Every cloud has a silver lining.

This is what I have been reminding myself these last couple of weeks.  About 10 days ago I hurt my little finger.  Just bent it the wrong way but gosh, did it hurt!  And it is still hurting.  I can’t crochet, as I use my little finger to create the tension in the yarn.  It tends to be hurting only when I put it under pressure, so I can still spin, and the yarn I have produced is so wonderfully soft and squishy (alpaca/merino three ply) and such subtle colour changes.  This is destined for a cushion cover for the guiild competition, but I think I will have enough fleece and fibre to make some more for sale.

My sewing machine is poorly at the moment, so all things sewing had been put on hold.  However, after a plea on facebook for a recommendation for somewhere that could do a sewing machine service, my aunt stepped in and gave me her machine that she no longer used.

Not only that but she gave me all of Grandma’s threads that she used.  Grandma was a very talented lady, and would often make gorgeous outfits for herself, as well as collages and sewn birthday cards, so I feel very honoured to have such things that were hers.  I just hope I can do them justice.

The final silver lining, after feeling that I was such a tiny fish in Etsy, and not being able to get any sales.  I was recommended to join a team, full of British sellers, and they are a wealth of knowledge for all things Etsy.  They support each other and help to promote each other.  I still don’t have any sales other than commissions from friends (which I’m not knocking in any way whatsoever, I LOVE doing commissions) but I don’t feel so alone doing what I do now.  And in the light of promoting others, here is the link for CraftBritannia’s shop of the week.

Felting

I have been doing a little felting lately.  Well, to be more specific I have been nuno felting.  This means I have been finding sheer fabric and wet felting directly onto the fabric.  This gives more strength to the felt, but also acts as a lining when making a bag.  This first bag was using some pink and green checked material, and then using pink and green merino felt to wet felt onto it.  Add in some dyed Wensleydale wool, and hand made button, and we have a shoulder bag/pouch.

My second lot of felting was done on a slightly smaller scale, to create an iPod/Smart phone cozy.  A mohair spiral was incorporated into it, and a little needle felting to add a little interest on the flap.  Felt is such a brilliant medium for protecting preccious things like a phone.  Soft, cushioning, and this one is rather bohemian looking!

I love combining the colours, and setting out designs, along with the surprise when you have finished felting, as you never really know how it is going to turn out.

Both are now for sale in the Aisling Designs Etsy shop.

 

And the winner is…

Thank you everyone for joining me in celebrating a year of Aisling Designs.  Although the giveaway closed last night, I waited until my little helper could join me this morning to make the draw.  16 names written out and folded up, one little hand making a choice.The suspense as she slowly unravelled the paper.And the winner is…..Karen Hughes (in case you can’t read my writing!) Congratulations!!

I would have loved each and every one of you to have won the birthday banner.  But I think I will be making some more to add to the shop, and perhaps one for ourselves too!

Thank you again for joining in with me.