A few months ago I met Kate who blogs as JamjarBizarre (jamjarbizarre@wordpress) when we were both doing a screen printing course. It was one of those rare times when you meet someone for the first time and just know you’re going to be friends. Kate makes delightful dolls which she calls Polly Pincushion (email@example.com). The Polly’s are all individual one-off’s and each one has his or her own unique facial expression which tells Kate what sort of Polly she or he should become. Today we took a couple of her Polly’s down to Pretty Scruffy (www.prettyscruffy.com) in Chichester who are going to stock them in their gallery shop, and while we were there took the opportunity to have a lovely day out.
Our day started with a visit to that emporium of crafty loveliness – The Eternal Maker (www.eternalmaker.com). Sited next door to the cinema multiplex in Terminus Road, the Eternal Maker may have a humble exterior, but what lies inside is the most incredible array of fabric, buttons, ribbons and other sewing crafty related fabulousness.
the Eternal Maker is a true Emporium in every
There is fabric of every colour, buttons by the bucket load and enough ribbon to tie around every oak tree in the country!
…and if that wasn’t enough they sell great sew-it-yourself kits for all ages, as well as books and patterns to add inspiration to any craft project. I loved these funky finger puppets!
After leaving the Eternal Maker a short drive to the city centre found us in the most delightful art and craft gallery outlet – Pretty Scruffy on Cooper Street. This tiny shop is quite literally stuffed to the rafters with some of the most unusual, and very high quality craft gifts I have seen for a long time. Most areas are covered from Fine Art and sculpture to ceramics, textiles and jewellery. The owners are both artist/makers and have a great eye for the unusual and quirky. The main purpose for our visit was to take in a couple of Kate’s Polly Pincushion dolls for them to sell, but be warned, once in this shop it is impossible to leave without buying something, and there really is so much to choose from at prices to suit every pocket, each item being handmade and of the highest standard.
Pretty Scruffy Shop and Gallery, Cooper Street, Chichester
Some of the beautiful craft items available in Pretty Scruffy
and now the bit you’ve all been waiting for Polly Pincushions in Pretty Scruffy….
Lunch was calling after leaving the Polly’s and where better than the pleasant ambience of Amelie and Friends in North Street (www.amelieandfriends.com), and on a lovely summers day where better than the peace and tranquility of the courtyard garden under an Olive Tree. the food at Amelie and Friends is delicious, and the service is always with a smile – what’s not to like! We both had the Quiche of the Day which was light and melt in the mouth and I had the Lemon Couscous, Almonds, Apricots and Red Onion Salad with my Quiche; while Kate had the New Potato with Beetroot, Walnut and Goats Cheese Salad with hers. On a hot day I can highly recommend the Homemade Lemonade which is still with a refreshing tangy bite.
Amelie and Friends in North Street, Chichester
The remainder of the afternoon saw us visit Pallant House Gallery (www.pallant.org.uk) to see the Peter Blake exhibition, which was, to my mind, fantastic! More about this in a separate blog post.
A quick visit to ClothKits in St Pancras (www.clothkits.co.uk) where a cushion making workshop was in progress rounded off the day putting us in just the right frame of mind for the beautiful scenic trip back over the South Downs home. The perfect end to what was a perfect day – thanks Kate for being such great company!