Monday, 16 April 2018

York Makers Spring Fair - Saturday 21 April 2018

York Makers Spring Fair Illustration by Lucy Monkman

You may have seen this fab illustration by Lucy Monkman on social media.  It represents the lovely handmade treats that will be available at the York Makers Spring Fair this Saturday 21 April 2018. Doors open at Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BW at 10am and entry is free.  

Carrot Cake by O'Crumbs - Photographed by Annemarie King at The French House York

Tempting enough in itself, I know, but if you need an added incentive then look no further than O'Crumbs who is running the cafe for us. Fab homemade cakes will be on offer!

My new Liberty fabric stash

In preparation, I have been transforming my new Liberty prints into fabric necklaces ready for the fair...

Liberty print fabric necklaces

and of course I'll have lots of other goodies...

Hippystitch brooches and bracelets

But I won't be there on my own.  You'll also find:

A selection of work by York Makers
A selection of work by York Makers

Textiles & Homewares
Girls Dresses & Ladieswear
What's to be Done with Her

Vintage Textiles & Haberdashery 
Wonderful Weaselworks
Petra Bradley Prints 

Fab & Funky Handbags
Pennie & Susie

Needlefelting & Woodturning
Greenhart & Kind

Peace & Quiet Soy Wax Candles

Ali Bradley Pottery 
James Neath Design

Jo Heath

By Helen
Lorina Lynne Jewellery 
Judy's Jewels
Cards, Prints & Stationery
Lucy Monkman  
West Plum Studio
Rose & Hen  
Dotty Ella
Little Leaf Creative

Did you know that York Open Studios is also taking place while our Spring Fair is on and other York Makers are exhibiting as part of that event?  Why not make a day of it and visit the Spring Fair and other artists in the area.  How fab would that be!  

Hope to see you on Saturday...

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Stitched Postcards at Olive's Nest, York

Stitched Postcards - samples for the workshop

I have developed a couple of new workshops for the spring and one of them was Embroidered Postcards which ran at Olive's Nest in York this week.  We had Gaynor's cosy back room at Olive's Nest all to ourselves...

All set up and ready to go at Olive's Nest

It was a lovely evening with Gaynor and Jem from Olive's Nest keeping myself and a great group of stitchers topped up with tea and biscuits (not to mention mini chocolate eggs and love hearts!)  Everyone was concentrating hard and embroidering madly...

Concentrating hard and having fun stitching

Even using the same design everyone's birds turned out beautiful and different.  It was great to see all the fab colour choices...

Works in progress

I have another workshop - Handmade Notebooks coming up at Olive's Nest on Saturday 12 May 2018 from 2-4.30pm if you fancy joining me.  If that's not for you, check out the other workshops on offer here. And to book a place contact Gaynor at Olive's Nest - email: or call into Olive's Nest at 4, Scarcroft Road, York, YO23 1NB. 

Hope to see you soon. x

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Street Art in Melbourne

Cat near Degraves Street

Melbourne, Australia has a vibrant street art scene from stencils through tagging to large artistic pieces.  Here are a few I spotted whilst wandering round the city.

Helicopter flying out of Degraves Place

Union Lane Tags

Duckboard Place

Shoes in Duckboard Place

Man with Tree & more - Duckboard Place

AC/DC Lane

Hosier Lane

And if this is more your sort of street art, feast your eyes...

Hopetoun Tea Rooms - Block Arcade

Unfortunately the queue was too long for me to sample the delights here.  Perhaps another time ....

Friday, 16 March 2018

Haberdashery & Other Delights Down Under

Vintage threads from Harold & Maude, Melbourne

I have recently been on a most excellent trip to the Antipodes.  Whilst hanging out there I did stumble across some rather fabulous places so here's just a little taster of the haberdashery delights I discovered, with a bit of art thrown in.

Wooden buttons from Otekah

I happened to be in Hobart, Tasmania, on a Saturday for the Salamanca Market (which is truly huge). These cute bird buttons from Otekah called out to me because I do love buttons!  While I was there Melanie Roach was exhibiting in the Studio Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre.  I really liked her work -  capturing the Tasmanian wilderness through abstract shapes...

The Road - Melanie Roach
After Hobart, we headed to Melbourne, Australia.  Near Flinders Street Station, I found some really cool places.  There were some beautiful marbled papers in Il Papiro in Degraves Street..

Marbled papers from Il Papiro

which I just can't wait to use!  Then upstairs in the Cathedral Arcade on Swanson Street I found Harold & Maude (see top pic) with all manner of vintage, recycled, remade and slightly spooky goodies.  And there was the wonderful l'uccello with lots of vintage haberdashery and loveliness too...

Goodies from l'uccello

Among other things, I bought some great Liberty goodies (coals to Newcastle or what!)  Next I found the Kimono House and couldn't resist some thread and papers...

Japanese thread & papers from the Kimono House
Kimono House

The Kimono House also had an exhibition of Tenugui - The Japanese Handtowel.  Widely popular from the 16th century these cloths had a myriad of uses - towel, food cover, gift wrap, collar or cooling cloth.  Recently there has been a resurgence in popularity and there are lots with modern prints. Often given as gifts or used as marketing tools with companies names emblazoned on them, Tenugui range from the mass produced to the more individual, artist's version...

Tenugui Exhibition at the Kimono House

L'uccello recommended I also check out Curtin House, on Swanson Street - another vertical treat of independent places.  I loved Metropolis - great cards, books and other printed loveliness.  I found work there by Alice Patullo  which I couldn't resist. 

Lovely Metropolis Bookshop

And the Rooftop Bar at Curtin House had great views!

View from Curtin House Rooftop Bar

After Melbourne, we spent some time in Napier, New Zealand and discovered The Department of Curiosites and Fine Things, selling all manner of New Zealand made goodies.  I'm sorry I can't show you what I bought as it's a present that hasn't yet been given!

A great shop in Napier

But do look at what you could do outside...

Yarnbomb in Napier

Did you know that in Australia they call charity shops - Op Shops (Opportunity Shops).  In my last few minutes before leaving Sydney I nipped into one and bought some vintage lace, a little bit of which I have already used here ...

Vintage lace from a Sydney Op Shop already in use.

Hope you've enjoyed this whistlestop tour.  More another time...

Monday, 29 January 2018

Handmade Notebooks & Embroidered Postcard Workshops

I am bringing two new workshops to Olive's Nest in York this spring.  

Embroidered Postcard - Wednesday 11 April 2018 (also Saturday 19 May 2018 from 14:00 to 16:30)
On Wednesday 11 April from 18:30 to 21:00 I'm doing an Embroidered (Stitched) Postcard workshop.

You will learn how to make stitched postcards, working on a bird design in your choice of colours using a range of different stitches.

All materials will be provided.  Pop into Olive's Nest if you want to see an embroidered postcard that's been through the post. 

Handmade Notebooks - Saturday 12 May 2018
On Saturday 12 May 2018 from 14:00 to 16:30, I'll be showing you how to make handmade notebooks.


You will learn how to make at least 3 different types of notebook using paper and card. 


We will be painting, folding, stitching and sticking.  All materials will be provided.

Pop into Olive's Nest if you'd like to see some examples of the types of notebooks we will be making.

Workshops cost £20 each.  Contact Olive's Nest to book a place:

Pop in: Olive's Nest, 4 Scarcroft Road, York, YO23 1NB
Phone: 01904 670052

Minimum of 4 people needed for workshop to run