Getting all patriotic

I can’t believe I haven’t done this before.  I mean, bunting is flags, and flags, more often than not are used to represent a country.  It all started with a chance comment in a new vintage store in my local town.  I popped in to see what it was like, and mentioned if they ever needed any bunting, then to give me a call.  No sooner had I walked a few hundred yards, than I get a call to kit them out with lots of union jack bunting to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE day.  So I was making jumbo bunting to be hung outside, normal sized bunting for inside, mini bunting to go over doors, and a vintage style bunting for the café.  These can now be ordered from my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/232339514/union-jack-bunting-fabric-bunting?ref=shop_home_active_11

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/237209277/mini-union-jack-bunting-british-banner?ref=shop_home_active_1

unionjackmedleyFor a long time now, when I have been making a nautical bunting which has included the “M” flag, I have thought of Scotland, and the Saltire.  So I thought it was about time I actually made a Scottish banner.  There is no reason that I couldn’t reproduce other national flags too, as long as they are not too complicated, as that would push the price too high.  So the Irish flag, France, Germany, Italy, flags that do not have logos on, I could recreate in a banner.  All you have to do is ask.  In the meantime, to purchase a Scottish banner you can click here.

scottishFinally, my newest addition to the store, is some American themed bunting, which would be perfect for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations on July 4th.  The printed fabric depicts the American flag, along with home and hearts.

This is now available to purchase here.

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Geek fest

Recently there has been a bit of a theme to the bunting I have been producing.  A bit of a geek theme.  It all started with some weather front bunting.  I’d been looking at the weather forecast, and it struck me that the fronts on the maps looked like bunting.  It had then been at the back of my mind for a while, and it got to a point where I just HAD to make it!  It’s made out of ripstop fabric, which makes it weather proof too!  It can be seen in full over on Etsy.

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It then progressed onto the geekiness of computers.  Finding this keyboard fabric as a discontinued remnant made it even more alluring to make, knowing that this would be my only chance.  Combined with circuit board fabric just compounds the geek factor!  When my sons saw the bunting, they wanted it there and then, but I have denied them this for now, and put it for sale in the shop.

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Finally I found this fantastic range of fabrics by Robert Kaufman. It immediately appealed to my inner geek, and again I just couldn’t let it sit in my stash for too long, before turning it into this bunting, which is already proving very popular.

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I think I have got the geekiness out of my system for now, but if I find some more brilliant fabrics that appeal to that side of me, you can be assured that I will get creating with more geeky bunting.

 

A TV campaign

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At the beginning of May a call went out for people to apply to be in Etsy’s first ever UK tv advert.  After some logistical considerations, I applied, and then didn’t think too much of it afterwards.

To my utter amazement, I was selected along with my bunting (and 60 odd other Etsy sellers).  So a beautiful sunny Wednesday in mid May I found myself sat on a train with lots of business commuters, speeding my way to London.

The day was amazing, if exhausting!  A fantastic insight into advert production and the work that goes into making a 30 second advert!  I met lots of wonderful Etsy sellers, all of who were equally as passionate about handmade.  If you click on the icon below, you will be able to see some of their wonderful products.

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You can get a feel for the day of filming itself through this behind the scenes footage that has been produced.

The advert itself is now live, and can be seen over the next three weeks on Channel 4 and Sky channels.  But in case you don’t catch it on the telly, it is also on you tube  Look out for the bunting ;)

 

 

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…

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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.

Season bunting

As it is Easter Sunday (just about) I guess this is a good time to introduce the seasonal bunting that I create.  These are usually created as mini buntings, but can be created as larger 2.5m buntings too.  I currently have all seasons catered for, although some designs may change over time, according to fabrics and inspiration.  Inspiration comes through a combination of the natural world, and the fabrics I find.

Spring has seen two different buntings.  The original was this 2.5m bunting, but once it sold I had to create an alternative, as I couldn’t get the fabric anymore.005So I then came up with this mini bunting, which currently for sale here.  Which features a bluebell, a birds nest, a daffodil, and tree in blossom.

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Moving onto summer there is a lovely 2.5m bunting, which would be beautiful for a garden party, or even just to brighten up a house.  It features a butterfly, some flowers on a vine, a stylised sun, and a tree in fruit.  It is a one off bunting, and is available for purchase here.

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Autumn brings some beautiful warm tones, with hand dyed fabric, and a pumpkin, mushrooms, a hedgehog, and tree losing it’s leaves.  This is a mini bunting, which would look lovely hanging over a mantle piece as the nights draw in, and can be ordered here.016Finally, Winter.  I created a “snow” bunting, with beautiful ice blue fabric, and cute little snowmen on the end flags.

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Whilst the original is still for sale, it has inspired a commission for a bunting spelling out “let it snow”

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I am always open to commissions or suggestions for a seasonal bunting, if you have an idea you would like me to create, please contact me.

Most popular

002I seem to spend most of my time making nautical bunting.  Following the maritime signal flags I create patchwork flags to create a personalised bunting, spelling out whatever the customer wants.  Since making the first one around this time last year, I have made 33 nautical buntings, ranging from 4  18cm square flags through to the complete alphabet in large 30cm square flags. This was the largest bunting I have made to date, measuring over 13m in length.  It was hard to get a photo of it, but you can just about get a sense of it in this photo.

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The wonderful thing about taking on custom orders, is that you get to make things that you would never thought of making.  Such as switching colours on the nautical flags to co-ordinate with a room, hence this banner I made for a child’s nursery.

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I have had to make some changes to the original design, such as changing the rope colour, as the original red colour, could not be sourced any more, and once I had used the 50m of it up, I had to find an alternative.  So now they are made with a hemp rope in natural colour.

This seems to be a very versatile bunting, being used in a wide variety of places, from boat clubs and boats, to babies nurseries, from weddings to housewarming gifts.  The one that has made me smile the most though, was the request for a bunting spelling out nerds.  I had visions of all these people trying to work out what it said, and then laughing when they realised!

Your own nautical bunting can be ordered here.

 

 

 

I’m back

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Thank you to my wonderful technical support (aka as my husband) I can now show you all the wonderful buntings I have been busy making over the 6 months I have been not updating the site.  So prepare to be bombarded over the next few days with plenty of buntings, along with some knitting and crochet, and even some embroidery.

The most recent bunting was 6m of rainbow bunting. I was pleased to be able to use this as an excuse to update my pictures of this, as my photography skills have improved since the first rainbow bunting I made, back in the early days.  I still have plenty of material  left, for more orders should anyone want any, and can provide lengths from 1.5m through to 6m or beyond if so required, it can be ordered here.

Missing in action

Apologies for being absent for so long.  Things have been wonderfully busy at Aisling Designs, with custom orders keeping me busy for the last few months, but there have also been some technical issues with the Aisling Designs page, which are not fully resolved.

Whilst I am unable to post pictures at the moment, why not check out my Etsy shop ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AislingDezines ) to see what has been added recently.  You can also keep up with me over on my Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/AislingDesignz ), which is currently having a little giveaway (closing date tomorrow evening).

Thank you for your patience, and I hope to be showing off my new buntings to you very, very soon.

Alice in Wonderland Story Bunting

I have recently created a new story bunting.  Having found some beautiful silhouette Alice bunting, I set about creating an Alice in Wonderland story bunting.  An 11 flag bunting, it has snippets of the story in pictoral form appliqued onto white and red flags.

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We have the white rabbit, and I love the little clock charm that acts as his pocket watch.

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Some drink and cake, along with the key (again, another charm) to let Alice through the door.

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A rather manic looking Cheshire cat!

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A hat for the mad hatters tea party, along with a little teapot charm.

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A mini deck of cards.

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And a crown for the Queen of hearts

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I was delighted when I’d posted some pictures of the bunting in progress to find that a previous customer was very interested in it as their daughter was due to be having an Alice in Wonderland birthday party.  Even more delighted to be shown a picture of the bunting in it’s new home, over the party table.

 

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I have more of the Alice fabric in stock, so can replicate the bunting again should anyone else be interested.  It can purchased via Etsy or via UniquelyUK.

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.