It’s a big weekend for shoppers and so over on Instagram @heidiingramtextileart I have been promoting Justacard’s #indieweek and their campaign to encourage people to support small businesses, artists, designers and makers this Christmas.
So why not avoid the frenzy of Black Friday sales and instead wander along to some Christmas fairs, visit local independent shops or shop online from designers and makers to find some unique and original gifts. Cards, coasters, notebooks and notelets are available in my shop, too.
New stock has arrived! In the shop there’s now a lovely selection of gift items, including new design coaster sets, notelets and notebooks. These are also for sale in Dunbar Craft Studio along with my gorgeous handmade fabric storage boxes.
After six months of intense sewing to prepare for my exhibition last month, I’ve taken a short a break. Today I got back to action by making a storage box with this vibrant Hedgerow Birds fabric from Lewis and Irene.
Today I made a lined oilcloth storage box. A friend had asked if I could make something spill-proof to sit on a coffee table and contain the TV remote controls. I used up some leftover tablecloth fabric and lined it with a navy polka dot cotton. Sewing the fabric on the reverse side was straightforward, using a jeans needle in the sewing machine. Getting the lining in was a big challenge as you can’t pin the oilcloth so I used paper-clips but they liked to slide out. The top stitching was hard to get neat, because you have to add a layer of tissue or baking paper (also paper-clipped in) to help the coated fabric run through the machine.
Gorgeous storage box made today using this lovely Sophie Allport grey deer fabric called Highland Stag. I am keeping it for myself and have it stashed full of fabric scraps. I also made two fold-up shopping bags.
Foxy felt decoration design in development for beginner sewing techniques class starting in January at Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre. Basic sewing and some embroidery stitches with no hemming required!