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Monthly Archives: September 2010

How to make a recycled cake stand

On September 30th, 2010 by .

A fun way to use some unwanted crockery and glassware is to make a cake stand. You can use old saucers and plates for the bases and glasses, small candlesticks and vases for the stands in the middle. Make sure everything you are using is clean and dry, mark the centre of your plates and play around with how you’d like your cake stand to look.  Mix up some Araldite epoxy to the instructions on the packet and using a cotton bud, apply to the vases/glassware and place in the centre of the plate.  I would recommend leaving it to dry overnight, but you can add more levels and create the cake stand of your dreams!

Origin exhibition 2010

On September 29th, 2010 by .

Yesterday was a  crazy day, I started early doors and headed over to Decorex (I will blog about my favourites later today) and then I headed all the way back to Spitalfields Market to Origin. This exhibition has always been a firm favorite as I LOVE looking at all of the designer makers work (it finishes today so hurry down if you want to take a look).  Run by The crafts Council, it’s their annual showcase of original contemporary craft.  I remember spending many a day at the Crafts council researching for my textile degree; I was always using their huge selection of books and information to research designers.  The event was extremely busy to say the least and so it was a little tricky to take any pics.  I have used the photos from the Origin website to list my favourites (below).

Desiners, from top left: Ollie Zwitserlood, Lubna Chowhary, Justine Allison, Lowri Davies, Christian O’Reilly, Janine Partington, Claire Crouchman, Chris Keenan, Betty Pepper, Kaori Tatebayas, Abigail Brown, Sarah Thirwell, Yoko Izawa, Tina Vlassopulos, Virginia Graham.

Liberty's fabric department is to double in size!

On September 29th, 2010 by .

If you are a lover of Liberty like I am, you will be extremely excited to know that Liberty’s long established Haberdashery and Fabrics Department is to nearly double in size as the department expands and re-launches this October 2010. The store is going to stock the entire range of Liberty prints!  Also on offer are the popular sewing school classes and by popular demand, the reintroduction of Liberty’s elasticated ready-to-sew skirts in printed fabrics.  Click here for more Liberty fabrics

Fabric: Nancy Ann A
Fabric: Felicite C
Fabric: Betsy D

Fabric: Caesar B

Fabric: Toria D