Saturday, 29 October 2011

A scarf, Shepherd's Bush, and the Fashion & Textile Museum

Dear Reader,
I have no completed sewing project to show you. The only thing I have completed recently is this scarf, made from pure wool I bought while travelling in Scotland months ago. I didn't buy enough of the hand dyed yarn so I added a giant scarlet fringe. Cute, no?

The increasingly cool mornings gave me motivation to finish it. I'm not a natural knitter..

As regular readers of this blog know I live in Oxford, just far enough from London to make it a treat to go there. Every now and then I jump on a bus and go explore something new about one of the world's great cities. A couple of weeks ago I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum. FTM It is a museum that was set up by Zandra Rhodes as a space dedicated to British Designers. There is a small permanent exhibit dedicated to her as the founder but the main galleries taken up by a roll-out of temporary exhibits. I quite enjoyed this one, by a 70's Saville Row rebel called Tommy Nutter.

His designs were worn by all the cool rockers and celebrities in the 70's and you can see why. The designs are still great today.

Isn't this brocade and velvet jacket great?
Does anyone else remember Bianca Jagger's white wedding tuxedo?

Groovy baby!

After seeing the exhibit and exploring the cute streets of the London Bridge area, which was once run down but is now gentrified and horrifyingly expensive (according to prices in the realtor's window) I walked to Goldhawk Road/Shepherd's Bush. Now Goldhawk Road is a little bit of the Middle East in London, with about a dozen material shops. Off Goldhawk road is a thoroughfare called the Shepherd's Bush Market. If Golhawk road is Arabia then Shepherd's bush has a definite African influence. Whats more there are shops that sell buttons and trims and cheap interfacing and felt and ..... cheap veggies and exotic food to take home for dinner.

Happy sewing everyone,


  1. I have to say, and Val did not pay me, I promise, the scarf is AWESOME in person.
    Sorry for lurking,
    Sheila in Brussels.
    PS Great weekend!

  2. Hey Sheils thanks for the comment ... I am going to release my inner eccentric, mad colours and all, as a select few know! Stay tuned.