26.4.14

All Quiet on the Blogging Front

Dear Laura,

I have been rather quiet on the blogging front as of late, there are two main reasons for this: a bouncy puppy who requires rather a lot of attention and no computer. You see a few months ago I found through quite very scientific method that three glasses of wine spilt on a computer is just fine, a few oddities here and there, but generally all tickidy boo. However, a whole cup of coffee seemed to finish my beloved computer off. Sadly even with some hoping and much drying it didn't spring back to life again. Well now I finally have a new computer. HOORAY! and so I feel I can be back to blogging. It is also the loveliest of seasons and the urge to sew dresses is overwhelming!

First though I will show you the dog bed that I have made for the puppy, well it is 4 and counting now but any excuse for sewing! It was extremely simple I got some foam that is machine washable and then some light cotton for an inner case and some lovely patterned fabric for the outer case. The first ones I put zips in but she just chewed those so I redesigned and made them like pillow cases. I hope you like them, really it is the dog on them that I love so much but the beds give me quite a bit of satisfaction too!


The materials for the first two beds

The inner bed
Enjoying the results

Lots of love

Annie

12.4.14

a dose of colour at the Kaffe Fassett exhibition

Dear Annie,







Ever since my lovely mum-in-law taught me to knit a decade ago, I have been aware of the work of the textile designer, Kaffe Fassett. I studied books of his exuberant knitwear, and when I had a foray into quilting, she bought me my own copy of Quilt Road.In a magazine,a few years ago, I saw photographs of his home, which is the definitive riot of colour.

When my friend Lou suggested a trip to his latest exhibition at the wonderful American Museum in Bath, I was delighted. It was everything that I could have hoped it to be. Lamp posts, signs and railings had been spectacularly yarn-bombed with knitted stripes and granny squares in his signature vibrant colours. The tall tree outside the exhibition space was hung with hundreds of cheerful pom poms and with fabric lanterns (flower pots covered with Kaffe Fassett fabric and a layer of PVA, or something similar). 

Inside, we were immersed in colour and pattern, with Kaffe's glorious designs and prints decorating the rainbow painted walls, and even the floors. There was knitwear, needlepoint and quilt after quilt of heart-stopping loveliness. I carried the baby in the sling and he blinked and stared around him, unaccustomed to such bright beauty.

It was uplifting and inspiring in equal measured, and I left with a heart full of colour and a head full of plans to finish my poor forgotten quilt.

love from,

Laura


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