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Crafty Compendiums

Monday, March 7th, 2011

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Pile of vintage craft booklets

The Homemade Home was the subject of our most recent Bookmarks book review.

 

cover of a vintage craft booklet showing carved wooden animals

It brought to mind this pile of craft booklets we picked up at Huddersfield Fleamarket recently.

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden bull pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden fox

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden rhino pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden elephant

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden ram pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden seal

They’re from the Leisure Craft series.

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to do batik

page from a vintage craft booklet showing batik composition

There seems to be about 40 titles in the set…

page from a vintage craft booklet showing a cartoon type illustration of a person crafting

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do batik

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do batik

…covering a vast array of crafts & hobbies.

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to decorate glass bottles

page from a vintage craft booklet showing decorated glass jars

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to decorate glass bottles

…from familiar subjects such as fabric printing, enamel work and collage…

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to make clay items

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make clay candle holders

page from a vintage craft booklet showing handmade pot page from a vintage craft booklet showing handmade teapot

…to more obscure topics such as coconut craft & pipe cleaner figures.

page from a vintage craft booklet showing collection handmade pots

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to do collage

page from a vintage craft booklet showing felt lions

There’s been quite a resurgence in the upcycled, recycled, reworked & handmade in recent years…

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to do collage

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing an illustration of a parade of shops

cover of a vintage craft booklet showing how to make hand made jewellery

…but we’re yet to see throngs of people queueing up for the local coconut craft classes!

page from a vintage craft booklet showing crafting tools

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

The booklets are lovely actually…

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

cover of a vintage craft booklet showing how to use fabrics

…all dating from the late 60s & early 70s.

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do block printing

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do block printing on clothing

page from a vintage craft booklet on showing an illustrated book cover and red lamp with shade

There are lists of materials and clearly illustrated methods & techniques.

cover of a vintage craft booklet 'How to paint with Lacquer

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

page from a vintage craft booklet showing enamelware boat

The photographs of finished results are also fab…

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

page from a vintage craft booklet showing enamelware jewellery

cover of a vintage craft booklet 'Paper, Scissors and Paste

…with a very distinctive period feel.

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing an alphabet illustration

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing two figures for hanging keys

page from a vintage craft booklet showing peacock and three wise men illustrations

Our particular favourites are the Paper, Scissors & Paste and Batik booklets…

page from a vintage craft booklet showing nativity scene illustrations

page from a vintage craft booklet showing train and countryside scene

…oh, and that gorgeous little fabric booklet with the pram on it has to get a special mention!

page from a vintage craft booklet showing greeting card illustrations

cover of a vintage craft booklet 'Tinfoil Decorations

So, no excuses now… time to get crafty!

page from a vintage craft booklet showing tinfoil starbursts

page from a vintage craft booklet showing tinfoil decorations

P.S. Compendiums… compendia… we looked them up, both versions are usable however our spellchecker doesn’t like the latter!

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

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collection of postcards and business cards from artists & craftspeople exhibiting at Great Norther Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We spent Friday evening at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Spinningfields, Manchester city centre…

handmade enamelled copper nature-inspired figures by Janine Partington who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

…and a very pleasant evening it was too.

colourful handbuilt functional ceramics with hand cut stencil decoration by Ken Eardley who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

The fair expanded into two pavilions for its second year.

colourful handmade screen prints, etchings and lino cuts by Ruth Green who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

A great mix of ceramics, glass, metal, paper and textiles… from both new exhibitors and favourites from last year.

collection of slipware pottery by Hannah McAndrew who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

There were so many great stalls – we’ve just selected a few that caught our eye.

We’ll start with Jane Blease Design.

handmade bent plywood and threaded cotton lamps and artwork by Jane Blease Design who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

She uses plywood and threaded cotton to produce artworks, light shades and jewellery.

detail from a handmade bent plywood and threaded cotton lampshade by Jane Blease Design who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

It’s striking from a distance, then fascinating in the detail.

handmade bent plywood and threaded cotton jewellery by Jane Blease Design who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

A piece of Jane’s work was temptation number one and we’d only been in the marquee for a few seconds!

Moving along to &made,

cushions and cacti-shaped pin cushion from &made who exhibited at Great Norther Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Andrea Lord produces lovely hand-sewn pieces…

cushions and cacti-shaped pin cushion from &made who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

…her items simply & beautifully displayed.

cushions and cacti-shaped pin cushion from &made who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010cushions and cacti-shaped pin cushion from &made who exhibited at Great Norther Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Cushions, wall hangings and rows of gorgeous cacti pin cushions in their little terracotta pots!

cushion and cacti-shaped pin cushions in terra cotta pots from &made who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We mentioned Derek Wilson Ceramics in our post from last year’s fair.

handthrown functional porcelain tableware by Derek Wilson who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

His stand, filled with his beautiful and delicate porcelain, stopped us in our tracks again…

handthrown porcelain jug by Derek Wilson who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

….elegant, understated simplicity.

Ruth Green Design has proved another favourite with our blog readers – and a shot of her prints always rides high in our Flickr photo viewings.

colourful handmade screen prints, etchings and lino cuts by Ruth Green who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We lingered at her stall for a good while.

colourful handmade screen prints, etchings and lino cuts by Ruth Green who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Her prints, sold in limited edition runs, look fabulous hanging all together.

colourful handmade screen prints, etchings and lino cuts by Ruth Green who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

The Pear Tree, one of her  new designs, was another strong temptation!

You can always guarantee a striking display from Hannah Nunn’s Radiance Lighting

handmade laminated papercut lampshades by Hannah Nunn who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

…the warm cosy glow of her beautiful, nature-inspired shades…

handmade laminated papercut lampshades by Hannah Nunn who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

…the designs hand cut from paper and then laminated.

Adelle having a pit stop in the bar area at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Phew… time for a pit stop… a sit down with a glass of wine!!

First-time exhibitor Ken Eardley made the long drive up from Brighton where he has his studio.

colourful handbuilt functional ceramics with hand cut stencil decoration by Ken Eardley who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

His range of striking pottery with stylised trees, flowers & leaves was a real show stopper.

colourful handbuilt functional ceramics with hand cut stencil decoration by Ken Eardley who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Functional and beautiful – always a winning combination.

colourful handbuilt functional ceramics with hand cut stencil decoration by Ken Eardley who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

No doubt his work will be starring in lots of interiors magazines in the future!

The natural landscape strongly inspires & influences the work of enameller Janine Partington.

handmade enamelled copper nature-inspired figures by Janine Partington who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Trees, flowers, seed heads, birds and animals.

handmade enamelled copper nature-inspired figures by Janine Partington who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

She produces enamel panels, small sculptures and jewellery.

handmade enamelled copper nature-inspired jewellery by Janine Partington who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We’d love to stroll through a magical forest of her making.

Kent-based Maxine Sutton plays with imagery of familiar everyday domestic objects and the natural world.

hand-embroidered and printed textiles by Maxine Sutton who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Incorporating them into embroidered and printed textiles to produce a range of interior products.

hand-embroidered and printed textiles by Maxine Sutton who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

There were lots of eye-catching items on her stand.

hand-embroidered and printed textiles by Maxine Sutton who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We’ve got a standard lamp that would happily accommodate one of her large shades… and we just loved the coffee pot/cafetiere cosies with their Scandinavian feel.

The work of Sarra Kate is bright and effervescent – just like Sarra Kate herself!

colourful textile banners, cushions and greetings cards made from original collages by Sarra Kate who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Her stand called out to us from a long way away.

detail from a colourful textile banner made from original collage by Sarra Kate who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

She starts her pieces by making colourful collages which are then laser printed onto textiles and paper…

colourful  greeting cards made from original collages by Sarra Kate who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

…which go into making wall hangings, cushions and cards.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Hannah McAndrew, another of our favourites from last year.

collection of slipware pottery by Hannah McAndrew who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

This is where we finally gave into temptation.

collection of slipware pottery by Hannah McAndrew who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We admired her stand last year, filled with its mediæval-inspired slipware pottery.

collection of slipware pottery by Hannah McAndrew who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

This year we just had to take a few of her pieces home!

detail from slipware pottery jug by Hannah McAndrew who exhibited at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

We’ve concentrated on featuring homes and interiors products, but there was also lots & lots of fantastic fashion & jewellery – and if we featured any more this post would turn into a novel!

All the makers will be packing up and making their way home as we write this… so be sure to put the fair in your diary for next year!

Darn it!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

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vintage Frears "Tea Time" Christmas assorted biscuit tin

In our last post we talked about a pleasant little surprise we had when we opened an old tin… well it’s just happened again. We saw this lovely, vintage Christmas biscuit tin in our local Picture House Antiques today.

detail of vintage Frears "Tea Time" Christmas assorted biscuit tin

We’d already decided to snap it up for the tin alone. However, the price tag said that contents were included.

vintage Frears "Tea Time" Christmas assorted biscuit tin with its lid off showing its contents to be vintage darning materials

What a lovely surprise to find all this inside…

vintage darning mushroom, scissors and pocket darning kit

…everything you might need for a bit of darning…

set of 6 vintage bundles of darning wool in shades of green and yellow

…including tools and lovely old yarns.

collection of vintage Chadwick's darning wools

Almost looking forward to getting holes in our socks!!!

Follow a Pattern

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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collection of vintage 1950s-1970s fashion paper patterns

We bought a job lot at auction recently. Initially, it was the tray of kitchen utensils that caught our eye…

vintage 1950s "Le Roy" paper pattern of women's Capri pants and pedalpushers

… but, in amongst it all, was a large box of sewing paraphernalia…

mosaic of vintage 1950s Leachway paper patterns

… embroidery silks, cotton reels and dozens of vintage patterns.

vintage 1950s "Style" paper pattern for women's blouse and skirt

They date from the 1930s all the way up to the 1980s.

vintage 1950s McCall's paper pattern for women's "New Look" dress and jacket

There were lots of 1950s examples by Leach-Way and McCall’s including some fabulous ‘New Look’ ones.

vintage 1950s "Practical Patterns" paper pattern for a teenager's pajama set

vintage 1950s "Maudella" paper pattern of a bridesmaid's dress

There was this one for a bridesmaid’s dress if you’re into that complete DIY wedding!

vintage paper pattern for a men's shirt

and patterns for the boys!

vintage 1970 "Womens Weekly" paper pattern for an asymetric midi skirt and puff sleeved blousevintage 1975 "Women's Weekly" paper pattern for midi skirt, long waistcoat and flared trousers

These ones given away free with Woman’s Weekly are a couple of favourites – especially the asymmetric midi skirt and puff sleeved blouse.

vintage 1950s paper pattern given away with Woman's Own magazine

Free patterns with your weekly reading was a common thing at that time…

vintage paper pattern from the News of the World for a woman's blouse and midi skirt

…as these giveaways from Woman’s Own and News of the World show.

vintage 1970s Butterick paper pattern for women's shirt dress, tunic and trousers

Doesn’t everything about this Butterick pattern for shirt dress and pants suit just sum up the 1970s?

It’s been a real pleasure sorting through this particular box.

Cupcakes & Cordial

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

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Homemade cupcakes & cordial at the Snug Gallery open day in Hebden Bridge on Sunday 22nd August 2010

We spent a very pleasant, sunny Sunday afternoon in Hebden Bridge today…

view of the shopfront of Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

…including a visit to Snug Gallery on Market Street.

selection of photographic prints by Edward Chadwick, owner of Snug Galley, Hebden Bridge

We were invited to their “Cupcakes & Cordial” open day.

cushions by Calico Angel available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge prototype chair by Clinton Pilkington at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

It was a chance to say hello to owners, Ed & Yvonne Chadwick…

original canvas artworks by Kathryn Edwards available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

…and have a mooch around their recently-opened gallery shop.

tabletop display of various art & craft items available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

tabletop of various art & craft works available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge little porcelain bird ornaments made by Rebecca Callis and available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

The gallery features photographs by Ed himself…

ceramic jugs, pots & spoons made by Louisa Taylor and available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

…and some lovely, handcrafted objects by a variety of artists & designer makers.

Adelle of H is for Home at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge for their "cupcakes & cordial" event

Including &made, Calico Angel, Rebecca Callis, Kathryn Edwards, Ruth Green, Ikuko Iwamoto, Linzi Ramsden, Louisa Taylor and Sarah Thirwell.

shelves showing various art & craft items available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

a trio of small ceramic pots by Ikuko Iwamoto available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge trio of small ceramic pots by Ikuko Iwamoto available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

As well as the delicious cupcakes made by Yvonne’s fair hand, there were lots of other tempting things on offer!!

trio of small textile cacti pin cushions in terracotta pots made by Andrea Lord of &made available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

window sill in Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge showing various art & craft items available for sale

We left with a couple of small purchases – a hanging porcelain bird by Rebecca Callis – a perfect present for someone special…

range of ceramic tiles decorated with nature motifs made by Linzi Ramsden and available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge range of ceramic tiles decorated with nature motifs made by Linzi Ramsden and available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

…and a bit of self-indulgence in the form of a very cute strawberry brooch by &made.

original framed print by Ruth Green available at Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge is famous for its wealth of interesting indepedent shops & galleries…

various art & craft items available for sale at Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge

…and this gallery is a very welcome addition.

textile strawberry brooch made by Andrea Lord of &made bought from Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Here’s wishing Snug a bright future!

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