Elora Hardy - An amazing father too making things from bamboo

Elora Hardy - An amazing father too making things from bamboo

'We ask the Bamboo what it's good at and what it says is.." Elora HardyI had no idea as to the strength of Bamboo - you can hold 4 tonnes on its end, and its lightweight. It's the creativity of the Balinese groups structures that impress and its ecological too.They have a slat treatment that preserves the stuff for a lifetime so for certain climates these structures are simply useful, longful and beautiful. In the colder climes like the UK perhaps it is a material that can be transported and used in conjunction with others to provide more insulation both noise and heat and reduce the need for more environmentally costly materials.I think you will also be amazed with this TED video. This is why I have chosen to blog it.

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A guide to choosing the right dressmakers dummy

dressmakers dummy

For businesses involved in dressmaking, couture or alterations, a good dressmaker's dummy is an essential piece of kit for designing, modelling, sizing and altering clothes. But with so many different types on the market, how do you choose the right one? Our handy guide will help.

Picking the right dummy

To pick the right dummy model for your business, it helps to know what your needs are. Those who sow for one customer, or a particular standard size, may be happy to use a standard dress form with a single set of sizes. Those who need to use a dressmaker's dummy for a range of clients will prefer to have an adjustable model, which allows adjustment for height as well as girth. Most good models will be adjustable for the dress form and have a minimum of eight sections.

Most professionals will also need an adjustable dressmakers dummy that is sturdy and easy to adjust. Twelve adjustable sections are the most common for those sewing exacting garments. A deluxe trouser form is also very useful for those making trousers.

Popular models

The K&L, available from Morplan, is the industry's best-selling standard model. Its dimensions are modelled on the female form, according to the UK's sizing definition and the dummy is made with a polyester body, reinforced with long lasting glass. The highest standards of production have been applied to ensure accuracy when pattern cutting and the dummy can be adjusted using the tubular steel base.The K&L is also available in miniature scaled-down sizes, which saves money for dressmakers and designers, by allowing them to produce smaller-size samples and toiles. The dummy has a linen cover, with accurate seams and lines which are based on the UK's standard measurements. Again, the dummy is supplied on a wooden stand. These smaller size dummies are also popular with shop windows and exhibitions, for demonstrating techniques and work in progress.For top quality dressmaker's dummies, the Morplan Tailor's bust forms are an excellent choice and manufactured using traditional techniques. The form is made from high-quality fibreglass with a linen cover. It is hand made to ensure perfect quality and stitch lines and will be serviceable for many years to come, with a robust wooden stand.The Adjust-a-Bust is an excellent resource for dressmakers working from sizes 12 to 20 in the UK and the model can be adjusted to independently set sizes for hips and waist, allowing total customisation of the client's measurements by adding wadding, the belly plate or rolled fabric pieces. Sleeves can be checked with the hinged arm and the chrome stand is adjustable, with an elastic cover. The bust, neck, hips, waist, height and nape to waist are all adjustable and the dummy is easy to adjust, with graduations provided in imperial and metric measures. The body is lightweight and made of plastic, with a felt cover that is ideal for pinning. Additionally, female models are provided with in integrated chalk hem marker.Hem markers can also be bought as standalone products and these blow a fine chalk line at the desired hem length, removing any need to pin. They work for any kind of material and can be adjusted in centimetres, with refills available.Regardless of your needs, you will find the adjustable dressmakers dummy that you need from Morplan, at a price to suit. Having a good tailors dummy is just part of the equipment to make your designs a sucess, get the best portable sewing machine for your studio.Main Image : Credit the Tailors Dummy.

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How to create a minimalist look in your home

Many people strive to create a modern and minimalistic feel in their homes. The clean look and tidy surroundings have made a 21st century impression on many people who despise clutter and visual distractions. The modern design has become a popular trend, especially on those whose main focus is the function of their home. It can be tough to create such surroundings, so we have put together a quick guide to what you may need to create this minimalistic feel.

The first thing you will need to consider is what kind of flooring you want in your home. For a minimalist look try not to use complex designs or patterns, a good quality wooden floor, such as the ones available at All Floors Express. Of course, you can use ceramic tiles, laminated flooring, Vinyl and create a simple and stunning look.

When it comes to colours, white is definitely the obvious choice, its clean and pristine looking. However, don’t think that white is the only colour you can use when creating a minimalistic look. A splash of vibrant colour will add warmth and a homey feel to every room. Bright colours, including white will also give the room a lighter appearance.

The biggest thing in any room is the furniture, so it is always best to simplify a room by looking at the furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture you have in a room the better. Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and liveability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture with solid, subdued colours.

The key to creating a minimal home is to use only items that are important and essential to you. Things and furniture that you need are the only ones that you should keep. If you think you lack some essential stuff, then you may also add some. But essentially, you need to do away with those you don’t really need.

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Transform your bedroom into a summer oasis

Why not celebrate everything the summer has to offer with redecorating your bedroom to give you the same feel you would get on a tropical holiday abroad? Even a few little pieces can transform the feel of your bedroom. Follow these easy steps for a bright summer change.


Little and simple accessories such as freshly cut flowers in a plain white or glass vase can add just the summer feel you are looking for, and with the fresh smell it gives off it will be a pleasure to wake up to on a sunny morning. A fringes throw in a soft pastel colour is a great accessory to make your bed give off a summer feel, and paired with oversized euro-pillows it will make your bed look more finished and comfortable. These pillows are great to prop you up whilst reading you favourite summer book too!

2. If you are thinking about adding new furniture to your bedroom, or even a lick of paint make sure you go for light materials in natural colours. These will look the best for the summer. Lightweight textured materials, like rattan, wicker and bamboo, work great for summer furniture.

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Things to look for when buying a new build home

Things to look for when buying a new build home

Buying a new build home can have many advantages. For one, modern building regulations ensure that new build properties are built to a good standard, well insulated and built with sustainable materials. However, purchasing the correct new build property can be tricky and it is essential to ensure that you are purchasing property in the right area and from a reliable and high quality homebuilder.

Choosing a Location

One of the most difficult things about purchasing a new build property is that it is often difficult to envisage how compatible the home will be in the local area and how the local area will develop. This is not a problem if you are purchasing a property which is part of a single home building project and is surrounded by established homes, amenities and facilities. However, many new build homes are part of large construction projects which can potentially alter the face of the surrounding area. Sometimes, buyers are put off by new builds in areas which appear lacking in character and have fewer amenities than other suburban homes available on the market. However, it is important to remember that new builds bring new business possibilities and amenities to the area and the character of an area and the surrounding homes will develop as people move into the area. Therefore, new build homes can be a great investment as a recently developed urban area can quickly become highly sought after. The key thing is to consider the potential of the area and see what plans the homebuilders have put in place for the development of the area.

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Prepare your Garden for Summer

Now that spring has finally sprung, we can now spend every moment of our free time in the garden. Whether you choose to invite your friends and family round for a BBQ or just sit back and relax in a lounger, you need to make sure your garden is in tip-top condition for the upcoming summer season. Here we take a look at some of the ways that you can enhance your garden to make your neighbours envious!



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Buy Sofas Online for the Biggest Range of Options for Your Home

Buy Sofas Online for the Biggest Range of Options for Your Home

Many items of furniture are considered a necessity in the home today; after all, they are the items that make a place really feel like home. Sofas are often a focal point. They are often the largest piece of furniture in the living room and offer a place to get comfortable and relax with those you share your home with after a hard day. A sofa can help you achieve the look and feel you want in a room as well as incorporating your own personality.

Image thanks to furniturevillage.co.uk


Retro features and design is the in fashion for furniture right now in the uk - see the 70's legs on AV units and sofas and general style - I like it myself.

Sofas are big to the point that they could be intruding in a room, so they need to be visually appealing for you to really enjoy them and of the appropriate size. They can be pretty much anything you want them to be today (a bigger more dynamic range exists today) and can certainly transform a room. When shopping for furniture such as a sofa, you will be limited to what you can see in terms of variety if you just head out in your car and you will be accosted by salesmen !! This is why it's important to shop online first to get a feel for what you want without intrusion.

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The Usefulness of a Fake Lawn is Undeniable

Fake Lawns !

Not just cheaper by saving water IF YOU LIVE IN A DRY COUNTRY but saving the all important time too - what am I talking about ? But then again at the end we talk of the need to wash the grass - still probably less than the need to water it often. Not the money saving aspect for me but the time saving cutting and weeding etc.A fake lawn is made from synthetic grass, and makes sure that your lawn looks well maintained, all the time.  No matter where you live and what the weather conditions are, your lawn will always look good. The best part is that you will see an automatic reduction in your water bills too.If you are planning to install synthetic turf, there are plenty of options available to you. These options include monotone, two toned and four toned synthetic grass.  If you have a tight budget, then monotone is the one for you as it is the cheapest option available. This type of synthetic grass is rigid and has short piles. However, if you want something softer and more realistic, then two-toned synthetic grass is the best option. For people with small kids in the house, four toned grass works best. This type of synthetic grass has long piles, and looks alarmingly real, besides being kid friendly. However, the cost of four-toned synthetic grass is much more when compared to the first two.The reality is that real grass costs less in comparison to fake grass. However, the savings associated with having synthetic grass come into effect much later, with the reduction of water bill amounts. You will notice a huge difference in water bills, after placing synthetic grass in your yard. The key advantage of choosing a fake lawn over a real one are the cost savings it provides. Fake lawns are easy to install and maintain. The lawn looks impeccable, no matter what the season is. Your lawn looks green and beautiful throughout the year. Maintaining a fake lawn is also way easier, as compared to a real grass lawn. If you have a real lawn, you will need to make sure that chemicals and fertilizers are added, to provide nutrients to the grass. A lot of time may also have to be devoted to mowing the grass on a real grass lawn.In case of a synthetic lawn, you will only need to spray a little water for cleaning it on a regular basis. No chemicals or fertilizers are required to treat the grass. Even expensive garden equipment, like a lawn mower, is not necessary. A rake is all you will need to remove leaves and debris. Regular spraying of water over a fake lawn will keep dust and dirt off it. These lawns have an amazing filtration system, which allows the water to flow through and drain away, without it collecting between the fibers.

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A Good Design of Cupboard Helps to Save Space in Bedroom

Simplicity is the key for modern decor. Be it a large traditional house or a contemporary small apartment, everybody wants to give it a beautiful look. To do so, things should be arranged in orderly manner. In modern cities shortage of space is most challenging for building a well-decorated home. Before, one could afford space for building large walk-in closets and storage rooms but now-a-day it is difficult to find out some extra storage space. Designing and set up of a good cupboard in the bedroom can be a good way to solve the problem of storage.

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4 Things to consider when Building your own Home

4 Things to consider when Building your own Home

There are many of us who share the ambition of building our own homes. Whilst it can be quite a costly thing to do, it is not impossible and just imagine the great satisfaction you will feel once it begins to take shape?

The estate houses that are being built today are very repetitive and have no character to them at all. By designing and building your own house, you are certain to have a building that is unlike any other and is designed exactly to your personal specification. However, there are a few things to consider before you begin to build your dream home to ensure you make the right choices.  

Prepare yourself

First of all, you need to mentally and physically prepare yourself for what you are letting yourself in for. If you think that the journey will be smooth and hassle free, you are most likely mistaken. From securing land to fixing nitty gritty problems, prepare to feel your stress levels rise.

Find the perfect land

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