Saturday, 18 August 2012

More previews of CRAFTfest stalls...

Some more lovely goodies for you...


Welcome to Shalotte, The home of Couture Yarnwear, Artwear, Stunning Wirework Jewellery and Accessories. for both Men and Women. Are you searching for that perfect piece of jewellery? Then look no further then our Original Artisan Made Copper Wire Work pieces with glass and semi precious stones. Each piece is lovingly made from a simple beginning, strands of copper wire in our woodland studio. Our Yarnwear is also a stunning collection of work. Pieces made from beautiful yarns, from 100% native wools, recycled sari silk, indian cotton, bamboo, fashion yarns, ribbon yarns,hand dyed and hand spun skiens that will light up your soul.

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Arabella's Attic

Coin purse: circus hot air balloon - £7.00

Arabella’s Attic is a small family project based in South East England. We design and hand craft accessories such as tote bags, coin purses, cosmetic bags, hand bags and jewellery, and also make cards based on our own artwork. We love all things retro and vintage, and this is reflected in the items that we make. Above all, we love producing one off pieces that are affordable, and that can be treasured and enjoyed. We hope you enjoy exploring our attic.

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Created in Cloth - Cards

At Created In Cloth you will find two types of cards. The traditonal cards come with an envelope and are made from card with a cloth embroidered picture. The PostCards are again made from Cloth with a stiffened middle layer so they look just like a traditonal postcard. These are quite the rage in sewing swaps in America. They go through the post with a self-adhesive stamp - just write the address and message in ballpoint pen and pop into the post.

Acacia Crafts

Welcome to Acacia Crafts, a little boutique shop where you will be able to find lots of little gifts for all the family. From useful everyday items like ribbon lanyard for the office, to cute little critter memo pegs to pin important notes to your fridge, or pretty bow hairbands for little girls (and their mums too!)... something for one and all!

Waterlily Keepsakes

Black & White Wedding Guest Books

I make personalised keepsake albums and scrapbooks for all occasions - birthdays, anniversary, new baby, christenings, weddings, retirement, prom, first holy communion - I can custom make you a beautiful keepsake for any occasion!

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Another little taster of stalls to come at CRAFTfest

Some more fantastic stalls from purple group

Woolly Pig Designs

I am a stay at home Mum of a five year old boy and I make handknitted toys, baby blankets and decorations. I started knitting again a few years ago, selling some of my things in a local market. I have only recently started Woolly Pig Designs, setting up a website and Facebook page. I love making things for children, creating colourful new characters and using different colour combinations. I can knit any of my pieces to order in your colour choices and can personalise some items with names etc. Items are made in a pet-free and smoke-free environment and are child friendly and mostly machine-washable.

MinXtures - Cards

I work from my Hampshire home, dressmaking and sewing everything from clothes to cards. I enjoy the whole process from designing the patterns to adding the finishing touches. Nearly everything I make is useful or practical too! I particularly enjoy making children's items, personalised PE bags being my best selling item. Custom orders are always welcome!

Serenity Potions

Aromatherapy scented Purple Rose Brooch infused with Lavender oil.

After years of using Aromatherapy on myself and family, I decided to take the plunge and I became a qualified Aromatherapist in 2011. I also love stitching, so I looked for a way to blend these two loves together. In October 2011 Serenity Potions was born, hand created gifts, enhanced with uniquely blended aromatherapy oils. In 2012 I started my Crystal Healing course and added Crystals to the range, which help enhance the effects of the oils as well as bring their own properties to the product.

Inkyprints Originals

Books on show Inkyprints

Hand-printed fine art stationery with a folk-art feel. Inkyprints-Originals uses high quality recycled paper and card together with the finest handmade Japanese Washi to create beautiful and practical gifts for you and your home. Hand-printed notebooks, journals, general stationery and art-flag bunting - all with original artwork, hand-carved by printmaker Fiona Humphrey of Inkyprints-Originals.

Created in Cloth - Baby and Child

Created in Cloth was born from a desire to make good quality items that are unusual, practical & a pleasure to own and receive at affordable prices. So often now things are mass produced and one cannot be identified from the next, here at Created in Cloth I make each item individually with love and care. Some of my items can be customised with names, dates or colours to personalise, making them a treasured item or a wonderful gift.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Vintage or ultra modern style statement - it's a matter of personal taste...

Today I wanted to share some of my bespoke work with you; two commissions in stark contrast to one another.

First, a vintage style super soft cushion pad made to fit a settle. A settle is a bench seat with a high back, usually made for two people, and often known as a monk's bench.

My customer Kate had been lucky enough to be given a fabric stash, and I was just able to squeeze enough from her favourite fabric piece to make this cushion cover. It is a gorgeous ivory with woven stain thread floral posies in bronze. We talked about how Kate wanted the finished cushion to look and decided on a duck feather inner as this would sag softly with use, giving the lived in "Bagpuss" effect over time. I made both the inner and cover using a welted style to give the cushion structure and definition. Cambric was used to make the duck feather inner along with 3kg of duck feathers. Cambric is a special waxed cotton which helps to prevent the feathers poking through making a cushion with a longer life span. I made an extra cover using a gorgeous candy striped cotton canvas in pistachio and pale apricot. And when Kate feels like a change, we'll get to see the new cover!


Next, we have Laura's ultra modern designer fabric statement pieces.

Laura chose this Designers Guild Leopold fabric for her covered headboard, and had some pieces left over for pillows. It is a bold statement in a striking oversized geometric design in vivid chartreuse with black and metallic accents. The masculine print design is softened using pompom edging on the pillows, which also adds texture and frames the pillows perfectly. The use of black and white in the walls, soft furnishings and accessories creates a sophisticated yet witty and playful scheme.


I don't think you could get two examples further apart in terms of the colour palette, design and finished effect. It just goes to show how widely individual tastes can vary and when it comes to interior design, your home really is your very own personal space.

*Thank you to Kate and Laura for providing the images used in this post*