Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A load of old Horrocks?

This blog is a bit sparse these days isn't it? Thanks everyone who commented on it last time and every time in fact. 
I haven't much of interest to blog about but here goes.

The trouble with having things in craft shops is that you often forget what you have there. I recently requested the remainder of my items from one such so that I could replace them with some new things.


I'd almost forgotten about this mirror. I really like it when I see it again. In the shop it was in a crumply bit of cellophane and wasn't visible. 
I made it a while ago. Its lovely olive green dupion silk and has some really nice dyed velvet on it. Its very small, about three and a half by for and a half inches. I've listed it on Etsy now.

Then there were these landscape brooches made on silk paper with lots of horizontal stitching.


I made and sold lots at the time .


Also in my etsy shop.

Now, something that isn't in my shop that I've been working on is this.

 Can you tell what it is yet?
 Felt made with prefelts for a very specific purpose.
Added stitching

 1950s style


 This is the inspiration which I must say I love. I wish I could have made it in crisp cotton in the brighter colourway . Its a design by Alastair Morton for Horrockses and I hope its ok to use this picture here.

 This is the reason I made it.
Our branch of the Embroiderers Guild is holding the Northwest regional day jointly with Parbold branch, in Preston towards the end of the month. 
We are having a speaker from the Harris Museum about Horrockses dresses. 

The firm was from Preston so its an appropriate  choice. My Mum always wanted one but she couldn't afford it , but she had one from some Horrockses fabric and I can remember her wearing this style when I was a child and of course the sun was shining!

So we have all made a 'dress'. Not really, just a shape about 18 inches high made to look like a dress. 

Needless to say it should have been done months ago so I hope mine gets in the display!

And of course I've been making brooches.


 Some of these are in my etsy shop and some are in my FOLKSY shop

Well...we've got to eat!

I have no end of trouble differentiating between the photographs so I didn't get as far as I thought I might, listing these,  playing spot the difference, with the memory of a goldfish with a memory problem.



31 comments:

Melissa said...

So the mirror is fab and that dress is adorable! They'd be crazy not to display it. You are so talented!

Annie said...

The dress is superb! It's so perfect and so chic.

I think your felt is prettier than the original fabric - even though you wished it to be a brighter colourway.

The mirror is elegant and should sell quickly on Etsy.

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

Hi Jackie! I'm always pleased with I see you've posted. I am WILD about your felt and stitch in this post! ADORE it!!! For a long time I've had this idea about layering pattern and cloth and what you show here totally fits with the fragments of ideas I had! GORGEOUS! Hugs
Catherine
P.S Please do more!!! ;)

Jackie said...

Thank you Melissa Annie and Catherine. great comments make me feel pleased about blogging!

Yvonne Moxon said...

Oh your dress is adorable! Im sure it will make the display and your little mirror is lovely.

Heather Woollove said...

Oh, Jackie--The 'dress' is marvelous!!! What an amazing job you did, echoing the fantastic print on that fabric! Thrilling, really...I know it will get in!

Menopausalmusing said...

You have done a wonderful job on that dress........ I remember my mum wearing similar ones.

Gilli said...

I really love the 1950's dress and I'm sure it'll be a special feature for the Regional Day. The things you have retrieved from the shop seem as fresh as a daisy and you just need a new audience - I think they're great! ;-)

Fuzzie Fingers said...

I love your felt it is a great interpretation of the original design and I prefer the shade you have chosen for the background more than the original. The little dress is just gorgeous.

Gina said...

Love the "Horrocks Dress"

chocolatefrog said...

The Horrocks felt is fab - lots of potential for art and jewellery?

Su said...

That "dress" is fab - I'm sure there are endless possibilitites of using the design and technique for other things too

Rachel said...

That's a wonderful representation of a Horrocks dress - very well done indeed!

Twiglet said...

Oh so many gorgeous things in just one post Jackie!!!! Your mirror is too lovely to sit in a crumpled bag - someone will snap it up, I am sure. Your little dress is perfect and is an amazing felty representaion of that Horrocks fabric. Brilliant as usual. x Jo

Monica said...

Ah, memories of a long ago childhood. Thanks. Love to visit that Museum.

Heather said...

Love the mirror and mini-landscapes and the little dress is so sweet. I remember Horrockses dresses - they were beyond my purse too.
Your felted piece is wonderful and sure to be appreciated.

Rosie said...

Gorgeous mirror and I really loved seeing how you've interpreted the design into felt and stitching.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Like the look of your blog Jackie and love what you have done to the mirror! The 'Horrocks' dress is gorgeous too. Lesley x

Hanni said...

Your dress should get into the display, it is wonderful. I just love all the things you make.

Terri said...

Love your landscapes. I'm wondering if they would sell better being a bit shorter?
Here's a site I think you might like...
http://tanglepatterns.com/
Hugs!

karen said...

love, love, love the dress fabric!!! Clever girl you! x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Wonderful stuff as always :-) The 'dress' is fantastic. Love the dog coat below, he looks so classy ;-)
Anne x

dottycookie said...

What a wonderful dress - such a clever interpretation!

silverpebble said...

Oh that little dress is wonderful! I love seeing these pieces and their slightly different style. The colours in that mirror are so subtle and beautiful.

Margaret Applin said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I swear that every time I visit your blog I am more amazed by your art than the time before! The dress...SOOOOO LOVELY!! And, just spent over a 1/2 hour just checking out your Flicker River. You are one of the most amazing artists EVER!!!

Thimble Fingers said...

The dress and the felted stitched fabric are STUNNING!

hensteeth said...

The way you have captured the essence of the fifties style and design in your work is spot on ... love it and everything else of course. x

Anne said...

Encore une fois, un émerveillement à découvrir tes dernières créations. Le miroir m'enchante particulièrement.
Amitié,
Anne

Very Berry Handmade said...

All gorgeous, but particularly love that little dress... am a huge fan of 50s designs! That combination of turquoise and red is an absolute winner and I love your take on it.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think, from what I've been seeing around the internet, that 50's styles just might be on their way back. Your interpretation is spot on!

Emma said...

Love that dress fabric, beautiful ;) Isn't it great to get almost forgotten things back, an old friend returning.



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