Thursday, 4 February 2016

Vintage Pledge

I have a fairly small vintage pattern collection, but I do intend to build it up! Though most importantly I need to actually use them and increase my me-made wardrobe.  

Which is where the Vintage Pledge comes in, hosted by A Stitching Odyssey and Kestrel Makes.

Seeing everyone elses finished items is sure to keep me motivated and help me find the time for some selfish sewing.

The appeal of the illustations on the pattern envelopes is often too hard to resist, the style and glamour they portray makes me long for days gone by. 

So, during 2016, I, Colette Moscrop, pledge to complete at least four new pieces using patterns from my vintage collection. The theory is that this will also help me to use up some of my fabric hoard and encourage me to only buy new fabric with a specific project in mind. Wish me luck with that part!


Saturday, 30 January 2016

print workshop round up

The print workshop that I ran with Ruby earlier in the month was a great success. As this was our first one we were a little apprehensive, but needn't have been. We had a lovely group of creative people eager to try their hand at screen printing on fabric and Gelli plate printing onto paper and card. 

Both of the techniques are very different and our students enjoyed creating their individual pieces with different mediums.

Gelli plate printing is a form of mono-printing. You can add texture to your prints using a combination of techniques, with which you can create multiple layers of colour and pattern. The uses for your finished designs are endless, greetings cards, bookmarks, gift boxes and tags can be made, or you can really work into a piece to create an original artwork to frame. 
Once you have gained confidence with your skills you can also print onto canvases or fabric, which opens up a whole range of new projects to print.
We screen printed using acetate stencils that I had pre-cut. On this small scale you can print the same design several times to build up a repeat pattern, arranging the layout to create an individual piece of fabric or tea towel. 

As time was limited during the workshop most of the students did a one colour print, but some added an additional colour by block printing. This is another technique for printing on fabric and is fairly simple, but very effective.

This wonderfully vibrant combination was created with two of the screen printing stencils.

We're busy planning our next workshops, so stay tuned if you'd like to come along and try out these printing techniques! 

Friday, 22 January 2016

make it - stash busting

I have started this year with a good stride and intend to make a large dent in my fabric hoard. There is so much of it, it's beyond ridiculous.

I have many unfinished projects and I desperately need to tackle them. I need to make up the patterns that I have bought, with the fabric that has been sitting there, oh so patiently and I need to finish things as I go.

First up is Little Misses quilt, which I started about two and a half years ago, gulp. This week I have basted it and it's ready to be hand quilted, yes I know this will take forever, but it will be beautiful and worth it in the end. 
I am making one for each of my girls and I have hand quilted Missy Big's quilt. It has a lovely texture and drape to it and is just waiting to be bound. They will both be finished before the end of the year, I promise!! You can read about how they started here.

These cushions were a super quick and easy make, the girls choose their fabrics ages ago and have been waiting... 

These neck cushions have also been in the pipeline for too long, so glad to have ticked three things off the list this week and made a (very) small dent in the stash! These were made using this pattern from QuiltMag. 

It has been very satisfying to start and finish things in a week, lets see if I can keep it up.  

Sunday, 3 January 2016

New Year - New Print Workshop!

Happy New Year! I'm so excited by all the things to come this year, I have plans to expand on my handmade wardrobe, new designs I'm itching to print up and many family adventures to be had.

2015 whizzed by in a flash of excitement and opportunity. I am so thrilled that the year was a turning point for my little business, thank you so much to everyone who bought from me, left comments and generally cheered me on, each and every one of you made my year! 

I have many plans for this year, the first one being a Print Workshop that I am hosting with Ruby of Gelli Arts Workshop London and this happens on Sunday!! You will get to try your hand at screen printing onto fabric and Gelli printing onto paper and card. It will be a fun packed afternoon where you'll be inspired and learn new techniques. New Year - New Skills!

I'm working on some new designs that you'll be able to print up onto a tea towel and fat quarter, more to come soon!

The workshop is at Harrow Arts Centre and there are a few spaces left, if you're interested, email me to book up!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Me Made May - part three

Me Made May was fun, and a challenge. I really enjoyed considering my outfit each day and I became very aware of the gaping holes in my me-made wardrobe. 

I need more basics, in solid colours that I can mix and match with other items. I love bright colours and bold prints, but they need toning down with solids.


This typewriter print fabric skirt has been a hit. My second make of the month, a simple pleated skirt but that fabric makes it look great, I can see it being over worn this summer. 

I made this Peter Pan blouse from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing in my third week. I had a soft cotton in my stash which has a subtle spot print, I paired it with some of my duck egg circles print on kona cotton for the collar. They work so well together and the vintage buttons I found at classic car fair matched perfectly.

My final make of the challenge was meant to be a skirt, but I hadn't considered that it was half term, so my plans changed and I just managed this bow belt, I don't have an outfit to go with it yet, so that may well become my next project!

This is a round up of the four items I made this month, I plan to try and make at least one new Me Made item each month and to continue to wear what I make more often. 

Thanks for sticking with me with all these tricky selfies! If you took part in Me Made May, has it influenced your future makes too?

Friday, 15 May 2015

Giveaway - 13 spools

Giveaway now CLOSED, thanks for entering!

As part of 13spools's Up and Coming Designer Program I'm giving away a set of 3 of my screen printed fabric panels. If you're visiting from 13 spools, hello and welcome. If you scroll through you'll see that besides screen-printing and designing, I love improv quilting and dressmaking. 

In Amy's latest post you'll see how she's paired up my fabrics with those already in her stash, I love how she's mixed them up! 
You can read my introduction here and find out more about my background and inspiration here.

Which colours would you add to your stash, juicy Raspberry?

Cool duck egg blue and stone, or maybe sunshine yellow? My Etsy shop has other colours and designs too, take a look - which are your favourites?

The lucky winner will be able to choose 3 panels of their choice from my Etsy shop. 

In return I'd like your opinion, I'm considering putting together sewing kits using my fabrics as I often get asked for them, is this something that would interest you, and if so what kits would you like to see? e.g. bag / purse, bunting, cushion making kits...? 

To be in with a chance you need to be a follower, either here on my blog (with GFC / Bloglovin / Feedly etc) or on Instagram (ColetteMoscrop) or Facebook and tell me what type of sewing kits (if any) are of interest to you. 

So to enter the giveaway leave ONE comment telling me where you follow me and what sewing kits would interest you (if any). If you're a no reply blogger please include your email address otherwise I can't contact you if you win!

The giveaway ends on Saturday 23rd May, 9pm UK BST.

Good Luck!

p.s. if you're not here from 13spools, pop over there and pick up the discount code for 15% off in my shop when you spend £10 or more!

Edited to announce the winner....

Thank you for entering and leaving comments, your thoughts on kits have been very useful.

Congratulations Sylvia, I'll be in touch and you can choose your fabric panels.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Me Made May - part two

I've been wearing something that I have made each day throughout May, as part of Me-Made-May this is a what I've been wearing so far. 

Day 5 is the boatneck top from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, a very quick make and easy to wear everyday top, I always get lovely comments when I wear it. 
Day 6 is my live-in-it denim A-line denim skirt and a Liberty print infinity scarf.

Day 7 is an A-line corduroy skirt with a Liberty print trim and a teal silk neck tie
Day 8 another boatneck top, which is the first make as part of this challenge. Worn with a swing skirt I made many years ago with a faux moleskin, this is such a versatile skirt and it's wearing really well.

Focusing on the details - an interesting trim can make all the difference and stamp your personality onto your wardrobe.

Day 9 a collar I made which is very sweet, but shifts about a lot, especially if you put a coat on, adds a nice accent to an outfit though
Day 10 Liberty bias trim on a Zoe top, a free pattern from Tesutti 
Day 11 Inside facing on the hem of the A-line denim skirt
Day 12 I printed duckegg hexadots on a lovely raspberry cotton and made an infinity scarf, love these colours together

This challenge is proving to be fun and inspiring, take a look at the flickr group, there are many women taking part and some incredible outfits. I just need to work out how to squeeze in some more sewing time to build upon this handmade wardrobe!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sew Mama Sew Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Sew Mama Sew giveaway. I really enjoyed reading about all the projects you have planned, in many cases multiple projects. You are a talented  bunch of ladies!

So onto the winner of this bundle of mini panels of my screen printed fabric...

Congratulation Dawn who is the lucky winner, I'll be emailing you for your address very soon!

If you didn't win this time, there will be another giveaway and a discount code for my Etsy shop very soon, so keep a look out!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Up and Coming Designer Program - and yes, that includes me!!

A while ago Amy Garro of 13 spools got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to be part of a new Up and Coming Designers program she was running. Of course I jumped at the chance, and I'm really excited to be featured over on her website this week.  As part of the series you can read about my background and inspiration over on the Craft Buds website.

Keep an eye on her website over the next few weeks, there are other designers featured in the program and it's always nice to discover new talent and add some original hand printed fabrics to your stash.

If you're new to Amy's website you'll find it packed with block and quilting tutorials, it's a real inspiration, I know I've seen plenty of projects I'd like to try!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Sew Mama Sew giveaway day

It's been a while since I last joined in with the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day, so I'm thrilled to be playing along this time.

Hello and welcome to old and new friends, if you're here for the first time, have a little nose around. You'll see that I love to screen print and sew, with dressmaking and quilting my current sewing obsessions. 

I'm giving away these 6 mini panels of my screen printed fabrics, most of which are availabe in my Etsy shop, though there are a couple of prints which are currently only available at the shows and markets I attend. 
This is a great way to sample my designs and incorporate some hand printed fabrics into your sewing projects. The minimum printed area is 23 x 13cm, most are a little larger. I use eco friendly water based ink, which is heat set to make these fully washable. I print onto natural fibres and this set contains 100% cotton and a cotton / linen blend. 

To be in with a chance to win, you need to follow me, either here on my blog (with GFC / Bloglovin / Feedly etc) or on Instagram (ColetteMoscrop) or Facebook.

You also need to tell me what will your next sewing project be, I know we all have a mile long list of projects to make, so tell me what's next on your list?

Giveaway ends on Sunday 10th May at 9pm UK BST.
I will pick a winner using the Random number generator.

So to clarify, leave ONE comment, telling me where you follow me and what your next sewing project is. If you're a no reply blogger, please leave an email address in the comment so I can reach you if you're the winner.

Good Luck!

p.s. if you're not lucky this time around there's another planned later in the month so stay tuned!

EDITED: if you leave more than one comment I am deleting the extras so that it's fair for everyone, one comment = one chance. Don't worry if I've deleted your email - I've made notes!

thanks for entering!