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This Dolly Loves... by Stephanie Faith 2009
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M o r e ...

"I am passionate about sewing and fabric. Making soft toys, or handbags, textile art, and now clothes. Can't wait to start on millinery as mad about hats!"


About this Page

I didn't want to be too long-winded on the Home Page about who I am and what makes me tick - so I decided to go on a bit on this page. You've been warned!

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I've broken up my various passions into separate boxes for easier reading, so if something doesn't appeal just scroll down further to see if something does ;)

Links of external web sites have been added where I thought they may be of interest to you (as well as myself) pertaining to the subject at hand. Thank you to those various people whose information I've come across and linked to.

Must say I learnt a bit of my own country's history whilst putting together a condensed timeline of UK fashion influences and events!

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Clothes

I search the online database of my library to find books on all matters of design and sewing-construction. There's an enormous number of books on fashion including clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery, millinery and other accessories. Fascinating is the insight of famous designers' lives, how they started, sometimes with humble beginnings but the passion was always there.

The history of fashion is an eye-opener as is very interwoven with the whole way we lived, and live today. From the beginning of time for mankind: Form Follows Function...the earliest shoes were made from animal skins crudely cut with flint, to be wrapped and tied around the foot. Then the invasion in AD 43 of the Romans, brought the Roman's Greek inspired style to a primitive Britain of Celts.

A little history

Early, Stone Age people, clothed themselves in animal skins and wove fabric from sheep wool to resemble a material like a potato sack.

The Celts, during the Iron Age (600 BC to 100 AD) were farmers and warriors, living under tribal rule - no monarchy or central goverment then! Houses were round huts, made of straw and mud, and if no food was grown they would starve to death.

There never was a Celtic (England, Wales, Scotland) invasion of Ireland - and although the Irish did invade Roman Britain (via just a 35 mile stretch of water) it appears that the Romans never got round to invading Ireland. I wonder why that was. And whereas Celtic Art is fondly attributed to Ireland, it is in fact borrowed from the European Celts and not of Irish origin (no invasion of Ireland during this time period).

The Romans developed towns and cities, built roads, organised industry and founded a structured government - 100 years later properly becoming part of The Roman Empire. Along with the latin words came the Roman tunics and togas, footwear such as boots and strappy sandals, and the fine architecture of the Roman buildings - which are still responsible today for making a huge impact on clothes fashion. Although, of course, the cooler climes of Britain did dictate and Romans eventually conceded to wearing sensible trousers.

The Fall of The Roman Empire, a slow decline of 320 years, believed to have finally ended in 476, then led to a period of time known as The Middle, or Dark Ages, a kind of recession, economic decline. Clothing during The Dark Ages became simplified and chaos ruled: people were poor and starving, afraid of being killed or enslaved as the country found itself without protection.

The Romans had left Britain to fight the crumbling "core", back home, of their empire and the Viking and Anglo Saxon era began (410-1066). Called Anglo Saxon due to the settlers from the German regions of Angeln and Saxony. The Danes also settled in Britain around this time. In 597 most of the country was converted to Christianity. That wasn't the only change they brought, they replaced the Roman stone buildings with wooden ones, and introduced a new English language - which is pretty much today's English.

Embroidery and braid weaving were Saxon skills often employed in decorating tunics. The changing pace of Medieval fashion was slow; both women and men wore long, loose tunics, most likely of wool. The woman's tunic was longer over the ankles, with a hood covering her long hair - men wore long sleeved shirts under their tunics and loose fitting hose.

Edward the Confessor, the ruling Anglo Saxon king died, and Harold Godwinson became his immediate succesor. However, the Normans defeated the Anglo-Saxons during The Battle of Hastings in 1066 meaning that Britain then came under French rule with a new king, William of Normandy. The wealthy kings and lords displayed their power by building many castles and churches (to buy a place in Heaven). French fashion was introduced to Britain. The Normandy era came to an end in 1154 and The Middle Ages began (until 1154).

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CLOTHES HISTORY WILL BE COMPLETED SOON
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Soft Toys

I am in love with soft toys, especially the much loved and therefore much worn - bald patches where fur used to be - antique dogs and bears. One day I would love to own and share with the public, a small collection or museum of yesteryear's toys. Meanwhile I'll happily settle for making my own creatures and dolls - and may bring myself to part with a few, via The Little Log Cabin shop.

Remember adults love soft toys too - everyone needs a teddybear!

Writing

I'm always writing, always have done. The first book I wrote, printed, bound and published was a picture book starring a family of smiling crayon-coloured-cats. It was a huge success, my parents were proud and I was 4.

Art

I once came upon a sketchbook of pencil drawings from when I was 9, most of the pictures were winter trees - bare branches stretching, reaching the sky and a covering of snow on the ground. I remember getting lost in those branches.

I love...

My mum and family, the pets, my supportive zombie-loving fiance. Without him I think I would have lost complete trust in men - and this web site probably wouldn't be in existence!

Also I love the "precious gems", my friends, the ones who are there - knowing what to say and do, genuinely being yourselves. Life without sharing with you isn't the same colourful place.

I love my morning mugs of coffee; the fresh air on my face (though the strong coasterly winds in my hair are not a good thing: too bitterly cold for one thing, and then I can't see through my thick "tow-rope" - as my dad used to call my hair)!; I love reading Dean Koontz and Ruth Rendell (these writers know a lot about human nature AND how to tell a good story!); I love seeing other's art;

And I love:

Wildlife and lighthouses, Norfolk sunsets, dreams and kindness, seahorses and horses, unicorns and zombies, green and red, children's picture books and afternoon English Cream Teas, roses and cacti, herbs and lavender, dry white wine and Becks beer, cooking various food and eating it, spoiling those I love, lighting a fire in the winter, walking through coloured autumn leaves, smiling in the spring sunshine at the new flowers, barbequing in the summer, laughing and walking, motorcycling, driving and horse riding, discovering new magical places, soft rainfall and rainbows, staring at the stars and thinking how small my problems are, holding hands with my fiance............

George Romero and Kubrick, Dawn of The Dead and The Shining, Ridley Scott's Legend, A. I. by Spielberg............

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith ............

Annie Lennox and Melody Gardot, the Beatles and The Eagles, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Tangerine Dream............

I am

an English born British woman, a country girl who grew up by the sea on the east coast of England. After living and working abroad for a decade I returned to where I began.

Anne Sewell, the authoress of Black Beauty was born in the same town as me, my paternal grandfather designed The Waterways a theme park along the Front, many years ago.

I am fascinated by our world, it is such a beautiful albeit dangerous place. How can there not be a creator when I see people having souls, and notice the sophisticated design of all things, from a bumble bee to a blood cell, from a distant star to a pine cone, and so on and so forth...? It is not for us humans - we don't have the capacity to - to understand the bigger picture...and, yes, it is hard to comprehend and accept some things: there is a forever war going on, some kind of weird balancing act going on, there's Beauty in the Chaos, and this world as we perceive it isn't the bigger picture.

At this point in time I (still) live with chronic pain and mobility problems which greatly impact my (limited) walking and really, my whole life. We still don't know why and further tests and treatment continue. I try to be positive and push myself how I can: learning dressmaking so I might work in that field one day. Time will tell. I need to keep busy, creating is what I do.

Today it is the 28th March 2010 and I'm very sad at losing my dad, who passed on almost 6 weeks ago. Of course it is worse for my mum - 53 years together, through thick and thin. A real marriage, one that was worked at, one where there was mutual support and love - a rarity today. One of the things I miss is their laughter at a private joke I hear from the next room. Some memories are golden, you just don't want to let them be lost; but like the finest particles of gold I see time taking them, sifting them, through my outstretched fingers, so they lose their resonance and quantity.

People really are the most precious treasures don't forget that.

And dogs are hairy little angels. I have 2, and a slowly expanding tortoise with a dandelion fixation called Daisy Elizabeth. The Chihuahua lady, Sugar, has lived with me for several years and in two countries now, she wasn't too pleased when a bouncy Jack Russell pup with ADHD turned up! That happened a couple of years ago when my Canadian fiance and I were living in our vintage caravan, Rowena. I really wanted a Jack Russell (a dog that knew how to walk) so we bought Chester from the boot (or trunk) of a car in the parking area of a supermarket - "This is like we're buying illegal drugs out the trunk of someone's car!" declared Fiance. Yep it does sort of look like that, but there was a good reason why: We were in an unknown part of the country and couldn't find the right house. "We had one puppy from the last litter go live on a houseboat." The Puppy-Woman said. Jack Russells are unconventional too it seems!

I feel sorry for Chester - Chester from Chester - that I can't take her for walks, but maybe I will soon be able to. At least she has a large garden to tear about in - and another terrier (Mum's Yorky, Bubbles) to tear about with.

I'm loving my dressmaking class and am looking much forward to the BTEC fashion and textile design course later in the year. I think it's important to have Daily, Weekly, and Longer Term Treats - good things for the soul to look forward to.

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