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.

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.

Little Red Riding Hood

I have had this bunting in mind for a long time.  So it was wonderful to be able to eventually bring it to fruition.  The story of Little Red Riding Hood is a little gruesome in places, depending on what version you read, so trying to depict it in a gentle way, so that the bunting is appropriate for children took some thought.

The beautiful printed fabric really brings a folky feel to this bunting, and the appliqued flags are on calico fabric, which again gives a more rustic feel to the bunting.

There are 5 appliqued flags, starting with the covered basket the Red Riding Hood takes to her Grandma’s house, then there is a flag of trees to represent the woods.  Followed by the wolf in  Grandma’s clothes in bed waiting for Little Red.  An axe in a block of wood represents the woodcutter, who rescues Little Red and and her Grandmother.  And then finally Little Red gets to give the basket of food to her Grandmother, with smiles all around.

This is available to buy in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/127472906/childrens-story-bunting-fairy-tale

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!!

 

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.