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Dame Zandra Rhodes

Exhibition Dates: 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020 | Book Online
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In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight more than 50 key looks, as well as 30 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Exhibition Dates: 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am – 5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays

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Me time

“Every year, Tatler’s Travel Editor compiles the top 101 hotels in the world, discovering the smartest, most glamorous destinations in every corner of the globe, suitable only for the most discerning of travellers. From this list, we crown the very best, honouring them with a Tatler Travel Award rosette. Whether they shine in their eco-credentials or boast a restaurant worth booking a stay for, these are the shining stars of the jet-set scene.”

Read the full list of winners below and buy the January issue for the Travel Guide 2020.

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Fashion and textiles museum London

Fashion and Textile Museum

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays

Festive Opening Times:
Closed: 23 – 26 December inclusive
Open: 27 – 29 December inclusive
Closed: 30 December
Open: 31 December, 11am–4pm
Closed: 1 January 2020
Open: 2 January 2020, 11am–6pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing

TICKETS
£9.90 adults / £8.80 concessions / £7 students

Children under 12 are free

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The boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse

Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. 

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie’s first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

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Could we make this?

Let’s have a go and be creative.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY with fringe

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY - Use your own thread colours to make a fun rainbow

Rope Rainbow DIY Wall Hanging

What you need:

Thick rope, about 15mm (5/8 inch) wide. (The length will depend on your rainbow’s size. You can always lay it out roughly in the shop, before buying. I used about 3,5 meters for 7 rope rainbow layers)
Thread or yarn, in a variety of colours, for wrapping (Thicker threads or wool will be much quicker to wrap, but I like the thin thread look and I’m a firm believer in using what you’ve got rather than always buying more and more supplies). You can really go wild here by trying different textures, colours, thicknesses or even adding some metallic yarn.
Wire, strong enough to hold a shape, but easy enough to bend with your hands.
Cotton, for sewing the layers together
Normal straight needle, large enough for the thread used to wrap your rope.
Curved upholstery needle
Scissors
Wire cutting pliers
Tape
Ribbon
, for hanging

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

What to do:

1. Start by laying out the rope in your rainbow shape. Cut each piece and tape up the end to keep it from unravelling. Remember to leave enough extra rope for the fringe.

2. Cut a piece of wire and bend it the shape of the rainbow layer. Keep the wire a bit shorter than where you want the rope to be wrapped.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY - Make any size rainbow that you'd like

3. Using a clear tape, tape the wire to the rope at either end and in the centre. This tape will get wrapped around and covered and will then be stitched through, so don’t make it too thick.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

4. Start wrapping the rope with your thread. Since I’m using a thin thread, I pulled of a long section and doubled it up twice. This meant I was wrapping four pieces of thread at a time, making it MUCH faster.
Start by tying a simple knot around the rope. Lay the extra tail of thread up, on the rope. Wrap your thread around the rope, covering over the tail end.
Keep all wire, knots, stitching and other extras on the back side of your rope rainbow layers.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

5. Keep wrapping your thread around the rope, making sure that the front side of the layers is neatly and fully covered. If small bits of rope show through on the back it’s not the end of the world. They can often be covered over at the end, by rubbing the threads a bit.
Once you’ve finished wrapping that colour, tie another knot at the other end. If it doesn’t feel secure, tie another one. Thread the tail pieces through, under the wrapped thread and them trim them off neatly.
With each layer, be sure to line them up when wrapping to try and get the wrapped colours to match up as neatly as possible at the ends.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

6. Stitch the layers together, one at a time. A curved upholstery needle makes the job so much easier! Do a back stitch on the back side, at one end of the wrapped rope. Make sure it’s firm. Zigzag back and forth between the new outside layer and the layer before it. Do a back stitch every now and then to keep it all tightly together.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY - Grey and Pink Rainbow Fibre Art DIY

7. Unravel your rope fringe and practice your hairstyling skills, by giving the rainbow a haircut. I really loved the look of the long fringe, but since my inner layer had a short fringe I had to try even it out a bit. Rather than cutting the whole fringe the short length, I chose to cut a slightly messier, layered look. This meant I could blend in the short fringe section with longer pieces.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY

8. Finally, to hang it up, sew a small strong ribbon  or piece of cord onto the back centre of the rainbow, Be sure to sew it on securely. Since the full weight of the rainbow will hang on this ribbon the stitches must go into the actual rope, ideally right through, rather than just pulling on the outer wrapped thread.

Rope Rainbow Wall Hanging DIY - Easy to hang

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