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A couple of hand bound books that I made today. Really pleased with them. Plan on having another session tomorrow, kind of hooked on the process! Hope to put together a book binding tutorial, when I have the time! In the mean time check out this guy, there are many bookbinding tutorials online, this is the best tutorial I have come across for Coptic stitch book binding.

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Felt I have made for book covers. I just love the process of making felt, you can let your creativity run wild. I mostly use merino wool fibres because it felts well, I like to add silk fibres to give it lustre. There are many good online tutorials for felt making, here are a couple to get you going. Happy felting!

http://www.feltbetter.com/feltMaking.asp

http://www.worldofwool.co.uk/

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When I think of pleats I have an image of old fashioned pleated skirts! but there is a lot more to pleats than I thought as I found out when I attended a presentation by one of the last pleaters in the UK. Terry from F. Ciment (pleating) LTD  Terry (the presenter) Brought in patterns and fabric samples, he explained the whole pleating process which I found fascinating.

I was blown away by the complexity of some of the intricate designs they produce. Some of which are amazingly futuristic. The pleats are created by hand folded patterns made out of card. A pattern can take up to 80hrs to create. (see photos)

 Pleating is a steam process, no chemicals are used during the pleating process. Permancy depends entirely on the fabric, for example 100% Polyester fabrics are best for holding the pleats, even when washed. Natural fibres can be pleated but care needs to be taken when wearing and cleaning. The fabric is streched onto the patern then steamed. 

The company designed Lady Gagas outfits for her last world tour and the Queens  skydive outfit at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony!. This company is also happy to pleat fabrics for fashion/design students. 

 To find out more info on the company click on the link    F. Ciment (pleating) LTD 

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This dress was inspired by rust and the the layers of time. I started off by aging cotton fabric, I pinned it to my garden fence for 6 months. I then wrapped the fabric in rusty nails for a couple of weeks. This formed the skirt of the dress. the bodice and top layer of the skirt was made by hand dyeing different fabrics which I then cut up into very small pieces and stitched them to form a ‘new fabric’.

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Glow sticks and drinking straws. Fascinated by the effect of light on colour, I played around with neon coloured drinking straws and glow sticks.My initial inspiration came from the work of Dan Flavin and my work weaving with solar active sewing thread, the thread changes colour with sunlight, this was a challenge because the thread is white until sunlight hits it… then suddenly the white cloth changes…. amazing colours suddenly appear… its so exciting! the thrill of the unexpected.

Some more felt that I have made for book covers. This is ‘Nuno’ felt, it is different from the normal method of feltmaking because you add a fine layer of wool fibre to a piece of woven fabric. Here I have used Merino wool fibres and cotton muslin but you can use any open weave fabric, silk gauze works beautifully and gives a nice soft drape. I just love the texture of 'Nuno’ felt. have a look at the links below for tutorials on 'Nuno’ feltmaking. There is loads of information online and also some great books.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26625021/Nuno-Scarf-Tutorial

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/7519337-AA.shtml

http://www.angelabarrow.co.uk/Blog/tutorial-nuno-felt-scarf/

A great book for the beginner is ;  Feltmaking by Deborah McGavock and Christine Lewis ISBN 1_-86126-308-2

This book gives you step-by-step instructions to make projects that will take you from beginner to masterclass. A truly inspiring book.

Alternative Fashion Week Day 4 London UK

The Alternative Fashion week pulls in a diverse crowd and is open to all to come and view the spectacle for free.  The models are all volunteers and the designers pay nothing to show their creations.

The show takes over Spitafields for 6 days and brings with it 80 emerging designers from the UK and and other parts of the world. This a chance for the designers to let loose their creative imaginations to create collections that range from the height of sophistication to the extreme of outrages, covering just about everything the creative spectrum of fashion could possibly offer. The models enter into this creative frenzy with their own unique style and are as diverse as the collections they parade on the cat walk. The band, The Mannequins added to the atmosphere providing fitting music for each show. This is truly an amazing open event where everyone is welcome to view the shows without the normal snobbery that is associated with fashion events.

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Presenting Adrienne Ford’s new capsule collection, launched at the  Alternative Fashion week Adrienne is an extremely imaginative and creative knitwear and accessory designer who’s talent crosses over many disciplines. Her love of knit and crochet and her desire to experiment with unusual materials informed this unique collection of garments and accessories made from hair extensions, using traditional crochet and plaiting techniques to create designs fitting for the cat walk and also very wearable. Adrienne’s talents are extremely diverse, if you want more info on her work click on the link which will take you to her website.