Friday, 17 June 2011


Yesterday I had an exciting time in the studio, making my entry for the QR-3D project, initiated by the wonderful Sally Fort. When I first read about it, I started racking (or is it 'wracking'??) my brain for ways to create a 3 dimensional screenprint. Then Sally herself suggested that something like my Fairisle Heart Cushion would be perfect for this project. Stupid Nelly! I had already done 3D prints!

So I excitedly created my QR code and got to stencil cutting. It took me nearly 2 hours to cut this as I was trying to be as precise as possible.

This is the finished print, post-puffing! It was a lot darker before I heat-fixed it. That's the thing about 3DP, it's hard to predict the colour outcome. All part of the fun! (Does anyone remember 'Fluff-its'? They were fabric paint pens that you dried with a hairdryer to create a puffy, 3D design. I loved them! Ah, nostalgia.) I was a bit worried that the code wouldn't work, as some of my stencil pieces moved about a little bit, but I tried it out with the scanner I downloaded for my phone and it does!! Joyous day.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Grown-up tees!

I've finally managed to photograph these tees and get them online! Woohoo! Handprinted organic cotton loveliness available from the usual places. Buy from my site and enter HBNELLY to get 20% off.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Simply beautiful

Check out these amazing pics from Such a simple, beautiful idea, I love them! My good friend Luke Marsh, animator and film maker extraordinaire (read the Flotsam and Jetsom blog) sent me the link as he knew I'd be into it! Thanks Luke, I miss you! x

Monday, 13 June 2011

Father's Day

Hello! I spent a rainy day yesterday working up some designs into Father's Day cards with a bit of Poirot on in the background to keep me cosy. Father's Day is next Sunday (the 19th) so don't forget to get something special for your daddy!

The cards are available exclusively from my bricks and mortar shop at the Craft Centre, but if you're after a little pressie too, my posters are available online here. Use the discount code HBNELLY for 20% off too! Hurrah. I'm going to try to get some men's t-shirts up soon, just waiting for a little break in the gloom to get some good shots. Go away rain!! xx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

The Secret Orchard

Last week my boyfriend and I spotted a break in the insane weather and hotfooted it down to the secret orchard near Chorlton Waterpark (it's off Kenworthy Lane if you want to investigate!) I thought we might be in for a spot of cherry picking, but, alas! they weren't ripe enough for us, but a cheeky jay was gobbling them down. I shall have to return in a week or two to see how they're fairing.

We got back just in time to avoid a terrible soaking (the second of the day!). A fruitless day in more ways than one, as we failed to find any treats in the chazzers of Chorlton! It was nice to spend a rare day together anyway xx

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Retro a-go-go!

Hullo! In between getting over excited about my first ever giveaway (thanks everyone who entered, I was thrilled by the response!) I've been working on some new black and white posters, inspired by all things retro, specifically fifties. The Bowery Gallery in Headingley, Leeds, have asked me to submit some work for an exhibition that starts in July.

I'm really happy with how they turned out, especially the typewriter, as I was a bit scared of the tiny, fiddly stencil which took me ages to cut! They are available to buy online here and on etsy and folksy. Don't forget there's 20% off all orders through my site for the whole of June with the code HBNELLY.

Friday, 10 June 2011

And the winners are...

The lucky winner of my Japanese fabric bundle is the lovely Nikki who said...'Hello! Both sound great... i have a bit of a passion for Japanese fabric and patterns, but then I am a fabric/surface pattern addict anyway!

Love your work. Haven't seen it before so the post via Manchester Craft on Facebook was a nice little discovery this afternoon! xx'

Next up is @little_barb who wins the bundle of my own designed fabric!

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, it's been really fun to run a competition, I think I'll do another soon :)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Giveaway time!

Hullo and a happy Monday to you all! I'm starting the week with a little giveaway, I've been trying to sort out my studio out a bit and am forcing myself to part with some of my fabric stash, it's out of hand! I find it so hard to part with craft supplies, even if I know I'll never use it. So I thought it would be nice for someone to make use of this fabric and make it easier for me to part with it!
So I have 2 bundles of fat quarters of fabric to give to one lucky person! One is a mixture of my own designs: screenprints and digital prints with hand printed overlays and digital embroidery - quite a lot of work has gone in to each piece and you'll find various animals hiding within - owls, deer, swans and foxes...
The other bundle is a selection of Japanese fabrics which are really beautiful - I got these on my travels but have never known what to do with them. I think I bought them in Kyoto, textile central in Japan. They are probably off-cuts from kimonos.
To enter, either leave a little comment letting me know which bundle you would like, or follow me on Twitter and retweet the giveaway (or both for an extra chance to win!). Don't forget to let me know which bundle you would like to win...
I'll announce the winner at the end of the week. Good luck! xx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Tiny Tiger

Another new guy! Available here with 20% off when you use the code HBNELLY at checkout. He's also up on my etsy and folksy sites if that's the way you like to do things!

It's a hot Saturday in the studio, I was in early and have printed up a couple of Koala tees already. Adam and Joe are on the radio and I intend on taking things easy to conserve energy! Enjoy the sunshine! xx

Friday, 3 June 2011

New Stockists

I've been trying to get my work stocked by different shops across the UK and I was thrilled when Moda in Folkstone said they wanted to make an order. They stock lots of lovely designers, so if you're in the area you can now find my things next to the likes of Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston! Whoop!

I'm on a mission to find more lovely stockists for my work, so if you know of anywhere that would fit the bill or would like a bit of Nell goodness in your shop, please get in touch! xx

Thursday, 2 June 2011

G'day, mate!

Woo! 2 posts in as many days! Putting the effort in you see. I have lots and lots of new designs to share with you as I've been feeling inspired of late - maybe it was the trip to the zoo??

In any case, here is my koala t shirt, a lovely lady came into my studio and commissioned me to make her a koala cushion, as they're her favourite animals. I love how this design turned out, I think he's pretty cute, so can now be found on tees, bibs and hats. Don't forget if you go to my Big Cartel store you can get 20% off throughout June with the code HBNELLY. Tell your friends, oh yeah! xx

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Nell is 3!

Well, not actually today, but June marks my 3rd year of being an official business! Hurray! To celebrate I'm going to be giving away lots of treats and treasures including badges, purses and fat quarters of hand printed fabric. I'm feeling super generous, so there's 20% off orders made through my Big Cartel store with the code HBNELLY throughout June.

I've got lots of new designs printed up, so I'm going to try to update and blog as much as possible too, eep! Now I need to get cracking on photographing my new products...