I am thrilled to announce my latest project – to be the resident CRAFT JUDGE for the Marmarati …
Who are they? I hear you cry… Well the illustrious Marmarati are an esteemed collective of the most dedicated Marmite lovers. Entry into their society involves proving yourself worthy of the title by passing a challenge, and the results are judged by specialist Marmarati’s (of which I am now one).
Marmite is a British Institution which induces a love/hate relationship depending on your palette… and its following is immense. We at Pearl and Earl are lovers of its iconic toast enhancing status – and I was honoured to be bestowed with the title of JUDGE OF THE CRAFTS CHALLENGE for the Marmarati.
My task? to choose those worthy of entry into this most elite of societies… you can read more about it on the dedicated website www.Marmarati.org – or follow the Marmite facebook page which is being hijacked by the Marmarati during their recruitment campaign in June 2012!
My partner on the judging bench is the delectable food creative and curator Miss Cakehead (seen below surrounded by our paper decorations) who recruited me on board – but first I had to come up with my own crafty challenge… in true Supersize Stitch style, I created an larger than life version of the Marmarati XO jar, complete with a gold JACQUI P embroidered back, as a nod to my craft site where all of my stitchery can be found!
We are negotiating with the Marmarati as to whether we can share our own secret Marmite Chart recipe… but until then you can find a collection of Black and Gold style decorations to celebrate this most delectable spread.. including our giant X O balloons!.. or why not bake, make, or DIY your own craft in Marmite style for entry.
Hope you are a lover xo
I shared with you on a previous post the start of my London Underground Cross Stitch kit … and the launch online at Jacqui P has been a roaring success with you all.
So I thought I would take the time to show you the finished item – complete with Victoria Line Blue Pom Pom trims.
Loving the London Look… getting set for yet more Capital Happenings in 2012 x
As part of my alternative stitching for the London 2012 games .. I am thrilled to launch Number 2 in the series (following the London Underground Cross Stitch) … My “Sporty Stitching”
It was the hardest to do – not technically, but because I had to be really careful that the project does not breach any of the super heavy logo copyrights that the Olympics have in place….
You are not allowed to put London, Olympics and 2012 in the same sentence – or any derivative of them…(Olympix for example) .. you cannot use Olympics, you cannot use the classic 5 rings placed together (even if they are made up of flowers or something random) and you cant use the logo or the mascots specifically from the London Olympics (not that I would want to as they are not my cup of tea)… PHEW!
My favourite Olympic logos are from the 1972 Olympics in Munich, by a designer Otl Aicher (who was bizarrely killed by a lawn mower but thats another story) … and his posters and classic logos are now graphic legend.
His fanned circle and clear linear sporting logos are now entrenched in our cultural memory.. and definately are part of mine…
So where to start..
Well my design is an homage to his work but using my RAY design as a background, key 5 colours from my palette which are similar to the 5 continent Olympic colours (plus pink for good measure as a nod to Londons logo)… with my own version of sporty logo peeps…
The eagle eyed amongst you will note that Cricket is not an Olympic sport! But it is quintessentially English, being pushed for the next games in 20:20 format… and I also heard it is part of the Opening Ceremony this year ..
Hope you like it … I am stitching it as I speak and it will launch on the site for the Jubilee weekend
Happy Stitching jpx
PInterest is one of my new obsessions.. and yes I know I am late to the table, but there is a good reason for this…. I knew that when I joined, I would be sucked up into a world of pretty pictures for hours upon end!
.. well I was right! But a new work project meant that due to ‘joint pin boards’ I had to sign up for this sweet shop of prettiness… and on the front page was this madly gorgeous – or too much? Mermaid crochet pattern for babies… in a Products I Love / mermaid.
Sadly the pinterest gal did not fully credit the source *tut* and so I had a little look on Etsy and came up with this pattern … too much on a new born in my eyes – but for a tot delightful – if a little ‘legs tied up’..
hey ho – sacrificing for craft and all that
A local lady I know, asks me every year to find a hat to knit for her Grandson… last years was a hit – so no pressure this year then?
Well a little research and I found this fab alternative rib hat by a Finnish designer Typy – their Jacques Cousteau Hat has a clever twisted rib, which whilst beyond my knitting skills, I am told is not too tricky to master, with great finished effect.
You can download the pattern from their blog with translation here for free.