Market Day 30th August

As there is no Shop of the week this week, I thought I would introduce you to some shops that have been kind enough to feature a product of mine in a treasury over on Etsy.  Please check out the wonderful work that these people make.  They  are all fantastic.

First up is REDceramics, who produces such wonderful ceramic creations.  From pots to ornaments, coasters to jewellry.  I love this wordy bowl she has.

Secondly we have Washedupfamily, which is a newly formed shop, selling beautiful sea glass finds that they have turned into the most stunning jewellry.  I must admit to have completely fallen in love with this pendant.

Thirdly there is WharfedaleWoolworks who does her own hand-dyed wool and yarn, she has a sale on until the end of August, so you will have to be quick, but there are some wonderful wools there, and I may or may not be coveting this fantastic laceweight yarn ;)

Next up there is Nannie Cool, who creates beautiful items for children. As a big fan of carrying your child in a sling I love the slings she makes.  Sadly my carrying days are over, but there are some beautiful slings here.

And lastly there is TheYarnOwlsNest, another new shop selling handknitted items for children.

Getting ready for Halloween

Trying to work a little in advance, and created this themed bunting after finding some lovely printed halloween fabric.

Using my usual style of felt appliqued to the flag, I have created pictures on a halloween style, and interspersed these with the printed fabric.  So we have a pumpkin lantern…

…a witches cauldron…

…a spooky ghost…

…and a bat.

Perfect for a halloween party.

I have more fabric, so will probably make some more on a similar theme.  And I have lots of ideas for other themed bunting, so watch this space.

This bunting is available now is my Aisling Designs Etsy shop.

Market Day – August 22

Sorry, running a day late this week.

I would like to introduce to you this week a shop that is full of the most delicate items.  TataniaRose creates beautiful tatted items. From jewellry to bookmarks, cards to christmas decorations.  Tatting is something that reminds me of my Nan, she used to create beautiful tatted edges to table cloths, and I remember watching her hands whizzing into and out of the thread she had wrapped around the bobbin (is that what it is called?) Please check out the wonderful creations at TataniaRose, it is an artform that seems so rare these days, but is so beautiful both to watch and to see the end results.

Another bit of exciting news is that there is now a new team on Etsy.  Green Parents is a group of people from the green parent forum that also run their own etsy shops.  We thought it would be a good idea to work together to help promote each other.  All of us are juggling crafting and children, so please come and visit us and see what we are up to.

Hope you enjoy this weeks “shop of the week” courtesy of CraftBritannia group on Etsy.

Market Day

Borrowing an idea from an online friend who blogs here, about having a weekly market day, where I introduce some fellow artisans.  Over on Etsy I am part of Craft Britannia team and they have a “Shop of the week”, which sounds like a good place to start.

This week it is The Feminine Touch who creates beautiful knitted items, often recycling materials too to create wonderful items for the home and for wearing.  I created a treasury inspired by her wonderful glasses case.

I’d also like to introduce you to Natalie who is also on Etsy at EnchantedFabricsuk who featured me in a blogpost over on her blog at Mostly Fabric.  She has the most wonderful organic fabrics, as well as some beautiful German Westfalenstoffe fabrics.

I apologise for not being able to show any screenshots, I have yet to figure that technical aspect out!  But please check out the links to these two creative women.

Busy behind the scenes

Not much to see in the finished article line of things at the moment, but here’s what I have been up to.  After the Hibiscus bag, I got asked to make an Ipad cozy.  Unfortunately I had run out of the grey zwartble/suffolk cross fleece I had use to create the hibiscus bag.  After a message to a good friend, I was able to get one of this years fleeces.  Much darker this year due to the lack of sun bleaching with our dismal summer!  Still a very beautiful fleece, and I was looking forward to see how it turned out.

So wash day saw some of the zwartble get washed, along with some of sorted Jacobs fleece I have also managed to acquire from our local childrens farm.

With the fine weather we have had this last couple of weeks, it was a joy to be able to sit out in the garden and card the fleece, plus all the little bits that are caught in the fleece just fell on the garden instead, so less clearing up!!

Then this last week has been spent spinning it up.  As I spin quite thin, I decided a three ply would give me the worsted Aran weight yarn I was after.  I worked out that three bobbins, holding between them around 300m of single ply yarn, then plyed together, meant that over a km of yarn passed through my fingers last week.  No wonder they were feeling nice and smooth!

On to the knitting now.  It is beautiful to knit, having seen the process all the way through from fleece to final article, a real sense of pride, as well as the yarn being lovely to knit anyway!

A second installment will follow once it is all finished.