Photoshoot

We have been busy today taking lots of photos for a website update, to include our new designs and some new colours. The hardest part of the day was keeping Ernie out of all of the shots, he is such a poser.

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Heart Gallery Emerge exhibition

 

EMERGE at Heart Gallery

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Fifteen designer makers are showcasing their work over the summer at Design Factory's latest exhibition at Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge.
The exhibition entitled ‘Emerge' runs from 30th July until 8th October 2017 and features the best up-and-coming craft and design talent from Design Factory's Emerge level of membership.

The exhibition features works in a range of craft disciplines including jewellery, textiles and ceramics. Visit the exhibition for the ideal opportunity to treat yourself or purchase the perfect gift! 

Heart Gallery is open 10.30 - 5 Monday to Friday, 10.30 - 5.30 Saturday and 12 - 4 Sunday. Admission is free.

 http://heartgallery.co.uk/makers/

Stamford Living Magazine

Dye hard denim

Elli my intern and I had a great afternoon doing this photoshoot for July's issue of Stamford Living Magazine. Our denim outfits being supplied by local shops like Attic https://atticofstamford.co.uk and Energy http://www.energy-clothing.com and Arch label agency http://www.archlabelagency.com/catalog and my makeup by Clean Beauty Living.

See the article https://issuu.com/bestlocalliving/docs/stamford-living-magazine_july-2017_

Easton Walled Garden workshop

 A beautiful walled garden on a very sunny morning last week was the setting for our screen printing workshop. www.visiteaston.co.uk

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Drawing from the inspirational gardens,  translating these into their own personal motif that was  screen printed onto fabric, the ladies and I all had a lovely day.

Country Living Spring Fair

Thank you for all of your support

Thank you to everyone that came to say hello, pass on positive comments and buy some of our products over the weekend at Ally Pally. It was a very enjoyable 4 days and I loved the open light and airy feel of the new venue.

As we can provide a full making up service for pretty much anything you would like from our fabric range, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote.  Or if you have any questions about our designs, colours or products, we are always happy to help.

Look forward to hearing from some of you soon......

 

Natural dye plant takes centre stage

As production increases for Country Living Spring fair, we have some new ideas for products to promote our unique use of natural dyes on our printed linens. 

The leaves of the woad plant (Isatis tinctoria) contain the essential pigment Indigo that is used to produce the blue we all know and love.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     Ernie helping to plant some woad seeds, hopefully they will be well established seedlings ready for Countryliving spring fair at Alexandra Palace.

Ernie helping to plant some woad seeds, hopefully they will be well established seedlings ready for Countryliving spring fair at Alexandra Palace.

Some interesting history and facts about woad

http://lifeasahuman.com/2011/arts-culture/culture/paint-it-blue/

Instructions for dyeing with woad.

http://www.woad.org.uk/html/extraction.html

Spring Colours

Surely we are nearly there? 

As the daffodils open their buds in the garden, and the tulips I bought from Holland in October are pushing through the earth, I am busy printing, cutting out and sewing, with my thoughts on the lovely colours of spring.

I am sure everyone has a specific colour that evokes feelings for the long awaited warmth of spring?

At Madder Cutch & Co. ours are Harringworth hay,  Collyweston slate and Tickencote pink , all of which have been popular with our customers this February.

However my favourite has to be Harringworth hay, this wonderful rich golden yellow, (which I make from Old Fustic) is named after the nearby village where my friend farms. In early summer the colours of the fields under the viaduct are a similar shade of yellow. 

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    Photo: Dan Waters http://www.danwaterscreative.com/photo5163897.html

Photo: Dan Waters http://www.danwaterscreative.com/photo5163897.html

If you would like to find out more about Old Fustic read this blog by Kathleen Keeler.

http://khkeeler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/dye-plants-old-fustic-aka-dyers-mulberry.html

Not to wish the time away but the summer collection is taking shape with plenty of new colours to explore and some new designs to join the range!

Press coverage from Handmade at Kew

Thanks to all those who came along to meet us at the Handmade at Kew event. Below is some of the press coverage that Madder Cutch and Co. received.