Monday, 8 February 2016

Wired Wing


A little something we were working on recently - a pair of stump worked wings for a Bostini Bug brooch. These bugs were originally designed and made as the basis for a handstitch workshop last month but they've had such a lot of interest that we're thinking of inviting a little fleet of them to join us at next month's 'The Peace of Wild Things' exhibition...

Friday, 15 January 2016

Lutra


Silva Populi Lutra
Complete with neon tinged mask and an Edwardian style frock coat. 
Housed in an aged Kilner jar on a bed of springy moss.
Now happily settled with a new owner.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Vulpini Ventures Forth

 
An exhibition we were recently involved in, Crafted 2015 at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, came to an end this week. As a result another small tribe of brave Silva Populi have gone out into the world to live with their new owners. The Silva Populi Vulpini, seen here, is one such lucky creature. 

The Vulpini branch of Silva Populi get their name from wearing fox-eared headdresses, often red or ginger in colour and heavily embroidered. . 
We'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about her outfit. Some months ago we were delighted to find a pair of aged, 1930's silk blouse cuffs whilst out 'wombling' for fabric treasure at a local flea market. They had beautiful mother-of-pearl buttons and a delicate gathered detail, one of which we've used here as the basis for Vulpini's dress, edging it with a scrap of tea coloured lace. The linen for her coat began life as a napkin, now hand stitched and embroidered with a floral, bullion knotted motif on it's shawl collar. Vulpini's removable hat and mask are made from wool felt and she carries a bud from a Pearls-of-Wisdom plant. Her glass home was formerly a Cadbury Roses sweet jar, now grown with creeping vines and tweed leaves. 

Safe travels and happy adventures in your new home Vulpini!




Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Knock Knock


Who's there? 
An embroidered woodpecker of course!

 A commissioned piece for a lovely couple. Made last Summer.


Monday, 4 January 2016

Shiny New Year

 Welcome to 2016!

The first week of January can often be difficult as festive partying comes to an end and people return to work. However, in the midst of this (wet weather) gloom we'd like to offer you something shiny, colourful and fun to look forward to with the announcement of our 2016 programme of handstitch workshops.
There are a mix of new and familiar topics planned, including some vibrant-hued brooch making, Bostini Bugs, later this month. Further topics and dates will be announced as the year progresses.

The 2016 programme kicks off in style with The Sewcial on Friday 15th January at Trumpet Corner

Booking is open. 

Click HERE for the 2016 programme



Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Sewcial


Only two more Sewcials before Christmas (there, we've said the C word), the next being this Friday 20th November. We have places available on both if you'd like to take part.
 
For those unfamiliar with The Sewcial it's our regular workshop which has an element of surprise attached to it. Other than knowing it will involve creative handstitch in some form, the surprise is that you never know what we are going to pull out of our battered, brown suitcases and ask you to try. They involve a chance to explore what you can do with creative hand stitch through, for example, sampler pieces or group challenges.
This session requires you to have some previous hand sewing experience, be it from embroidery to mending, and a desire to be challenged in the company of like-minded stitchy souls. People with 'making' experience from other disciplines are also very welcome. 
The Sewcial
Friday 20th November 2015
  Friday 11th December 2015
10am - 1pm
£25 per person. All materials provided
Trumpet Corner nr Ledbury
Herefordshire
HR8 2RA

Friday, 13 November 2015

'Ears' Something You Might Be Interested In...

There are places remaining on tomorrow's 'Glove Ears the Hare' hand stitch brooch making workshop.
Saturday 14th November 2015
10am-12.30pm
£25 per person
All materials provided - including a selection of vintage gloves from which to choose your brooch's ears. 

Union Walk, Commercial Road
Hereford, HR1
A textile treasure trove which sells vintage fabrics, haberdashery & clothes. 

To book your place contact kathleen@murgatroydandbean.co.uk or call 07971 684573 

As an aside, the excellent Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair is also taking place this weekend at the Courtyard Theatre a mere walk away from Rose Tinted Rags. Now you have two good reasons to visit Hereford tomorrow! 

*Apologies for the terrible pun...  

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