Anyone who knows me - or reads this blog regularly - would know that I love a book or two. And if you look closely enough (at all the little bookmarks in the books) you can see that I use my library all the time.
This morning, when I checked my bank accounts, it became clear that the long weekend just gone was indeed a booky one. There is evidence of spending at Fishpond, Amazon and two local bricks-and-mortar bookshops. It also included a trip to my studio-library for a few quiet hours of research.one of my favorite, favourite books..... I especially love the pages that are like a still version of Downton Abbey (...does anyone else miss dialogue because they're focused on a cuff detail?).
I also pulled out my Enid's....
Lately, I have too many ideas for bags, purses, hats and clothing. For the first time in a long time, I'm scribbling in a sketchbook to get them out of my head.... trying to decide which way to take each idea.... pattern, class... book?
I was looking through my book collection and online, to see where the gaps are (what's out there and what isn't) and found myself researching children's clothing ...looking at the gap between the elastic-waisted-pants-books and the advanced dressmaking books. And I was looking at details - zips, pockets, straps and closures - that can be used to transform a basic garment or bag into something special.
Where do YOU see the gaps? And - knowing what I do (and knowing that I don't need actual design ideas) - what would you like to see me put into book form?