Saturday, 23 May 2015

Printing on fabric

Thought you might like to see two of my handbound and handmade books - a Kiss journal (top - so called because the stitching forms two 'X's on the spine, forming the kisses) and a Coptic journal, where all the stitching is exposed on the spine.

You'll notice the effects are a bit of a patchwork ... and that's exactly what they are! Small pieces of cotton sewn onto a thin piece of cotton sheeting as a base, different shapes and sizes - and then OVER STAMPED with simple blocky designs or with ink applied through stencils.

What have I used, you might ask? Ink suitable for fabric - if you like using an inkpad, try VersaCraft (which you can also smoosh through stencils). Or what about fabric paint by Speedball (available only in our shop - so email or phone if you would like to know more). To use this paint, squeeze a bit on an old plate or a tile, and apply with a sponge or a brayer.

Alternatively, try Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash dye ink spray (but be really careful or you might cover more fabric than you'd intended to, lol).

Iron Bondaweb or similar on the back of your finished piece, then iron onto bookboard or chipboard - or use PVA glue (a small amount spread onto the board - too much, and it will show through the fabric). Once dry, bind your book as normal, using your favourite method.

Fabric books really are a little bit special - or why not use your stamped fabric pieces for bags or cushion covers as well, while you're at it ...

Have fun!

Sunday, 3 May 2015


Copyright-free image from morgueFile

Well, I had to....saw this sweet little baby girl image, and just had to use it!

Big congratulations to William and Kate!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

REMINDER: Chris's class on 9th May

Just a quick reminder to book Chris's wonderful masterclass on all things involving foils and gilding flakes on 9th May.

These are just a few things you can do with stamps and stencils...

Aren't they fabulous?

If you've ever wondered how to achieve these amazing effects, this class will show you how. Full details here.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Freyja's samples for her Metal Masterclass

Note the bottletops and the soldered glass slide! Wow!

Aren't these FABULOUS! Freyja has absolutely excelled herself with these samples. I love them!

Want to be able to do this yourself? Then you'd better hurry, and book your place on Freyja's Tooling, Stamping & Colouring Metal masterclass on Saturday 16th May!

Yes, you CAN do this yourself - once you know how....

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Scrapbook class reminder - this Saturday!

Just a quick reminder that we're doing scrapbooking this Saturday at Blade Rubber!

This class is going to be a romantic, over-the-top one with loads of lace, vintage touches, ephemera etc, and will be 2 hours of totally self-indulgent FUN!

So bring a photo or two (selfies, vintage pix, baby pix or whatever) and be prepared to enjoy yourself.

More details here!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Fun tangle - easy to do!

Copyright Tiffany Lovering
Do you love doodling and colouring in?

Here's a fabulous video by Tiffany Lovering - really easy to follow, in case you are feeling nervous - showing step by step.

I'm always fascinated by zentangling and doodling, and this is actually so easy (although you wouldn't think so....)
So get out your Sharpies, ProMarkers, Copics, Spectrum Noirs - or your coloured pencils - and have fun.
Here's the link to Tiffany's blog, if you want to see more. I can't believe I've only just discovered her!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015



Just a little reminder - if you want to book Freyja's fabulous Transparent Art masterclass, you'd better be quick, because it's this Saturday! (28 March).

If you want to know all about transparencies, windows etc - then this is for you! More details here.