Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Hares and Graces

by Jo Hill textiles
My goodness!  I can't believe how long it is since I wrote a blog post.  Where did the year go?
Hopefully, I am back!  I've had months of trying to sort out my arthritis, and get pain management in place that works.  Plus my sewing room has had a big sort out.  So.... I haven't made anything for a long, long time.  I have however, been Pinning tremendously - and have tons of ideas brewing.

What will 2014 bring I wonder?  What will the next craze be?  Owls are so passé..... I'm thinking the next big thing will be hares.  Probably due to the John Lewis advert, but I'm noticing a marked increase in the number of Hare items Pinned.  So, as a way of getting back into the blogosphere - let's have a little look at some of my favourites.

I love this first picture by Jo Hill.  I think it is charming.  Do pop along and look at her website, as there are a whole host of wonderful makes - all for sale.  There is also an Etsy shop here .  I can't resist - I must share another hare from the same artist......

by Jo Hill

Aren't they darling?  Have you looked at her other makes?  So charming..... an absolute delight.  I'm particularly fond of the dog on the sofa, and the bird in the branch artwork.  And it's not just pictures! There are all sorts of makes in her Etsy shop.

What's next?  
by Fireapple
I'm loving the dear little face on this happy soul.  So cute.  This one is long sold from the Fireapple shop on Etsy.  Do click on the link under the picture to pop over and check out the other sweet makes.

Our next hare is a little bit mad - and I love it!

Fiddlewink the Bunny Monster
  Totally crazy, a little bit wonky - and it was featured in a magazine..... Prim?  I've never heard of it, so I wouldn't have come across this little gem without Pinterest.  I hope I've traced the link back to the correct Etsy page.  I can see that this one has also been sold.  No wonder - it's so quirky! 

A change of style with the next offering.....

by Liz Cooksey - textile artist
By textile artist Liz Cooksey, this piece is just one of many displayed on her website.  So original, and so effective.  A mixture of embroidery, textiles, weaving, wirework and crochet.  I'm so very impressed by this artwork.  There's a wonderful subject range amongst her work, so do pop over and see what you think of her other offerings.

Now - this is something you don't see everyday...... but wouldn't it be nice?

source - unknown
We see a lot of knitting graffiti, but I haven't come across a tapestry version before!  I'm loving this.  I think it really adds something to what would otherwise be a dull, uninspiring park bench.  I wonder what it was embroidered with?  A nice tough nylon string would last and last.  

Time for one more?

the makings of Mrs Bertimus
This is so pretty.  Light and delicate, the machine embroidery stands out beautifully against the scrappy frame of lacework.  I hope I am attributing this to the correct source - as I think this is a thoroughly talented make!  It's utterly divine, and I would love to have it framed on my wall.

I do feel there's a hare themed make somewhere on the horizon.  Or at the very least - an Easter bunny!  In the commercial world, I'm wondering how long it will be before hares start appearing on everything from bags, to t-shirts, bedding etc?

There are two more trends that I think will be appearing soon too.  I have no idea if it will happen, I just have a hunch.  So..... look out for another blog post soon - and see what you think of my other predictions.

Bye for now :)

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