A new venture

A few months ago a group of artists who had go to know each other online decided to enter into a partnership and set up their own website.  I was fortunate to be asked to join them, and so we set about creating our own website, which would be another avenue to get our products into the big wide world.  Each of us has their own specialisms.  So we have a knitter, jewellry designer, a potter, needle felt artist, someone specialising in felt creations, another specialising in creating beautiful purses, a very talented tatting artist, and a photographer who puts their photos on items such as phone cases, cushions etc. And then there is me with my bunting too.

Between the nine of us, we have a wide variety of products, and plenty of ideas!  We can be found at  www.uniquelyuk.co.uk  Please come and check us out, we would love to see you there.

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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!

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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)

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.

 

The story behind the “Hibiscus” bag

Way back, when I got my wheel about 18 months ago, a dear friend, Dawn, sent me some zwartble/suffolk cross wool.  A beautiful silvery grey colour. Some she had carded, some she left for me to card, so I had an introduction to some of the processes that go into spinning wool.  By the time I came to spin it up I had managed to get my spinning quite fine and consistent, and I was very proud of my first decent wool.I then got asked by a friend to make her a bag like the one I had made for myself for the Guild challenge this last Christmas.  She decided she liked the grey wool, so I set too.  However, it was very quickly apparent that I had spun it too fine to be used as a bag, so doubled up the wool to create the right thickness of wool.

And so, as is the way when knitting in the round I cabled, and cabled, and cabled until I ran out of wool!!  Yep, because I had to double up the yarn it didn’t go as far as I had hoped, and Dawn kindly sent some more wool, this time I had to wash it too, and the transformation was amazing.  Once it was processed, and spun, I could carry on knitting.Until we came to the finished bag!  Well, that wasn’t quite the end of the story.  About half way into making the bag I remembered a sweet little black and silver button with flower on it that had been part of my Nan’s button stash, which I knew just had to go with this bag.  I also decided a lovely bright pink and white floral lining would look good.  But do you think I could find such material?Browsing the internet, I happened across some hibiscus material in America that a lovely lady was selling in a sale.  It was perfect, and guess what… the flower on the button is also a hibiscus.  Which has subsequently given this bag the name of the Hibiscus bag.