I was recently invited to visit Brighton art fair. A fantastic experience and a very high standard of work.

ARTHOUSE Meath were  exhibiting work created by adults living with severe epilepsy. The work is often childlike spontaneous and very covetable. There are paintings, ceramics, graphics, cards and even a range of chocolate all for sale.arthouse meath

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www.rokoro.co.uk makes three dimensional art works, many  are made from old books with a cut out taking place on each page. book art

finished book

Jane Walker produces lovely prints such as the two below. www.janewalkerprintmaker.comblack tulips by Jane Walker

striped jug

Another print maker  whose work I like is Jennie Ing www.jennieingart.co.uk

jennie ing prints

Manny Woodard creates exquisite small sculptures in limited editions. lazy days

learning to fly

Politics is at the core of of Jana Nicole’s work.http://www.jananicole.com As well as being thought provoking it is also often very funny. Particularly fine is the piece called the A-Z of swearing. A- Z of swearing

In complete contrast is the work of Rhoda K Baker www.rhodabaker.co.uk who makes 3D paper works.work constructed from paper

For those who missed this show most of the artists have web sites. So if you are stuck for a present for yourself, or a loved one, look no further than these artists.

I bought an old  Zara herring bone jacket from a thrift shop. I love the shape but it is so dull that  I decided to embellished it.

A bit of embellishment can turn something drab into something fab

A bit of embellishment can turn something drab into something fab

 

You will need

Iron on Fusible webbing

Scraps of velvet

bias binding

Buttons

Needle and thread

Instructions

1. Remove the original buttons on the cuffs and replace them with some interesting ones.

exchange  boring buttons and add new ones

exchange boring buttons and add new ones

2. Add bias binding to the ends of the sleeves. This can be decorative like the one used here or just plain .

 

Add decorative bias to sleeves

Add decorative bias to sleeves

3. Iron fusible webbing onto the back of the velvet scraps. Cut out triangle shapes. Cut out pocket flap shapes and an odd shape to iron on to a sleeve. Peel off the backing  paper and place the triangular  velvet shapes down the back seam. Iron into position.

Iron the triangles down the back seam.

Iron the triangles down the back seam.

4. Sew with a double piece of cotton with running stitches to hold into place.

Tack round the edge of the triangle shapes

Tack round the edge of the triangle shapes

5. Repeat steps three and four with the other pieces of velvet. Add decorative buttons to the front edges of the jacket.

Top stitch all the velvet onto the jacket

Top stitch all the velvet onto the jacket

 

One of my most favourite pastimes is rootling in second hand shops looking for furniture or garments to makeover and relove. This afternoon I found some lovely very old knitting patterns from before decimalisation in the UK. They are mainly designed for slim women, and very fitted. There is one gentleman posing with his cigarette. The Pram set at the end is very Cath Kidston in vibe.  Here they are for you to enjoy too.

in pale yellow

Fabulous figure hugging ladies cardigan November 1949

2ply cable cardigan

2ply cable cardigan

Tweedy looking Jumper for suits and country wear.

Tweedy looking Jumper for suits and country wear.

Gorgeous matching v neck and matching socks

Gorgeous matching V neck and matching socks

Sirdar tweedex wool &majestic 4ply

Sirdar  tweedex wool &majestic 4ply

Lady's Dolman Cardigan

Sirdar Lady’s Dolman Cardigan

Pram set

Pram set in Emu Scotch double knitting

Cushion from old sweater

Giddy Goat Cushion

My lovely ‘Joseph‘ sweater, very old but much loved, has had one warm wash too many and is really felted. I got a friend’s mum to knit a new one for me. It’s perfect and it fits. So I have turned the old one into a warm wooly cushion.

joseph sweater

The first step was to undo the old seams using my lovely new Korbond seam unripper .

I cut off the funnel neck and then squared up the front and back of the sweater

so they were the same size.

 

seperate arms from body

The next step was to run a zig zag over any  raw edges to stop the wool unravelling.neaten raw edges with zig zag stitch

With right sides facing machine the front to the back round three sides,

leave the bottom of the ex sweater open.

Sew  the front to the back

Insert a cushion pad and by hand oversew the bottom edge to close.

oversew

Back of cushion

Back of cushion