Sunday 31 May 2009

Shopping for Cats

One of the first items to go on sale in my new shop blog is Cedric here, one of the 'cats in cardigans'. I am hopeless with things technical and for the time being have given up on installing Pay Pal. So if you want Cedric I'm afraid it's still payment by cheque in Jenny Stacy's world. See Cedric and his friend Wilbur on my new blog
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Wednesday 27 May 2009

Good display

Opposite me at the Petworth Costume and Textile fair last weekend were Sam Hogg and Lynne Wallace who display their work so beautifully. Different heights. Clean and uncluttered - I could learn a lot from these two!(see post below)
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Lean mean green machine!

Last weekend I met the delightful Amy Aardvark, who prints textiles and her boyfriend JP who owns this totally cool bike. Very fast apparently. It looks to me like a 'green' version of a Harley Davidson. I hope to see Amy at Cockpit Arts in London where she has her studio. Her lively company was one of the highlights of the fair. (see below)
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Petworth's Costume and Textile Fair

I spent the weekend and Monday in this rather beautiful round tent. It had a chandelier and billowing drapes, quite the grandest setting I have ever experienced! It was a lovely fair with talks on fashion and clothes through the ages. A large marquee of textile artists, another large marquee of beautiful fabrics - ethnic treasures, French antique linens, hand embellished clothes. Plus textile hangings and pictures by groups and individuals. All really interesting.

My table, and the words 'could do better' come to mind. But in spite of the rather messy display and totally wrong white mirror I had a great time. I met some really interesting people. I sold hundreds of buttons, lots of badges and a few pieces of jewellery. Hopefully the Petworth House Costume and Textile Fair will become an annual event.
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Tricot Too, Petersfield this week

Perfectly in tune with the grey paint surround. This week Tricot Too's windows show desirable clothes in monochrome with a touch of colour from Jenny Stacy's jewellery! And don't you love the giant pear?
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Tuesday 19 May 2009

Shop latest

The shop blog will go online next week.

More buttons

I made these colourful buttons yesterday. I'd like to spend today making buttons as well but that's not on the 'To Do' list!
It's more important that I continue making necklaces.
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Monday 18 May 2009

Sue Clark's work

This silk fibre, hand dyed and machine stitched vessel is made by Sue Clark, a Sussex textile artist and member of the Embroiderers' Guild.The autumn leaves are so life like it looks as if she has stitched into real leaves rather than making them from scratch from silk paper. Sue had also made an exquisite butterfly wings vessel for people looking at the Open Doors art trail last weekend to admire. Based around Chichester this trail offered 40 open studios. I also loved Rosie Morgan's portraits and Jan Guest's coastal art. See and

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Sunday 17 May 2009

Painting big beads

After a day of trying to sell buttons in the rain along with fellow artists and makers I got home and cheered myself up by painting these lovely beads. I'll use them in my textile necklaces.
I have lots to make still for Petworth House's Costumes and Textiles Fair next weekend May 23rd to May 25th. Oh yes, and I was happy to be invited to have a stand at Farnham Maltings on Saturday June 6th. It's raining again today so I think I'll visit friends taking part in Chichester's Open House art trail. Pics to follow! First I'll sew up dolls for next weekend.
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Thursday 14 May 2009

Freshly baked buttons

Buttons I made today - over 100 pictured.
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Wednesday 13 May 2009

For Sale

I am setting up 'The Shop' a blog you will be able to click onto from this one. Everything I make that is not for a specific order will be available in 'the shop' and I plan to set up Pay Pal with it to make buying straightforward. Pictured is a selection of badges I painted recently.
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Saturday 9 May 2009

In Tricot Too's windows

This shop sells such pretty clothes. And I am always happy to see my jewellery displayed with them. The windows are highly reflective, or is it just that I'm not a very good photographer? You're probably thinking is that a dress or a house in the bottom picture!
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Lovely poster

Thought you might like to see this lovely poster for Phoenix Stitchers exhibition in Petersfield library from Monday 11th to Saturday 16th May. The embroidery is by Ann Hutchins who does wonderful framed pictures of stitched vegetables and also, as here, of gardens.
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Friday 8 May 2009

Media Week

I am having a media week. Last week I produced some special jewellery for a clothes photo shoot for a magazine. And yesterday I was interviewed for a magazine profile. Quite hair raising but luckily the photographer didn't come with her. I have a fortnight to get thin before he'll be taking his pictures!

Meanwhile just two weeks before three days of selling at Petworth House Costumes and Textiles Fair. I'm really looking forward to this event. I also have to make some jewellery pieces for a textile gallery that already stocks my buttons. So much to do so little time. Luckily it's raining so I'm not tempted to spend time gardening plus now I don't have to water it.

Tuesday 5 May 2009

Giant Iris

This wonderful giant iris has just flowered in front of my sitting room window. My friend Lynne gave it to me a couple of years ago after I admired one in her garden. It is the palest shade of lilac, almost white and a stunning size. Thank you Lynne.
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Saturday 2 May 2009

Exhibition on now

I have a couple of pieces of work in The Flora Twort Gallery in Petersfield at the moment. They are in an exhibition of work by Petersfield Artists (PACS) to celebrate their 75th anniversary. The exhibition is on daily (except Sundays) just from 1.00pm to 4.00pm until Saturday May 16th. I did a demonstration there on Wednesday - I would have blogged about it but it all happened very last minute ...
If you are in the area and like needlework and textiles it might be worth your while to look in at Petersfield Library between Monday May 11th and Saturday May 16th. Phoenix Stitchers who have about 100 local members are having an exhibition upstairs. It's open in normal library hours and I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

Garden update

Rows of peas, spinach and lettuce in the back garden.

Wonderfully scented phlox in the front garden.
One of my favourite flowers - ranunculi which I've got in both the front and back gardens. A great cutting flower for the house.

My garden (see previous post) is gradually filling up with plants. I've recently planted beefsteak tomato plants, courgette and giant snapdragons. I want a real cottage garden mixture with flowers growing up amongst the vegetables. I got some long bamboo canes to help the runner beans, peas and sweet peas. It's war against the pesky weeds - particularly one thing that pokes up all over the place looking a bit like asparagus spears but its roots run very deep and usually snap when you try to dig it up. Anyone know what that monster is called? And war against the pesky cat that likes to do it's business daily in the same spot. I've tried putting pepper over the area (my mum's tip) but maybe this cat likes pepper... Luckily it's chosen an area with no edibles... Maybe a scarecrow would deter it?
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