Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Stencil Printing Workshop Fun!!

 A couple of weeks ago I taught a stencil printing workshop in the studio at  http://patchfabrics.co.uk/ to six lovely victims, I mean ladies ;) and it was brilliant and they all took to it rather well. Stencil printing is easy peasy and hardly takes any teaching and as long as you remember to not have too much ink on your brush and take your merry time it really is a lovely, relaxing and exciting way to print your own piece, whether that be fabric, furniture or pretty much anything you want to decorate...

Here's the lovely Christine stencilling an owl for her granddaughter :) 

Daisy print in beautiful colours by Gwen x 
The stencils came from searching free stencils on Google, there are loads and if you don't fancy cutting your own stencil there are some amazing designs you can buy online too :)

Debbie did some lovely butterflies using the blending technique :))

Sheona did the stag stencil with her own flower design and created some gorgeous overprinting. I really wanted the overprinted practise piece for myself! I later found out that she used it to make a dog poopy bag for her friend!! YES I gasped then fainted (a little bit nearly!!)

Viv created this lovely printed bag which I wanted to keep for myself, YES I wanted to keep them ALLL!!! x x

After practising printing Sheona decided to use these yummy colours to create a design for a cushion cover :)

And Angela made her stencil printed fabric into this stunning quilted cushion cover!!


And look what the notoriously modest Gwen made with her prints!! Look at the colourssss!!!
She also used one of my prints too which I am super happy about :)))

Look at the fancy pants quilting!! I love it and it is now sitting in my studio, she said I could have it and although I would bite her hands off for it I will give it back after showing the next lot what you can create with the perfectly simple art of stencil printing :))

Oh hello!! she even printed the back! stunning!! 

I f you would like to come and have some stencil printing fun I am doing another workshop on Tuesday 16th October 6-8.30pm at Patch fabrics. If you are in the area and interested in doing the workshop visit http://patchfabrics.co.uk/page/40242-wwwpatchfabricscouksewingandquiltingtuitioninlowestoftuk.aspx  where you will find all the details :) x x

Monday, 23 July 2012

The Little House Martin Studio!

I have been busy creating designs for my new collection of prints which I am now selling on my Etsy shop thelittlehousemartin.etsy.com and have been printing them in my new studio which is at the place I work at http://patchfabrics.co.uk/ My lovely boss Claire @ http://patchfabrics.blogspot.co.uk/ was kind enough to let me have the spare room in the shop to make into my very own *Littlehousemartin studio which I have since been making into a lovely space to print and create in :) x and it really is lovely, I am so lucky!! so here are a few peeks at my studio and some of my new printed fabrics :) x

I painted all of the walls white and the floor a willow green colour and I am slowly bringing in *pretties* to adorn the space and to bring lot's more colour and cosiness!!

This is my printing table which my good old pops made for me and it's just perfect :)

My very lovely cabinet where I store allsorts of goodies!

And this is where I will be keeping all of my printed wares! The prints on the bottom shelf are the new collection of prints :)

Here is a Melody Miller designed fabric which I put into an embroidery hoop and a wool cone which has my printed fabrics in turquiose green wrapped around it :)

My new home thelittlehousemartin studio :)......

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fanny's Bazaar!!

I have been really poor at updating my blog and I have many posts to follow this one but I thought that for my returning post I would share my love for colour, print and all things Bazaar!! I confess that I have battled with my identity when it came to knowing just what my actual design 'Style' is and this is because I feel I have such eclectic tastes in everything from music to fashion and basically I do just *LOVE* pretty much a bit of everything! and when I left college and was flung into the big wide world on my own I thought 'ok what is my style, what will my design brand look like'??!! And because I think that as a designer it is important to have a strong and memorable 'look' that people will know instantly that it was *you* who designed it. And knowing from looking at my college projects just how all of my work was soooo very different from one another (and still is now-ish!) I felt very frustrated and didn't know which way to go!! But with a little (Massmungus) help from my friends I realised that it was ok to be *Eclectic* and that it doesn't matter if my design style from one pattern to another are completely different because that's who I am and how I work (Eclectic, Dysfunctional, Daydreamy, and everything in between!!) so that was a relief to know!! So three (dithering, dillydallying) years later I am here and I have finally found what my design 'Style' is (or a style I have stolen to use to describe my 'Eclectismismnesses!!) and that is *BAZAAR* oooooooh!!! YESSSS I have a place where I might fit into!! so anyway after all that I am now going to add some Bazaar style pics that will show you what I actually mean and I hope you find them as inspiring as I do :) x x x x

So what is Bazaar style? well to me it is lot's of things like different Colours, Cultures, Era's, Patterns, Textures, Quirkiness, Vintage, Ethnic, New, Old and basically whatever you might like all thrown together! I also think it is quite a creative style using unconventional items to store things in or to decorate with, it goes on and on!! But I just think it's a happy,warm and fun style full of treasures!!

I love the colours and varied patterns all thrown casually together :)

It is so quirky and fun and you can be really creative with it x 

I would love to go to the market in Morocco! Just how amazing is this display!!

The use of colour and antique furniture and pictures is just lovely, it must take along time to collect all of these treasures! I have some which are being stored in my shed for when I one day have a house big enough to put them in but still I definitely do not have anything near as beautiful as this ....YET!!!

I think it is a *MAGICAL* style where anything goes :)

Look at this wallpaper!! I have to find out where you can buy this!!


Indian fabrics yumyumyum!!

I love the painted pictures on the wall especially the cat one it's so cute and cosy!!

:) :) :) :) :) 

Designs by Selina Lake so beautiful! x x



If like me you are loving the Bazaar style then here are two books that I think would be a good start to finding your very own Bazaar style :) x

And I have found an amazing Blog dedicated to the Bazaar style  where I will definitely be visiting daily!..

And they say... 
Bright Bazaar....because beige is boring... love it!!

Until tomorrow...BIGLOVE X

Friday, 14 October 2011

Today I have been mostly.....

Today I have been making treats out of my screen printed christmas fabric designs in lovely green. I have also been making christmas decorations..................<3

Bluetit hanging decoration :)


Tree's in christmas fabric designs, stars, snowflake and baubles x

Thursday, 13 October 2011

*More prints :)

Blue tit design in lush green :)

Flower print on reverse side. I have many more printed designs which I will be printing in blue and black and making into bunting too x

* New fabrics by thelittlehousemartin *

Yaaay I have my screens back from the screen making fairies and I am starting to print fabrics to make gift items for christmas which I will be selling on Etsy and at Craft fairs :)

My new designs are inspired by nature and I also have christmas inspired prints which I wil be making into bunting and tree decorations :)

This is my fav' design...Blue tit and tiny flowers in bright pink which I have made into a make-up bag x

This is the Deer design which is printed onto a natural calico shopping bag...<3

And here are my fav' lil purses in contrasting patterns :)

Stencil screenprint fun!!

I absolutely love screenprinting using paper stencils, it's easy, quick and sooo much fun!
This stencil print was created by laying the circle paper cuts onto white fabric then screenprinting the turquoise ink over the top, then I printed a stencil cut house in white ink on top of the turquoise :) x

This one was created by printing the stencil in white onto a scrap of vintage fabric...it's my fav' x