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Step by step guide showing how to make a simple and easy stamp for printing

Ailsa Wilson Easy printing block Fabric printing Hand printing Handmade block for print Handprinted gifts Handprinted paper Handprinted textiles How to guide Printing block Printing stamp Step by step guide

Step by step guide showing how to make a simple and easy stamp for printing

There's a certain, unmistakeable glow of pride when someone compliments you on something, to which you can say “Thanks, I made it”. Cherish it. Bank it for the future. Want to try an idea that might help that a long a little? A bit 'Blue Peter'? I prefer to see it as a clever use of household materials destine for the dustbin. Check out the results above! You could print your own wrapping paper, tea towels, cushions, table cloths even. Think of the gifts you could make! It's simple enough to give it a go with children – a perfect...

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A pretty personal account of why the English Baccalaureate is a disaster for children, the creative arts and the economy.

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A pretty personal account of why the English Baccalaureate is a disaster for children, the creative arts and the economy.

I had a pretty hairy time at primary school. Shyness, glasses, a lisp and legs as furry as a bear; I don't really look back at those days as being the 'best' days of my life (why do people say that? No amount of positive spin can convince most children that school is going to be their best days of their lives?). Add in dyslexia and number blindness into the mix and you can imagine… The key thing I do remember positively is painting. Specifically an orange. It was good enough to stop the teacher in his tracks as he...

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Oak Tree design cushion features in Angels & Urchins Magazine

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Oak Tree design cushion features in Angels & Urchins Magazine

After being spotted on Twitter, my Oak Tree design cushion made it onto the pages of Angels & Urchins, London's premier magazine and website for hard working, juggling parents. The cushion featured in an article about how to create a perfect nursery or child's bedroom interior without heading down the 'pink for girls, 'blue for boys' or yellow if 'we're going to keep the world guessing' route. Author: Serena Fokschaner, Publication: Angles & Urchins, Summer 2015 Website: http://www.angelsandurchins.co.uk/

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Tiny Birds. Big impression.

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Tiny Birds. Big impression.

A tale of creative thinking on a street corner in Mexico and a curious name. It occurred to me the other day, while my brain was taking a wander, as it does post-lunch, that most visitors to my Facebook page or website won't know why I called myself 'Tiny Bird Textiles'. As Mr Tiny Bird (or Martin as I think he might prefer… as that is actually his name) put it… 'isn't there a possibility they'll expect you to be a vertically challenged lady-sort?' Hummm… (she thinks on, a little nettled, but does she change her mind?)   I stuck...

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RNLI launches new '25 Knots' kitchen range designed by Ailsa Wilson from Tiny Bird Textiles (hey that's me!)

Ailsa Wilson 25 Knots RNLI

RNLI launches new '25 Knots' kitchen range designed by Ailsa Wilson from Tiny Bird Textiles (hey that's me!)

The brief: Redesign the RNLI's best selling kitchen range, that's inspired by a lifeboat but doesn't actually feature a lifeboat! If you've ever heard the sound of an RNLI all-weather lifeboat's engine growl and chug into life, late at night, throttling up to 25 knots as it reaches open water, you know somewhere, out at sea, someone is relying on that lifeboat reaching them soon. It's an unforgettable sound. It's stuck with me since childhood. That little me would never have guessed that, many moons later, I would be stood on a pontoon, next to the hulking form of a...

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