All knitting great and small …

I set myself a bit of a challenge this weekend. I have lots of huge knitting needles – 35mm, 25mm, 20mm and 15mm but no teeny ones. It all began because of my desire to have miniature knitting needles that I could make into hair slides (if they turn out ok then that will be the next post I guess!). However as I could not find any teeny needles to purchase online I decided to make some of my own using dowel. Then I wondered if I could actually knit with anything even smaller and of course the challenge was really set! Check out my miniature knitting using needles made out of cocktail sticks and also match sticks. Oh and yes I can actually knit with them all!! Click On the video to see my demonstration! ❤️

Progression of the Path to Fresh East …

Watching a work in progress is quite amazing. Lee has the most infinite patience in his approach to his art and a painting can take many many hours as it slowly transforms from the mapped out sketch to the glorious detailed finished masterpiece. This is beautifully demonstrated with this set of four photos of his recently finished “Path to Fresh East” … what do you think?

If this inspires you and you adore Freshwater East don’t forget we are selling a limited edition of mounted prints 20″ x 16″ at £40. Just drop us a message We are happy to post out worldwide too as long as postage is covered!

Arrive angry – leave happy …

Had a great morning in the ThreadShed with a young man down from England scouting the area for schools and houses with his Mam. He had wanted to head back home first thing but Mam had already booked him a design your own TShirt experience at The ThreadShed. Nevertheless he soon got stuck right into the creative process and incorporated all his great ideas into a very unique and personal TShirt.

Best of all he told me that he had arrived angry but left happy! Absolute result!

Happy space – happy place ❤️

Don’t chuck out the Chintz…

The stormy weather today has meant indoor play-time and, with Lee drawing up some new T-shirt designs, I was able to finish sewing the dress I started sewing last weekend. The gorgeous ‘bird and rose’ chintz fabric is genuine vintage sourced from auction and whilst it was probably meant for curtains I absolutely adore it.

This is the second dress I have made from this fabulous vintage Simplicity 3464 pattern, which is part of a huge collection of sewing patterns previously owned and of course sewn by my dress-making grandmother.

I am also wearing genuine 1950s sunglasses and a nasty red patch on my arm from an evil wasp that flew through the patio door and dive-bombed my arm-pit yesterday morning whilst I was relaxing in my bed. Ouch!

A unique Tee for a Strange Fish…

So a lovely friend of ours had his 50th birthday this week. He is known affectionately as “Strange-Fish” and I decided to make him a special, strange-fish kinda birthday Tee. I love making one-off T-shirts knowing that no one else in the world will have one exactly the same. I just love how it turned out too!

Oh and don’t forget if you want a unique Tee for a special friend, or special occasion, or just to be damn different, we can help!

Patching it up … 

I love to upcycle clothes … I keep my eyes and mind wide open for clothes I know I can work a bit of magic with! I love to appliqué, or patch, or sometimes just swapping the buttons … every piece becomes a totally unique one off item! Some, like these gorgeous appliquéd wiggle skirts,  head straight to the studio for sale to our customers. Others, like this cute rose jacket or polka dot pumps,  stay right in my own wardrobe. 

What do you think? 

Icons Galore … 

So … yesterday I was mostly creating little 6×4 greeting cards using Lee’s amazing Icon artwork. Originally the artwork was created for our Tshirts (£13)  but we realised that they are also pretty cool in mounts (£15 for a mounted 10 x 12) or on blank greetings cards (£3).  Each design has been hand drawn by Lee using an iconic image as inspiration, even the fonts on these have been hand drawn. My job is to trace and carefully vinyl cut each images.  I blinking love them … what do you think?


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