Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
This post was part of a blog Merry go Around, where I have got together with some friends to talk about a similar subject on the same day... a nice way to meet people!
Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design http://designjennykarlsson.blogspot.com/
Wendren at Wren http://thewrendesign.com/
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com/
Charlotte at Fancy Picnic http://fancypicnic.blogspot.com/
Lily at Lily Pang Art http://lilypangart.blogspot.com/
Marianna at Florcita http://florcitasart.blogspot.com/
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com/
Fabienne at Easterya http://easterya.blogspot.com/
Ruth at Birdland Creations http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
I did get myself a couple of new spinning books, the one I'm talking about today is;
Spin Control by Amy King, published by Interweave.
I have found this book really great for giving me a push in the right direction as a beginner, before I launch myself into the stuff I really want to make... yarn with beads, fabric and paper.
Do you remember my niddy noddying? Well this was my next step... setting my yarn.
I followed Amy's quick and easy steps to set three yarns I had spun. The green and pink which was on my drop spindle, a Brick Red, Blood Orange and Mustard (colours from my Merino range) and finally my first ply, again from Blood Orange and Mustard... both spun on my first wheel, an Ashford's 'Joy'.
I washed, and rinsed...
And hung them out to dry...
Monday, 21 September 2009
I would have liked to have submitted more, but time just wasn't with me on that one... I'll settle instead on making something for me to wear around town, here in Devon.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009
So we got chatting and Nicola showed me her shop... I thought wow, I'm going to have to show my blog readers this! So here you are...
Nicola is from London and makes the most wonderful felt cakes, great for Birthdays, Special Occasions and 'just because I love you' days!
You can also find Nicola on her flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabricfancies/
Monday, 14 September 2009
This is made with Merino, Shetland and Suffolk wools and the petals are made with my needle felting moulds... the rest is freestyle.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Read more about her at http://slackstitches.com/?p=18
Isn't she wonderful?! Well if you'd like to make her or one of Margaret's other creations yours, please email email@example.com
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
To start with they are soley on eBay and Etsy, but the full range will soon be on my own eshop at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com as soon as I get it all finished!
I'm also going to start supplying the carding machines and accessories too!
Monday, 7 September 2009
Making these led me onto a bigger piece that I will blog about soon.
Friday, 4 September 2009
This is a detail shot of a test piece I made using a hand carded, mixed fibre batt. I specifically choose this batt for it's fine blend of Mohair, which you can just make out mixed in with the Blue Merino surface. This gives wonderful hand feel to the surface and helps the layers to felt differently giving me this beautiful effect.
I'm not sure yet how it will work on a bigger scale, but do have a wrap or wall hanging in mind... well at least on my list of things to try out!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
This is me... oh and a customer on the left (sorry excuse my old man, he's taking the picture of me... the one I wanted to take before we opened for the day, but couldn't find the camera!) D did take a couple of pictures, but this was the one that made the cut... not that I'm too keen on it... I look tired, awkward and a bit larger than I thought I looked... don't you just hate those photos!!
Refocus Sara... how was Fibrefest? Ah, right... Fibrefest was amazing! I loved it, stalls and stalls of my kind of crafting and set in the grounds of a wonderful wool mill. It was only just down the road from me really so I could hardly say no when they asked if I'd like to show there... and I'm glad I did. I met so many inspirational people... they came to the stall eager to chat felting or spinning, which was wonderful for me... I'm obsessed with the day job, so chatting about it is fine with me!
I had my picture taken by a few magazines and the local paper... I don't know whether they used them or not... I'm not sure my stall was total eye candy, but it would be amazing advertising if they did... so fingers crossed!
I had a lot more requests for workshops too, something I've been getting a lot of lately... so now I'm back to work properly I'm seeing if I can follow this up. It might be a new string to the bow, I've done a few classes before, but as a guest tutor at national craft events on a day long schedule... not just me on my own, but maybe that's not as scary as I think. I already have some class ideas... so I just need to work on some sums and the venues. More news I hope will follow soon.
I think D and I were much more comfortable in our selling technique this time too, after Woolfest we sat down and thought about what this stall should look like. Sometimes it's nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of... someone who doesn't work in the same field can often throw up interesting views on presentation. I did make a lot of changes to the stall's presentation. For Woolfest the stall was minimal, I sold out of boxes... here I sold off of tables and hung up some of the skeins... I think this gave more focus and a clear idea of what I was selling.
The weather held off too, although it had rained before we set up so some stall holders had to be moved around to make sure no stock came to harm... but all in all I think I got lucky with our spot, only a minimal bit of condensation spotted our tables before we started each day.
I hope that they change their mind and make this show every year, instead of every other year!
I'm off to work on my new eshop for the next few weeks now, so I'm sorry if I'm a bit quiet!
See you soon, Sara x