Sewing Studio … after pics

So I’ve had a few requests for the after pics …
Before you look can I just remind you that this wasn’t a massive tidy up, just enough to get some sort of order back!
I still have too many things;  fabric/books/paper/stationery etc etc but that isn’t going to change anytime soon! This is as good as it’s going to get for now:

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The sparkly stuff now has it’s own box

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My vintage Jones machine has gone to live at Em’s studio for the foreseeable future so I have a little bit more surface to fill.

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My shelves are bursting but everything has its place and I know where to find it

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My sewing desk is clear and my cutting space is visible – very exciting 😉

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The blackboard is even empty for a change .. though there is plenty of jobs to chalk down..

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All my works in progress are bagged up and pinned so I don’t lose any bits (I had been looking for this peach ribbon since Moo’s birthday in May!)

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Still a few corners to deal with but never mind … it’s a happy place once more.

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Northern Art Carbooty, Manchester

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On Saturday I spent the day assisting the twinny with a performance commissioned by Northern Art Carbooty in Manchester.
I made the garment from a material called Tyvek, often used for protective paper suits/ packaging and other industrial uses. It feels like paper but is really strong and light.  It creases when handled which added movement and life.   Emily magically turned it into an architectural costume (with emulsion and acrylic).
It represented the architecture of Victoria Square, the first social housing in Europe and a stunning building.

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Me … waiting for orders!

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‘The Houses of real Men and Women’ Emily Speed

All images copyright Emily Speed

We met some amazing locals who all had a story about the building, from memories of a much loved Nan to the changes that have been made to the area over the years. I also loved the fact that people were happy to look at the costume and offer their own interpretation – my favourite was a gent who thought that it might be a guardian angel for the building.
The Art Car Boot is an event worth noting in the diary, a selection of artists selling their wares/screen printing t-shirt and more .. plus nice cakes/coffee and burgers. My favourite stall was the guys from Victoria Square (still social housing btw) who were representing their gardening club with a slugs and beans take on snakes and ladders ..

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that may be because I won the game though!

Sewing studio

This is some ‘after the hoover before the clear up’ pics:

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So today I have found myself at the end of a run of projects and commissions … I have a couple of kiddy free hours and am contemplating having a sort out.  Not a huge sort out that means it needs to get worse before it gets better… one that clears a bit of desk space and clears my mind a little bit.

I tend to grab sewing time in-between Kids/Uni/Cleaning etc so it is too precious to allow tidying time aswell!

imageThe three amigos – Overlocker, Coverlock and Sewing Machine.  Next on my list is an invisible hemmer  I just completed a dress commission that was crying out for one! (more on that after the dress has been worn!).

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even my chalk labelling is rubbing off – might wait until I can sort through the drawers before I re-label them though – who knows what treasures are lurking in there!imageThis corner is mostly piled up with Moo’s fabric; lovely big spots from Nani Iro (from Miss Matatabi on Etsy) and loads of bargain sparkly tulle and satins from Goldhawk road – for future tutus of course.

Wish me luck, maybe one day when I grow up I will have a tidy, organised workspace (or maybe I will just move somewhere bigger and fill that too!)

WWI remembered

Along with the rest of the UK, I commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One with a ‘lights out’ hour on Monday, and have been watching coverage of various services and documentaries on TV.  
After visiting an aircraft museum in  Dumfries as part of my research for next year’s final collection I became more interested in the uniforms, badges and medals of the RAF, particularly from WWI. The anniversary has meant that information and exhibitions about WWI are easy to find at the moment.
One of my local National Trust Properties, Dunham Massey,  was know as Stamford Military Hospital during WWI and for 2014 they have converted the property back in to a hospital, using old records and photographs to reconstruct it as accurately as possible.

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Flying the hospital flag

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Actors re – enacting scenes from the hospital, using old letters and interviews to provide genuine content.

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Some letters and medals on display.

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One of my other research threads … Heraldry.

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The family history and the heraldry that evolved.

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And you can always rely on the National Trust to provide some great holiday crafts for the kids!
The hospital is installed until 11th November 2014 but check here as it isn’t open every day – its definitely worth a visit.