Watch the Birdie

Love this little felted bird which I made last week at Jenny’s workshop. Although I have done 2D needle felting before this is my first 3D effort so feeling very pleased with myself. Mind you it was really due to Jenny’s patient teaching skills.

Felted 'Sparrow'

PS I haven’t had time to add his feet yet!

World Yarn Bombing Day in Bedford

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Fun was had by all on Bedford’s riverside – including the children and dogs.  Not sure what the rowers taking part in the river races thought though!

Lots of interest in what we were doing, it made many people smile and everyone we talked to was very positive about the event.

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This project was organised by BedYarn

Yarn Bombing in Bedford!

Bedford Creative Arts’ current mini commission, won by Liz Wright, is BedYarn.

We will be reclaiming our public monuments and places, personalising and decorating them with your handmade knitted creations.Liz is a founder member of the Scone Roses a local craft group which meets monthly. She is inviting men, women and children to make new connections with the town and each other via the traditional skill of knitting.

Look out for us on World Yarn Bombing Day, Saturday 8th June.

Learn to knit with us!

We will be holding 4 free knitting workshops with wool and needles provided. The results of these workshops will be used to yarn bomb Bedford.

The workshops will take place at Fancy, Roff Ave. Contact us to find out times and book your place.

I joined in a trial yarn bombing session at 123 Create on Thursday 11th April.

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For details of further sessions including Learn to Knit check out the Bedford Creative Arts website.

Today is TWEED DAY

LET’S ADOPT IT IN THE UK!

Well – missed it! Yesterday was Tweed Day in America (but it might not be linked to our fantastic fabric.) However, think we should adopt a Tweed Day anyway – we need to celebrate what we are actually good at. Perhaps it could coincide with the London (or other) Tweed Run? What do you think? If you like the idea please spread the word.

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Yes, put away your gold lamé–because today is TWEED DAY!

TWEED DAY TALE

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

APRIL 3rd IS TWEED DAY

By M-J de Mesterton

Our friend Steve Worthington, eminent storyboard artist and sculptor, has written and illustrated a tale for Tweed Day, which is today, the Third of April, 2013.

Click upon the miniature picture to see Steve Worthington’s scintillating Tweed Day tale, an action-story that includes cartoon-images of me and my husband, and highlights the desirability of tweed cloth*….

*Tweed is cloth, not “fabric”.

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Look for this label

Fantastic support for our fabulous Harris Tweed industry. Loving this revival – long may it last.

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My running commentary on London has gotten a little sidetracked…

Let’s just say, we are temporarily moving north; Scotland to be precise…to the Isle of Lewis.
You are probably asking yourself, “why the heck is she taking us there”?

Many years ago, when I was working for Christian Lacroix, one of his early Haute Couture and subsequent Ready to Wear collections featured Harris tweeds.

His inspiration stemmed from a sports jacket (similar to the one below) he owned, which was made up from a patchwork of tweed fabrics.

It was this interpretation which found its way into some of his most creative Ready to Wear collections in the early 90’s.

Today, tweed is finding itself back in fashion. If truth be told, it never quite went out of fashion, it just became less fashionable.

The definition of Harris Tweed, is a tweed cloth which has been hand woven by…

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Spring/Summer Colour Palette

I am working on pieces for my Spring/Summer collection and am currently focussing on the colour palette.

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These pieces were dyed with St John’s Wort (which I picked and dried myself) and with purchased walnut leaves.  Most of the colour variations have been achieved by length and temperature of dyeing on Bute and Soft Donegal wool.Picture 630

New Style Harris Tweed Handbag

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My newly re-designed Tulip Bag. This one is the first I have kept for myself so not for sale!

This range comprises one-off, handmade Harris Tweed handbags with my own unique knitted and naturally dyed embellishments.

More stock and colourways coming soon at £75 plus p&p.