Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2015-08-04T12:40:44+01:00 Zend_Feed_Writer http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/ Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-03T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-03T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/363/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Yellow Trace 2) Alex Proba 3) Garnet Hill 4) Unknown <![CDATA[Things I liked, Loved and Learnt in July 2015]]> 2015-08-02T19:30:00+01:00 2015-08-02T19:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/390/Things-I-liked--Loved-and-Learnt-in-July-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk In all honesty July hasn&#39;t been the most exciting of months and much of it was spent packing up the house and moving back home to Somerset to save some pennies before I move to Berlin in October. So many of my evenings involved dealing with this furry little helper. This month I did get a freelance brief that I loved (retro style flowers) and I was doodle happy for quite a while. Picked up a new batch of mugs which have nearly all found happy homes! Although, there&#39;s still a few available from Folksy and Etsy. Saying goodbye to our home of over three years was a little hard so we made sure to have a final frolic in the woods on route to the pub ;-) I really enjoyed July&#39;s Monthly Make. I whipped up some super easy polymer beads. Ideal if you fancy a fun summer holiday craft project. It&#39;s been a tough, emotional and exhausting month with all the moving and upheaval but I know in a couple of months when I&#39;m living in the beautiful city of Berlin it will all be worth it. I&#39;m very excited about Jen Moules Designs&#39; next chapter! <![CDATA[Monthly Make - Polymer Clay Beads!]]> 2015-07-26T21:00:00+01:00 2015-07-26T21:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/388/Monthly-Make---Polymer-Clay-Beads%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk July&#39;s Monthly Make is a easy, fun and pretty kid friendly too (perfect for the summer holidays) - Polymer Clay beads! Basically I wanted a little project for myself that was fun, cheap and a great way to add a little colour to my wardrobe, so I ordered some Polymer Clay from Amazon and I was away! Firstly you will need some Polymer clay, sculpting tools (mine were included with the clay),&nbsp; baking tray, use of an oven, ribbon and scissors. Choose your colours. I chose two colour ways unsurprisingly they both feature blue but I couldn&#39;t resist sneaking in some yellow and orange! Make sure your work surface is clean and dust free and unwrap your clay. Now simply sculpt your beads. I went with the simplest shapes. Round (just roll around in your hand) and little cubes (again roll around in your hand then squash into a cube shape). Use your tool/skewer to poke a hole through the bead so you can thread it later. A little tip - the clay may discolour your hands so wash them when you change colours. Place on a baking tray (with grease proof paper) and bake on 120 degrees for 20 - 40 minutes depending on the size of your beads. I baked mine for 30 minutes. Then leave them to cool. Now decide on the order you&#39;d like your beads to go and&nbsp; string your them onto your ribbon.&nbsp; You can use a chain but in the interest of thrift I used some ribbon I already had. My original plan was to simply tie the ribbon in a bow but the beads were quite heavy and didn&#39;t want to risk the ribbon coming undone, so I decided to attached a small clasp to the end instead.&nbsp; And you&#39;re done! There&#39;s no limit to the type of beads and colour ways you can put together so I will definitely be making myself some more of these pretties in the future. What will you be making?! :) <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-07-24T07:30:00+01:00 2015-07-24T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/389/%23FolksyFriday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk This is a particularly fashionable #FolksyFriday this week and I don&#39;t know about you guys but my wardrobe could definitely do with a much needed revamp! Here&#39;s my top picks of Folksy&#39;s British made fashion. Black and White Dip Back Hem Oversized Top by Emma Dee Floral 1950&#39;s Inspired Skirt by Plum and Pigeon. Geometric Hand Printed Top by Little Lost Soul. Sheer Metallic Baby Pink Dress by Grace Knitwear. Pleated Top Trousers by brm. Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-07-20T06:45:00+01:00 2015-07-20T06:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/382/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Johanna Burai 2) Happee Monkee 3) Africanpremier 4) Laura Trevey <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday ]]> 2015-07-13T06:15:00+01:00 2015-07-13T06:15:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/371/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Unknown 2) Yusuke Yonezu 3) The Rainbow Girl 4) Jujujust <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-07-10T07:30:00+01:00 2015-07-10T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/380/%23FolksyFriday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk This is a particularly fruity #FolksyFriday this week with fruit themed gifts - way better than the real thing right?! So here are some Folksy tasty treats. British Fruit Earring Set by Claudia Made this. Watermelon Cushion Cover by Paper &amp; Ink. Pineapple Card by Kate Broughton. Gifted &#39;Low Res&#39; Apple Ornaments by Loglike. 5 A Day Tote Bag by Asking for Trouble. Strawberry Gift Wrap by Stephanie Cole Design. Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - I like CATS]]> 2015-07-06T09:30:00+01:00 2015-07-06T09:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/360/Maker-of-the-Month---I-like-CATS Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk July is all about I Like CATS! Yay :) I came across Toby&#39;s work a couple of years ago when I started selling my work in Brighton and needless to say I instantly fell in love with the overwhlemingly happy cat related loveliness! A firm favourite and a regular on the Brighton craft circuit, here&#39;s a little something about I Like CATS... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? Hello! I&rsquo;m Toby and I like CATS! I live in Brighton and I spend a lot of time drawing and painting cats which I then make into greetings cards, prints, badges, pins, necklaces, fabric and more. Meow! What inspires your work? Apart from the obvious answer (cats!) I am inspired by a whole load of different things&hellip; glitter, plants, the sea, Beyonce, The muppets, the 90s, Disney, fruit, Furby, Adventure Time, RuPaul&rsquo;s Drag Race, candy floss, ice cream, doughnuts&hellip; now I&rsquo;m just listing things I like to eat, and now I also really really want a doughnut. Where do you work? Describe your work space. I work from a desk at home, I have a pretty small flat and there&rsquo;s really not a lot of space (especially when it comes to storing stock), but there&rsquo;s a small corner that I&rsquo;ve managed to fit a desk in and I can just about squeeze my long legs behind it to work. It&rsquo;s pretty much the absolute opposite of all of those clean, white, minimal desk spaces you see on Instagram&hellip; I am the king of clutter!! Sometimes I go a bit crazy and have to push everything off so that I can have a clear space to think and work, but usually I&rsquo;m happy sitting in my own mess working away&hellip; What do you love about your job? I love that I get to work from home, I usually have my dog sitting on my lap and a cup of tea in my hand; that little bit of freedom to be able to work as you like is great! (Although it can also be stressful!) Also the fact that I basically get to look at pictures of cats the whole time is not bad either&hellip; When you&#39;re not working how do you spend your free time? I don&rsquo;t get a whole lot of free time although I do try to make sure I get days off over the weekend. I help out with the Brighton Etsy team, go for long walks with my dog, watch (too much) Netflix and pretending I&rsquo;m a mermaid in a Lush bath is one of my favourite things to do too. Plus there&rsquo;s just always something fun going on in Brighton. What are you currently working on? I&rsquo;ll probably sound crazy but I&rsquo;m all about Christmas at the moment; Christmas cards, stocking fillers and other new products! It&rsquo;s never too early to start getting festive. MERRY CATMAS! Who are your designer favourites? I like people who make fun, bright things! Some of my favourites to look at are Buried Diamond, Luna on the Moon, Designosaur and helloDODO. My favourite illustrator at the moment is probably Tuesday Bassen. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Find your own style and try not to be too influenced by other people already doing their thing. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to make a mess, be brave and stand out! To find out more about I Like CATS here are some handy links - http://ilikeCATSshop.etsy.com http://twitter.com/tobyilikecats http://instagram.com/tobyilikecats http://facebook.com/ilikeCATSshop &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Loved and Learnt in June 2015]]> 2015-07-02T07:30:00+01:00 2015-07-02T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/378/Things-I-Liked--Loved-and-Learnt-in-June-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk So this is how June looked over at Jen Moules Designs HQ. I started off the month planning my new collections. The Autumn/Winter collection of textile designs are well under way along with a kids range of fabric prints - super excited!! &nbsp; I&#39;ve been keeping things low key in the run up to our big move to Berlin - yes soon I will be splitting my time between Berlin and Somerset - why keep things simple ;-) So my only event this month was the Open Studios at the Sorting Office. Lovely event and actually local to me which doesn&#39;t happen very often! &nbsp; Mugs are back in stock and proving popular as ever. &nbsp; Badgers have also been popular this month with purses, pencil cases and make up bags all finding new homes - thank you! &nbsp; A combination of lovely weather and being poor as a church mouse has meant lots of evenings and weekends spent walking and playing in woods :) &nbsp; Society6 launched a new range of all over print T- shirts to there ever growing range of products. &nbsp; To finish off the month I went to New Designers - yay! One of my favourite shows and always brimming with new design talent. Can&#39;t believe it&#39;s been 4 years since I graduated and 3 years since I exhibited as part of New Designers One Year On. &nbsp; I was spoilt for choice at this year&#39;s New Designers. Take a look at my top picks of this year&#39;s design graduates here. &nbsp; That was June, I wonder what July has in store... <![CDATA[New Designers Part One 2015]]> 2015-06-30T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-30T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/379/New-Designers-Part-One-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, so no big secret New Designers is probably my favourite show to visit and having exhibited with my University back in 2011 and solo in 2012 as part of One Year On I make it my mission to visit every year and ALWAYS leave feeling inspired! This year was no exception so here&#39;s just a few of the many wonderful new designers that were exhibiting at New Designers Part One 2015. Let&#39;s start with Beatrice Wall a contemporary sculptor and her weird but incredibly beautiful bugs. Made from copper and enamel,&nbsp; wouldn&#39;t you love to have a collection of these?! &nbsp; Alicia Claudina De Costa&#39;s prints definitely caught my eye. Vibrant wildlife inspired designs for textiles and wallpaper. Loved her Toucan wallpaper and you know anything wildlife is a winner with me! &nbsp; Chloe Hemming&#39;s embroidery art works set in resin and cement were beautifully tactile. Plus Chloe is a graduate of the Arts University Bournemouth as am I - always nice to see work from a fellow alumni! &nbsp; I loved Zoe Cook&#39;s prints. Feeding my bird obsession her talent for illustration is obvious and her graduate collection of textile prints and silk scarves are charming and retail ready! &nbsp; Rachel Foreman&#39;s fashion prints inspired by Regents Park and London Zoo are delightful with a delicate balance of quirky animal designs. I&#39;ve also included an image of her previous collection - who could resist these Ethereal fish?! &nbsp; Despite having a back ground in textile design I LOVE ceramics and thought Katie Timson&#39;s work was some of the best at New Designers this year and I can&#39;t wait for her online shop to open! Too early for a Christmas list...? &nbsp; Harriet Popham was exhibiting as part of this year&#39;s One Year On and I loved her combination of screen printed textiles and stitch. Hailing from Glastonbury her collection is inspired by the West Country and as a Somerset girl myself I couldn&#39;t resist. &nbsp; Becky Dick the creative mind behind Taxtiles created a wonderful collection of textile sculptures. A woman of many talents, as well as these sculptures and taxidermy Becky also knows her way around a sewing machine - take a look at her embroidered pieces on her website. &nbsp; Finally, Katie Whittaker exhibited a range of art work and jewellery inspired by the ancient curiosities at Pitt Rivers and the Ashmolean. Designed to engage the viewer I couldn&#39;t get enough of these adorable curios and I&#39;m excited to see what she&#39;ll be working on next. &nbsp; That is literally a teeny tiny selection of the great work shown at this year&#39;s New Designers. Please keep a look out for my guest blog post for Made by Mrs M coming soon which will feature even more design talent I spotted this year. Can&#39;t wait for the next one! :) <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday ]]> 2015-06-29T07:00:00+01:00 2015-06-29T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/362/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Suzy Ultman 2) Alejandro Mel&eacute;ndez 3) Shino Takeda Ceramic 4) Vilda J. Rolfsen 5) Baubau Haus <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-06-26T07:30:00+01:00 2015-06-26T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/377/%23FolksyFriday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Morning all! It&#39;s time for another #FolksyFriday and this week it&#39;s all about the garden. With the weather being looooovely lately I&#39;ve been spending a lot more time in the garden despite it being frog city - eewww! So here are my #FolksyFriday garden essentials. Personalised Planter by The Barton Gift Shop. A Garden Metal Bird Ornament Called Brenda by Down to Earth. Fair Isle Blanket by Suzie Lee Knitwear. Deluxe Hedgehog House by Wudwerx. Wooden Plant Labels by Lucky Bird. Set of 2 Country Garden Notebooks by Victoria Snape Pretty Paper Goods. Steel Fire Pit by Arpe Studio. Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy so take a peek! <![CDATA[Monthly Make - Easy Peasy Pom Poms! ]]> 2015-06-24T07:45:00+01:00 2015-06-24T07:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/368/Monthly-Make---Easy-Peasy-Pom-Poms%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk June&#39;s Monthly Make is all about pom poms or more precisely&nbsp; -Easy Peasy Pom Poms! You only need to some wool/yarn and pair of scissors and you&#39;re off! I remember as a kid making pom poms using 2 circles of card but as it turns out you only need use your hand! First secure the yarn in your fingers. Then begin wrap the yarn around your hand, keeping the distribution even. I did roughly about 100 wraps but of course you don&#39;t need to be precise just don&#39;t pull the yarn too tight. Now cut the yarn and pull it under the layers and out towards your fingers. Now with the yarn that was secured in your fingers pull this under the layers to the other side, Tie these ends in a loose knot. This part can be a little tricky. You need to gently slide the yarn off your hand, keeping it&#39;s shape. Flip it over and tie the yarn in another knot. Pull the knot as tight as possible and you&#39;ll see the pom pom turn into a tight circle. Don&#39;t trim the loose yarns. Cut around the pom pom to release it&#39;s shape. You can always give it a hair cut if the length is uneven but now you&#39;re done! You can always mix it up and use more than one yarn. Or vary the size. To make little dinky pom poms wrap the yarn around two fingers instead of your hand. I&#39;m using mine to make pom pom garlands to jazz up my display at selling events. What are you using yours for? &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-06-22T07:30:00+01:00 2015-06-22T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/372/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Barry Bland/Barcroft Media 2) In God We Trust NYC 3) Christina Baker 4) Style Me Pretty 5) Bridal Musings <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-06-19T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-19T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/376/%23FolksyFriday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk So I thought for my first #FolksyFriday I would go with something near and dear to my heart - British Wildlife! Like many other Folksy designer makers my work is often inspired by my surroundings and the beauty of British wildlife so before I start prattling on about how badgers are beautiful here are some of my top British Wildlife picks for #FolksyFriday. Bunny Card by Sophia Watts Illustrations. Woodland A6 Notebook by Lydia Meiying&#39;s Shop. Badger Tote Bag by Whinberry &amp; Antler. English Oak Bird See Feeder by Layer Tree Design. Woodland Animal Nail Art Stickers by Kate Broughton. Red Fox Milk Jug by Little Birdy Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy so have a peek! <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-06-15T07:00:00+01:00 2015-06-15T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/361/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) The Rubbish Revival 2) Yohko 3) Bright Bazaar 4) Suite One Studio <![CDATA[The Sorting Office - Summer Open Studios]]> 2015-06-10T17:00:00+01:00 2015-06-10T17:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/369/The-Sorting-Office---Summer-Open-Studios Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk This weekend I will be at The Sorting Office taking part in their Summer Open Studios. The Open Studios will show case the work of the resident creatives as well as other local designer makers including me! There will be workshops for the whole family and the chance to shop for some gorgeous handcrafted goods. Open Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 2pm so come and see us! &nbsp; <![CDATA[I'm on Folksy!]]> 2015-06-09T14:45:00+01:00 2015-06-09T14:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/370/Im-on-Folksy%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, so admittedly I&#39;m a little late to the Folksy party but after discovering some of my favourite designer makers were on there such as Lady Bird Likes, I am Acrylic and Little Birdy I thought it was time! So I&#39;m pleased to announce my Folksy shop is up and running and is full of lots of lovely British made textile accessories and greeting cards and there&#39;s lots more to come - promise! Happy shopping :) &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-06-08T08:30:00+01:00 2015-06-08T08:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/358/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Ingrid van der Zalm 2) Kim Wallace Ceramics 3) Arhoj 4) Rug USA <![CDATA[Things that I Liked, Loved and Learnt in May 2015]]> 2015-06-02T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-02T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/366/Things-that-I-Liked--Loved-and-Learnt-in-May-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Here&#39;s my little round up of things I liked, loved and learnt in May 2015. May started off with something a little different - leggings! Society6 have started producing leggings and I can&#39;t wait to bag myself some of this badgery goodness :) My first drawing workshop is coming up next month so I did the rounds with flyers, etc to spread the word. There&#39;s still a few spots left so book your place now! The weather&#39;s been a little hit and miss but I braved the garden and am happy to say I didn&#39;t encounter a single frog! I think they can smell my fear... In preparation for my workshop I&#39;ve been brushing up on the old drawing skills, playing around with continuous line drawing and drawing with my left hand (I&#39;m a righty). I got back into running in a big way this month. I started running a couple of years ago purely for the mental benefits and I promise you it is a sure way to beat the blues! The Artists Open House was last month and among my original designs I created a small range of earrings and hair accessories using vintage fabrics - LOVE the colours! I also worked on a new freelance brief and this little guy was by far my favourite design of the bunch. May ended on a low note for me. I damaged my cornea and spent the best part of a week in doors, in pain, sunglasses on with the curtains drawn. Thankfully I was still able to create a mountain of pompoms which definitely cheered me up. So that was May in a nut shell. What did you guys get up to? &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - This is Gold]]> 2015-06-01T07:30:00+01:00 2015-06-01T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/341/Maker-of-the-Month---This-is-Gold Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk June&#39;s Maker of the Month is Aless Baylis the creator of This is Gold. I discovered This is Gold fairly recently on twitter, instagram, etc and loved her illustrations later realising I&#39;d actually bought some her Paperchase designs-&nbsp; I felt that sparkly kitties were the perfect wrapping paper for a friends wedding present - obviously! ;) So here&#39;s a little something about This is Gold... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? My name is Aless, my business This is Gold is fairly new.&nbsp; I have been working in-house as a print designer for companies such as Paperchase and Debenhams for over 8 years but have now decided to branch out on my own.&nbsp; It&#39;s very early days but I&#39;ve already been doing some exciting projects. &nbsp; What inspires your work? I&#39;m always inspired by reading blogs, looking at photos.&nbsp; I love Instagram and Pinterest, there are so many pretty images on there, I could look at them all day.&nbsp; Children&#39;s books inspire me and magazines such as Frankie and Oh Comely. Where do you work? Describe your work space. At the moment I am freelancing in house for companies and as it is such early days for my business I haven&#39;t got a proper working studio yet.&nbsp; This is something I&#39;m working on for 2015. What do you love about your job? What I love most about my job is the diversity.&nbsp; Some days I&#39;ll be doing kids wear design, some days I&#39;ll be working on posters or stationery. &nbsp; I also love to see the products when they come out in store, it&#39;s a great feeling. &nbsp; When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? When I&#39;m not working I like to visit other places.&nbsp; I live in London and it&#39;s nice to escape the city sometimes. I love being anywhere near the sea.&nbsp; My boyfriends family live in Barcelona so we go and visit there a lot.&nbsp; Barcelona is great, Gaudi, good food, weather...what&#39;s not to love!&nbsp; I&#39;m trying to learn Spanish although it&#39;s not going very well. What are you currently working on? Right now I am freelancing with Debenhams working on graphics for baby&#39;s.&nbsp; It&#39;s really fun, I get to work with some of the designer brands.&nbsp; I&#39;m also working on some new nursery posters for my Etsy shop and have been doing some exclusive poster designs for a lovely shop called Psikhouvanjou in the Netherlands. &nbsp; Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I have also started selling posters with Petite Louise, another cute online store based in the Netherlands. &nbsp; Who are your designer favourites? I really love designlovefest.&nbsp; I read her blog everyday, lovely photography and colours that brighten up the day. I&#39;m really into ceramic animals at the moment.&nbsp; My friend Sophie Wiltshire makes some really cute foxes and other animals. There is a shop I love on Etsy called&nbsp;Barruntando, so many cute ceramic animals on there. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? My advice for any designer makers out that would be to create every day.&nbsp; Even if it&#39;s a tiny drawing, share it with others on Instagram, Pinterest etc.&nbsp; Get your work out there :) &nbsp; Aless&#39;s Hello Bear design is currently on Ohh Dear&#39;s Creative Safari right now so pop along and vote - It&#39;s GORGEOUS! To find out more about This is Gold here are some handy links - Twitter Facebook Instagram <![CDATA[Pay Day Sale!]]> 2015-05-29T07:00:00+01:00 2015-05-29T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/367/Pay-Day-Sale%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk In honour of the glorious pay day weekend you can now get 20% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy store. Whether you&#39;re getting someone a gift or just a treat for yourself (go on you earned it ;) use the code: payday15 at the checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping! :) <![CDATA[Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses]]> 2015-05-19T17:15:00+01:00 2015-05-19T17:15:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/365/Brighton-and-Hove-Artists-Open-Houses Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk This weekend is the last weekend of the fabulous Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses and I will be on hand to help out at Sixes and Sevens on Saturday and Sunday. Artists Open Houses is the best way to scout out the local creative talent and snap up some truly unique and hand crafted goods. So take some time out this bank holiday weekend and come see us! For more info on what&#39;s on go the Artists Open House website or take a look at the Brighton Etsy team trail for all your Etsy favourites! See you there :) <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-05-18T15:00:00+01:00 2015-05-18T15:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/346/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk &nbsp; 1) DesignLoveFest 2) The Purl Bee 3) Andrea Villeneuve 4) Plascon Trends 5) Aino-Maija Metsola &nbsp; <![CDATA[Monthly Make - How to Reupholster a Chair]]> 2015-05-14T14:15:00+01:00 2015-05-14T14:15:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/364/Monthly-Make---How-to-Reupholster-a-Chair Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Welcome to my new feature - Monthly Make! I thought it be nice to share with you guys the crafty goings on, both work and non work related. So keep your eyes peeled for future projects which could include anything from dress making, jewellery, favourite recipes and more. But today I&#39;m starting with a biggy -&nbsp; my recent upholstery project! Some of you may have seen some sneaky peeks on Instagram and Twitter but here&#39;s a little run down of the processes I used and my&nbsp; tips to help anyone thinking of starting their own project. This was my first big upholstery job so I will admit it was a steep learning curve but here goes... How to Reupholster a Tub Chair Whether it&#39;s a chair, stool, sofa, whatever the first thing you need to do is look at it and I mean really LOOK! Examine the fabric, the padding, the wood work, turn it upside down and have a good snoop around and consider the following - 1) The padding - will this need to be replaced? 2)Wood work - Is this damaged? Does anything need painting or varnishing? Should I replace the castors? This will give you some indication of the materials and tools you&#39;ll need for the job. To reupholster my chair I used a multi tool ( I was sceptical when my husband bought me this but it has proved to be super useful!), tacks, upholstery thread, an upholster needle and of course fabric. Next using a marker pen label the fabric of the chair with the section it corresponds too - e.g. Inside back, Inside Right Side, Outside Back, etc. This is so once the fabric is removed you know which pattern piece goes where. Now get stuck in and strip it!&nbsp; I advise to do this outside if possible because it is a filthy job. I even chose to wear a mask because my allergies were going crazy from all the dust, dirt and fluff. Once it&#39;s stripped&nbsp; use the fabric sections to work out how much new fabric you&#39;ll need ( I used about 3 and half metres) and also use them as a template - REMEMBER to include a 1cm seam allowance around each pattern piece! Every project will be a little different but using the new pattern pieces sew the sections together. I had 4 sections - the seat, 2 arms and the main body of the chair. You may need to alter the seams slightly to get a tight fight so there is a little trail and error - it took 3 tries for me but was essential to have a snug fit! Pull the fabric sections onto the chair and using tacks hammer the fabric to the underside of the chair. Always starting in the middle and working outwards to ensure a tight and accurate fit. Once the main section and the seat were in place I could add the arms. I pinned these in place and hand stitched them using an upholstery needle and some much needed elbow grease! Finally replace the fabric from the underside of the chair. It doesn&#39;t need to be the same as your other material as it&#39;s not going to be seen. I used a natural linen on the bottom which hid the tacks and finished off the piece. And here&#39;s the finished article - love it! I hope this has inspired you to start your own project and give that old piece of furniture a new lease of life!