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.

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…

Busy behind the scenes

Not much to see in the finished article line of things at the moment, but here’s what I have been up to.  After the Hibiscus bag, I got asked to make an Ipad cozy.  Unfortunately I had run out of the grey zwartble/suffolk cross fleece I had use to create the hibiscus bag.  After a message to a good friend, I was able to get one of this years fleeces.  Much darker this year due to the lack of sun bleaching with our dismal summer!  Still a very beautiful fleece, and I was looking forward to see how it turned out.

So wash day saw some of the zwartble get washed, along with some of sorted Jacobs fleece I have also managed to acquire from our local childrens farm.

With the fine weather we have had this last couple of weeks, it was a joy to be able to sit out in the garden and card the fleece, plus all the little bits that are caught in the fleece just fell on the garden instead, so less clearing up!!

Then this last week has been spent spinning it up.  As I spin quite thin, I decided a three ply would give me the worsted Aran weight yarn I was after.  I worked out that three bobbins, holding between them around 300m of single ply yarn, then plyed together, meant that over a km of yarn passed through my fingers last week.  No wonder they were feeling nice and smooth!

On to the knitting now.  It is beautiful to knit, having seen the process all the way through from fleece to final article, a real sense of pride, as well as the yarn being lovely to knit anyway!

A second installment will follow once it is all finished.






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 next generation

Today was a busy day.  I spent it in the company of around 90 year 3 children at my son’s school. They are doing a topic of farming, and I had offered to go in and show them the journey that wool takes from the sheep to yarn and beyond.  Of course I couldn’t take photos whilst there, and I was far too busy anyway!  But here is my own next generation doing a spot of carding earlier in the year.

At school we looked at what fibres could be spun, including silk, cotton, flax, angorra, and alpaca and of course wool.  I had some sample of some of these and passed them around.

We looked at raw fleece, felt the lanolin in it, and the children insisted on smelling it too!  We thought about the process the fleece goes through, from washing, carding and spinning, to dyeing and being made into a product of some kind.

To get them thinking about what spinning does, they first had some newspaper cut up into similar lengths to a lock of fleece.  How could they string these together only using their hands and the paper.  All of the groups asked if they could lick it!  Only a couple of children out of the 90 figured out the twisting of it (and one of those was my own son, who kind of knew anyway!)

There was just enough time for some of the children to have a go at carding and spinning, and they kept their spun wool as a memento of the day.

There were some interesting questions, and some interesting ideas.  It was absolutely exhausting, but the response from the children was fantastic.  I just wish I had enough time for them all to have a go.