renovation diary direction for a while, as I fill it with all my inspiration for our first home and the 'before and after' shots.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Painting fabric

I've been meaning to paint this David Hockney inspired pattern onto fabric for ages now.  It's quite a literal interpretation of Hockney's swimming pool paintings / photos, but as it's my first time experimenting with fabric paint, I'm ok with that!  I'm definitely going to try doing more of this, it was great fun and really easy to do.  I just need to wait and see if it's going to dry stiff or not and test it in the wash.  Then I think I'm going to make it into a skirt.

I also wanted to see if the paint would run on wet fabric, which it does, hopefully this will lead me to a more adventurous design next time...

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Getting started again

It's been a while and thankfully the old brute that is my sewing machine, still works!  It's moved house and been left slightly unloved and unprotected whilst walls were knocked down around it!  But I dusted it off and filled her with lovely clean oil and she started up like a dream!  Now I have no excuse...
Well except for that fact that I don't really have a studio and I keep getting distracted by the gorgeous cross stitched flamingoes......and tea and mince pies!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Craft work

At the moment I'm trying to make some sheepskin boots and I'm really enjoying learning all about shoemaking.  I came across this little video and it totally rang true with my obsession with learning how everything is made and not only that but making things properly, by hand to a high standard.  It's great that you can get so much information off the web but it gets to a point where to learn the most about a craft you need to actually talk to someone.  I'd love to apprentice for a traditional shoe maker or a tailor to get first hand, hands-on experience.  I'm starting to get a bit fed up with all the courses for this, that and the other and I can't afford to pay for one or give up my soul to live in London.  Give me a wing to tuck under in some tiny workshop and I'd work my heart out to learn a traditional skill that's been passed down through generations, lets see if Google can find me that.....!