Sunday 30 November 2014

Louise Dawson Design featured in the Blog and Buy Sale Christmas Wish List!

I'm so happy that some of my Fair Isle jewellery pieces have been included in the Blog and Buy Sale Christmas Wish List! There are some beautiful products featured on the list from a great selection of Designer/Makers. Check out the list here and find some beautifully unique Christmas gifts

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Thank you Renegade London!

Over the weekend I had a stand at The Renegade Craft Fair at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane London and had such a lovely time! Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit my stand, what a lovely bunch of people I chatted to! Over 12,000 people visited the fair over the weekend- I'm so happy so many people appreciate the handmade.

Thank you also to Mr Writer who came to help, dressed for the part in his Harris Tweed jacket!

It's the second year that I have taken part in The Renegade Fair and I enjoy it so much because there is such a friendly and appreciative atmosphere among vendors and visitors alike. Thanks to the Renegade Team for a great fair!

Friday 21 November 2014

Louise Dawson Design at The Renegade Craft Fair in London 22nd and 23rd November!

It's all go go go here today as I get ready to head off to London to take part in The Renegade Craft Fair this weekend, 22nd and 23rd November! I'll be there showcasing my new Fair Isle brooches and necklaces, as well as my Harris Tweed brooches and rings in new colours! 

If you're planning a visit, I'd love to say hi, I'm on stand 59. Find the fair at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, just round the corner from Spitalfields and a short walk from Liverpool Street (find more details here). The fair is open from 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a great selection of makers selling their handmade work- it's a great place for Christmas shopping! Hope to see you there

Monday 10 November 2014

A Roundup of my How To Blog post series this year so far!

Today I thought I'd share with you a roundup of my How To... blog post series from this year so far! One of my goals for the blog this year was to start a How To feature, creating lovely things using thrifted, recycled and inexpensive materials. I wanted to inspire others to create things from the materials they already have at home- from coasters made using old CDs, lace and paint tester pots, fabric wrapped bangles embellished with broken jewellery and a fabric scrap photo frame, I hope my How Tos inspire you to get crafting. Happy making!

This has been my favourite How To... so far, I love using these coasters!

You see lots of these trays in the charity shops and this is a great way to give them a new life

A triple wammy of a recycling How To... Old bangles, broken jewellery and fabric scraps

A handy way to use up remnants in your fabric stash

(The perfect excuse to have desert! Nom nom nom...)

A really easy and effective way to customise an old t-shirt

I used the beads and gems I already had to give a suggestion here but there are no end of possibilities for embellishment! Give those expensive embellished jumpers a run for their money!

Inexpensive to make and a good way to use up fabric from your stash

Great for using up small scraps of fabric

Sunday 9 November 2014

The Renegade Craft Fair London 2014

There are less than two weeks to go now until The Renegade Craft Fair in London! It's a great place to shop for unique handmade Christmas gifts and chat to the makers.

I had a lovely time there last year and I will have a stall here on 22nd and 23rd November, showcasing my new Fair Isle Jewellery collection alongside my Harris Tweed and Knitted Button collections. Located in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, it's a few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station/Spitalfields Market. 

If you're planning to visit, come and say hi!

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Louise Dawson Design featured in the UK Handmade Winter Showcase!

I'm delighted that My Dark Blue Harris Tweed Brooch has been included in the UK Handmade Winter Showcase! Check out the lookbook, it features some beautiful handmade pieces from UK Designer/Makers- great for gift ideas. I'm tempted by more than a few pieces!

Sunday 2 November 2014

On Instagram in October

Here's a look behind the scenes at what I got up to in October, as told through my Instagram photos... 

I made a giant felt dice for Mr Writer for his Dungeons and Dragons games!

Friends of ours had a baby and I finished this Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern crochet blanket for him. Read more about the pattern here

Walking around the Marks Hall estate in Coggeshall, Essex and enjoying the Autumn colours. I shared more photos of the estate here

I broke out the winter coat and walking boots but for one blustery day  only! It's been unseasonably warm for the time of year, so for the time being, even as we head into November, my winter coat stays in the wardrobe!

October 2014 marked six years since graduating from my Fashion and Textiles degree. Here we are, the class of '08! 

This is how lunch times at the day job look for me! I like to make the most of any time I have to craft, so after a bite to eat I get crafting! I work in a creative place so everyone crafts around the kitchen table at lunch times. My boss describes the work kitchen as "A hive of industry!"

I've started making some Christmas cards!

We visited Saffron Walden, a really pretty little town

For Mr Writer's birthday we made carrot cake to take to his work. Nom nom nom...

Nelson chilling out, enjoying a cosy Sunday evening. The nights started drawing in!

I finalised the Fair Isle jewellery collection I've been working on and had a great photo shoot!

Busy working on new pieces for The Renegade Craft Fair in London at the end of November!

Rounding off October with a mini Halloween party for my niece! (Pumpkin carving by my sister!)

Here's to a great November!

What have been your October highlights?