Author Archives: agnesashe

About agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

New Gift Boxes

Most of the scarves I sell are bought as gifts. And, whether my customer is buying from me in real life, or online, I carefully fold each scarf within acid free tissue paper and place it in a box. Now … Continue reading

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Golden Hour in a Fine Urban Park

Although Ipswich, a town of about 134,000 people, is not a large place it has some beautiful parks. Recently I went along to Christchurch Park for the first time. The so-called golden hour for taking photographs may be a great … Continue reading

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Old hands and newbies

Last weekend and again this coming weekend I will be selling my work at ‘British Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn’. The venue is a fantastic, timber-framed Suffolk barn dating from about 1550. Over its long history the Barn was used for … Continue reading

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British Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk

It is now the season of Christmas Fairs and the ‘British Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn’ weekends are already in full swing. I shall be joining a host of other crafters selling their work at Blackthorpe Barn on the weekend of … Continue reading

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Update on upcycled silk scraps – Part II

In Part I of ‘Update on upcycled silk scraps’ I wrote about my research in preparation for making a wall hanging to be considered for the exhibition ‘Norwich Shawls: Past Glory, Present Inspiration’. Ruminating on the harsh and often poorly … Continue reading

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Golden times – inspirational plants

Recently, just before the first full, proper frost I took some photos in the local park of the classic warm golds of autumn. Drifts of rudbeckia capped with their rich, dark brown top-knots looked fabulous in Holywells Park and they’re … Continue reading

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UK Handmade Winter Showcase

It is now November and I think we can safely mention ‘Christmas’ and yesterday the Winter/Christmas UK Handmade Showcase went live. One of my silk scarves has been featured, and, I love the way the UK Handmade folk have chosen … Continue reading

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Update on upcycled silk scraps – Part I

Last year I entered a competition ‘Norwich Shawls: Past Glory, Present Inspiration’. It was to feature both exhibits of original shawls and new textile work inspired by the shawls. At the time I blogged about the initial re-dyeing and reusing … Continue reading

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Oxymoron or not?

Here’s a little question. Can a High Street retailer such as John Lewis, in all seriousness, offer ‘Modern Rarity’ through it’s 34 department stores across the UK? Maybe I am a bit too old-fashioned, but to me rarity means uniqueness, scarcity … Continue reading

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October Park – still looking rather green

Last weekend I took my camera with me on a walk round the local park to photograph the seasonal changes. Surprisingly, autumn has been slow to arrive. I am used to living further inland, but here in Ipswich, on a … Continue reading

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The Weavers of Magic

Earlier this year between 26 April to 28 August in the Sunley Room of the National Gallery in London, woven art was celebrated. The exhibition was called Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic and the finished tapestry, ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’, was the … Continue reading

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