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Getting ready for Christmas

Christmas comes around really fast every year, well at least it appears to!  We have been working hard developing a small range of items which are seasonal. Most if not all of our items can be personalised at an additional cost all  you have to do is ask.

Our Christmas range includes luxury stocking, bunting, gift tags, rubber stamps peronalised boards (wooden and slate), coasters, glasses tea towels and aprons.

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Rubber Stamps

We have recently been doing some development work with Jenny Beard a local artist to see if we can produce some detailed laser rubber stamps. We like challenges.

photoThis is  stamp (A6 size) and the first four prints from it. The stamp was inked with a roller loaded with printers block ink and then pressed onto heavy weight paper in our old book press.
photo-2 Closer view of the stamp which is made of 2.3mm eco laser rubber mounted on a wooden block.photo-1 image Jenny’s original drawing (copy) which was used to create the laser stamp.

I have just published a detailed instruction of this process on INSTRUCTABLES.com where its is a featured project.

Laser Cut Chicken!

Since getting our laser cutter it has been our aim to design and make a product that could be entirely cut on the laser cutter and then sewn with the minimal number of seams. After a number of different ideas we arrived at our family of chickens (there are three in all).

These chickens are based on a triangular based pyramid design with feet and head made from felt. This design was prepared carefully to enable a set of parts to be made and assembled easily. These chickens can be either stuffed with soft material or a heavy material depending on their intended use.chickensThe finished chicks have buttons eyes and the large mother hen will have a slightly different design of eye.

These items are available to order, please contact use for details.

Laser Cutting Thick Felt and Fabrics

For the last few months we have been trying to source some thick grey felt (up to 6mm) but until this week we have been unsuccessful. However after lots of searching we finally found some in two different greys.

We have also over the last few weeks been experimenting with the laser cutter. A laser will cut fabric and felt very beautifully and easily. This is something that has taken some patience and careful experimentation however we have finally arrived at some effective solutions which will enable us to develop some projects that will use the laser cutter, fabric and the sewing machines.

felt mat detailFelt Mat 1chicks

As you can see above the felt shapes have cut perfectly leaving good crisp edges.  The chicks were completely cut on the laser which makes scaling them of the different sizes (there will be three in all) easy. Each chick can have its feet and the two part head cut all in one go in multiples up to the size of the bed of the machine making maximum use of the space and minimising the waste material.

The paterns for the chicks bodies were also made on the laser so that we can easily reproduce the designs as and when required.

Creative Development

My first attempt at wet felting.

My first attempt at wet felting.

Creativity comes from within, from the heart and from our surroundings. It is not something which can be learnt but it is something which can be developed and nurtured. I have worked with many students and more recently adults who claim that they are not creative. My response is now as always that everyone has a creative ability but some choose to direct their talents to develop their creative innate ability to a higher level.

I am always willing and wanting to have a go at different crafts, spinning and weaving are crafts that I have touched on over the years but for one reason or another never got time or the opportunity to really develop. Now that I have a lovely spinning wheel and recently acquired a tabletop loom I am looking forward to learning to spin on a course run by Wingham Wool Works in July.

The picture above is my very first attempt at wet felting combined with some needle felting, adding some tactile objects topped with some free stitching. I was trying to create the impression of an English hedgerow.