My first attempt at designing and weaving tartan!

My first attempt at designing and weaving tartan!

Bobbins at Whitchurch Silk Mill.

Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. A gem of industrial heritage set in rural Hampshire.

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Leno, 1934. 

This maybe of interest to all you weavers!

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Print on cotton. Rouen, France. 1901. Unknown manufacturer

Great online Textile archive.

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Print on cotton. Rouen, France. 1901. Unknown manufacturer

Great online Textile archive.

Charmingly simple! Inspiration from Italy. I took these photos in Prato Italy.

My good old faithful peg bag finally fell apart! rather than make another one I made a peg Apron, a little bit of nostalgia!, (see 1st image) I love it, no more chasing the peg bag around the washing line! One day while happily pegging out the washing, a thought came into my little head…. This apron would be great for when I do craft events…. stash my phone, business cards and cash, much prettier than the bum bag! I now sell these Aprons to  crafters, vintage lovers and home makers…. I,m now on the look out for some fab vintage inspired fabric to add to my collection! my aprons can be purchased from Claire Mantell  Can make to order, just drop by my page and leave a pm.

I really must start weaving again! This image is of a design I was weaving while at university. Seeing it has made me realise how much I miss weaving…..

I really must start weaving again! This image is of a design I was weaving while at university. Seeing it has made me realise how much I miss weaving…..

Alternative Fashion Week Day 4 London UK

The Alternative Fashion week pulls in a diverse crowd and is open to all to come and view the spectacle for free.  The models are all volunteers and the designers pay nothing to show their creations.

The show takes over Spitafields for 6 days and brings with it 80 emerging designers from the UK and and other parts of the world. This a chance for the designers to let loose their creative imaginations to create collections that range from the height of sophistication to the extreme of outrages, covering just about everything the creative spectrum of fashion could possibly offer. The models enter into this creative frenzy with their own unique style and are as diverse as the collections they parade on the cat walk. The band, The Mannequins added to the atmosphere providing fitting music for each show. This is truly an amazing open event where everyone is welcome to view the shows without the normal snobbery that is associated with fashion events.

Presenting Adrienne Ford’s new capsule collection, launched at the  Alternative Fashion week Adrienne is an extremely imaginative and creative knitwear and accessory designer who’s talent crosses over many disciplines. Her love of knit and crochet and her desire to experiment with unusual materials informed this unique collection of garments and accessories made from hair extensions, using traditional crochet and plaiting techniques to create designs fitting for the cat walk and also very wearable. Adrienne’s talents are extremely diverse, if you want more info on her work click on the link which will take you to her website.

Alternative fashion Week at Spitafields Traders Market, London UK, Day 4

Behind the scene it was crazy and exciting. Not even the torrential rain and the thunder storm could dampen the high spirits of designers, makeup and hair artists. The models were amazing, cold but still in managed to get into the spirit of the event.

Adrienne Ford is the designer I was working with, her designs are just amazing.

Karla Powell did the fantastic make up for Adrienne