About: Inspiration & Making

Amy Face close up at Topsham Dec 2013 (2) copy

Amelia J Hoskins founded Shamanic Nights to combine a love of patchwork, with a personal commitment to recycling fashion fabrics, as we have enough already!

Originally conceived for dressing gowns, it morphed into multi styles, although more emphasis will be made in future on kimonos as leasurewear.

I taught myself to make clothes aged 12, with a first ‘Twist Dress’ when there was nothing I liked in the shops.  I soon learnt to adapt and alter patterns, also falling in love with PATCHWORK, making a coat in hexagonal patchwork corduroy and dresses thereafter.

Up-cycled patchwork couture‘ better describes my craft business, as each garment is very carefully hand made from scratch, using cut up recycled clothes.  My casual women’s wear: dresses, jackets, skirts, dressing gowns, coat-dresses, pinafore dresses and robes are real ‘slow’ fashion; unique one-off garments available to buy online.  Online Shop on my website.

I also sell through local Devon Craft Shows in summer months.  2018 I shall be on the Quay at Exeter first Sunday each month, with other hand made crafters of InsideOutside Markets.

All garments are made exclusively from recycled fabrics; good quality cotton, linen, viscose and silk, with polyester linings, chosen from the plethora of good clothes in the charity outlets which proliferate in the UK high streets.  2018 now using polyester dress prints as inside linings to garments.  I used to abhor polyester, but as it never degrades it must be used.  Five garments may go into one new garment, giving a materials cost of £15-£40 on average: not a cheap option, but the new creation of putting fabrics together is very satisfying.

Detailed information about the designing process, cutting and sewing, are usually uploaded to my blog during making and when a garment is finally finished.  There is a delay between finishing blog and garment appearing in shop, but all enquiries welcome by email

The design process is one of being inspired by the groupings of fabrics into colourways weights and textures.  These are collected and added to the ‘colour baskets’ whenever I have found a new piece for a colourway I have in waiting.  Many ‘ladies-in-waiting’.Cat in sewing basket 2018-01-19

All fabrics are washed at 60 degrees, to prevent shrinkage at variable rates.  40 degree wash thereafter is recommended.

Silk paintings are sometimes included in the patchwork garments, and a relevant informative blog will also appear in this WordPress ‘Gallery Blog’ from time to time.  Videos are available of some silk painting work

Ahimsa ‘Peace’ silk (which allows the silk worm’s cycle to complete) is used for my silk painting when available, as well as Habotai already stocked.  Kniazeff professional silk dyes are used, which when steamed, impregnate and fixes the colour through both sides, (unlike some silk paintings of surface-only fabric dyes).  Garments with silk painting have all been machine washed and even the darker colours are proven not to bleed dye.  (Note: these wonderful dyes are no longer available from my supplier and others will be mentioned in due course as purchased.)

Some of the garments on the website shop are now sold, but they stay as an example of making, to inspire others, and as a guide to what commissions may be possible.  Eventually they will be archived to a ‘Sold’ page.

For  bespoke commissions with your own up-cycled clothes, using garments no longer fitting, or print designs you would like to give a new life – you may contact me via email or on Google Plus or Twitter.  For special projects, I can source fabrics for you.

Email Amelia J Hoskins (owner)

LINKS:

ShamanicNights website

Shamanic Nights on Twitter

 Shamanic Nights Ethical Fashion  on Google Plus

Recycling Fabrics and Sustainable Upcycled Fashion  G+ Community Owner

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