Queen bee chair

queenbee chair 2I’m really looking forward to next weeks Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey  where I’ll be exhibiting with some of my Crafts Council Hothouse 5 contemporaries !

I will be taking my new Queen Bee chair along for an outing.

This is a new collaboration with talented, Bristol based, upholsterer,  Mel Shearsmith from A Peculiar Grace .

It’s a little nursing chair illustrating the transformation of flower to honeycomb via bee. My buttons (first designed for my improbable cushions -seen here on it’s seat) translate perfectly for upholstery projects . I worked with Mel to gather the information needed to design the placement pattern to fit the chair back . She provided the beautiful petrol coloured velvet for the seat and back of the chair and the yellow velvet piping and obviously did her magic to recover it.

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 I also thought I’d show off my other little project to design the fabric to make a sewing pincushion/caddy. It proved to be a very popular item at Living Crafts fair last month with many sewing enthusiasts.

I got the idea and pattern  from a blog called Sewing by Moonlight . I worked out how to  customise the pattern  to make the whole caddy look like a  rather psychodelic flower. I got the fabric digitally printed, sewed it up, stuffed it and is indeed a very useful, bright and beautiful thing.

I have more patterns in the pipeline and they will probably make their way to my Etsy shop which I very recently opened !

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