childhood

Betty and Beary and their excellent knitwear

Sunday, March 2, 2014

After a break from blogging - due to being busy relocating from Hereford to Leeds (read more) - I'm back with another childhood making-related gem!

This time, it's my doll Betty (notable for her problem hair) and bear Beary (notable for his imaginative name) - and their awesome garter stitch knitwear. Betty's jumpsuit was definitely made by my mum... and the provenance of Beary's jumper is lost in the mists of time, though I, for one, would rather like to recreate its graphic simplicity in adult size.

In other news: PhD amendments approved, so I am all done! I've put the thesis abstract and some excerpts from the conclusion - including my key insights - on the website, here. If you'd like to read the full document, please contact me for a download link!

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Cave painting in a Vitalite tub

Monday, November 25, 2013

I've found a rich seam of material to mine in the 'things I made when I was young' theme. 

I've already shown you the first thing I (probably) sewed, and an over-accessorised donkey

But my making wasn't restricted to sewing and knitting - as demonstrated by this beautifully preserved (by my mum) 'Cave painting in a Vitalite tub'. 

Vitalite tubs = making in our house, being the ideal receptacle for all manner of craft materials. And versatile, too! This one provided the mould for my work of art, and then kept it protected so it could be photographed for a blog 25(ish) years later.

More childhood making coming soon!

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Superdonkey

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

As a bit of light relief from my thesis-related blog posts, I thought I would share another of my childhood making projects, which has somehow survived to the present day (minus one mitten).

I cannot recall exactly why I chose to knit a bonnet, jumper, cape and mittens for this donkey puppet ... but I'm glad I did!

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The first thing I ever sewed (maybe)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Apropos of not much really, I thought I would show off my brown corduroy bear (or maybe it's a cat).

think it's the first thing I ever sewed, by myself. Unfortunately the annals of Twigger history didn't record how old I was ... we think maybe six.

I have a very vague memory of sitting in my parents' bedroom (where the sewing stuff was kept), making it. 

Here's my mum's memory: 'I remember thinking I could have explained about seams usually being on the inside if I'd been consulted prior to construction but managed not to say it at the time as you were so pleased with it...'

And I'm still pleased with it now! Particularly the experimental use of grain, and disregard for the conventions of matching thread colour... plus the backstitching is pretty good, considering.

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