Showing posts from November, 2012

Juicy knits!

kid mohair and silk scarves
Originally uploaded by MadeleineS.
On Saturday I finally finished off a long-standing project to make more mohair scarves. The last batch had been popular and I knitted these in the summer. Multiple distractions of wet felting, dyeing, roof leaks and real life all took over and the needle felting wasn't added until last weekend.

Ive chosen to show the stripy one and the orange one in the 3rd Annual Craft Reactor Members' Showcase along with a similarly coloured lattice felt wrap and a selection of hyperbolic brooches. I'll be one of over a dozen exhibitors so Hula Juice Bar & Cafe will be bursting with interesting craft work between 27 November and 22 December.

Guest post from Edinburgh Coffee Spoons!

Thirst aid at the Roseleaf
Originally uploaded by MadeleineS.
well that was stupid! I just wrote a post about what's happening in the studio complete with nice photo and posted it to my other blog by mistake! So this is a post for that blog to even things up.

I'm in my usual Saturday brunch spot, The Roseleafe Cafe Bar next to the studio. I got my latte in my favourite mug and my French toast with bacon and banana arrived shortly afterwards. It's great to have somewhere relaxed and friendly with good food, coffee, beer when you need it too and has free wifi.

To read Madeleine's Hepherd's post on Edinburgh Coffee Spoons visit

Winter Fun

Craft Reactor exhibition flyer designed by Carmen Moran
Originally uploaded by MadeleineS.
If you want to see (and maybe even buy!) my work in the run up to the festive season then you'll be pleased to know there are two opportunities.

Coburg House Art Studios will be open for the weekend on 1 and 2 December with the usual fabulous mix of art and craft to suit every budget.  Come and visit Plum and Pepper in studio 26 and see the stuff you've been reading about in my previous posts.

Craft Reactor are having their annual members' showcase from 26 November to 22 December in Hula Juice Bar, where they meet every month.  I'll be contributing and the range of work is always eclectic.  Drop in and see what we've all been up to this year!

time for a change

autumn forest scarves
Originally uploaded by MadeleineS.
Plum and Pepper Studio website is long over due for a makeover. So I started this week with a new front page and template. The pictures are way out of date and the galleries need rearranged. I'll be tackling it in stages over the next couple of weeks and aim to finish in time for Open Studios on 1 and 2 December. have a look at to see what's happening.

Makeover time also applies to my studio practice. I'll be concentrating on wearable textiles (scarves, wraps, jewellery for the moment) but experimenting with textile vessels and exploring new techniques.

One of the techniques I'm looking at is surface decoration using rubber stamps. When I was ill last year I started playing with this technique on paper. I made a collection of greetings cards and have just picked up some lovely handmade paper cards for another set. However I'm working towards stamping on silk once I'm happy …