At last… I`ve finally emerged into the 21st century craft world and opened my online shop! I struggle with all things computery but the lovely people at Etsy make it all very easy. So now when you click on my shop page (instead of just getting ‘coming soon’, which was there much longer than I intended!) you can follow the link to my Etsy shop.
I`ve listed a selection of brooches and some recycled fabric hairbands to begin with, and I`ll be adding a few pieces every week. I`m looking forward to making some one-off pieces to sell online too, plus some larger items.
These brooches and hairbands are all available now.
I was having a (much needed) tidy and sort through of my fabrics recently and thought it would be nice to combine lots of different textures and make some new corsages for Autumn/Winter.
The flowers are made from lots of different recycled fabrics, including tweeds, tartans, corduroy, denim, vintage ties, satins, velvets and silks.
They have a sprinkling of vintage bits and bobs in their centres- buttons, beads, crystals and sequins. I enjoyed playing with all the combinations of textures and was quite pleased with the jewel-like effect.
My first batch of these brooches have gone straight into Flux, Fabhatrix, and the Lucie Fenton Gallery. I`m now working on another lot, all made in lovely berry colours, which should be ready in a few days.
These felt poppies are probably my best sellers. I`ve been making them for two or three years now, but I always have to make a few every week to keep topped up.
The poppies are made from layers of felt and recycled tweed with a shiny black button at the centre. They have two padded leaves with hand-stitched details in wool.
These are a few that I made this week.
Red is the most popular colour, with bright pink the runner up, but I enjoy working with all the bright colours, especially when contrasted with grey and black.
The layered, stitched flowers that I made for the Summer were very popular, so I wanted to make a Winter version. I made these flowers this week.
Instead of cottons, I layered tiny scraps of recycled tweed over felt to make the petals. I thought the various black and white tweeds were a great contrast with the bright coloured felt.
They have shiny, faceted black beads for centres which were taken from an old necklace.
Layering the black and white tweeds reminded me of layers of newsprint when working with papier mache.
I think these flowers go really well with my felt poppies, they`re both perfect for cheering up a black Winter coat.
My first wee batch went straight into Flux in Leith, but I`m going to make lots more, including some more muted coloured ones. It`s been a while since I`ve had time to make anything new, so I really enjoyed making these.
I had such a good response to my little bee embroideries that I decided to do some more and turn them into brooches.
Tiny, layered scraps of black and yellow cottons and lots of scribbly stitching make up their bodies and they have hand-embroidered little legs. The bees have been stitched onto recycled linen furnishing fabric in shades of blue. My favourites are the ones on the dark, indigo blue fabric.
I think insect brooches will sit well with all my flowers and are also quite an edgy contrast. I`d like to try other insects, maybe butterflies or ladybirds, I`ll start with some drawings then work from there, I think the embroideries definately work best that way as it keeps them looking free and hand-drawn. I`ve got lots to catch up with next week, but if I get time in between making more fascinators and brooches for my stockists then I`ll start sketching, hopefully in the garden- if it ever stops raining!
I always think that daisies must be the most cheerful and friendly of flowers. I love seeing a sweep of grass studded with little white daisies. The last time I cut the grass I couldn`t bear to cut the daisies so I left a little island of long grasses to enjoy them for a bit longer.
My favourites are wild Ox-eye Daisies. I would love to grow them in the garden, but in the meantime I have Marguerittes, Swan River Daisies, Bellis Daisies and Osteo Spermum.
There is a patch of Ox-eye Daisies growing on a nearby roadside and earlier in the week I brought a few home to draw.
Inspired by my drawings, I made these little brooches.
I`m really pleased with them. They are appliqued and machine stitched onto recycled linen furnishing fabric. They have some hand embroidery and a few seed beads in the centre for extra texture. I really enjoyed making them and I like their `hand drawn` look.
I`m looking forward to making more of these over the next couple of days, I want to send a wee supply to all my stockists (I think they are the perfect brooches for summer!). Then I`d like to try some larger daisy-inspired embroideries.
I`ve been happily making more of these little stitched hearts all week and I`m so pleased with them! My first batch was delivered to Flux and the Lucie Fenton Gallery today and I was almost sorry to see them go! I really enjoy making them and they`ve been inspiring me for future projects. I like the subtle blend of the different colours and patterns and the way the stitching gives them an almost faded look. They`re quite delicate and much smaller than most of my brooches. I`ve enjoyed looking out my tiniest shell buttons and vintage pearls to finish them off.
I`ve been thinking of other ways of using this technique and in between sewing the hearts there`s been lots of doodling going on… Looking forward to starting some new work, but time for a few more hearts first!