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Paint Pouring : My First Swipe

Sunday, 17 January 2021

 I recently blogged about my new lockdown hobby, acrylic paint pouring, and since then I've been really obsessed with practicing and improving. I bought some new supplies, Pebeo paint as it comes highly recommended and has been on sale at Hobbycraft, Pebeo pouring medium, which is mixed with the paint for a smoother flow, and silicone oil. You use silicone oil to make what are referred to as 'cells', they allow paint of different densities to rise to the surface of the painting.

I decided to do two paintings inspired by my Grandma. She always wore a pink flowery scarf, and in the summer loved a cream silk shirt. I picked colours that made me think of her and decided to do a style called a 'swipe', with silicone oil to make cells. When using silicone oil, a blowtorch is handy, yes really! It helps pop air bubbles within your paint, and also activate your cells. As the painting dries, the cells will change and grow, so a wet painting will look quite different to a dry one. I also used iridescent paint, which isn't obvious when wet.


             

The left photo is it straight after pouring, the right a couple of hours after. You can see the cells become more prominent and more colour has come through. It takes a long time for this sort of painting to dry, so once it was finally dry, this is what it looked like.


The photos really don't show the iridescence well, but I also took some close ups of the details. Once dry the gold comes through a lot more, as well as the shine of the paint.

             

            



I'll post part 2 of this series with the matching piece soon!

Much love,
Kitty 
xxxx

Paint Pouring : My First Swipe

Sunday, 17 January 2021

 I recently blogged about my new lockdown hobby, acrylic paint pouring, and since then I've been really obsessed with practicing and improving. I bought some new supplies, Pebeo paint as it comes highly recommended and has been on sale at Hobbycraft, Pebeo pouring medium, which is mixed with the paint for a smoother flow, and silicone oil. You use silicone oil to make what are referred to as 'cells', they allow paint of different densities to rise to the surface of the painting.

I decided to do two paintings inspired by my Grandma. She always wore a pink flowery scarf, and in the summer loved a cream silk shirt. I picked colours that made me think of her and decided to do a style called a 'swipe', with silicone oil to make cells. When using silicone oil, a blowtorch is handy, yes really! It helps pop air bubbles within your paint, and also activate your cells. As the painting dries, the cells will change and grow, so a wet painting will look quite different to a dry one. I also used iridescent paint, which isn't obvious when wet.


             

The left photo is it straight after pouring, the right a couple of hours after. You can see the cells become more prominent and more colour has come through. It takes a long time for this sort of painting to dry, so once it was finally dry, this is what it looked like.


The photos really don't show the iridescence well, but I also took some close ups of the details. Once dry the gold comes through a lot more, as well as the shine of the paint.

             

            



I'll post part 2 of this series with the matching piece soon!

Much love,
Kitty 
xxxx

Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Holiday Surprise Release

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

 Original Stitch & The Pokémon Company have a new limited edition product, shirt mini pouches! Their fabrics are always so cute, and I am such a Pokémon fan, that I just had to share these with you.


Here is their press release - 


'The Pokémon Company & Original Stitch Unbox Holiday Surprise: Limited-Edition Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches featuring 251 Pokémon fabrics



SAN FRANCISCO & TOKYO, December 23, 2020—Original Stitch and The Pokémon Company today announced Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches, featuring designs from all 251 types of Pokémon print fabrics, showcasing Pokémon that appeared in the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games, as well as Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. The Mini-Pouches will be offered to anyone who purchases a Pokémon shirt, including dress, casual, relaxed, polo, or kids’ items, at no additional cost while supplies last (masks and bandanas do not count toward this promotion at this time).


Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches arrive on the heels of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks, announced at the start of the holiday shopping season. The masks, bandanas and pouches come from the makers of Pokémon Shirts, a customized shirt service from Original Stitch in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, which has been available since February 2019.


“This is our holiday gift to fans,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Giving back to the community that supported us with fun gifts is something we love to do. In addition, Pokémon Mini-Pouches support our passion for sustainability. They are made from fabric remnants left over from the tailoring of our shirts to reduce waste!”


Where to Purchase

Pokémon Shirts are available in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Fans can get theirs today and choose from 251 fabrics or a plain base fabric to subtly customize the collar or cuff. Starting today, eligible purchases will include a Mini-Pouch while supplies last. In addition, the newly launched line of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks make great stocking stuffers: 

https://pokemon.originalstitch.com/en/mask.html



Just how awesome are those prints?! Big fan of the Lickitung print, and I love that the Vileplume is a more subtle look, almost floral, so people might not even realise you are wearing something with Pokémon on.

That these are made of fabric leftover from their cutting process really appeals to me, anything that creates less waste in fashion is a great idea!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Holiday Surprise Release

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

 Original Stitch & The Pokémon Company have a new limited edition product, shirt mini pouches! Their fabrics are always so cute, and I am such a Pokémon fan, that I just had to share these with you.


Here is their press release - 


'The Pokémon Company & Original Stitch Unbox Holiday Surprise: Limited-Edition Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches featuring 251 Pokémon fabrics



SAN FRANCISCO & TOKYO, December 23, 2020—Original Stitch and The Pokémon Company today announced Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches, featuring designs from all 251 types of Pokémon print fabrics, showcasing Pokémon that appeared in the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games, as well as Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. The Mini-Pouches will be offered to anyone who purchases a Pokémon shirt, including dress, casual, relaxed, polo, or kids’ items, at no additional cost while supplies last (masks and bandanas do not count toward this promotion at this time).


Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches arrive on the heels of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks, announced at the start of the holiday shopping season. The masks, bandanas and pouches come from the makers of Pokémon Shirts, a customized shirt service from Original Stitch in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, which has been available since February 2019.


“This is our holiday gift to fans,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Giving back to the community that supported us with fun gifts is something we love to do. In addition, Pokémon Mini-Pouches support our passion for sustainability. They are made from fabric remnants left over from the tailoring of our shirts to reduce waste!”


Where to Purchase

Pokémon Shirts are available in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Fans can get theirs today and choose from 251 fabrics or a plain base fabric to subtly customize the collar or cuff. Starting today, eligible purchases will include a Mini-Pouch while supplies last. In addition, the newly launched line of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks make great stocking stuffers: 

https://pokemon.originalstitch.com/en/mask.html



Just how awesome are those prints?! Big fan of the Lickitung print, and I love that the Vileplume is a more subtle look, almost floral, so people might not even realise you are wearing something with Pokémon on.

That these are made of fabric leftover from their cutting process really appeals to me, anything that creates less waste in fashion is a great idea!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

AD (Gifted) Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Masks* & Bandanas

Saturday, 12 December 2020

 The lovely folks at Original Stitch have collaborated with the Pokémon Company to produce beautiful shirts, masks*, and bandanas, and they were recently kind enough to send me a few to try out!


I got my trust Snorlax teddy to help me model the masks, so you can really appreciate the adorable patterns. There are a huge amount of different prints available, all 151 Kanto Pokémon have their own print, and then you can choose what mesh to have your mask backed with.



This Slowbro print with a bonus appearance from Alolan Exeggutor, is lined with a pink mesh. It's such a fun tropical print and Slowbro looks like he is living his best life!


Bulbasaur is my favourite Kanto starter, and this print is just damn adorable!


And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Pikachu print. This one is quite subtle, so if you want to show off your love of Pikachu in a less dramatic way, this could be perfect!



The banadanas also come in the same choice of prints, and are tagged with the Original Stitch logo. This is so soft and such good quality. I know I'll be wearing this in my hair, but there are so many other ways to wear a bandana too!


There are abstract patterns that feature Pokémon, black and white options, and really bright fun ones if that is more your thing too. I love the Lickitung, Vaporeon and Ditto prints in particular. With 151 to choose from, there is bound to be one you love.


Much love,


Kitty xxxx


(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item and is not a practical product. Please note that there is no function to completely prevent infectious diseases.

AD (Gifted) Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Masks* & Bandanas

Saturday, 12 December 2020

 The lovely folks at Original Stitch have collaborated with the Pokémon Company to produce beautiful shirts, masks*, and bandanas, and they were recently kind enough to send me a few to try out!


I got my trust Snorlax teddy to help me model the masks, so you can really appreciate the adorable patterns. There are a huge amount of different prints available, all 151 Kanto Pokémon have their own print, and then you can choose what mesh to have your mask backed with.



This Slowbro print with a bonus appearance from Alolan Exeggutor, is lined with a pink mesh. It's such a fun tropical print and Slowbro looks like he is living his best life!


Bulbasaur is my favourite Kanto starter, and this print is just damn adorable!


And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Pikachu print. This one is quite subtle, so if you want to show off your love of Pikachu in a less dramatic way, this could be perfect!



The banadanas also come in the same choice of prints, and are tagged with the Original Stitch logo. This is so soft and such good quality. I know I'll be wearing this in my hair, but there are so many other ways to wear a bandana too!


There are abstract patterns that feature Pokémon, black and white options, and really bright fun ones if that is more your thing too. I love the Lickitung, Vaporeon and Ditto prints in particular. With 151 to choose from, there is bound to be one you love.


Much love,


Kitty xxxx


(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item and is not a practical product. Please note that there is no function to completely prevent infectious diseases.

My New Hobby : Acrylic Paint Pouring

Monday, 30 November 2020

 With lockdown and the pandemic not ending any time soon, I decided I needed a new hobby. I'd always wanted to get into painting, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted to do it. I knew it would be abstract, realism wasn't something I was going to be able to do, so I started exploring online and discovered paint pouring.





First thing I needed was some paint. My bestie Fal is an artist and she recommend The Works for cheap but decent acrylic paint. I ordered myself some of these Crawford & Black tubes, £2 for 200ml, in a variety of basic colours.


Next up is the prep. You need something to paint on. Most people paint on canvas, but I've been using wood. My husband has gotten into wood work so I've been pinching his offcuts to recycle for my art projects. I make sure the wood is smooth, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to make sure it isn't dusty, and then paint a base layer onto the wood. I'd recommend painting a base layer on any canvas if you are using that too. I let this dry for a day before I then began the pour itself.



The most important part of paint pouring is your mix. For acrylic paint you can get proper liquid for pouring, but for a budget option you can also use water, which is what I used. It needs to be a 50/50 mix of paint and water that flows nicely, but isn't watery. It's easiest to use clear plastic cups for this so you can see the mixture, and something like a lolipop stick to mix it. I used wooden BBQ kebab sticks to mix as this was what I happened to find in my kitchen drawer that I could use without buying anything else. You want it to be able to drip off the stick, but not run. You can also add a couple of drops of silicone oil which when combined with heat creates 'cells' in paint, but again, I haven't purchased any yet to try that out.


I laid out a plastic sheet on my kitchen table, and had three pieces of wood prepped to use. On YouTube a lot of the people who do paint pour videos have a lot of waste that drips off their canvas onto their work area, and I wasn't keen on that, so I decided I would put a smaller piece of wood in front of me to let the excess paint drip off onto, rather than waste it.


For my first attempt, I didn't want to use too many colours in case it went wrong. I picked out white, blue and green, atlas sort of colours, and figured I'd create some sort of surreal earth looking painting.


I started out pouring white paint onto the centre of the wood, creating a sort of pool. Then I poured blue directly onto the white, and then green directly on top of that too. Then it's time to pick up the wood and start tilting it to get the paint moving. I realised quite quickly that you need a lot more paint that you first anticipate in order for it to cover your base, so I added smaller pools of the three colours further towards the edges of the wood to make sure it would totally cover. As the paint ran off this wood I made sure to drip it onto the smaller piece of wood so I didn't waste the excess.


I also had a second piece of wood prepped as I thought I might have enough paint mixed to do that one too and I was right, and some! For these three I mixed approximately 50ml of paint with 50ml of water, and had some leftover of all three paints.


Once I was happy with how the painted had tilted and spread out across my first piece, I had a small bit of wood ready to pop it into so that it stayed raised off the plastic sheeting and didn't stick to it.




This is piece number one! I was so thrilled with how it came out. The wood I used wasn't totally flat and had some holes and marks in it, but this was just my first attempt so I don't mind.




This is the smaller piece of wood that I dripped the excess onto so I didn't waste it.




This is the other larger piece I did at the same time. If you find there are gaps that won't fill it's very easy to just pour a tiny amount more paint onto the base that you think will work. I usually try to add a couple of drops of more than one colour so it mixes in better rather than being an obvious blob of paint.


These don't have any sealant on them, so they will need varnishing or covering to protect the acrylic. Because of the thickness of the paint, these do take a lot of time to dry, it was a good three days before I could move these and then use my workspace again, so be sure you aren't occupying a space you need to  use anytime soon.


On the third day I decided to prep another 2 pieces of wood for another attempt. This time I utilised part of an old bit of wooden furniture. As all the edges were solid, I made sure to paint all four edges of the wood as then if I wanted to put it up on a wall without a frame I could. As the paint drips off the edges, they can easily become part of the art itself.


This time I wanted to go for some really contrasting colours. I had plenty of white mixed up from my first attempt that was still fine for me to use, the blue and green were also fine to use but I wanted to use different colours. Inspired by an old favourite pair of Converses with flames on, I mixed up some black, red and yellow to go with the white.




This time I made a lot of different smaller pools of paint in random mixtures across the whole piece of wood to get more movement. This was a much bigger piece of wood so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of paint ready.


I also had the piece of wood ready to catch the drips so as not to waste them, which is the piece below. The many small drips mean a lot more detail and smaller mixes of paint, so you can decide which look you prefer.




The other thing I will mention is that your hands will get covered in paint as you pour, so make sure you aren't wearing anything you don't want to get paint on, and that you have decent soap and an open door to where your sink is so you don't risk transferring paint onto doors when you are ready to wash up! I've not worn gloves to pour as acrylic paint is very easy to wash off, and disposable plastic gloves every time is just creating more plastic waste.

There are a lot of other ways to do paint pouring, including pouring all your different paints in one cup and pouring directly from that, using a hairdryer, and all sorts! I can't wait to experiment with more, and will probably invest in some canvasses in the new year to try out some larger scale pours.

Have you taken up a new hobby, or rediscovered an old one in 2020?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx


My New Hobby : Acrylic Paint Pouring

Monday, 30 November 2020

 With lockdown and the pandemic not ending any time soon, I decided I needed a new hobby. I'd always wanted to get into painting, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted to do it. I knew it would be abstract, realism wasn't something I was going to be able to do, so I started exploring online and discovered paint pouring.





First thing I needed was some paint. My bestie Fal is an artist and she recommend The Works for cheap but decent acrylic paint. I ordered myself some of these Crawford & Black tubes, £2 for 200ml, in a variety of basic colours.


Next up is the prep. You need something to paint on. Most people paint on canvas, but I've been using wood. My husband has gotten into wood work so I've been pinching his offcuts to recycle for my art projects. I make sure the wood is smooth, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to make sure it isn't dusty, and then paint a base layer onto the wood. I'd recommend painting a base layer on any canvas if you are using that too. I let this dry for a day before I then began the pour itself.



The most important part of paint pouring is your mix. For acrylic paint you can get proper liquid for pouring, but for a budget option you can also use water, which is what I used. It needs to be a 50/50 mix of paint and water that flows nicely, but isn't watery. It's easiest to use clear plastic cups for this so you can see the mixture, and something like a lolipop stick to mix it. I used wooden BBQ kebab sticks to mix as this was what I happened to find in my kitchen drawer that I could use without buying anything else. You want it to be able to drip off the stick, but not run. You can also add a couple of drops of silicone oil which when combined with heat creates 'cells' in paint, but again, I haven't purchased any yet to try that out.


I laid out a plastic sheet on my kitchen table, and had three pieces of wood prepped to use. On YouTube a lot of the people who do paint pour videos have a lot of waste that drips off their canvas onto their work area, and I wasn't keen on that, so I decided I would put a smaller piece of wood in front of me to let the excess paint drip off onto, rather than waste it.


For my first attempt, I didn't want to use too many colours in case it went wrong. I picked out white, blue and green, atlas sort of colours, and figured I'd create some sort of surreal earth looking painting.


I started out pouring white paint onto the centre of the wood, creating a sort of pool. Then I poured blue directly onto the white, and then green directly on top of that too. Then it's time to pick up the wood and start tilting it to get the paint moving. I realised quite quickly that you need a lot more paint that you first anticipate in order for it to cover your base, so I added smaller pools of the three colours further towards the edges of the wood to make sure it would totally cover. As the paint ran off this wood I made sure to drip it onto the smaller piece of wood so I didn't waste the excess.


I also had a second piece of wood prepped as I thought I might have enough paint mixed to do that one too and I was right, and some! For these three I mixed approximately 50ml of paint with 50ml of water, and had some leftover of all three paints.


Once I was happy with how the painted had tilted and spread out across my first piece, I had a small bit of wood ready to pop it into so that it stayed raised off the plastic sheeting and didn't stick to it.




This is piece number one! I was so thrilled with how it came out. The wood I used wasn't totally flat and had some holes and marks in it, but this was just my first attempt so I don't mind.




This is the smaller piece of wood that I dripped the excess onto so I didn't waste it.




This is the other larger piece I did at the same time. If you find there are gaps that won't fill it's very easy to just pour a tiny amount more paint onto the base that you think will work. I usually try to add a couple of drops of more than one colour so it mixes in better rather than being an obvious blob of paint.


These don't have any sealant on them, so they will need varnishing or covering to protect the acrylic. Because of the thickness of the paint, these do take a lot of time to dry, it was a good three days before I could move these and then use my workspace again, so be sure you aren't occupying a space you need to  use anytime soon.


On the third day I decided to prep another 2 pieces of wood for another attempt. This time I utilised part of an old bit of wooden furniture. As all the edges were solid, I made sure to paint all four edges of the wood as then if I wanted to put it up on a wall without a frame I could. As the paint drips off the edges, they can easily become part of the art itself.


This time I wanted to go for some really contrasting colours. I had plenty of white mixed up from my first attempt that was still fine for me to use, the blue and green were also fine to use but I wanted to use different colours. Inspired by an old favourite pair of Converses with flames on, I mixed up some black, red and yellow to go with the white.




This time I made a lot of different smaller pools of paint in random mixtures across the whole piece of wood to get more movement. This was a much bigger piece of wood so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of paint ready.


I also had the piece of wood ready to catch the drips so as not to waste them, which is the piece below. The many small drips mean a lot more detail and smaller mixes of paint, so you can decide which look you prefer.




The other thing I will mention is that your hands will get covered in paint as you pour, so make sure you aren't wearing anything you don't want to get paint on, and that you have decent soap and an open door to where your sink is so you don't risk transferring paint onto doors when you are ready to wash up! I've not worn gloves to pour as acrylic paint is very easy to wash off, and disposable plastic gloves every time is just creating more plastic waste.

There are a lot of other ways to do paint pouring, including pouring all your different paints in one cup and pouring directly from that, using a hairdryer, and all sorts! I can't wait to experiment with more, and will probably invest in some canvasses in the new year to try out some larger scale pours.

Have you taken up a new hobby, or rediscovered an old one in 2020?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx


Original Stitch x POKÉMON CO LTD Mask Release

Friday, 27 November 2020

 This year has brought with it changes none of us could ever have anticipated, and one of those major changes is wearing face masks in public. Whether you've been trying to match your mask to your outfit, or wearing the most fun and outrageous you can, masks are going to be with us for a good while yet.


I was really excited to find out that Original Stitch had collaborated with Pokémon to make masks that feature all the OG Kanto region Pokémon! Because if you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm a huge Pokémon fan.


Check out their press release below!


Pokémon and Original Stitch Go Big with Black Friday Exclusive:


Masks from all 151 Pokémon Patterns that appear in "Pokémon Red and Blue"


SAN FRANCISCO & TOKYO, November XX, 2020—Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch today announced the launch of Pokémon Masks, which allows fashion-forward followers of Pikachu and company to choose a design from all 151 types of Pokémon patterns that appear in the classic 1996 videogame "Pokémon Red and Blue.”



Pokémon Masks arrive on the heels of Pokémon Bandana, announced last week. The masks and bandanas are both exclusives from "Pokémon Shirt," a customized shirt service from Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch, which has been available since February 2019.

“In April 2020, we had a promotion to give customers who purchased shirts a mask as a way to thank them for their support,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “We had such positive feedback from the community, we decided to make masks an official product. To us, in light of world events, this is our most important—and timely—offering since launch, and one that will become a stylish essential for your 2021 wardrobe.” 



Choose 151 kinds of Pokémon fabrics!

Pokémon Masks blend creativity with sustainability. Made from the fabric left over from tailoring shirts in Japan, Pokémon Masks are available in all 151 types of Pokémon patterns that appear in "Pokémon Red and Blue." In addition, on the back side, fans can choose from all four colors of breathable mesh fabric.


“As with all our products, we are offering these masks to the Pokémon community as a way for fans to express themselves and spread a message of fun and safety,” added Carroll. :Whether you’re going to the grocery store or doing a socially distanced hang with friends, we know that Pokémon Masks will be a stylish must-have for fans of all ages. Personally, I can hardly wait to see where they will turn up and how our wonderfully stylish community will accessorize them.”  


Where to buy (*)


Pokémon Masks are available exclusively in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Get yours today—and while you are at it, check out our awesome Pokémon Shirts, available in 251 fabrics, and our newly launched line of Pokémon Bandanas: www.originalstitch.com.


(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item and is not a practical product. Please note that there is no function to completely prevent infectious diseases.



Original Stitch x POKÉMON CO LTD Mask Release

Friday, 27 November 2020

 This year has brought with it changes none of us could ever have anticipated, and one of those major changes is wearing face masks in public. Whether you've been trying to match your mask to your outfit, or wearing the most fun and outrageous you can, masks are going to be with us for a good while yet.


I was really excited to find out that Original Stitch had collaborated with Pokémon to make masks that feature all the OG Kanto region Pokémon! Because if you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm a huge Pokémon fan.


Check out their press release below!


Pokémon and Original Stitch Go Big with Black Friday Exclusive:


Masks from all 151 Pokémon Patterns that appear in "Pokémon Red and Blue"


SAN FRANCISCO & TOKYO, November XX, 2020—Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch today announced the launch of Pokémon Masks, which allows fashion-forward followers of Pikachu and company to choose a design from all 151 types of Pokémon patterns that appear in the classic 1996 videogame "Pokémon Red and Blue.”



Pokémon Masks arrive on the heels of Pokémon Bandana, announced last week. The masks and bandanas are both exclusives from "Pokémon Shirt," a customized shirt service from Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch, which has been available since February 2019.

“In April 2020, we had a promotion to give customers who purchased shirts a mask as a way to thank them for their support,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “We had such positive feedback from the community, we decided to make masks an official product. To us, in light of world events, this is our most important—and timely—offering since launch, and one that will become a stylish essential for your 2021 wardrobe.” 



Choose 151 kinds of Pokémon fabrics!

Pokémon Masks blend creativity with sustainability. Made from the fabric left over from tailoring shirts in Japan, Pokémon Masks are available in all 151 types of Pokémon patterns that appear in "Pokémon Red and Blue." In addition, on the back side, fans can choose from all four colors of breathable mesh fabric.


“As with all our products, we are offering these masks to the Pokémon community as a way for fans to express themselves and spread a message of fun and safety,” added Carroll. :Whether you’re going to the grocery store or doing a socially distanced hang with friends, we know that Pokémon Masks will be a stylish must-have for fans of all ages. Personally, I can hardly wait to see where they will turn up and how our wonderfully stylish community will accessorize them.”  


Where to buy (*)


Pokémon Masks are available exclusively in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Get yours today—and while you are at it, check out our awesome Pokémon Shirts, available in 251 fabrics, and our newly launched line of Pokémon Bandanas: www.originalstitch.com.


(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item and is not a practical product. Please note that there is no function to completely prevent infectious diseases.



Original Stitch x Pokémon Co Ltd Bandana Release

Friday, 20 November 2020

 As a rule, I usually see a press release in my inbox, have a quick read, discover it is in no way relevant to me, and bin it. But not today! You know I absolutely adore Pokémon, and a plus size gal, I find myself left out of the cool Pokémon far too often, but bandanas?! Anyone and everyone can enjoy bandanas! I love wearing bandanas in my hair, and when our sweet doggo Ashen was still with us he had a bandana for every occasion!


Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch Go Big with Pre-Black Friday Exclusive: Bandanas from all 151 Pokémon Patterns that appear in "Pokémon Red and Blue"



'Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch today announced the launch of Pokémon Bandanas, which allows fashion-forward followers of Pikachu and company to choose a design from all 151 types of Pokémon patterns that appear in the classic videogame "Pokémon Red and Blue.” Pokémon Bandana is the latest offering from "Pokémon Shirts," a customized shirt service from Original Stitch in collaboration with Pokémon Co., Ltd., which has been available since February 2019.'

“We are so excited to give fans a new way to show their love for all things Pokémon,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Whether you want to accent your outfit or tuck them into your pocket as a handkerchief, these bandanas are the latest fashion item to complete your Pokemon collection. They also offer a cool way to connect at a time when many people are feeling separated on account of social distancing and other pandemic protocols.” 


Choose a bandana from 151 Pokémon patterns 


Pokémon Bandanas bring the style of classic Pokémon right to your fingertips. Inspired by the original 151 Pokémon found in the classic video games from 1996, the bandanas’ patterns showcase the closest attention to each Pokémon’s design and give fans wearable art to fit any mood.  








“As someone who grew up with Pokémon, I look forward to seeing how fans make these bandanas their own,” added Carroll. “The creativity and joy of the community never ceases to amaze me. When the first designs of these bandanas arrived, I knew they were going to be a big hit, and inspire some fun, new looks.”  

  Where to buy 

Pokémon Bandanas are available exclusively at Original Stitch. Get yours today—and while you are at it, check out our awesome Pokémon Shirts, available in 251 fabrics: www.originalstitch.com.  

Original Stitch x Pokémon Co Ltd Bandana Release

Friday, 20 November 2020

 As a rule, I usually see a press release in my inbox, have a quick read, discover it is in no way relevant to me, and bin it. But not today! You know I absolutely adore Pokémon, and a plus size gal, I find myself left out of the cool Pokémon far too often, but bandanas?! Anyone and everyone can enjoy bandanas! I love wearing bandanas in my hair, and when our sweet doggo Ashen was still with us he had a bandana for every occasion!


Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch Go Big with Pre-Black Friday Exclusive: Bandanas from all 151 Pokémon Patterns that appear in "Pokémon Red and Blue"



'Pokémon Co., Ltd. and Original Stitch today announced the launch of Pokémon Bandanas, which allows fashion-forward followers of Pikachu and company to choose a design from all 151 types of Pokémon patterns that appear in the classic videogame "Pokémon Red and Blue.” Pokémon Bandana is the latest offering from "Pokémon Shirts," a customized shirt service from Original Stitch in collaboration with Pokémon Co., Ltd., which has been available since February 2019.'

“We are so excited to give fans a new way to show their love for all things Pokémon,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Whether you want to accent your outfit or tuck them into your pocket as a handkerchief, these bandanas are the latest fashion item to complete your Pokemon collection. They also offer a cool way to connect at a time when many people are feeling separated on account of social distancing and other pandemic protocols.” 


Choose a bandana from 151 Pokémon patterns 


Pokémon Bandanas bring the style of classic Pokémon right to your fingertips. Inspired by the original 151 Pokémon found in the classic video games from 1996, the bandanas’ patterns showcase the closest attention to each Pokémon’s design and give fans wearable art to fit any mood.  








“As someone who grew up with Pokémon, I look forward to seeing how fans make these bandanas their own,” added Carroll. “The creativity and joy of the community never ceases to amaze me. When the first designs of these bandanas arrived, I knew they were going to be a big hit, and inspire some fun, new looks.”  

  Where to buy 

Pokémon Bandanas are available exclusively at Original Stitch. Get yours today—and while you are at it, check out our awesome Pokémon Shirts, available in 251 fabrics: www.originalstitch.com.  

Support Small Business This Christmas

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

 With lockdown looming, and Christmas on the horizon, it is more important than ever to support small businesses for your shopping this year. Small businesses are essential to our economy, and provide so many jobs to so many people, but have sadly been badly affected by this pandemic. Buying from a small business isn't putting more money into the pocket of some billionaire from a corporation, but is helping a family buy food, keep their lights on, and keep their dream alive. I wanted to share some of my favourite small businesses, and encourage you to check out their products. You can find a lot of inspiration on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet too (but wherever possible, I buy direct from the small business themselves, because they will charge fees).


First up, Sugar & Vice. Over the years I have bought SO much from Sugar & Vice, my jewellery collection is probably in the majority from their collections, and despite owning some of it for 6 years plus, it is still in just as good nick as ever. Run by pals Sarah & Matt, these guys have made incredible stuff over the years, and have always been so helpful with any of the custom requests or ideas I've had for them. Even making me a sign for my house! I'm a huge fan of their new homewares section, and if you love your horror movies, they are definitely the company for you.



They custom made our wedding cake topper to fit our 'True Romance' obsession.


I personally own this tiger paws necklace and it gets compliments every single time I wear it, a true statement piece I always find myself reaching for.

Next up is a company I just can't seem to stop myself from buying from lately, Crafty Glass London. Crafty Glass make stained glass for a new generation, everything from hearts and moons, through to Pikachu and David from Schitt's Creek! They even did a spooky Halloween range, and have been teasing not only some festive Christmas pieces, but also a personal Pokemon favourite of mine, Venomoth! I can't wait to see it. Their store isn't open all of the time, and instead they tend to offer limited pre-orders, and open their shop for a limited space of time every 2 weeks or so, to ensure that their shipping and customer service is up to their standard, so keep an eye out on their social media for their next update!


This is their mountain range piece, and below is their cheese plant leaf. Just 2 of the maybe... 8 pieces I've bought and gifted since I discovered them? I really need to buy something for myself already!


Another jewellery company that I can't help but adore, is Bloody Mary Metal. Between me and Stu, I'd say we easily own well into 40 pieces from them! We even visited them during our Cornwall holiday to celebrate our first wedding anniversary to buy pieces from them in person for the first time. While they do make some of their jewellery in gold, they are known for their unusual silver designs, with an alternative twist. If you see me wearing silver jewellery, I can basically almost guarantee you that is it from BMM. Their customer service is also absolutely wonderful. They've repaired pieces we have broken because we are both clumsy AF, and when we visited in person they offered to reshape jewellery we were wearing that had been bashed about it over many years of daily wear!


Just some of the many pieces I own from BMM, they offer a lot of one offs and it is so cool to know you own something unique no one else will ever own!



And final, inclusive clothing designer and general bad ass Plus Equals! Plus Equals manage to not only be one of the most fun clothing companies out there, but also one of the most inclusive, offering a standard size range of a UK 14-42, but also offering made to measure at no extra cost, and if your size isn't listed, just drop them a message and they will get you sorted, love!


My ridiculously incredible purple and faux fur sequin jacket is from Plus Equals, and I wear it for all my fancy occasions. I am sure I will be swanning about in this on Christmas Day no matter what ends up happening! If you love bright colours, faux fur and sequins, Plus Equals are the place to go.


My absolute fave faux leather vintage jacket is also from Plus Equals, part of their upcycled range. It just makes me feel cool (which I am so very far from!).

What are your favourite small businesses that you'll be shopping from this Christmas? Please do comment and help me find some new faves!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx






Support Small Business This Christmas

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

 With lockdown looming, and Christmas on the horizon, it is more important than ever to support small businesses for your shopping this year. Small businesses are essential to our economy, and provide so many jobs to so many people, but have sadly been badly affected by this pandemic. Buying from a small business isn't putting more money into the pocket of some billionaire from a corporation, but is helping a family buy food, keep their lights on, and keep their dream alive. I wanted to share some of my favourite small businesses, and encourage you to check out their products. You can find a lot of inspiration on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet too (but wherever possible, I buy direct from the small business themselves, because they will charge fees).


First up, Sugar & Vice. Over the years I have bought SO much from Sugar & Vice, my jewellery collection is probably in the majority from their collections, and despite owning some of it for 6 years plus, it is still in just as good nick as ever. Run by pals Sarah & Matt, these guys have made incredible stuff over the years, and have always been so helpful with any of the custom requests or ideas I've had for them. Even making me a sign for my house! I'm a huge fan of their new homewares section, and if you love your horror movies, they are definitely the company for you.



They custom made our wedding cake topper to fit our 'True Romance' obsession.


I personally own this tiger paws necklace and it gets compliments every single time I wear it, a true statement piece I always find myself reaching for.

Next up is a company I just can't seem to stop myself from buying from lately, Crafty Glass London. Crafty Glass make stained glass for a new generation, everything from hearts and moons, through to Pikachu and David from Schitt's Creek! They even did a spooky Halloween range, and have been teasing not only some festive Christmas pieces, but also a personal Pokemon favourite of mine, Venomoth! I can't wait to see it. Their store isn't open all of the time, and instead they tend to offer limited pre-orders, and open their shop for a limited space of time every 2 weeks or so, to ensure that their shipping and customer service is up to their standard, so keep an eye out on their social media for their next update!


This is their mountain range piece, and below is their cheese plant leaf. Just 2 of the maybe... 8 pieces I've bought and gifted since I discovered them? I really need to buy something for myself already!


Another jewellery company that I can't help but adore, is Bloody Mary Metal. Between me and Stu, I'd say we easily own well into 40 pieces from them! We even visited them during our Cornwall holiday to celebrate our first wedding anniversary to buy pieces from them in person for the first time. While they do make some of their jewellery in gold, they are known for their unusual silver designs, with an alternative twist. If you see me wearing silver jewellery, I can basically almost guarantee you that is it from BMM. Their customer service is also absolutely wonderful. They've repaired pieces we have broken because we are both clumsy AF, and when we visited in person they offered to reshape jewellery we were wearing that had been bashed about it over many years of daily wear!


Just some of the many pieces I own from BMM, they offer a lot of one offs and it is so cool to know you own something unique no one else will ever own!



And final, inclusive clothing designer and general bad ass Plus Equals! Plus Equals manage to not only be one of the most fun clothing companies out there, but also one of the most inclusive, offering a standard size range of a UK 14-42, but also offering made to measure at no extra cost, and if your size isn't listed, just drop them a message and they will get you sorted, love!


My ridiculously incredible purple and faux fur sequin jacket is from Plus Equals, and I wear it for all my fancy occasions. I am sure I will be swanning about in this on Christmas Day no matter what ends up happening! If you love bright colours, faux fur and sequins, Plus Equals are the place to go.


My absolute fave faux leather vintage jacket is also from Plus Equals, part of their upcycled range. It just makes me feel cool (which I am so very far from!).

What are your favourite small businesses that you'll be shopping from this Christmas? Please do comment and help me find some new faves!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx