Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Living the dream

Sewing away here in the Fens, maybe not quite living the poem like the lady above from a 1930 magazine!
I have been working on some of my bag designs and made up my Kathy Handy Tote using some upcycled vintage scarves.  Really pleased with the results.

Also have made some of my Jessie Book Bags out of scarves, I loved this vintage 50s poodle scarf and couldn't resist adding bow ties for these two pampered pets

I must admit, there was a moment when I thought, why am I stitching bow ties for poodles???, but as usual that moment passed ....
Some of my bags are now in a wonderful new shop in Lincoln called With Love From Lincolnshire on Rasen Lane at the top of the hill (donkeys may be needed if you are carrying lots of shopping!)
Fab shop, lots of crafted goods, definitely worth a visit.


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

A note from me to you

Still sewing, not blogging!  So time for a quick update.
I have been trying, sometimes it seems in vain, to develop the handmade side of my business for the last year or so now.  I find that so many "crafts" organisations are aimed more at those who have studied arts/design at uni or college, rather than little old homespun crafters like myself, so wanted to share a recent discovery with you.  I had seen the Design Trust's website a couple of times over the last few months, but a couple of weeks ago a google search directed me to it once more and I started reading.  & reading some more.  & yet more.  Their stated aim is "The Design Trust helps professional designers & craftspeople to create and run better businesses - for themselves, their families, communities, and the world."  And, quite amazingly I think, they actually deliver on this undertaking.  They have lots of brilliant blog posts - one I am finding really useful at the moment is the one on how to create a range of items - and provide loads of information for anyone who, like me, is trying to make progress in the contemporary crafts world with zero academic design background.
So currently stitching away like mad, hoping to stock my Etsy shop with a new "range" in time for the Christmas season.  Hope you are all well.  K. x

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