Working with my two models to get some shots of my new knitted beanies. Many hours spent testing yarns and working out my patterns to get a good universal size. My younger daughter has a larger head, the hats are designed for an average adult head and will fit from approx. age 10 to 110. I have also been experimenting with acrylic mix yarns for softness, wearability and easy washing. I always used to be quite purist about my yarns, 100% natural fibre only, but these don’t always work best for hats, itchy heads and hand washing don’t suit everyone!
Preparing Christmas stock, I spent this weekend painting peg dolls and working out several new designs, I am also working on some peg doll kits for customers big and small to get creative with their own ideas. I’m concentrating on smaller designs at the moment, stocking fillers and decorations for shop stock and then I will move on to the larger bespoke items in preparation for Christmas fairs. I like to have a couple of projects on the go at once that way if I am loosing inspiration or getting a little tired with something I can work in another area. This is a great way to take a break from a problem whilst still being creative and usually coming up with a solution at the same time.
So in between peg dolls I have also been working on illustrations for my Christmas cards, I will post about these separately. And whilst drawing I resolved several construction and presentation problems I was having with the peg dolls.
I’ve been working away at getting my first group of standing peg dolls finished, I’m really pleased with them, and am also working on some more ceramics to add to the mugs in my shop. So lots of variety, tea pots, cups and saucers, salt and pepper shakers, serving plates, small dishes and even a smart pair of dogs! Lots of new things listed in my shop and more to come over the following weeks. I’ve had a lovely relaxed Sunday, this post being my only concession to work so I’m off to eat now and relax a little more, happy sunday evening to you all.
So this week I am trying to finish all my painted wood projects, some lovely decorative wooden spoons and standing wood peg dolls, I’ve been playing around with ideas of how to display these little dolls and am developing some little flags and banners, the idea being that you get a choice of flags for different celebrations or you could make your own. The dolls would then make lovely table decorations or even cake topper’s and when not in use they can decorate a shelf or sideboard with a patterned flag. I’m still working out the little flags and I imagine it will be another week before these are available in my shop. The spoons are purely decorative, maybe with a tag attached for personal messages. The last three photos are of little kokeshi dolls with bunny ears, they are available here.
So I just had my weekend without the children, I always miss them terribly but really really enjoy the break!! I like to watch movies whilst I work. I loved watching Wes Anderson’s ‘The life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ whilst I finished of these drawings for new small art brooches. I am insanely busy again getting ready for the Selvedge spring fair in London on the 22 & 23 March and Paper Scissors Stone in Bristol starting mid April. Also some images of new brooches completed and available in my shop now as well as lots of new small art necklaces.
I am working with clay this week as the children are at home and it’s easier to work on a smaller scale, I’ve also got pages of sketches that have waited to be transformed into little clay creatures. These are an extension of the shrink plastic and painted paper clay jewellery that I am working on as well. I have some lovely polymer clay colours that I wanted to work with, I didn’t want to use paint and am experimenting with drawn features. Above is a little valentine love bug. Below are some of the first little characters I made, love bugs, an easter bunny bunbun, a scarlet house mouse and Burgers a moose mouse.
Today a little Dachshund called Gus has arrived in my shop, he is made from black linen, wool felt and velveteen. Finished off with a dashing red leather collar and cool plastic bead necklace.