Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kitschy Kitschy Kitchen…

Kitschy Kitschy Kitchen…

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm in the Madeit Designer Spotlight

Lucky me, the lovely Bec from madeit interviewed me for madeit's designer spotlight. Here are a few of the Q and A's, you can catch the rest of my interview here.

Tell us a bit about yourself? (name, where you live, general stuff about you)

I’m Mel Paton, a 32 year-old crochet designer from Perth, WA. I also work as a primary school teacher in the public school system. I love both jobs, but have reduced my teaching load this year to have more time and energy to ‘make’. I have no kids, but I do have a live-in boyfriend and a dog.

Can you explain your craft/art and the material you like to use?

I crochet modern accessories for all ages! I make fingerless mittens, scarves, cowls, hats, legwarmers, hair accessories, iPod covers, tea cosies and more. My favourite yarn to use is pure Australian wool. It’s such nice quality and really warm too. I also love alpaca yarn from Peru, but because it is quite expensive I save it for special items. With my extra bits and pieces like buttons and brooch backs, I try to use recycled wherever possible.

Where do you get your inspiration and what is your creative process?

With crochet being such a versatile craft, inspiration for my designs comes from everywhere. You can make so many different shapes and forms from crochet, so there are seemingly endless options for what I can make. I am constantly coming up with new ideas. Some ideas are a bit silly, like my Nozy nose warmer and pom-pom headband. Vintage patterns are also an inspiration, such as the pattern I found for an awesome 70’s crochet bikini I am currently working on.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Homebode Photo Shoot

I was recently asked by Michelle of WA company Homebode to provide some of my crocheted accessories for a photoshoot for her upcoming catalogue. Here are some photos from the shoot, featuring a very delightful little 'Alice' in vintage outfits and some of my woolen accessories!Wearing Lacy Leg Warmers, Black Fingerless Mittens and Huge Rose Brooch.

Wearing Yellow Big Bow Headband and Yellow Fingeress Mittens
Wearing Chunky Capelet

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Animal Hats

I've designed 2 new animal hats, what do you think? I was lucky enough to have the bunny hat featured on the etsy front page the day after I listed it.

I'm considering making the bunny one in adult sized too, for people who like the movie 'Gummo'.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Market Stall this Sunday 7 March Claisebrook Cove, Perth

I'll be having my lil crochet stall down at the beautiful Claisebrook Cove in East Perth this Sunday 7 March. Come on down and say hi if you're in the area, looks like it will be a lovely day.
Enjoy live music and gourmet market stalls or book a table at one of the restaurants in the Cove.
The Mudlark Association will present a sailing demonstration, adding to the colour and excitement of the day.

Claisebrook Cove River Picnic

Fashion Finds: Below the Belt

Yipee! Today my lacy ankle warmers are featured in Etsy Finds Blog! Check out all the cool clothing and accessories - I've hearted so many of them! Here are a few of my faves (including my ankle warmers :-)) from the range.

I have also written a pattern for my ankle warmers, so you can make a pair of your very own!