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27.6.13

RAINBOW FEET

Big, bold and bordering on the ridiculous, I just can't get enough of the ultrasonic sneakers I keep seeing on the feet of the little kids over here. Athletic runners, re-worked hi-tops and mid-profile dunks have all been given Rainbow Brite makeovers. The key to super fresh footwear is vivid blocking of both materials and colour; suede, metallic, gloss, print and high contrast colourways work side by side. Great for late UK summer-into-autumn, or perfect for Sydney's winter climate, they look A1 worn with skinny jeans or leggings. Here are my global top picks. Some of these are currently in the sales; grab them while you can!

19.6.13

UP WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR

From time to time you happen upon something that just takes your breath away; the sort of thing that you want to stick on your wall, immediately. These photographs by Laurent Chehere are just that.

Quiet and whimsical, they hit us with an array of nostalgic references; from Mary Poppins's kite-flying to Caractacus Potts's hut in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Dorothy's tornado-swept house. These modern depictions of Parisian homes, suspended in the clouds, are quite simply the bee's knees. Love, love, love.

Le Linge Qui Seche
Le Ballon Rouge
A Vendre
Harmonie

16.6.13

FAMILY-IN-AN-ENVELOPE

This project was the next best thing to being able to fly home for Father's Day. It was pretty funny to make, and what's not to like about a near life-size wall poster of us landing on your doorstep? It's certainly a lot less noisy than the real thing.

Happy Father's Day. Thinking of you xxx


A4 print-outs:


Logan said he's giving 'her' a hug:



Original family photograph by Robert Adam.

11.6.13

SUPER SIBLINGS

Returning to the topic of felt, what do you give two small children when their long awaited baby sister arrives? That's right; felted super hero eye masks. Of course.

I discovered Morris & Sons last week. What a treat. It's a crafting heaven tucked inside four gorgeous old walls, over two floors. It's not necessarily the cheapest, but it's stock is sublime and well worth the extra pennies. It includes woollen felt, hand-dyed in a wide range of covetable shades from pea green to lavender grey and brushed mole. Here's what I chose:


I played around with a few eye mask shapes, from batman to bandit to geek, settling upon a couple of variations on the classic 'flame-tipped' design, with a nod to Dame Edna. Here's a How To:


You'll need two colours of felt for each mask. Pin the template to one of the pieces and cut around it.


Remove the template and apply glue to the back of the felt shape. Glue* it to the second piece of felt, flatten under heavy books and allow to dry.

*Don't glue too close to the edges as this will make it difficult to sew through when the glue has dried.


When dry, use the top glued-on mask shape as a template (see above). Carefully cut around it so that you end up with a double layered eye mask. 


To attach the elastic to the mask (a 25-30cm length is about right to fit around a child's head), you'll first need to add felt 'stoppers' to each end of it (see below), to stop it slipping out from between the two layers of felt.


Once the stoppers are knotted onto the elastic, insert them between the two felt layers at the correct point to get the mask to sit across their eyes. Glue in place and allow to dry. All you need to do now is blanket stitch around the edges to finish, making sure you stitch through the elastic to further secure it.


Two fully-reversible super hero eye masks. I added some decorative stitching because I just couldn't leave them alone, so they're now a bit more gay pride than intended, but great for multi-use fancy dress.


Product trials.


The below photograph was taken the day before he welded Blu-Tack into his fringe at school, and cut it out while the supply teacher's back was turned. He looks really cool now. Really he does.


Background paper from Smiggle.

4.6.13

A BLANKET FIT FOR A BABY

With a month to go before the arrival of my newest nephew/niece, I bought a pair of 4mm knitting needles and hunted down just the right baby blanket pattern. The Purl Bee provided the most perfect of designs, complete with instructions, while I selected a range of soft, machine washable wools, inspired by Sydney's autumn ocean sunset.

Palm Beach, Sydney

This was as straightforward a knitting project as they come; garter stitch from start to finish. All you have to do is change colour every 20 ribs (every 40 rows). 40 rows, each with 130 stitches, is the maximum number of rows possible from a single 50g ball of 8ply wool with 4mm needles. Just so you know, and don't run out half a row before you finish a section, like I did.


When focused (frenzied knitting in an attempt to get it finished in time), I managed a colour a night; this gives you an idea of timescale if you want to have a go yourself.


Testing...


Background artwork by Angela Keoghan for Frankie Magazine.