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Smash Fashion ! Embrace Style!


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I never thought I’d have this experience

 

Can you believe I’ve just put on a catwalk show? I’m still reeling.

To kick  off CHROMOPHILIA , the exhibition co curated and featuring the work of Fabulous Fashionista,  Sue Kreitzman and other amazing outsider artists who work with a vivid palette, I was asked to organise a catwalk show of my very colourful, upcycled and bespoke clothing . A big challenge, you may say, since this clothing thing is really very new to me. It’s been a year since I first met Sue, and life has turned upside down and back to front, and I’m loving it!

Well, I like a challenge, so with a two week deadline, I set to work coming up with a collection of clothes that would work together , both upcycled and ready to wear. I asked the women I had already made bespoke pieces for if any of them would be interested in modelling their garments on the evening, and I’m pleased to say I had a very good response. I make clothes for very lovely people. What a pleasure it is!

Then ensued two weeks of early rising, late to bed, obsessive work. I realised just how obsessed I could be one day when I realised I was sitting naked at my sewing machine. Good job my studio is high up and I had remembered to close my curtains…

I worked right up until a few hours before we had to leave for the show. The paint on one coat was only just dried and heat set. Talk about last minute dot com .

I was lucky to be working alongside the wonderful performance costume artist , Ann Sophie Cochevelou who had models dressed in her spectacular wearable art as well as Amy ‘Synth’ Kingsmill who gave us a taste of surrealism when she performed her living doll act. The wonderful Miss Baby Sol enraptured the audience with her beautiful voice and charismatic performance and Mervyn Diese balanced off the night with his spoken word piece about colour /politics and the eco system.

The theme of the catwalk show was Anti Fashion /Pro Style and as luck/serendipity would have it, we would be kicking off on the eve before London Fashion Week started. What a coincidence… or was it?

Fashion tells you what to wear, style asks how you’d like to express yourself.

Here are some fabulous pictures of some fabulous people expressing themselves. Enjoy.

Allegra catwalk Catwalk 17 catwalk 30 catwalk 36 catwalk 37 catwalk 38 Catwalk 41 Catwalk 42 Catwalk 43 Catwalk 45 Catwalk 46 catwalk 47 catwalk 51 catwalk 52 Catwalk 55 catwalk 57 catwalk Catwalk1 catwalk2 catwalk3 catwalk5 catwalk6 catwalk7 catwalk10 catwalk12 catwalk14 catwalk15 catwalk16 catwalk18 catwalk19 catwalk20 Catwalk22 Catwalk23 Catwalk26 Catwalk27 catwalk29 Catwalk33 catwalk35 catwalk36 Catwalk44 Catwalk48 catwalk50 catwalk51 catwalk53Oh what a night!

As Sue so famously says , ‘Don’t wear beige, it might kill you!”

I think these people are immortals now.

I hope to be able to do this all again soon.

 

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Me? A crazy Crochet CAT lady? It’s a funny old life


It’s been too long since I wrote in this blog, and for that I apologise. I’ve been rather busy. Too busy to even snatch the odd half an hour it takes to write a blog post. So what have I been busy doing you may ask?

Crocheting. Lots of it. Why have I been crocheting? For fun? Well, yes crocheting is an endless source of amusement for me but it’s not that.

I’ve been selling crochet goods in a few shops and have had quite a busy time just keeping up with restocking.

I’ve sold the original Batcat batcat1to a lovely lady called Dee in the USA .

I’ve since made two more versions: this one for Alex in Australia and his girlfriend Sophie

Grnbtct4

and this one for a man called Dan in Canada. Dans BatcatBut Batcat’s aside, it’s been rather busy for another reason.

I’m crocheting lots because of a cat. Not just any old cat, but a miracle cat called Anakin. Anakin the Miracle Cat is a beautiful cat who lives in the USA.  He is rather a popular boy, not just because he has remarkably handsome features  and a personality to match, but also because he is rather special, being born with no pelvis or back legs. But don’t feel sorry for him, here he is climbing a Kitty Condo tower quite happily.

Isn’t he remarkable?

Well it all started for me when Anakin’s ‘grandma’ contacted me on my Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/CrochetBrightandBeautiful) to ask if I’d create a crochet version of her little kitty for her daughter. How could I say no? So I did.

And here is how he turned out. Anakin1Anakin6and this is how Anakin responded to his crochet doppelganger.AnakindoppelWell, he poses so well next to him don’t you think?

Well since Anakin, I’ve been flat out hooking, making pet portraits for people all over the world, from Norway and Denmark, to Australia , Canada , USA and of course, right here in the UK.

Here are a few of the lovely kitties ( and puppies) that I’ve had the pleasure of recreating.tgr9 Caspar9 Ein12 fluffyaino1 giz6 grim16 Guido2 IBK1 Jamie3 Jasper4 Litter5 molly4 MrK3 newshawti6 pat8 pdg2 sarahs4

As you can see, I’ve been a busy bunny. I’ve come quite a long way since I wrote this first post about my ambivalence towards making cats…

https://dianespuppetsproducts.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/cute-kitty-crochet-cat/

So, if you know anyone who is looking to have a dear pet immortalised in crochet or you are looking for that purrfect gift for a pet lover, pop over to either my Etsy shop (outside the UK) or for my UK people, my Folksy shop. There are links there to order either a cat , dog or a Diva Dolly. If you have other pet critters you’d like me to make, just drop me a line. I love a challenge!

 

Batcat, Robin and the Crochet Caped Crusaders


I’ve been so busy making stuff for shops and my upcoming Xmas stall at Brixton Station Road Market that I’ve sadly neglected the bloggosphere, for that I apologise.

 

To cheer y’all up I decided to show you two of my little kittens I’ve made.

Introducing Batcat

 

and Robin

Don’t they make a cute superhero cat couple? The Batcat was inspired by an image going around the Internet that I stumbled upon and I thought I just had to reacreate this little black kitten with black bat wings in crochet. So I did.

Then I made this little Sealpoint Siamese kitten and realised that she was the cat equivalent of Robin, with her lovely facial mask.

It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination to link Batcat to Robin.

🙂

I’ve also recently made a set of Batman and Robin dollies for a very lovely client and Facebook friend. They were based on the original 1960 Kapow! Adam West version of Batman and Robin. Here’s a few pics.

Batman Kapow!

Robin. Kersplat!

Off to save the day.

Well, I’ve not got much more time to write so I’ll leave you with more pics of little Batcat and Robin.

She’s so sweet

 

Batcat from the side

 

So fluffy!

 

 

Back to the hook. 🙂
If you’d like to keep up with everything I’m making, and are on Facebook, here are links to  my  Facebook pages : (remember to click that ‘LIKE’ button)

Crochet Bright and Beautiful

Crochet Dark and Decadent

I have a shop too, over at Makerhood if you are interested in purchasing , gifts maybe?

Here’s the link anyhow: Angel and Devil on my Shoulder

 

 

 

 

 

Extra special Baby Headbands for Extra Special Baby Girls


 

I like to make individual pieces, I’ve realised. I’m not good at replicating. Some people enjoy the repetition thing but I find that the joy for me is in the creative process. The moment when something comes together that has never existed before is  a truly special moment and that is where my satisfaction lies.
So… that means that everything that I make will be unique.
Here are the latest bunch of little bits of uniqueness.

I’ve been making baby headbands since I came across some really special velvet trimmed soft elastic , it just had to be adorned with something pretty and made into headbands. So I did.

Here’s what I’ve made thus far:

pretty baby girl headbands

Here is the full collection of baby headbands. All different and all special. Just like baby girls.

Red Diva sparkly bow

The velvet ladybird one

 

Daisy chain baby headband

The daisy chain one

My personal favourite: the Blue hydrangea one

Baby headband butterfly pink

The pink and sparkly butterfly one

The double daisy one

Cotton pink rose baby headband

The English Rose one

Sparkly pink baby headband bow

The Pink Sugar Bow one

 

All these headbands are completely hand made and hand finished. Every detail is hand sewn on securely and they are all backed in felt.

These delicious little morsels will make the most perfect gift and cost just £4.50 plus £1 p+p and can be purchased via my Facebook page:

Crochet Bright and Beautiful on Facebook

Just leave a comment under the relevant photo and I’ll get back to you straight away.

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Lonely Boy : Pug number three


I’ve made a few collectibles over the past year but none so popular as the pug.

So far I’ve made three versions of this oh so cute puppy.

Here they are all together:

The first pug with his big doleful eyes

Poppy Pug number 2. She’s found a new owner already.

And this is my latest pug, Mr Lonely boy.

I think he is really cute with his chunky body, big head and low set eyes for added cute factor.

He sits so patiently

Back view

He just wants someone to love him.

Sitting back so you can see his paddy paws

I love that all the pugs are individuals, just as in real life. Isn’t that the beauty of hand made?

I’m sure this little lonely boy won’t be lonely for long. They’re usually the first puppies in the home to find a new loving owner.

Like all my collectibles, he is approximately 9 inches high , comes packed his own dinky white box and costs £20. ( plus p+p).

You can find him on my facebook page CROCHET BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

or he will soon be added to my Folksy shop 

if he doesn’t go first.

I make all my puppies and kitties up as I go along, I’m not great with patterns. Now I’ve had some experience with crochet, I love the freedom of freeform crochet.

But if you are looking for inspiration and great patterns for dolls and cats and dogs, look no further than the wonderful Beth Webber who’s blog By Hook By Hand is an absolute treasure trove of patterns and who is my first inspiration on my journey for making my collectibles.

Puppy Collectible : Roddy the Rottweiler


I’m trying to vary what I make just to keep things even and fresh. So after last weeks kittens and a very cute fairy , I decided to make another puppy.

I’ve just sold Desmond the Basset Hound

to a lovely lady in Sugarland, Texas via my Folksy shop. It’s so exciting when people buy things; amazing the power of the Internet to make  our huge globe so tiny! Well now I only have Boris the Bulldog

crochet bulldog puppy

Woof!

and Lottie the Labrador

and Dotty the Dalmation

Cute crochet dalmation puppy

Woof!

left. I needed another puppy in my stock so I decided to make one of my favourite dogs: a Rottweiler.

Yes I know they have a bad reputation and can be terribly dangerous, but I firmly believe that dogs are as dangerous as their owners. I owned the most wonderful Labrador /Rotty cross a few years ago and he was a perfect dog. Sadly he had terrible epilepsy and we had to help him go to sleep after 9 fits in one evening took it out of him. He was only 3 years old. Sleep well Tiny dog.

So here is Roddy the Rottweiler Puppy. He is made from glossy black cotton yarn and rusty brown acrylic.

Roddy the cutest Rotty

I think he’s a darling. He’s 9 inches high like all my other puppy collectibles and comes packaged in his own dinky white box.

All my collectibles cost £20 ( plus p+p) and would make a very special unique gift for someone who has everything.

Please note these creations are not sold as toys due to their handmade nature and are suitable for decoration purposes/ older children only.

Find him here on my Facebook page and soon he will be listed in my Folksy shop.: Crochet Bright and Beautiful

I believe in Fairies!


I’ve managed to leave making kittens alone for a millisecond and focus on making a fairy… here is my latest creation:

I just love fairies!

She doesn’t have a name yet. Suggestions would be welcome.

Five pence piece to show scale.

Here she is, sitting on a magic toadstool.

Showing the back of her.

Rather than go for my first impulse to make glittery wings, instead I’ve chosen the simplicity of green leaf wings. I think the green is a perfect compliment to her exotic purple hair. ( I’ve used the same wonderful sequinned-scattered yarn that I used in these cushions to make her hair.)

Her hair is fully attached strand by strand on a crochet cap. Making the wig for the fairy is probably my favourite part of the process.

Off I fly

This little fairy measures 12″ (30cm)  and comes presented in her own little white box.

Available from my Facebook page

Crochet Bright and Beautiful on Facebook

or soon to be included in my Folksy shop.

CrochetBrightandBeautiful on Folksy

Like all my collectibles, she is a one off, original piece for careful ownership. She is NOT A TOY… but would make a great decoration /talking piece and costs £20 plus p+p.

She needs a name.

Any suggestions?

Princess the Stargazer Tabby Crochet Cat


What did I do when I declared I really wasn’t inspired by cats those few months ago?

I now can’t stop making them! Worse than that, each cat I make, I seem to become just a little bit more obsessed with in the making process.

You can almost see the progress at work when I line them up. Here is the latest kitten line up:

Can you spot the Stargazer amongst the other kittens?

Princess the Stargazer Tabby is my favourite kitty to date. She’s a tabby cat with really subtle markings and a fluffy white chest, paws and ear tips. She’s fascinated with the stars and gazes upwards to find the magical shooting star.

Around her neck is a pretty pink grosgrain ribbon and on the ribbon  is a charm bearing her name : Princess.

Look at her little face:

So sweet!

She’s even cute from behind.

Made from three shades of light brown mohair , Princess has amazing attention to detail.

Where is that shooting star?

From her little pink pads on her paws, pink inner ears and tiny pink lip, no detail is left undone. She even has the cutest whiskers .

Mieeouw!

Princess is a collectible not a toy and is suitable for older children as a decoration or a best friend. She will not withstand rough play due to her hand made nature. She is a kitten after all, all babies need to be treated gently.

She comes packaged in her own dinky white box and is a one off, original and entirely unique kitten. No two of my collectibles are ever alike.

She is 9″ high and sits unaided.

Available from my facebook page CrochetBrightandBeautiful.

Check out my collectibles album for more of my handmade cuties, including puppies and fairies.

If you like my work, please spread the word! I’d love it if you could ‘Like’ my facebook page if you haven’t already.

 

Time to make a few fairies and puppies . I think the litter of kittens is big enough for now.

 

 

Misty the naughty crochet kitten


Here’s the latest kitty to join the Crochet Bright and Beautiful litter.

 

 

Her name is Misty and she’s a grey Persian . Don’t let that cute face fool you, she’s quite the character. She will be that kitty to present you with a little dead mouse in your slipper in the morning because she loves you sooo much.

Just look at that sweet profile, that cute upturned nose and big blue eyes: butter wouldn’t melt huh? Well did you spot that really curly tail, shaped like a question mark, curiouser and curiouser ?

But when the adventures of the day are over, all Misty wants ( apart from dinner) is a nice lap to snuggle down on and someone to stroke her fluffy fur.

Could that be you?

 

If you want to give Misty a home, she costs £20 ( plus p+p) and comes in her own dinky white box. She measures 9″ from the tip of her toes to the tip on her pointy ear.

Find her over on Crochet Bright and Beautiful’s Facebook page. Like the page and leave me a message under the photo and I shall get back to you.

Eww… what is that on the floor?

MISTY! NOOOOOOOO!

Crazy about Crochet Cats


It’s funny isn’t it how time can change things? A while ago I wrote this blog post where I was very unsure about my feelings towards making crochet cats. I’ve always been a dog person so making cute puppies was a natural thing for me to do, but cats? Hmmm.

Well, after discovering mohair and the joy of fluffiness I’m totally converted. So much so that the puppies have taken a back seat for now while I work on my litter of cute crochet kittens.

Here are my latest  pair: Twinkle and Sparkle.

crochet kittens

Sparkle is the white one, Twinkle is the black and white one.

They’re made from fluffy mohair that has tiny sequins in the thread. What an irresistible combination of fluffy and sparkly. Add a bit of ‘bling’ and a flower and bow and I’m bowled over with the impact of the cuteness. Both kitties have enormous attention to detail, having whiskers, eyelids, curly tails  and pink pads on the bottom of their cute paws and pink embroidered inside their ears. They are dinky in size, measuring just 9 inches from tip of the toes to the tip of the pointy ears.

Due to their handmade nature they are sold as collectibles only, suitable for careful ownership of an older child /adult. They do not withstand rough play. They are delicate kittens after all.

Here are some other pictures of the cute couple.

white crochet kitten

Black and white cute crochet kitten

White cute crochet kitten

So , it’s official I’m a crochet cat lover. Now I’m rather addicted to sourcing mohair to make the rest of the litter.

If you like my crochet and you are on Facebook, please head over to my facebook page CROCHETBRIGHTANDBEAUTIFUL and tick that like box! Pretty please!