CRAFTING, PQ Q&A

The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery

Keeping with the theme of August Craft Month, the second PQ Q&A ¬†brings you the bold, colourful, larger-than-life creations of Co. Down jewellery maker Melanie Bond. Self-taught, she has been creating handmade jewellery for ten years, launching Melanie Bond Jewellery in 2010. Her pieces have been commissioned by celebrities, adorned catwalk models, and featured on… Continue reading The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery

PQ Q&A

The PQ Q&A: Melanie Bond Jewellery

Keeping with the theme of August Craft Month, the second PQ Q&A  brings you the bold, colourful, larger-than-life creations of Co. Down jewellery maker Melanie Bond.
 

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.

It's Tuesday, it's 8pm... and there is a massive hole of despair in the TV schedule that could only be repaired with needle and thread.The last time I so completely and utterly gave myself over to a television programme in this way, the year was 1991 and the programme was Knightmare.Fast forward 22 years (how… Continue reading All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3

It's hard to believe this is the penultimate episode of this wonderful little series! I am genuinely living in hope that once the winner of the first Great British Sewing Bee is crowned next Tuesday, lovely lovely Claudia tells us with a dazzling grin that series two begins the following week. Last week we said… Continue reading The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

Man, I feel like a-sewin’: Episode 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee.

I would apologise for the title, but I'm not one bit sorry - that's the best Shania Twain-related sewing pun you're likely to see all year. Tuesday 9th April brought the second installment of The Great British Sewing Bee and this week, we heard it for the boys - the first challenge (creating a pair… Continue reading Man, I feel like a-sewin’: Episode 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee.

Read of The Month

Magazine of the Month: Homes & Antiques

For those of you who actually remember the first (and last) Magazine of the Month, it has indeed been seven months since I launched my new so-called 'monthly' feature. Sorry to leave you waiting so long for the second installment, but I can assure you MotM is back to stay, and what better way to… Continue reading Magazine of the Month: Homes & Antiques

CULTURE

Mela Monday: Dancing toward the big day

I honestly can't believe this time next week, Mela 2012 will all be over. I'd be sad if I wasn't so excited! And this time next week, you could be sitting at home reliving the memories of this joyous festival - that you enjoyed with a free ticket thanks to The Patchwork Quill! ArtsEkta have… Continue reading Mela Monday: Dancing toward the big day