The tidal wave of orders which began accumulating in August and peaked in October have now subsided. I can finally stop paddling like a panicked dog and can now pant, relieved, on the shore…as it were.

Saying that, the last three days have been full, but in a peaceful and civilized kind of way.

I’ve been designing very large blinds for my wonderful client, Mia. Her taste is for simple, clean lines, leaves and cream, natural wool. We make a pretty ideal match. I have worked on various projects for Mia over the years including blinds and kyoto sliding panels for her Swedish summer house  and custom pillows and throws for the London residence and it is always a pleasure when she gets in touch.

Sample boards with blind design options
Sample boards with blind design options

The first stage of the design process is usually a telephone call where vague ideas are discussed followed by a few emails where we start to hone in on the details. That is usually followed by sample boards where the client can glean a better perspective of the final design in a drawing and the feel and look of the fabric.

Sample boards have been sent to Mia and I will wait and see where it goes from here.

With design on the brain I spent the afternoon working on a few more birdies…this time ones to hang from the Christmas tree or Easter branch.

A few sketches to firm up on shapes
A few sketches to firm up on shapes
re drawn on cardboard and cut into templates
re drawn on cardboard and cut into templates
and embroidered on to felt off cuts
and embroidered on to felt off cuts

And creativity continued with a metalic silver pen and red wine at the craft night. Bird theme continued with ‘…geese a laying’ Xmas cards x 55!

Guess who was making most of the mess?
Guess who's making most of the mess?
but it was worth it  x 55!
Goose with a sore behind!
Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

2 replies on “End of an episode

  1. I love your little birds! Those colors and so bright and cheery. Perfect for this season when the sky tends to be gray and icy. The goose a layin’ is so funny! Poor goose, she needs a break.

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