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Toothbrush Rugs

For the past few months I have been working for Making Magazine. It is a national magazine but happens to be based in Lewes about two steep hills from my house. Now I can try out all the things I have wanted to do and get paid! I am truly blessed. At the moment I am making a type of rag rug called a Toothbrush Rug. They are called this because people used old toothbrushes, the type with a hole in the handle for hanging it up, as needles. I presume they cut the head off. Any way here is mine, so far:

It grows fairly quickly, but not as quickly as I’d like. To give you an idea of scale, it would look good in a ballroom in a doll’s house right now (although the doll would break her legs trying to dance on it). I put it on the floor by my bed last night to imagine what it’s going to look like. I’m baby-sitting tonight so I’ll get lots done.

Incase you don’t know me (and you’re interested), Making magazine asked me to do a Q & A for them. Here are my answers:

Who are your style heroes?
Charles and Ray Eames. I love their playfulness.
Which different craft do you fancy trying?
I’d love to learn how to make one of those huge tissue paper lanterns that people carry in processions.
Who would you like to dress?
Miffy.
What advice would you give to a novice?
Read the instructions! Get together and learn with friends, it‘s more fun.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
One of them would have to be making a hat for Camilla Parker-Bowles to wear when she went to her first public engagement as Prince Charles’  official partner. She looked fabulous and the next day it was on the front cover of all the papers.
Which period of history would best reflect your style?
My style is pretty eclectic but I was a child in the 60‘s and 70’s and my mother worked in a Scandinavian design shop. My childhood has a great influence on my style, so may be then.
What are you currently working on?
I am working very hard with my friends Kelly and Louisa on our new venture called Make Believe Café. We hold craft events, designed to get people together with their friends to have fun making things. At the moment we are making all sorts of paper decorations in readiness for our next event, Paper Caper – a day of paper mayhem. (makebelievecafe.tumblr.com)
Where would you most like to see your work exhibited?
The V & A.
What would you like to be when you grow up?
Tidy.

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