Print making: Patterns

Make, make, make. I actually did it! After one melted lunchbox and a very steamy microwave later I was able to marvel at the genius that is the art of hand dyeing.

After deciding a few weeks ago to try my hand at textile printing to combine my love of patterns and all things textiles I set to work investigating how to go about it. After many blogs, websites and pieces of advice from fellow crafters I decided to settle on some easy carve lino blocks. This way I could work quickly – I’m not the most patient – and also skill level required was beginner to basic! I decided to buy a kit to get me started as this then provided me with the lino discs perfect for stamp making, lino cutters of various shapes and sizes and a handle that I could fix the lino discs on to, to make the printing easier…and in theory less messy. Continue reading

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Sit & knit

 

I grew up in a house with a mum who could knit with her eyes closed and a sister so intent on learning every skill imaginable that by the time we were teenagers she could swiftly knit up a scarf or hat in the time it takes most to cast on. So I dug my heels in and refused to be interested. Looking back I don’t know why. All the women in the generations before me in our family can knit and my sister was firmly being welcomed into the club. Fast forward ten years and my sister now often makes hats, scarves, jumpers, blankets and I’m not talking your straight up granny square blanket either, I’m talking multi coloured, glittery hexagons! Continue reading

Heaven is…

 

The fragrant scent of incense reaches you before you even cross the threshold, a gentle passing breeze providing a cacophony of different smells, pulling you into Dillaway & Dillaway’s clutches. Continue reading