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Cacti Clémence Skirt in Copenhagen

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

A few weeks ago, me and Phil visited Copenhagen for a few nights. While there, I took the opportunity to get a few photos of this Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt. These photos were taken in the Christianshavn neighbourhood, close to Noma (regularly selected as one of the best restaurants in the world); not that we were eating there, we ate smørrebrød at a nearby (much cheaper) cafe.

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

The fabric is chambray from my stash, originally purchased from Barry’s. I doodled a cacti design on the front of my skirt using fabric pens from Ikea. I was going to lino print the design but went with fabric pens as a lazy / way faster option. Next time, I might lino print the outline and then fill-in the coloured sections with fabric pens; I always find printing multi-coloured images with lino blocks a bit frustrating as I never manage to line-up the separate colours perfectly.

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

I actually made the skirt months ago, but it’s been cold so it’s stayed in the wardrobe until recently. The Clémence Skirt is one of the patterns in Tilly’s book, Love at First Stitch. It’s a simple gathered skirt so the book includes instructions to construct the skirt based on your measurements, rather than a paper pattern. It’s dead easy.

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

This skirt goes with most tops in my wardrobe, so I’ll start putting it to use now that the weather is (sort of) warming up. Using solid coloured fabrics is so practical, it’s just not as exciting at the fabric shopping stage. In fact, even when I did make a solid-coloured skirt I ended up doodling on it. Whoops…

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Tilly and the Buttons Clémence Skirt, in Copenhagen, Denmark


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Pottery at Jinney Ring Craft Centre

A couple of months ago, my team at work had an away-day at Jinney Ring craft centre in Hanbury. It’s a lovely little place with duck ponds in the garden and artisan workshops.

Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury

We were there for a pottery workshop. It was a mixture of hand building ceramic tiles and wheel work pots.

Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury

My thrown pots were a bit messy, but they did survive the kiln and make perfect cactus trays!

Cactus in hand-thrown pot

Cactus in hand-thrown pot

I also made a handful of tiles to be used as coasters. Some of these had images stamped into them, and I pressed branches and leaves into others. The leaves/branches burn away in the kiln resulting in a neat imprint.

Handmade Pottery Tile Coaster

Handmade Pottery Tile Coaster

Handmade Pottery Tile Coaster

Work in progress at Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury