Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sewing roundup!!

Still working to finish up this book - it will be done by the middle of next week, and then onto new things! Partly trying to get some more stuff together to sell at Hifest...

In the meantime, I've been carrying on the sewing. First up is the Miette blouse from Tilly and the Buttons. I made this for my mum, but in the end a blue shirt I'd made was a better match for her.

Front view

Back, with buttons from Mum's button box!

Copied from old Jaeger charity shop shirt - let's pretend those buttons aren't sewn down sans buttonholes.

Shirt outside Mum!

I also had a go with some cotton jersey, and with some flammable horrorfabric from Goldhawk Road. But I love the white dress even so, I feel like a powerful 80s lady in it - a feeling I enjoy very much. 

Sewing stretch cotton - pretty forgiving.

Powerful. Channelling Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.

I'm also working on some numbers cards... these are what I've managed so far. These are roughs, but I can imagine making a range from these guys... 

Need to work out a palette for them all that will really make the numbers obvious!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bits of news

I'll be taking part in two events in the next couple of months. 

The first is Hifest, the Hastings Illustration Festival on the 6th of January, at which I will have a half table. I'm really looking forward to it - there are some great exhibitors showing and events happening. I'll be selling some (hopefully new) prints, cards and other bits and bobs.

I will also be taking part in an exhibition, A Long Way From Home. All the proceeds from this will go to Crisis. It runs from the 11th-14th of December, details below - it should be a great exhibition.

Olive giveaway!

Anorak Magazine are doing a giveaway on their blog today, until the 25th of November. If you leave a comment telling them the most embarrassing present you've been given, you will be in with a chance to win one of three copies. Yay!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Here are some old Halloweinie pictures. But don't be frightened, they're all just kidding!
Hope you all have super spooky days! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bitty bits

I'm still working towards my book deadline and concentrating on that, fitting in some Cacahouète and friends too! And turning my thoughts towards cards again... was thinking about them today, and how my line perhaps doesn't work so well at that size, and that they should be more graphic... I've been keen on making cards for so long and yet somehow always feel quite seized up thinking of how they should look. Anyway, one day soon I hope!

He's actually Crocahouète in this issue! 

Bedtime for dogs and peanuts!


Pencil cowgirls

Book deadline!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washi Dress!

I sewed up this dress last night - it's the Washi Dress pattern by Rae Hoekstra. It was really fun to make, and I got to attempt two new things - shirring and using bias binding. Both seemed to work fine for me this time. My sister was with me and commented while I was reading the pattern aloud (excellent chat by me) that it was another language, which I guess is a big part of what I'm enjoying so much (despite being a bit of a stinker at learning languages). Already, things that were utterly baffling four months ago are starting to take shape, slowly, in the ole bean. 

I haven't hemmed this yet, but couldn't wait to wear it! Naughty. The fabric is from The Cloth House, and was actually bought for a costume which hasn't yet had an outing... but I think this dress can still be part of it! 

My first PDF pattern experience - and it was a good one! Satisfied the impatient "but I want it now!" part of me.

Wistful in Washi.

What's happening down here? in Washi.

Shirring? Sure thing!

You can even read excellent comics while in Washi!

I loved making this, and think I'll enjoy wearing it - it's a great pattern for all the blissful quilting weight cottons you see... 

**VERDICT: The Washi Dress was better than "a wash" for me! Ha! Ha! Ha!**

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beautiful moth!

Karen Wall, who wrote that her sons like my book Ambrose Goes for Gold, shared these photos of the completely beautiful, brilliant moth that she sewed for them to play with. Isn't he incredibly great? I'm really inspired to have a go at making a character myself, although I'm not in this league of sewing! 

Also on her list is the caterpillar, the butterfly and the ladybird - if she does manage them too I can't wait to see! As a mega novice, I'm filled with admiration for Karen's sewing skills.

Thank you so much for sharing Karen, your moth RULES!

Check him OUT!

Lovely stained glass window wings.

Moth cuddles!

Original moth. Who could do with taking some sprucing-up tips from Karen's moth. Also, its nose is like that because it's a super cool hummingbird-hawk moth:

(Not because, as some may have suggested, I get confused between moths and elephants...!)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yoga Cat printing!

Yesterday I went for my induction at a new (to me) print studio. I absolutely loved it there - and had a great time printing up these yoga-loving cats. 

They are now available in my SHOP - for any yoga lovers in your life!

On the way to the studio - so much STUFF.

Cats on the printing bed!

Shake a tail feather!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I'm going to a new printing studio tomorrow for an induction and to have a go with these yoga cats. I will have half a table at an illustration fair in Hastings in December, so I'm thinking about what I should have for sale. 

Not yet sure how big or how many per page I'm going to have these guys... but I'm keen to do some printing before I forget again!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Mathilde Blouse!

I had a lot of fun sewing the Mathilde Blouse by Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons. The buttonhole setting on my machine isn't great, but it did the job and the buttonholes actually work this time! And it was my first go at French seams, which means the inside looks pretty okay too. 

I think the fabric I chose was a little flimsy, and that something stiffer and more shape-holding would be better for next time. I'm going to have another go at this pattern soon, and I have some weightier gingham brown cotton for the attempt.

Brown and green, what a team!

I wore my Mathilde out to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace - what lovely views from the top of the hill looking over London... which I am here obscuring with my posing.

Back view - check OUT those green bad boys!!

The show was a lot of fun, and we drooled over all the fabrics and notions... I bought some linen, and next on my list is the Anna Dress from By Hand London. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dare you play...


I'm enjoying colouring this spread, now that the BITTERNESS of last week's Photoshop meltdown has been healed by sweet sweet time! I was rushing, so probably not saving as often as I ought, and had an "end of file name" error message, which corrupted the whole file... much colouring lost! But I guess it's useful to have a wake up call about my saving and organising habits.

And still keeping up with the sewing! This is a top in progress, carrying on with the bright buttons look.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I'm colouring, colouring, doing a spread today which has lots of my drawing nemesis - CARS. But I am getting better at these bad boys! By the end of this spread I'd better be anyway... 

"Please see to my car my good man!" says the lovely sheep.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cats and Confetti

A couple of months ago I did a commission for a wedding announcement card, which was a first for me - I really enjoyed it! 

(Card printed by The Imaging Centre, who I've consistently had good results with.)

***Congratulations Sophie and Nick!***