A giveaway of sorts….

You will all remember how much I enjoyed my hedgerow dress project I loved every part of the process & I think you all liked the end result? http://loutonkin.com/2013/04/09/hedgerow-dress/ Well since being back & even more inspired than ever I have been thinking really seriously about getting them made as a proper clothing line.IMG_4068

I have been looking into cloth- I think I can’t compromise on this as it’s really important to me that the fibre for the cloth & it’s production should be as sustainable & as local as possible so I’m waiting for a quote to get the cloth spun & woven in the UK (maybe even in Cornwall) using British wool. I’ve booked myself onto a screen printing workshop to make use of the print designs I’ve been working on for years (shirts to go next to dresses?, maybe dresses for little girls to go with bird stamped british wool cardis? so many lovely things to do!)

Anyway the thing that is quite unique to me is my fiddling about with designs & drawing on the wool, beautiful British birds, insects & flowers etc.. & although I have done this for a long time as art work & mending woollens it was quite a new experience for me to work with flat woven wool cloth- I of course loved how it worked with my dress & I was so proud to see it up there in the exhibition as part of the Organic Wool Wales Project but how does it last? I have been looking out for wool jackets in second-hand shops to work on to test it out..

IMG_5006 IMG_5008I put one on my facebook page today (above) so that I can work on them, wear them to see what happens to the felting…. Does it wear out? does it become even lovelier with a bit of wearing? Are the designs in the right place etc etc..I need to know all of this if I’m going to invest in it as part of my working future. This is where you come in…..

I found another wool jacket which I couldn’t resist because it was such rich looking wool in a lovely spring colour, I can’t wear them all at the same time so this one I’m going to give to one of you as part giveaway & part research project. but OBVIOUSLY you have to jump through lots of hoops to get it 😉 I need someone who will be able to wear it and let me know the results of this. I also want to see if it is generally thought of as a good idea, do people like my crazy birds?  so I want you to share it about a bit.

Anyway, this is the jacket (it is a second-hand jacket not a new one so it might have the occasional bobble or something)  I’ve tried & tried to get a better picture of the bluetit close up but this is the best I can do. It is size medium, a bit broad across my shoulders but I am kind of short..

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To enter the giveaway you have to like my facebook page, (it would be good to be able to keep in touch with the winner to find out how it works) & please could you share my picture which has the giveaway link so that I can get feedback from as many people as possible, also could you please leave a little note on the comments bit of the picture so that I know you have entered (names & comments will be written carefully on a piece of paper) & let me know why you would be the best person to test it out for me.

I’ll give you a couple of weeks, it’s half term next week which should keep me busy with other things os I will chose a winner after then.


It might just have been Summer today…

It is with some level of guilt & anxiety that I start work often in the mornings… the normal stuff like should I give this all up, is trying to make stuff really a way to earn money? I could go to work at a local supermarket for regular income (!?!)…. but this morning the sun was shining & I realised that considering the weather for the last year that today might actually be THE summer & that I needed to throw my guilt aside, arm myself with the cheapest set of watercolour paints Smiths can provide & go out & enjoy it, (I did make 2 felt bases for tea cosies first) which is exactly what I did, I sketched for HOURS- or at least until the school pick up & had such a splendidly smashing time!!

Back to it.

Well, we are at the end of our first week back in Cornwall & we are all having a pretty good time, the children are loving being at Marazion School, SUCH a nice school & everyone has been so welcoming & they can really appreciate it after their experience with schooling in Malaysia. I’m back to work in a little studio which is brilliant & I find myself smiling from ear to ear knowing I can just make stuff whenever I feel like it.

IMG_4825IMG_4829IMG_4831Also we have had some smashing little outings locally, there really is everything here- beautiful coves & beaches, lovely festivals & fairs. I went to the Helston Flora dance on Wednesday meeting friends, I took you some pictures & a little video of course. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7YhwhUEuhI

Stuff to do now; apply for the textile fair at Heartlands http://www.heartlandscornwall.com/ & prepare for the workshop with Kate Humble http://www.humblebynature.com/whats-on/view/848 & get working on lovely things that people might just want to buy off me?  Craft fairs might be a little bit more difficult this summer so I am going to have to rely on online stuff more, If anyone would like to share my facebook pictures every now & then I would be extremely grateful- it would be good to get my page back out there now after being away so long.

It’s great to have adventures but also very nice to be home x