The Southsea Night Markets – a success!

Friday night was the last official Southsea Night Market. Tom and I have had such an adventure organising these markets, chatting on BBC Radio Solent, meeting talented makers, being featured in The News three times, anticipating and then battling all kinds of weather and enjoying the beautiful view across to the Isle of Wight every Friday evening! Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement, my amazing parents even came all the way from Somerset to support the markets! If the weather is kind we may spend the odd Friday night throughout September continuing the markets, check our Facebook event for details or use the hashtag #SouthseaNights for the latest information.

Watch this space for more markets coming to Portsmouth!

Southsea Night Market

Southsea Night Market

Southsea Night Market

Photos above by Matthew Cleveland.

Southsea Night Markets in The News


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My Estonian fabric

Last year for my birthday my parents gave me the most beautiful piece of linen that they brought back from their travels to Estonia. I wanted to use it for something really special and it has been carefully folded, waiting ever since I unwrapped it. I decided to use it for a table runner on the present table at our wedding and for the lining of our guest book bag!

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Monsters at Victorious Festival!

Sometimes I make things that I just can’t bear to part with! This little mini monster below is one of those things. Made from one of my favourite colours, with her little flower button eye and a lovely fabric for her tummy, she is a keeper.

Handmade plush toy

She is one of a big batch that I have stitched in preparation for my stall at Victorious Festival this weekend! I will have a very special offer running on both days, where you can pick up two monsters for £15. I will also be running a free felt tinsel workshop with Southsea Greenhouse, so be sure to pop by and make something!

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Tutorial : How to stiffen lace

This simple tutorial will show you how to stiffen lace, without using chemicals or expensive products. The recipe uses just sugar and water, so you won’t need to buy lots of supplies. I love that the method uses natural ingredients and if you don’t like the effect you can simply wash the sugar out and start again!

How to stiffen laceI became interested in stiffening lace when I rediscovered some beautiful lace that I thought I might use in my hair for our wedding. I think its a kind of guipure lace so it has a nice weight to it, but wasn’t stiff enough to use as it was. The photo below shows you before and after.

How to stiffen laceI started researching the best way to stiffen lace and after a bit of trial and error I have come up with this tutorial. You will need a piece of lace, water, granulated sugar, a saucepan, a small bowl or cup and a piece of card with greaseproof paper or cling film stuck to one side.

Tutorial : How to stiffen laceThe recipe is simply 1 part water to 1 part sugar. I made a solution using half a cup of each and that was more than enough. After you have measured your ingredients, place them in your saucepan and heat gently. Stir continuously and as soon as the sugar has melted, remove from the heat.

How to stiffen laceWet your piece of lace in warm water, before popping it into your slightly cooled solution. Leave to soak for a few minutes. Take your lace out and allow the excess liquid to drip off. Lie the lace down onto the greaseproof paper and allow to dry. My lace took 2 days to dry completely, try not to move it when it is drying so that it sets nicely.

How to stiffen lace

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Our Handmade Wedding : Felt Flower Buttonholes

I posted photos last week of my handmade felt flower bouquet. I also made the buttonholes to match! I used the same colour palette, arranged three buds together for each one and tied them together with brown string. Then each one was wrapped up and labelled, ready to be opened as a surprise on the day!

Felt flower buttonholes

Felt flower buttonholes

Felt flower buttonholes


Felt flower buttonholes

Last photo of Matt and his lovely brother Mike by Antony Turner.


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Make is moving!

I have spent many happy hours in No. 4 Albert Road, stitching, knitting, eating cake, teaching workshops and making firm friends with other creative people. Now Make is on the move! They are heading to a new home just over Fratton Bridge to No. 1 Cornwall Road, the former Westhouse Textiles. This huge building now has a very bright future, with masses of teaching space, room for fabrics galore and even a café!


The old shop shuts this afternoon and we should expect a brand new shiny Make to be unveiled in about a month’s time! I am so excited!

Make Southsea


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A crocheted wedding present!

We were so lucky to get some wonderful handmade wedding presents. One of these gifts was a beautiful big granny stripe blanket made by Emma, my new sister-in-law. The colours are perfect and the wool is so soft!

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Our Handmade Wedding : My felt flower bouquet

I love working with felt and so it was my material of choice for my handmade wedding bouquet. I picked my three favourite shades of blue, grey and white wool felt and carefully cut out, rolled and assembled sixty rose buds. It was the perfect choice of bouquet for me because I could pick my very favourite colours, it stayed looking immaculate all day and it will be everlasting.

If you would love your own bouquet, please get in touch, (contact(at)   I would love to make you one for your perfect day.

Felt Flower Bouquet

Felt Flower Bouquet

I’ve made a rainbow of felt flowers for this Friday’s Southsea Night Market! Pop along to say hello and pick up a bloom or two for yourself, whilst enjoying the beautiful seafront.

Photos by our amazing wedding photographer Antony Turner.


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Craft workshops at Victorious Festival

A s a member of Southsea Greenhouse I will be teaching a free craft workshop at Victorious Festival this year. I will be in the kids area and we will be making bright and beautiful felt tinsel! There is no sewing involved and your little ones can pick any colours they like to make their garland. There will be so many other things going on at the festival including a great line up of live music and a handmade market. I will also have a little pop up shop so that you can pick up a monster to take home with you!

Felt Tinsel

Handmade felt plush toy

Victorious Festival Poster

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The first Southsea Night Market!

The first ever Southsea Night Market took place on Friday and we are very excitedly looking forward to the next four dates! Every Friday evening in August, from 4pm to 8pm, you can find artists and crafters setting up shop along the promenade on Southsea seafront with the beautiful things they have made. You can find us at Speakers’ Corner, which is in between the Pyramids and South Parade Pier and next to Rocksby’s Cafe. Tom and I have co-organised these events after The People’s Plan for Southsea helped to make this possible.

You can see photos of some of the lovely sellers and their work who came along below, photos by Matthew Cleveland.

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