Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Embroidered Book Bags

Have you seen these wonderful creations by Olympia Le-Tan?

They are embroidered and appliqu├ęd canvas clutch bags based on classic books! From Moby Dick to One Flew Over The Cuckoos nest, you are sure to find one of your favourites.

The canvas fabric stays true to the feel of book cloth, adding to the character of the bag. I love that they have kept the exact size and structure of a hardback book. Front covers are often bold and eye catching images and these have translated wonderfully into textiles. Not only are they beautifully done on the outside, they are also lined with complimentary patterns fabrics.

These clutches have also been a hit with the celeb world and at £934, I think that's the world they will stay in!

Image courtesy of Getty Images

Website Problems

Apologies to anyone who has been trying to access my website lately. I've been having a few issues with it. I was trying to update it when it randomly went down. I got it back up and running again, only for it to go back down less than 6 hours later! Again, I managed to get it back after deleting some plugins and attempted to update it for the third time. Third time lucky you say? Nope! It is now down for the third time within 3 weeks!

I'm not really sure what keeps gong wrong with it, but it seems to be very tempramental. I'm doing my best to sort it out and get my website up and running again (permanently!).

In the meantime feel free to visit my Notonthehighstreet shop or keep up to date by following my Twitter or like my Facebook page.


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Embroidered & Stamped Tags

As promised, some embroidery.

This first one has a simple stitched pattern around the edge.
For the second, I thought I would attempt some text, it reads 'it's what's inside that counts'.

I must say being used to stitching on fabric and then switching to card completely throws me! With free machine embroidery, I find it takes some warming up anyway, without the change in medium. Perhaps this may have worked better with a normal sewing foot.

Anyway, these tags add a great personal touch to any present. And the best part? You could make matching stamped wrapping paper!

Here's a little extra little peek at the idea of DIY wrapping paper to get your stamping juices flowing...
Enjoy! xxx

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Tutorial: Rubber Stamps

Apologies for the late delivery of this tutorial. I've had a hectic January, but as they say, better late than never!

I decided to start with a rubber stamp tutorial after a run in with a BBC journalist, who was in the process of writing her second craft book. She asked about me about stamping techniques, but I think I shared one too many of my rubber stamping secrets because she replied with, 'that will be in the second book'. SO, I am marking my territory before it is published to the world by a person with more money and contacts than creativity. Ain't that always the way!

Anyway, onwards and upwards-lets get stamping!

Once your design is cut stamp stamp stamp away!

Hope you enjoy the end result. Keep your eyes peeled for the embroidery element and stamping ideas coming soon!