Thursday, 14 March 2019

under the influence of art deco - new designs

I'm very much a fan of prints and styles from decades past, particularly from the 1920's - 1950's. I recently looked back at architecture, furniture design and the modern styles that became poplular in the 1920's when Art Deco began. 

The simplicity and sleek lines were like nothing seen before and a truly modern way of living. To this day many of the styles still have an edge to them and remain immensely popular.


I was influenced by the lines and styling of this period while working on my two new designs Tulip and Diamond. I think I have captured the essence of the movement while creating a modern interpretation. I wanted to keep a softness to the finished design and they have turned out beautifully. I hope you'll agree and enjoy incorporating these into future projects.

I have started a new project, the tulip design was screaming to be stitched into and is a wonderful template to create your own embroidery. I began with simple seed stitches to add some colour to the tulips and I was going to do a different stitch on each flower, but the simplicity of these really appealed so I continued. 

These will be available in my Etsy shop soon, I'm sold out of some of the options after the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show and I'm waiting for a fabric delivery so I can reprint.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

I'm excited to be returning to The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia this year. I'll be bringing along some new designs, which I'll be sharing with you very soon.

I'm currently printing, heat setting, putting together sample packs and generally adding to my 'to do' list every day. These events are always so enjoyable but there's an enormous amount of prep beforehand. 

If you're coming along you'll find me on stand H72, if you're booking your tickets use the code SPRING126 to make a small saving.

This bundle is the February selection for Fabric Club, but any spares will be available at the show as single panels. 

My shopping list is already very long, I'm particularly looking for a cotton yarn to make this jumper, after I saw Gillian's version, I hope I get chance to find something!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

slow stitching

I've really taken to slow hand stitching over the last year, the rhythm, the connection, the imperfection.

Repetition and exploring the cloth, simply going with the flow, keeping the colours to a minimum and letting the texture of each simple stitch be enough. It's been a liberating experience and fitted in well with a challenging year. 

The many ups and downs of life  can be tough, and sometimes just changing our habits in the smallest ways can be enough to get us through to the next chapter, one stitch at a time.

These are made from offcuts and misprints that I can't bear to throw away. I have patched them together to create a simple piece, basted it onto cotton quilt batting and hand stitched into the patchwork. Sometimes with just a few sparing stitches, others with dense running stitch to create a wonderful texture.

These are mini pieces that I've hung as display work, but they would make beautiful placemats. As they're made of scraps there's no need to be precious about them if the become marked with wear. 

Love them and enjoy them, surely that's why we create.


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

print and stitch part 2

I've continued to work on the project I started last January, printing and hand stitching linen squares. Each square is a new canvas and I approach it with no vision in mind. I'm led by my mood to choose a colour and pattern and I'm enjoying the freedom of play with this, I don't need to consider repeats and I let the design evolve naturally. Once the ink is dry and heat set I can begin the hand stitching, most of them are fairy simple, the patterns are quite bold and an uncomplicated stitch brings the piece some harmony.

My intention was to make a quilt with them all, I think this will still be the case, I just need to work out how to make it a little calmer. There's a lot going on here.

Perhaps sashing with some coloured linen would help, I feel the squares need some space to breathe.

The lighter colours look great in real life, though they're very tricky to capture in a photo.

I may make a couple of quilts, I'm not sure I could handle all these colours and patterns in one piece.

I will continue to make up squares as I'm really enjoying the process and starting something without a plan has been very liberating. Even though it is creating a challenge to make something cohesive with such a varied selection of squares, I hope to be able to pull them together to create something pretty special in time. 
If you're on instagram, you can follow the progress of this project with the hashtag #cmprintandstitch

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


It's true that I have a love / hate relationship with sketchbooks. I love to draw and sketch in them but often don't find the time, yet doodle on envelopes endlessly instead. 
Last year I began a 100 day challenge to fill a page in my sketchbook each day. I didn't even make it half way. You can see the results here.

I tend to have on / off phases with sketchbooks, which is crazy, it should be part of my daily practice.
So I have started to do just that, I'm making sure I spend just 15 minutes a day making patterns, drawing and experimenting.

I'm currently using black ink only, to limit my 'faffing' and trying to create the perfect image with the perfect colour combinations. I waste a lot of time overthinking work in a sketchbook, which is entirely what a sketchbook shouldn't be. It should be free, experimental, a visual diary, inspiring.

Looking at what I've created so far I have a long way to go at loosening up and experimenting. I think I need to play with different inks, collage, scale...  so much to try out.

I'll post updates on instagram as well as on here. I'm looking forward to this!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

our 52 week project - print and stitch part 1

As the new year began I was looking for a project to commit to, which wouldn't leave me stressing to hit deadlines, but would push me creatively. I came across the #our52weekproject on Instagram which was started by Brooklyn Haberdashery. It was just what I needed, you set your own project and the only commitment is to post an image on Instagram once a week using the hashtag. Perfect.

My project is to print and stitch into linen squares measuring 30 x 30 cm. I'm keeping it simple, I don't know how many I'll complete, I don't have a plan of how they will look. They will most likely become a quilt.

This print was stencilled using the waste you get from sticker sheets, (these were from Moo stickers) I did a tutorial for this way back here

I'm keeping the stitching really simple, so far just running stitch. Hand stitching into linen feels so luxurious, I'm really enjoying the time spent on this project.

More stencilling this week, introducing a second colour.

So many possibilities with this project, it's very freeing to work on this with no restrictions and no pressure. 

If you'd like to join in, find #our52weekproject and start sharing your creations.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Missoni Inspiration

Back in the summer I went to the Missoni exhibition at The Fashion and Textiles Museum. The friend I went with was a huge fan, I'm not so keen, but a day out with a friend, textiles and lunch is always a winner.

Ottavio Missoni

However, I was blown away by this exhibition. I came away completely inspired and loved the different ways colour was used to convey pattern and structure. There were a lot of paintings, some by Ottavio Missoni, which were bold and breathtaking. 

Nino Di Salvatore 'Struttura Spaziale'

Gianni Monnet 'Construzione'

Giacomo Balla 'Linee forza di mare'

I came away wanting to create on many different levels and I actually wanted to paint. This isn't like me at all, painting and I aren't a good combination. But the desire was there and I did go home and get out my inks and played around in my sketchbook. 

I will definitely be experimenting with colour and shapes more in my future quilts as a result of this exhibition, the movement and flow of these painting have inspired me to try some more curved piecing.

Friday, 6 May 2016


I've been working on some quilt blocks lately, so it's high time I did a little round up here.

This is a WIP I found yesterday, I'd forgotten all about it, so it was a very happy find. I'm Engish Paper Piecing this, though I found it is a free Robert Kaufman Paper Pieced Pattern. I like to have some hand sewing to do when I'm at events and this was my winter project, which got put aside over Christmas and forgotten about. 
It's very deco and quite striking, I'm going to enjoy continuing with this. It's got me thinking about a monochrome deco quilt, I think I need one.

This block is for a community project which has been organised by Hillary of Entropy Always Wins. The quilt is being made for Merel (@merel_birdblocks on IG), who lives in Amsterdam and has suffered a bleed around her spinal cord. She has limited movement in her legs but is already making progress. You can read more about the project here. The way in which the quilting community comes together to offer support and encouragement is one of the reasons I love quilting so much.

This block is based on the charming work of Kajsa Wikman it was such fun to make, I used some Libery scraps for the birds and fell in love with free machine embroidery again. It's been a long time since I last did any and I'll definitely be incorporating some into a project soon.

These two quilt as you go blocks are for the Siblings Together block drive they are quick and fun to make, so if you have the time I know they would appreciate your donation. 

Siblings Together is a charity that runs summer camps for children that are separated by the care system, they come together and get to play and spend time with each other just like other siblings. At the end of the camp each child gets to take home a quilt, which will remind them of their time spent at the camp, and the good times they had with their sibling.

This year the quilt group are hoping to reach their target of 100 quilts and are just past the half way point. If you can donate a block or two, or even better a whole quilt it will help enormously. 


Sunday, 1 May 2016

Me Made May 2016

It's May again, and time for Me-Made Made 2016! I love this challenge, whilst I do wear something handmade most days I often tend to wear the same things in rotation, this challenges me to look at my wardrobe as a whole and dig deeper to find forgotten items. I'm thinking in particular about accessories - I often overlook them, so this May I will be donning scarves and brooches in abundance!

This is my pledge and I will try and do a round up each week of my progress.

'I, Colette of / ColetteMoscrop on IG, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear something I have made each day for the duration of May 2016, I often forget about the accessories - I need to dig them out! I also plan to make at least two new items of clothing during May.'

Are you joining in? I'd love to hear about your pledge!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

vintage pledge make #1

I've been busy working on a few commissions, but have managed to squeeze in a little sewing time for myself. My first make was the Flared Skirt from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I added the pockets with a flash of colour from Kaffe Fassett, because I love a dress or skirt with a pocket.

It's the perfect everyday skirt, a bit of swish but not too fancy. I can see a cotton one for summer being made soon.

Then onto my Vintage Pledge Make #1, the blouse from Simplicity 3688 1940's retro pattern. I'm on a mission to increase my vintage inspired wardrobe and this was a great top to start with.

I used a deep cherry crepe, which hangs beautifully, though I think it was a little heavy for this blouse as the slightly odd pleats in the front waist don't drape too well. The fabric was a remnant that I got for £3, so this was a super bargain too.

This is a very quick make and I think I'll make another in a  Liberty print as it will drape beautifully. 

Not sure what's on my cutting table next, so I'd better get rummaging through those patterns and work my way through some of that fabric stash.