A piece of gorgeousness!

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I always love to see what others make using my fabric and was chuffed to bits when Barbara Thompson shared this piece at North Manchester Area Day on Saturday!

Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Sink Happy!

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What is she on about now I hear you say, read on and all shall be revealed…

As well as my dyeing and other creative exploits, I am also addicted to gardening and for ages and absolute ages I have wanted an outside sink. And as you may have guessed from the photo, I wanted it to be a reclaimed Belfast Sink.

A couple of weeks ago the dream of having one started to come true as I took proud possession of this Beauty.Belfast Sink before 1 t r a c y f o xYesterday after another marathon day of cleaning and continuing to put our house back together after the building work (14 weeks in and my patience and back are complaining!), I ‘rewarded’ myself by finally getting my hands on it and applying some elbow grease.Belfast Sink before 2 t r a c y f o x
More ‘before’ photos..Belfast Sink before 3 t r a c y f o x Belfast Sink before 4 t r a c y f o x

I have been dying to see how well it would it would scrub up but too many other jobs have been ahead of it in the que.

Ask yourself, how excited can you get by a filthy old Belfast Sink?  Well in my very sad case, quite a lot it would seem as I scraped away layers of paint and scrubbed off the dirt.

I started with the bottom which was pretty filthy but as I started to scrub text began to appear which you couldn’t read before.
Befast Sink bottom text 1 t r a c y f o x Befast Sink bottom text 2 t r a c y f o x

What was most interesting was this. My sink has a birth date ’18 Mar 1985′, which makes it 30 years old, now how exciting is that!
Belfast Sink date t r a c y f o x

And this is how the rest scrubbed up….
Belfast Sink after 1 t r a c y f o x
Belfast Sink after 2 t r a c y f o x
Belfast Sink after 3 t r a c y f o x
Belfast Sink after 4 t r a c y f o x

Miraculously there aren’t any chips or major damage at all apart from wear and tear patterning on the inside which I unsurprising think is lovely.
Belfast Sink after 5 t r a c y f o x

I thought I would also share the reasons why I am so excited about this sink and why I feel it is just a bit special.

One, I have wanted one for ages and it is perfect to be used outside and will make things a lot easier for me.

Two, it was given to me by Our James (Little Brother) which makes it special.  It has lived in the cellar of his pub called The Snipe which he has just had renovated.  He knew I was after one and kept it from going into the skip. He even kept the original legs for it to stand on. Chuffed is not the word!

Three, is a little more tentative but close to my heart just the same.  During my childhood, My Nanna (June) was a landlady of a number of pubs and every weekend I would pack my things up on a Friday and off I would go to stay with her until school came around again on Monday.

During this time she would teach me about all aspects of running the business one of which was doing the ‘cellar work’.  We spent many an hour together in the cellar when the pub was closed learning all sorts of fascinating stuff and there was always a Belfast Sink in there.

So, although it is in reality a hunk of porcelain it has much more meaning for me and I know I will smile about these things when I am using it.

I am now waiting, impatiently I might add, for it to be installed.  I will share some photos of that when it is done.

And so I ask again, how excited can you get by a filthy old Belfast Sink?

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introducing… Limited Editions

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I have now added a page with information and photos about the Limited Editions collection.

Here are a few of the photos but you can see more on the page.  This is a close up of a part of one of the panels.
Limited Editions Panel 1 close up 1 t r a c y f o x

Due to the vibrant colour and rich visual textures, some of the pieces have also been purchased with the intention of framing them which is a fab idea.

This is the same piece but looks completely different depending on how you position it.

Limited Editions Square 1 t r a c y f o x

Limited Editions Square 1 t r a c y f o x

They are also perfect for patchwork, quilting, embroidery, art textiles, home dec projects such as cushions and more.

Limited Editions Sqaure 1 t r a c y f o x

I have a piece from this collection basted and ready for the machine and will keep you up to date with progress if you like.

If you are making something I would love to see it so why not add a comment/photo on my Facebook Page.

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introducing… Hand Dyed with Rust by t r a c y f o x

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I really do love creating this cloth with Rust.  The process is slow and time consuming, each piece typically taking at least 2 weeks to make, so I have to be patient which is not one of my strong points!  The commitment is totally worth the effort as the texture & patterning you get is fabulous and truly unique but yet it can still be used in lots of different ways.
Rust Hand Dyed by t r a c y f o x
This is one of the first pieces I created which now belongs to the Lovely Jean (Glamorous Assistant to Patricia at Tilia Fabric).

I have seen gorgeous examples in patchwork, quilting, embroidery, wall hangings and art textiles to name a few. It really does add something different to your work.

I am very pleased to say that I have a special piece of work to show you soon, made using a lovely piece of Hand Dyed with Rust.

I don’t make huge quantities and currently have a small number which will be available to buy at these Events

You can also see more updates about Hand Dyed with Rust here

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introducing… Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

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As part of the promise I made to share ideas from ‘The List’ which I talked about in the previous post I thought it might be useful to start to introduce some of the fabrics currently available that I will be using. You can see this post and ‘The List’ here

Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

Colour Collection is all about unique rich texture and gorgeous colour that can be used in a number of colour ways.

You can see more about the Colour Collection here

I figured that if flat consistent colour is required then that can be bought in endless commercial fabric lines and where’s the fun in that!

I am in the process of creating projects to share with you using this fabric range.  Photos coming soon.

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What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – ‘The List’

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As you may remember, I promised in a previous post to share some ideas and projects of what you could do with hand dyed fabric.

In preparation for those posts I thought I would first share ‘The List’ that I created (and keep adding to!).

It by no means includes everything you can use the fabric for but will hopefully give you a taste of the techniques and projects I will be suggesting in future posts.

2015 Oct 12 What You Could Do With Hand Dyed List t r a c y f o x

Ideal Gift for yourself or someone you know who loves hand dyed or would like to use it for the first time.

This list is now displayed on my stand for Visitors to have a nosey at.  Hope it starts to get some of your own ideas going.

Oh well, time to get back to creating from ‘The List’!

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