I am sure you can imagine my delight when I spotted an email from Norfolk Museum Service offering a free print workshop for museum pass holders. Within five minutes of reading the email I was booked on the course!!
A local artist ran the course, using the new exhibition “Never had it so good” at Time and Tide as a source of inspiration.
I sneaked a few pictures (no flash was used!)
The printing technique taught was lino. I have to admit I have never been enthusiastic about lino!
Michael provided us with cut out shapes to inspire us. We were instructed to play with the shapes and come up with an abstract design.
This abstract shape formed the basis of our lino cut design.
Cutting out the lino took a little time (funny how everyone chose the small postcard sized pieces of lino to work with!).
Michael encouraged us to cut round our design, carving a little of the space around the shape away. Having printed one colour to then cut away more of the lino thus changing the print design, ready to over print.
I’m not overly struck with the design I came up with, but does that matter?? I had fun, experimented and met new people.
I love this design:)
So what did I take away from the workshop? Personally the idea of using basic cut out shapes as a means of inspiring designs. How do you spark ideas?
Do you remember my small toilet update? It wasn’t quite finished, needing a hand towel and mirror to finish the look.
I picked up this mirror in a charity shop. I have been planning on trying my hand at chalk painting some fabric for some time. This was an ideal project to have a go.
It was easier than anticipated to ease the back off and remove the mirror. Having read a few how to blog posts I watered down the chalk paint and simply painted the fabric. If you have a go its really easy – you let the first coat dry, sand the fabric and paint again.
My fabric took three coats of chalk paint. I’m delighted with the new to me mirror.
Next up a copper hand towel. My natural instinct was to google some tutorials, buy the parts and have a go at welding. But there comes a point where I stop and think, surely I should support a fellow crafts person and buy a handmade towel rail? It was certainly cheaper to buy one than buy a heat source for welding!!!
I bought this gorgeous hand towel from HomeCrush, they have a lovely website here where you can find a variety of products with an industrial feel. Zoe kindly responded to my request for a custom order, for a rail which fitted into our space.
Lastly I made some soap – you may remember I make kitchen soap with coffee granuals. It seemed about time to to make suitable soap for the bathrooms. I followed a tutorial for the magazine Reloved using the same essential oils as for the reed diffuser.
It seemed ever so soft, I was concerned that as I had to pour into a mold before it reached trace point (we had to go out) but is has cured well, phew!
Finally one finished thrifty bathroom update. We have plans to try and modernise the living room, on the cheap!!
Are you sewing for Christmas? It suddenly dawned on me last weekend that a changing bag needed to be ready for sister-in-laws visit to the UK. My danish nephew and wife are expecting their first baby this Christmas, back in the summer fabric was chosen and bag designs discussed…. Nothing like a looming deadline to motivate me to make the bag!
The neutral fabric choices have grown on me, I love the splash of stars as you open the bag.
The bag is a modified version of the free pattern from Sew4Home. I have used standard cotton rather than PUl for the lining, reducing the number of internal pockets but adding in a zip pocket at the front of the bag.
This is designed for wallet, mobile and keys – perfect. No need to go rummaging in the bottom of the bag to find your essentials.
Lastly to add an element of surprise to the gift I whipped up a taggy, lined with the empty packet of wipes to add a sound effect for the baby.
I’m slowly working my way through handmade gifts:) If you have made some Christmas gift this month you may wish to join up with Ho Ho Ho and on we sew Christmas gift link up party here.
On a personal note I have treated myself to the course Product Photography at Home on Craftsy – they have a great Black Friday sale still on, check out the courses here.
PS Not quite sure I have become old enough to be a great Aunty!!!
PPS I am a Craftsy affiliate, any item bought through the link gives me a tiny reimbursement at no cost to yourself.