Sorry it has been a while since I updated - we've really been busy here, and sometimes I struggle to think of what to write that others might find interesting!
I'm back on Create & Craft on Sept 20, at 1pm with a new kit - Ganutell Butterflies. I'm really lucky that I have a great design team (Gillian & Chris) and right back when we first launched the Petal and Leaf Jig, Gillian made a little butterfly. Then we saw an auction with a Victorian butterfly brooch with cartouchage wrapped wings - so, inspiration strikes from many sources. The kit will be available in two colourways.
C&C have asked us to put together a new materials bundle too, and hopefully we've included some of the materials that you need to carry on with your ganutell making. Part of this is a new Heritage Pincushion Vase design. This new vase includes printed fabric with an original design so you can have a little blue & white vase to display your flowers. This has been really exciting - the first time we've ventured into printed fabric and that has lead to a whole host of new ideas....
I've been working on a few other projects. More silver thread buttons for La Masion Du Roy. The exhibition opens in Milan in October, I'll post up info when I have it. It's always nice working on buttons!
I've also been - from a distance - working on a few royal items. The first is a small tassel to be included in a book to be gifted to HRH Prince Charles. The second, is a pair of small gold tassels to be fixed to the ends of breeches garters for livery for Buckingham Palace. Pretty cool. I'll post pictures when I'm able.
Part of my long term projects are flower buttons, I've been busy designing a new range. I think I have flowers on the brain since researching for the Ganutell book! I have so many different images of beautiful flowers growing both wild and in gardens, and I seem to have a bit of an obsession at the moment in recreating them with textiles. For me, this is a return to ideas I had many years ago, so it is nice to get out old sketchbooks and develop them further. Another 'watch this space' as we have come up with a few exciting new products.
So, speaking of buttons, there are still a few places left for the Buttons 101 workshop on Sept 17th, so do book now if you'd like to come along. You can find out more about forthcoming workshops by clicking here.
Don't forget, we'll be at The Big Textile Show on Sat 26- Sun 27 Sept 2015. This takes place at Leicester Grammar School London Rd, Leicester, Great Glen, Leicester LE8 9FL . Find out more here: http://thebigtextileshow.co.uk/ Do come along if you can, it would be lovely to meet you!