Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!
Mandie Lowry is an illustrative artist from Belfast who has created some stunning items of upcycled furniture for ReFound. Her imaginative use of materials has seen biro, chalk paint and danish oil employed to create her pieces. Mandie has put together a fabulous tutorial for Patchwork Quill readers to create their own Record Stool. You… Continue reading ReFound Makes: Mandie Lowry’s record stool
Mandie Lowry is an illustrative artist from Belfast who has created some stunning items of upcycled furniture for ReFound. Her imaginative use of materials has seen biro, chalk paint and danish oil employed to create her pieces.
This month's ReFound Makes gives a glimpse into the work of Nuala Maguire, a Belfast-based artist who specialises in upcycling and sustainable products. She trained in footwear and accessory design and now works as a costume designer, as well as making stitched, crocheted and knitted cushions, bags, cards and accessories under her Bluebird Belfast brand.… Continue reading ReFound Makes: Nuala Maguire
This month's ReFound Makes gives a glimpse into the work of Nuala Maguire, a Belfast-based artist who specialises in upcycling and sustainable products.
Better late than never, that's what I always say. I do have my reasons... on Monday, my lovely boyfriend surprised me with a lovely meal in a lovely restaurant, as it was our third anniversary (happy face), on Tuesday I had a migraine all day (sad face), and yesterday - well, yesterday I lay down… Continue reading Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag
I received this lovely book, The Perfect Handmade Bag by Clare Youngs as a present a couple of years ago and have never got round to trying any of the projects - until now. I spotted a great tutorial for a fold up shopping bag made from muslin, with a border made from a patterned teatowel.
The weekend before last, I visited Melanie Bond, who was hosting a pop up stall of her stunning handmade jewellery at Mexx in Bow Street Mall's Tempest department store. Melanie recently led some exciting jewellery classes in The Bead Shop in Lisburn - sadly I missed these but plan to keep an eye on her… Continue reading Monday Makes: Bead It – a simple ribbon and bead necklace.
A visit to jewellery-maker Melanie Bond's pop up stall put me in the mood for some jewellery making!
A friend recently showed me this picture of a cute fabric-covered noticeboard they bought from Avon. I loved it and straight away decided to make something similar (sorry, Avon!). The fabric-covered noticeboard seems to be a popular project, with many variations on the theme available online - but I decided to create my own, simplified version.… Continue reading Monday Makes: Take notice – how to make a fabric noticeboard