Monday, 23 April 2012

The lovely Mister Rob Ryan

I would say that Rob Ryan is probably my favourite designer ever!  His work is just so fun, quirky, and I could just look at it for hours.  He specialises in screen printing, drawing and paper cutting.  However he is most famous for his intricate and detailed paper cutting.  Every piece he creates tells a wee story and the detail he puts into his work is just amazing.  His portfolio of work is just astounding and has collaborated with lots of different designers, artists and company's.  


You can see more of his work at his website - 

When I went to London with my boyfriend I of course had to visit his shop.  I think we walked    for over an hour to get there, but it was totally worth it.  It was very difficult to not buy everything in the shop but eventually I settled on a lovely t-shirt.

He was even at Yorkshire Sculpture Park doing a signing for his new book - "A Sky Full of Kindness", but unfortunately I missed it and didn't get the chance to meet him, perhaps next time.

I recently purchased this tea towel from his Etsy shop.  Isn't it just beautiful?  I'm not entirely sure it will be used to dry dishes, maybe it could be framed or just be in the kitchen for decoration. 


I also have a few of his books but the next item I'd like to own is this gorgeous vase, it just makes me smile when I see it :)

Dittery Dot

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Family Ties

During my last year of University I decided to do my final exhibition project on family.  The project was called Family Ties.  Please find more photographs in the Gallery section of my blog :)

For each family member I created a memory box, doll and canvas.  This one is my Grampy's box.  I will Start from the bottom of the box and work my way up explaining each box.  My Grampy loves to collect stamps and has a huge collection now.  He is an avid reader with knowledge on just about everything.  He likes to write letters and watch the ladybugs in the garden.  He loves to grow plants and spends hours in the greenhouse.  Inside each box is a poem, a picture, a small object and word that they always say.  Each is hand sewn and embroidered. 

Each family member has a doll too, which have their name sewn on them somewhere.  Fabric was chosen carefully for each doll and I used lots of silk and cottons.  I went on a special doll course to learn how to do it properly.  Once you know how to make them the possibilities are endless.

Canvases were also made for each family member.  In this picture you can see mine.  I have a charm bracelet which has all my childhood charms on it, a story about my sister and a hand sewn photograph of my sister and I.

Hope you enjoy reading about this project and that the pictures make you smile.

Dittery Dot

Friday, 20 April 2012

Suspended On A Line

In my second year at University I did a project called "Suspended on a Line."  I looked at washing lines, how clothes hung and how their shapes would change in the wind.  I have uploaded a gallery (with some assistance from my lovely boyfriend), which has more images from this project and the finished canvases that were created.  So please go and have a nosey :)

I looked at all kinds of pegs - plastic, wooden, ceramic.  How they have evolved from simple wooden shapes to spring loaded plastics.  I used a combination of plain, patterned and my own printed papers to collage.  And machine and hand embroidery to create the drawings.

Here is one of the three final canvases I made, you can find the rest in the gallery section on my blog.  This one is simply called "Granny hanging out her washing."  Isn't my wee Granny bonnie? :P  Cotton and  vintage silk fabric was used in all my final canvases, as was machine/hand embroidery and vintage ribbons.  This gave my work a vintage feel but with a modern twist.

Dittery Dot

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Kiss, Mwahhhh!

My cushion pads arrived yesterday! Hooray :D  
I bought them from this website -  It's a fantastic website where you can purchase all sorts of different sized cushion, duvets etc. You can even get things custom made and the prices are quite reasonable. 
So here it is my finished Kiss cushion.

The bobble trim was very difficult to machine sew, as I had to keep checking I wasn't catching the wrong bit, but it was worth it in the end.  Now I just need to get cracking with the accompanying cushion, Hug.

Only got my outline done at the moment but I will put up another picture when I'm further along.

Dittery Dot

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Free Thread! Yay!!

The new issue of Cross Stitcher came out today, yay :)  It has lots of lovely projects this month. My favorite chart so far is the make, do and mend wall hanging.  So many projects, so little time.

In the "Your Letters" page my love heart button box was printed :D  This is the first time I have had anything chosen and I am pretty pleased about it.

I used Anchor threads in all different colours and carefully stitched the phrases.  Once that was done it was just a case of stitching them onto my background and framing it.  In case you would like to make your own buttons the patterns is from "Irresistible Gifts To Cross Stitch" Bookazine.

Here is a better photo of my button box.  It was an anniversary present for someone special :) (and he loved it)

I even won some free thread so I will be able to make even more cute buttons!

Dittery Dots

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Hello From Dittery Dot

Hello there,

My name is Hazel, you can find out a bit more about me on my story page, and this is my first ever blog post (eeek!)

Where do I start? Well I thought I'd show you what I have been working on lately.  

This is one of the three Emily Peacock tapestry kits that I received for Christmas.  It has taken me around 2/3 months to do.  I like to have something to do while the TV is on and I find it relaxes me when I sew.   

You can find more kits on her website -  

All I have left to do is to order my cushion and sew it all up :)  Can't wait till it is finished.

Thank you for reading my first blog post.

Dittery Dot