Monday, 23 March 2015

London Sunday

Chocolate strawberries in Selfridges. £10 a cone.
At the Country Living show. The woman is giving a talk on keeping chickens.
The Heals stand - starting a trend for bright cushions?
Beautiful fabric through the window at Annie's costume company.
In Loop. I love these little knitted guys. Think Laura Long designed them.
Inside Loop

Julie Arkell's quirky doll. I bought one of her books at Loop.
Glad I visited the Country Living show yesterday. A proper day out.

So refreshing to tramp the streets of London again and get ideas and see fresh sights and talk to interesting strangers! 

Gertie Strahl makes delicate patchwork, crochet and embroidered pieces using ancient fine fabrics.  Her stand at Country Living stood out for me. She'd made everything herself. I can imagine her work in Libertys.

I was also smitten with the feminine greetings cards by  My daughter has given me these cards - delicate kitten heeled shoes embellished with dots of glitter or ballet shoes and tutus lightly glittered. So pretty.

I spoke with two companies whose work I'd like to stock in Handmade Happiness. More of these later!

In Camden Passage lives Loop, the brilliant knitting shop owned by book author Susan Cropper.  Julie Arkell gives workshops at Loop. I've long wanted to have a go at papier mache, with jewellery in mind. Yesterday I couldn't resist buying one of Julie's books picturing lots of her quirky animal figures.

Thought for the day: Using really fine yarn to knit or crochet with makes items look more appealing, more clever and more expensive!!

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