Sorry for the extremely long break, I have been terrible with blogging, and also with all other social media! There have been a few changes this year which have led to my textiles taking a bit of a back seat. I will still be creating new products and fabrics but my collection will be smaller this year and I will attending less fairs. I am currently working on new designs and yesterday I actually knitted up the first piece for my new collection. Below are some sneak peeks of my new work, I hope to have everything complete before it gets chilly.
I always seem to wait until it is really warm before I knit up lambswool so just imagine it’s chilly out when looking at my fabric 🙂 I hope to be better with blogging over the next few months and will keep everyone updated with whats going on. Hope everyone is having a fabulous summer so far and is enjoying the hot weather.
On Sunday I was demonstrating machine knitting at Festival of Crafts at the Farnham Maltings. It was a really fun day meeting some lovely new customers, some friends and one of my wonderful stockists Claire from Two Ducks.
It was great to let kids have a go on my old faithful domestic brother knit machine, they seemed very impressed by the punch cards, and some didn’t want to leave 🙂
As it was my first craft fair of the festive season I had my Christmas decorations on display and they were very well received with a Rudolph heading off to a new home. My next show opens on 17th November so I better get on with knitting!
The days are getting shorter, and the nights chillier it must mean Autumn is here and the count down to Christmas begins! This is one of my favourite times of year, I love a crisp autumnal morning and it means I can start digging out my woolly jumpers and wear thick cosy tights. It also means Christmas is just round the corner which means it’s my busiest time of year. so much to do and the days are starting to fly by! I have so many christmas decorations to make for all my Christmas markets and shows, and also many a circle scarf to knit ready for those chilly winter days. I have 3 Christmas decorations this year, 2 reindeer and 1 gingerbread man, they will each cost £12. A perfect addition to your tree this Christmas 🙂 They will be in my online shop very soon!
I hope you like this years decorations, i had lots of fun making them 😀
I have always loved doing commissions, however I don’t think I have been vocal enough about it 🙂 I have done quite a few commissions over the years, from fabric for a dressing table stool, to a reindeer hat and scarf set for a toddler. It’s fun being able to branch off from my current collection, to try and make something unique and one off. With this in mind I have opened my commission book to dog cushion commissions! Get your favourite breed on a cushion, any breed is welcome (however some breeds work better as a silhouette than others).
My current dog collection includes corgi, collie, scottie and greyhound. So you can commission any other breed 🙂 Each cushion costs £55 and you can approve the design before it is actually made in to the cushion, plus choose which colours you want 🙂
If you are interested in having your own furry friend silhouette cushion just contact me: email@example.com with a picture of the breed and what colours you want for the final cushion.
I look forward to hearing from all you dog lovers!
So the exhibition elements:REFINED opened 10 days ago and I have only just sat down to write this post, shame on me… I had lots of fun helping set up the exhibition at the end of April and got to meet lots of lovely guild members. It took all day to get everything ready and I had to leave before it was complete but luckily got down on Saturday 3rd May to the private view and got some photos 🙂
Here are some photos of the set up and of the final exhibition. You can see the exhibition in Milford until the end of May then it will head to Dorking in June.
The set up
Exhibition up and running 🙂
In January I joined the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, I was very excited to be part of a group of such talented people. I was looking forward to taking part in exhibitions with them, meeting other local crafters and getting to develop my business through the support and advice that these other crafters could give. I didn’t realise that within 2 weeks of joining I would be applying for a major 8 month exhibition and that I would have my work actually selected for it. However that is what happened, and I’m very excited to say that the exhibition opens next week! It starts off in Milford, Surrey and will spend a month there in the Surrey Guilds gallery, then it will travel around Surrey spending a month in different galleries across the county. You are all invited to attend, and have a look at all the amazing talent there is here in Surrey 🙂
Oh, the exhibition will feature my 2 circle scarves, Linnhe and Resipole. These scarves feel amazing so I really encourage you to pop along to the exhibition if you are in the area, as photos of my work do not portray how soft my products are 😀
Hope to see you somewhere in Surrey soon!
It’s back to work after a lovely long weekend relaxing and eating loads of chocolate! I decided to take the weekend off as i haven’t had a proper break since Christmas, and it was definitely the right decision. So this Easter weekend I slept in, ate far too much, drank many glasses of wine and got to enjoy the lovely weather (well apart from the wash out that was Easter Sunday…) On Monday, my other half and I decided to explore Surrey a bit, we finally got a car last weekend (we had to go up to Scotland to collect it and drive all the way back on the Sunday, a tiring weekend but so worth it, it’s great to have the freedom of a car 😀 ) so we decided we would go somewhere and walk our Corgi. We looked up many walks and decided we would go to Box Hill (I really wanted to go mainly because of Jane Austen’s Emma) it was a great decision, the weather was gorgeous and the countryside glorious. There were loads of people around, something I am not used to yet coming from Scotland, where the countryside is big enough that you don’t have to see anyone if you don’t want to 😛 However this didn’t spoil the day, we just went along less explored paths and I managed to get some lovely images of colour and pattern in the English countryside 🙂 below are some of my photos, feeling inspired now!
After all that fresh air and relaxation I’m back in my studio and raring to go 😀 I have a few ideas in the works and will keep you all updated on the progress 😀 I’m off to make some brooches now. Have a fab week!