Acrobatic Sparrows
Acrobatic Sparrows

Today my sewing machine has been spewing out sparrows and my neck and upper arms feel a little as though I’ve been spending my day trying to catch a flock. Apparently, when I machine embroider my head moves in the opposite direction from my hands so as I sew round and round my head  moves about like a nodding dog. I was blissfully unaware of this until Gilly pointed it out at a craft night. Since then I have been trying to quell my involuntary sewing movements and find myself with more aches and pains than ever.

Sewn but not trimmed
Sewn but not trimmed

This little flock are emerging for various shops around the British isles and will ultimately become brooches once the findings have arrived.

I keep having to bless my sewing machine as it is working so incredibly hard for me at the moment and with no audible complaint. Tomorrow wrens will emerge and then a vast number of nests. By god, my studio is turning into an embroidered bird sanctuary.

Button nest brooches
Button nest brooches

I remembered today that the applications for Origin has to be in by the end of February. Should I apply this year? I wonder whether this collection is going to be high brow and sophisticated enough for the applied arts royalty that assess applications. I know the look they like (by god I’ve done it enough times to know), and I’m not sure tweed chickens and their farmyard friends will be it. Well…no harm in trying, it’s a bloody good show for sales and a rare gem of an event for it’s loyal customer base who come with money in their pockets and an understanding of the realistic price of applied arts.

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 “Flock of well behaved sparrows

  1. These sparrows look great! I’m so excited for you and your orders after the fair. I think you should totally go for Origin. I mean really, it can’t hurt, right?

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