New best friend/beast

So, no sooner than I started a blog than I took a huge break from it. Whoops. In my defence, it’s been a crazy couple of months.

I’ve been looking for a new job for a while now,  as I’ve worked at engage for nearly 8 years and really felt that a change was in order. Well, change is a comin’, as from 14 May I’ll be working at the Electoral Reform Society! Quite a move away from the arts, but the ERS’s mission is to reform the electoral system in the UK to ensure everyone is fairly represented, and I think I’m going to really enjoy working with them towards this aim. Their activities include campaigning for the Single Transferable Vote, and working with other organisations such as the Fawcett Society to increase women’s voice in politics.

Despite the silence on the blog front, and all the job applications/interview prep time etc, I have keeping busy on the making front. I love the PurlBee blog for quick, fun projects, and their patterns were used to create some new friends for our living room. My sister Jess, who blogs at, inspired me to pick up my knitting needles having created the wonderful Owlgot for herself (pictured below, next to a half-created Archimedes, who is a welcome addition to our home). I went for the sister-creature, a rather large beast of a rabbit, who I have named Romily.


Incidentally, the patchwork cushion was created after I was inspired by a photo posted by Abi of SewYou Handmade – I had a go at copying how I imagined it was made; no sooner than I was finished than a blog tutorial appeared anyway, so I could have saved myself some thinking time… Anyway, it’s a great idea of hers, and I think the result is lovely. Definitely a good way to use up scraps of fabric, and it reminds me of many past projects at the same time.

Um, what else have I been doing… Oh, I made another Peony! (Colette Patterns). This one is probably my favourite, made from the uber-cheap fabric found during my Brighton weekend. Can’t argue with a dress costing less than £20 total to make.


Last but not least I spent a fabulous day at Fibreworks in my hometown of Chipping Norton learning to needle felt with the lovely and uber-talented Gretel Parker. I worked with Gretel for a short while at Waterstones in Oxford, back before I moved to London and before she had become so renowned as a needle-felter. Gretel has blogged about the day here, and here’s a photo of the little postie bird I ended up making. Image

I hope this mega-post makes up in slight for the gap in writing. Another plus side to the new job is that it’s a mere 30 minute commute from home, so I’m hoping that my evenings will now be longer and more making-filled. I’m also planning to start using Pinterest in earnest, to collect design and craft inspiration, and start designing more of my own things, rather than just following patterns.

But before all that we’re off to Toronto tomorrow for a 5 day stay with family and then 6 days in New York with a friend! I’ve already sought out the fabric shops and am fully expecting to come back laden down with pretty goodies. Hurrah!