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!!

 

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.