Sunday, 19 April 2015

Jane Austen Cookbook

Here is another of my recent projects - a book of six recipes, in both their Regency and modern forms, drawn from the novels of Jane Austen. Each recipe includes the extract of the novel in which it appears, as well as a custom pattern – a modern take on the sprigged muslins and patterned wallpapers of the time.

Each text extract is encapsulated within a smaller, inset set of pages, reflecting the form of the novel and also the way in which food is used as a metaphor by Austen. Throughout her books no detail of food or eating is ever incidental; it is always used pointedly to illustrate character or to carry subtext.

This project owes a debt to Maggie Lane's Jane Austen and Food for explaining many of those (to me) hidden meanings!

Sunday, 12 April 2015


These last few weeks I've been busy working away on my new website, with lots of new personal projects up on it. I think I'll show you a few of my favourites, starting with this cloth book Soft/hard which was inspired by Louise Bourgeois, and I wrote about it here.

I really enjoyed the thoughtful, quite meditative process of the stitching, and am pretty pleased with the results. I used a very stiff double-sided iron-on interfacing to help give form to the pages, which feels nice but if I was to do it again I would use single-sided stuff. The way the canvas clings around the stitches makes them quite lumpy-bumpy looking, which is fine, but you know – live and learn!

You can see more images of the project here.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter weekend - and a discount

Hot cross buns, spring cleaning, more hot cross buns, and giving the poor neglected houseplants some much-needed attention. Happy Easter, if that's your thing, and happy nice long spring weekend otherwise! 

To celebrate, I'm offering 20% off in the shop today and tomorrow, just use coupon code SUPERDUPEREGGS at checkout.

Thursday, 19 March 2015


My wonderful friend Ayla brought me these matchboxes back from Japan. I particularly love the sweet, block-colour simplicity of the vintage ones (top).

That vegetable? fruit? in the bottom one intrigues me - if anyone can let me know what the type says to shed some light on what it might be I'd very interested!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

More patterns!

After Sunday's post, I went to my etsy favourites and these were the top three new items from my favourite shops. Hows that for synergy, eh? Matchy mismatchy. This is pretty much my project in clothes and home furnishings...

1, 2 and 3.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Work in progress

Some patterns I've been creating for a current project, which will hopefully be finished soon. Here's a clue to the subject: white soup. That's all I'm sayin'...

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Oh, where have I been all week??! It's been so busy, but in a very good way. Please, then, forgive these lazy instagrams...

A couple of pics from my birthday on Saturday (such a great day!), plus a new print in our bedroom from shedquarters (lovely little shop, check it out).

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Just kidding! Happy Valentine's day, if you're into that, and happy Saturday, if you're not!

(PS, feel free to print and give to your loved one...)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Buddy & Bear

Those of you with little ones - or little ones' gifts to buy - how cute are these?! That babygro is so smart, even if it's carol-based it'd make me smile all year round (plus such great type!). All from Buddy & Bear.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015


Some experiments with stitches and shapes, part of a new little project which began here.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l'eau

I sent myself an email in May (MAY!) of last year with a link to this fascinating book, meaning to share it here because it's so beautiful and, well, OLD. Here we are, eight months later, and I am finally getting round to it!

This wonderful thing was painstakingly put together by a Dutch artist called A. Boogert in 1692 - almost 800 pages of handwritten and handpainted investigation into the precise mixing of colour and pigment. It's just the sort of thing that pushes my buttons! Colour blocks... so simple (and familiar to us now) but so visually pleasing.

All of the pages have been made available to view here (what a fantastic resource, no?) and there's some good information on it in this post by medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel here. Thanks to this post for reminding me!