I will be updating the shop this evening, more boho looks and vaguely mori girl inspired outfits, plus pinafore and Wendy dresses.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Felt is a marvelous substance, Josef Beuys used felt in a number of works, for which aspect I love him. On drum cymbal stands, it protects the cymbal from cracking and ensures a clean sound, you can make it into hats and it keeps nomadic peoples warm and dry, and yet it comes from the soft and lovely wool of a sheep and can also be soft and delicate and used in needlework, and to make tiny coats for little dolly people.
This week I have been having more fun with felt, some more coats, some embroidery and some scarfy pieces too. The felt I have is so lovely that it is unlike any felt I have used before, it is much softer than the normal stuff you get in craft shops, and I think it is hand dyed so that the colour is soft and variable too.
Monday, 16 January 2012
Hay on Wye, is one of my favourite places. I love the drive through the Brecon Beacons to get there, with the sweep of the mountains and the windy road past the resevoirs. This saturday was extra lovely as the further we got into the country the frostier and colder it got. The trees were covered with a modest dusting of frosty negligees making them look really beautiful.
Apart from the obvious attraction of more books than you can ever hope to read, Hay on Wye has some of my top shops as far as clothes and nicknackery goes too. But, by far the most beautiful is The End at 20 Castle Street, which is a fabulous film set of forgotten stories, a cross between a cabinet of curiosities and Miss Havisham's boudoir. The owner, Marina Rendle has stripped the decor back to reveal layers of old paint and wallpaper on wood panelled walls and so all the strange objects seem like archeological finds or something left behind from long ago.
She has the most curious antiques and medical wall charts alongside ancient dresses and french linens, but I always love the odd creatures in glass domes by Annie Hutchingson, who makes the most wonderful and unsettling stuffed toys with animal heads and costumes of an exquisite faded glory.
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Hopefully if the day is not too dark I will be able to take some photographs and update the shop tomorrow. Monday will also be a big posting day now that my new cellophane bags have arrived. Some more 70's inspired outfits and some classic moshi-moshi too.
Friday, 6 January 2012
A strange time of year is January, it feels quite sleepy, even though the impetus is to make new starts etc. Somehow this always feels like the deepest bit of the winter, the weather is grey and sunless, and it is still a long way till spring. I'll just keep stitching, and the beautiful new fabrics from Liberty will remind me of spring flowers to come.
Monday, 2 January 2012
We have been preparing over the Christmas holiday and a little bit before for a special year. It is 40 yrs since the birth of Blythe, so here at the moshi factory the elves and me thought we ought to do something to mark such a momentous occasion. So we have come up with "the spirit of '72", which is a range of moshi goodness inspired by the fashion of that momentous year, in all it's loveliness. Hope you will like it, Happy Anniversary Blythe! In the shop 5pm, British time!