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I'm blogging here these days. Still quilting and baking and reading and making, but often putting the photos on Instagram, and writing about different subjects on the blog. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at jane brocket
They are a far cry from the grand Georgian crescents of John Wood in Bath and John Nash in London, but the beach huts at Littlehampton are set out in equally appealing crescents with a similar repetition of design and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at jane brocket
If JMW Turner was never in Littlehampton, he was missing some good clouds. Across the way from the early nineteenth-century, bow-fronted South Terrace is the wonderfully different East Beach Cafe, designed by Thomas Heatherwick (the back wall looks a little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at jane brocket
These have taken far too long, but at last my truly, madly, deeply neon socks are done. The extended knitting period was caused by the fact that I wasn't that keen on the very wide repeats and lack of stripe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at jane brocket
I shall be signing books on the Lady Sew and Sew stand (E9) at the Festival of Quilts from 11am to midday on Sunday 10 August. Do come and say hello. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at jane brocket
I went to Peckham today on my way to meeting Alice and stepped into a fruit and vegetable shopper's paradise. Rye Lane has a fantastic concentration of greengrocers, all stuffed with tomatoes, plantains, mangoes, okra, bananas, aubergines, coriander, chillis (super-hot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at jane brocket
[Handspinner Having Fun] Last mentions of corrugated iron on Skye, but it seems that I have stumbled upon a subject that is of interest to more people than I first imagined. [garage] I didn't know it's referred to affectionately as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at jane brocket
More looking at roofs, thinking about roofs, finding interesting roofs. Or not. [Top photo: a rare example of a traditional Skye thatched roof with stones to hold it down. Bottom photo: not so rare example of a roofless crofter's cottage.] Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at jane brocket
Like many people, I guess, I pretty much take the roof over my head for granted; as long as one is there and it isn't leaking or being blown off by a storm, I don't give it much thought. Coming... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at jane brocket
It's hot and sunny, and I just want to go outside and collect cerinthe, foxglove, marigold and poppy seeds before they fall. But I'm indoors, working away on the first yarnstorm press title which will be going to the printers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at jane brocket
Tiles, blue skies, warmth, fresh fruit, a good market, plenty of coffee, lots of pastéis de nata, great shop signs, a street full of haberdasheries, many rattling tram journeys, and Tom, Alice and Phoebe. All that's required for four good... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at jane brocket
I'm changing the photo while I carry on away from the blog, and these are my favourites of the last week. I had lunch with a friend at Honey on Tuesday - highly recommended for generous, delicious Middle Eastern food... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at jane brocket
UPDATE: "Summer Madness at Ray Stitch!!! Book any of our July or August courses by the end of the week (July 11th) and receive a 20% discount" Dropping in to let you know I'll be running a new workshop on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at jane brocket
I'm finishing on a nice, bright, sunny high with (mostly) close-ups of some of my favourite things in yellow. This past week was inspired in a roundabout way by listening to one of Phoebe's favourite songs which she played a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at jane brocket
Oxford museum I'm going for a full week of colour because you can never have too much. Today is blue with a bright blue sky outside and soft blue flowers in the garden. Books have been written on the subject... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at jane brocket
I don't have any photos of violets - so rare these days - but last year at Wisley I did see this bed of thousands of pansies (close relations of the viola/violet) set out in broad stripes of colour which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at jane brocket
Mint, Shoreditch What can I say? I need green. Deep, lush, bright, pale, fresh, lime, emerald, bottle, apple, grass, sea, spring green in leaves, trees, flowers, buildings, gardens, landscapes, streams, rivers, food, drink, ink, glass, fabric, art, yarn, tea, eyes,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at jane brocket
Soho Well, pink with blue. Actually, bright pink with delphinium blue. Or cerise with ultramarine. Or fuchsia with azure. Or candy pink and sky blue. Or pastel pink with cornflower blue. Or china paink and duck egg blue. Oxford Southampton... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at jane brocket
Orange is a top colour and a top flavour. Orange Smarties are the best on butterfly cakes, and we've just discovered the brilliant London Marmalade (great mix of sweet, bitter and sour) made by London-based England Preserves. (Their lovely designs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at jane brocket
Inspired by wonderful titles such as A Year of Living Dangerously and a Year of Reading Proust, I'm doing A Week of Living Colourfully. Using Instagram, has for some reason, made me see red (in a good way). Yesterday I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at jane brocket
I always wake up on a Friday excited about the prospect of the weekend - even if I know I'll be working - and this morning was even better because I could fling open the windows and let in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at jane brocket
Where can you find work by some of the best wood-carvers, architects, gilders, plasterers, carpenters, roofers, stonemasons, letterers, tile-makers, blacksmiths, lettercutters, mosaic-makers, engravers, painters, sculptors all in one place and for free? I still can't quite believe we can walk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at jane brocket
by Peter Liversidge at YSP Is it? I read EM Forster's novels years ago and my reading definitley did not do them justice, but when I was having an unhappy time at university I did take the 'only connect' message... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at jane brocket
Red Cross quilt in Quilt Me! Exams are tricky for those who aren't taking them - as well as for those who are. The older the exam-taker, the greater the stakes, the more the stress, the harder it is to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at jane brocket
In between reading about swimming and pools, I've been knitting socks with a yarn (07205) that contains colours I associate with lidos: turquoise water, royal blue tiles, fresh green grass, white clouds and lead-grey/deep blue skies. Every time I've picked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at jane brocket