Fashion and Textile Museum

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Have you ever visited the Fashion & Textile Museum in London?

It is a recent discovery for me but one I would recommend.

We had some time off at the beginning of February and decided to spend it in London.

Whilst planning what we would cram into our few days there I came across information for a Liberty in Fashion exhibition.
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As a big fan of Liberty designs, how could it not go on the list!
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As it turned out, the museum was only a 15 minute walk from our hotel so after checking in in the afternoon we headed off for a nosey.

It doesn’t look much from the outside and isn’t huge but it was a really interesting exhibition and well worth the visit.2016 Mar 24 Fashion and Textile Museum 1 t r a c y f o x

The exhibits were spread across different rooms that you moved through in sequence. The first had this well used settee and cushions which you could sit on and read the timeline on the wall which took you through the history of the Liberty company.
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This is a close up of wallpaper used in the display.
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It was tricky taking photos as the lighting was quite low and moody.2016 Mar 24 Fashion and Textile Museum 6 t r a c y f o x

It must have taken ages to create the background for this dress as it is layered peacock feathers.
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I love this detail on the dress above.
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I’m a sucker for a lovely bit of detail!
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And now for lots of beautiful smocking….
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Back to lots of colour and still moving through the decades…
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Now for something special!!

If you are a Liberty Fiend AND a Shoe Addict then this is for you….

Now it turns out that Liberty have been collaborating with none other than JIMMY CHOO, be still my beating heart!!!!
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And for those who are more into trainers than heels, fear not…
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This is an example of one of the cases with note books and samples on display.
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Did you recognise any of the designs?

HAPPY EASTER TO YOU!

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International Colour Day

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What would we do without colour??!!2016 Mar 21 International Colour Day t r a c y f o x

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Designer Makers Need Your Support

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I am new to setting up my own business as a designer maker trying to make a living from being creative but I am by no means the only one.

I recently came across a campaign set up by Sarah Hamilton to support all manner of independent small creative businesses and I think it is a fab idea so I have joined in and you can too!
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So what can YOU DO, I hear you ask? Answer: any or all of the following!

  • If you love hand made then try to support local creators, galleries, fairs, exhibitions etc by buying from them.  It doesn’t have to be a huge purchase or investment but as is often said, every little really does help and it will make such a difference to the maker.
  • If you love a particular maker, gallery, exhibition etc then SPREAD THE WORD if you love them then I’m sure others will too
    • tell your family and friends how fab they are and why
    • blog about them
    • like their facebook page
    • follow them on twitter, pinterest, instagram
    • tell them how you’re supporting their work
  • if you know someone who would really appreciate a hand made gift that’s a bit different, then buy for them
  • add the Just a Card logo to your blog to show your support
  • add your support to the campaign by following it on twitter
  • anything else you can think of to HELP KEEP MAKERS MAKING

Thank you for your support, it is much appreciated…

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All Ready for Binding

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Quilting all done
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Overlocking the edges done
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I use a stitch in the ditch foot and move the needle position over the left as far as it will go, set the machine to a zig zag stitch and secure the edges of the whole quilt.
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I then half the stitch length and repeat a second time.  I have found this makes a big difference, it stabilizes the edges of the quilt and there isn’t any messing about trying to control the 3 layers when applying the binding, the bound edges seem to behave themselves a lot better too, especially if the quilt is to be displayed.
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Next step, deciding on the binding!

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Work in Progress

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I wanted to have some stitched Shibori pieces displayed on my stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show this month and this is a sneak preview of what I am currently working on.

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My hands are bloody killing me with all this hand stitching but hopefully it will be worth it. No wonder I’ve never done it before!

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If you are visiting the show then do come and say hello.

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Quilt Sandwich

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I always try to make sure there are no stray threads anywhere but particularly around the seam lines before sandwiching.
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Here it is all sandwiched and pinned to within and inch of its life!
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I think there is enough going on in this quilt with the vibrant colours and rich visual texture so I want the quilting to add more texture but not more pattern.

I shall be quilting this on a domestic sewing machine and am planning on using one of the decorative stitches which is something anyone could have a go at, using a thread that will ‘disappear’.

Let’s see how it goes!

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‘Starter’ Colour Bundle Quilt Progress

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Work continues on my ‘Starter’ Colour Bundle quilt.

I wanted to create a pieced back to add a bit of interest and this is what I came up with.2015 Oct 31 Starter Colur Bundle Quilt 1 t r a c y f o x

I have really come to love the turquoise blue and bright orange and thought it was a good opportunity to use them in this quilt.
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The back is now pieced, pressed and starched to within an inch of its life.

And so is the front.
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All ready for the stage which I enjoy the least but is the most important, making the quilt sandwich!

Better get to it, time is a ticking.

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