Because summer is always unpredictable!

Certainly in the UK, where we are based, summer is always a pretty unpredictable affair.  We can get a spell of dry weather where we are crying out for rain, or we can have the wettest weather imaginable, where we are crying out for it to just stop raining!  So, for those times (that can sometimes seem so very rare) we have waterproof bunting.  It will bring colour to your garden even on the greyest of days, and when the sun does shine through, you already have decorations up for when you get the barbeque out!

All the bunting flags are made from ripstop fabric, which is a nylon fabric used to make kites and tents.

We have a budget range of plain coloured flags, flag costing £1.  We have this in rainbow colours

003… and neon.  As the plain ripstop fabric is the same both sides, each flag is a single piece of fabric, which is what makes it that bit cheaper.

002The other range is also double sided, but the patterned fabric is not double sided, so two pieces of fabric are required to make the reversible effect.  And to maintain continuity, this is repeated with the plain ripstop.

 

There is floral with red and yellow flags…

007…and butterfly and flowers with blue and pink fabric.  Each of these is £2 a flag.

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Custom orders are, as ever, always welcome.  And there is plenty of fabric to make some long lengths of bunting should they be required.  And although we are armed with waterproof bunting, here’s hoping we have a wonderfully sunny summer.

Nautical bunting

It all started with an idea, as these things do.  Making personalised bunting using the maritime signal flag code.  So I made up a display one, so that I had something to advertise.  This is the first one, it spells out JACK, and is now on display at the Old Needle Works in Redditch, along with some order forms, in case any local people want to order one.

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So, I listed it on Etsy, and very quickly got a few orders from it.  This one was one of the first orders, and spells out ADRIEN.

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And another, which spells out SHANE.  Sometimes I know the destination of the bunting, other times I don’t.  The Shane bunting was for the room of a yet unborn little boy in America.

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JESSICA is another of them.  Lovely to think of it going to a girl.  019

A request for a couple of buntings to go on some boats down in Australia.  This one was 13 flags long, and will be used for festivals.   010And this is other Australia bound bunting, spelling out CHARLOTTE. 018

Each of the flags are made by me, through patchwork techniques, with some applique as well. They are then strung on some lightweight rope, and knotted either side of the flag.  The ends are then eye-spliced to add to the nautical feel and create a hanging loop for the bunting.008

I have listings for various lengths of flag, but if there is a length you require that is not there, you just need to contact me.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153433107/nautical-personalised-bunting-signal

More nautical bunting is being made at present.  To my knowledge, the ones I have made so far have been used for going away presents, baby showers, to decorate a nursery, as a banner for a wedding, and to decorate boats.  And I’m sure there are many more uses for it too.

Summer flowers

A wonderful customer, who has requested many colour combinations of hair grips in the past, recently contacted me to see if I could create some more colour combinations for her.  This is such a lovely way to explore colour combinations, and I set about spinning some wool.

custom order

For some of the colours of wool, I approached a friend who dyes wool, and asked her to create some of the colours that were asked for.  Kirsty, at Wharfedale Woolworks kindly obliged me, and this enabled me to get the colours needed. rose and dark grey

Some of the colour combinations have been added to the shop, as I spun extra wool.  Others will be added when I find the time to add them!!  mint and light greyThis colour combination I think would make lovely hair grips for a bridesmaid, and can be ordered heremint and beige purple and dark greyI think this may be my favourite colour combination, olive and salmon pink.  It can be ordered right hereolive and salmonIf you would like to order any of the colours here that have not yet been added to the shop, you can order them via this listing, and just specify what colours you would like, or just drop me a line via a contact conversation on Etsy. pale pink and green

I am always open to custom orders, and love creating colour combinations especially for the individual, so if  you have your own ideas as to what colours you would like in a floral hairgrip, please do contact me. turquoise and cream

 

 

A vintage wedding with Stone Two Birds

A few months ago I was asked by a friend, who has the most wonderful wedding planning company, to help create some items for a 1940′s style wedding, for a wedding fair they were attending in April.  Of course I said yes, and we started working on ideas of how to create some Union Jack style bunting but in pink and green.  We eventually decided on the plain pink background with mint green felt to make the crosses, and the white from lace stitched behind the felt. And of course you have to have gingham!

Union Jack bunting Another part of helping them create the 1940′s look was to make some tea cosies.  So I managed to source some vintage tea cosy patterns, and created them in the pink and green of the bunting.  These looked amazing with the green Beryl teapots that Stone Two Birds had managed to find.

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Another request was for some bridal SOS kits, a little bag that could hold a few emergency supplies to help her get through the day, eg headache tablets, hair grips, plaster etc.  So I created a selection of crocheted bags from cream and white cotton, lined with blue linen, and finished with two stone bird beads, which I was so pleased at finding!

sos bags

It was such a delight working with a group of people who had such original ideas for a wedding, and being able to help with the whole homemade ethos of the time was great.

If you ever need any event planning, then you really do need to check out Stone Two Birds, they have amazing ideas, and work so hard in making your day special.

(photos from Stone Two Birds, used with their kind permission)

Adding to the range

I have a number of hair clips in my shop, in a variety of colours and have had a number of custom order for them, which has added to the number of colours available.  They are all made with handspun wool, and embellished with lace and crystal beads.

Some of the new colours are more summery, such as this beautiful lemon-y coloured hair grip. Available for order just here

lemon hair grip

Also some cream hair grips, which I think would be perfect for a summer wedding, or to add a touch of  glamour to an outfit.  Which can be bought here

cream hair grip

I have also had a custom order for a gorgeous blue/green combination, which I can re-produce for you if you order it here.

blue green hair clips

Creating these, then sparked some other ideas, such as a ring, based upon the same design. This is secured to an adjustable ring base, meaning it will fit many different shaped fingers.  This can be bought here

flower ring

I also had a desire to create some peacock inspired hair clips, which are available to buy here

peacock hair grips

I have an idea for some pastel coloured hair clips in pale blue and pink, but these are still in the development phase!

I am always open to colour combination suggestions, for both the hair clips and rings.  I can be contacted via Etsy to discuss any custom orders.

All you need to do is ask

One of the lovely things about crafting is being able to create something for somebody that is specifically for them.  Whether it be recreating a previous creation in different colours, such as these hair clips I have made on request following the hairclips I had made for the Guild stall back in November.

I will add a listing to my shop in the new year for custom hair clips to your own colour specifications.

I have also been making ruffle scarves, following a night out and a few admirers of the scarf I had made myself.

So two ruffle scarves requested and made, and now the option is listed here, so people can order the style and colour of scarf for me to knit for them.

As with anything I make, if there is something you like the idea of, but would prefer different colours, a different theme, or even if I haven’t made it but you have an idea you would like me to create, all you have to do is ask.

 

Custom orders

These last couple of weeks I have been working on a few custom orders for bunting.  I had a request for some jungle bunting as a gift for Christmas.  After a bit of deliberation as to what animals actually lived in the jungle, I came up with monkey, elephant, tiger and snake, and made this jungle bunting.  It has sparked an idea for more themed bunting, such as woodland, pirate, under-the-sea etc.  It is perfect for a child’s bedroom where they may have such a theme.  So this is now listed in my Etsy shop ready for orders.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/114991197/themed-bunting-applique-jungle-pirate

The second commission was for some Blessing bunting, ready for a little girl’s first birthday in December.  The colours I was given to work with were purple flags and electric blue writing.  I found some beautiful material at the shop of another Etsian, The Rainbow Girl, which she had hand-dyed herself, combined with some hand-dyed embroidery cotton, it has made this bunting really special.

And as with Blessing bunting, each flag has, on the reverse, a blessing embroidered.  You can order Blessing Bunting here.

I am working on a couple more commissions for bunting, but will talk about those once I have photos.

Another request was for a felted flower for a Christmas gift.  The colours lilac and pink were chosen, and I wasn’t too sure what the end result would be like, I just started making.  I love it when something is so organic it evolves in your hands from a pile of wool, to something new, and you’re not too sure where the destination is!   But here is the flower, which has since sparked another commission for a similar flower after posting it on Facebook, so this too has now been listed in my shop.

In other news, I made a few things for a craft fair that the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers were involved with.  How lovely to be presented with a cheque last night after the majority of the items pictured here were sold.

 

The build up to Christmas

I know it is only October,  but Christmas is only around the corner, and I feel so disorganised as a crafter.  I haven’t been doing this long enough to have “done” Christmas before, and I already feel like I’ve left it too late!!

One thing I am excited about is a little project between myself and Michelle over at Handmade Haven.  She made a batch of cinammon soaps, which I am felting in Christmassy colours and designs.  The felted soaps lather up beautifully, which means you use less soap each time. The felt also acts like a flannel, and gently exfoliates the skin, and as you use it the wool continues to felt, so it stays close tight to the soap itself.  These will hopefully make a wonderful stocking filler type present.I have been asked by the guild if I had any things that I could sell at a stall they are doing in November.  So, I am making up some crocheted flowers using bits of spun wool, and turning them into brooches.  There is also plans for hairclips and bobby pins too!

I have a custom order for a macBook cover based on the original Hibiscus bag and the iPad cover that came from that.  So have been busy spinning more wool to complete this.

There are plans for Christmas bunting, although, right now, this is right down on the list of priorities, but the material is there, ready and waiting for when I have a spare moment!

A custom order for some jungle bunting is ready to be made, now that I have all the material.

And three more custom Blessing buntings to be made by December, using various ccombinations of these colours.

I think this should keep me fairly busy til December, but just on the off chance there is a quiet moment, there are some Christmas cross-stitches I could do too!

And don’t you just know, it will be here before we know it!!

 

Busy behind the scenes part 2

I showed you back here in the summer holidays what was keeping me busy, with the preparing and spinning of the gorgeous Zwartble/Suffolk cross fleece in order to fulfill a custom order for an iPad cozy.  It is all finished now, and with its new owner who has let me know she is really pleased with it.

So here is the rest of the story.  I knitted up the cozy, and this was a sneaky peek of it before it was finished.

To finish it I had to add an internal structure to protect the iPad from knocks, and I had to find the perfect button.  A lovely warped silver button really finished off this iPad cover brilliantly. Such a feeling of satisfaction when you find the perfect item.

The iPad fitted perfectly, and the contrast of the bright pink and the grey gives an element of surprise to this lovely cover.

The internal structure gives a more rounded feel to the cover than it would have if it had simply been a slipcase.  But feels sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear a well used iPad takes.

There was enough wool for another case to be made, but this time it is simply a slip case with no added structure.  This one is available for sale in my etsy shop.

You would think that might be the end of the tale.  But, another spawning of the original “hibiscus bag” is in the offing, this time in the form of a macbook cover.  So the story continues…

“Helena” blessing bunting

Another custom order for some blessing bunting.  The specification was red.  I think we managed to achieve that!

The blessings on the reverse of the flags.  Peace, Joy, Friendship, Love, Wisdom, Hope, Happiness and Grace.

I decided to add an embellishment to the end flags.  A simple flower with the petals each a colour that was used in the appliqued name.

Each letter was appliqued on using red thread.  I like the contrast of the stitching against the felt, it just seems to pull it all together that little bit more.

This is reserved in the etsy shop for Clare.