Inspired by the coast around Rosbeg near Ardara, I wanted to capture the light and sky as well as the headland, rocks and beach. I used a variety of fibres to create the effects I wanted including some fabulous had dyed Shetland fibre I got in Aberdeen earlier this year.
These two cottage pictures both feature hand dyed fibres I sourced at Woolfest and Loch Nesss Knit Fest this year. I love meeting the dyers in person and getting my hands on unusual fibres that add texture and colour to my work.
So you can see all of this in person at The Handmade Show this Sunday the 17th November. It's held in the foyer and Norrie Miller Studio inside Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ from 10.30 - 4.30 and it's FREE to get in.
You can also find me at Pitcairngreen Village Hall Craft Fair on Saturday 26th October. This is a lovely little fair that I have been exhibiting at for the last 15 years! There is a small entrance fee but it includes tea, coffee and home baking.
Then on Sunday 17th November I'll be exhibiting at The Handmade Show in Perth Concert Hall. This is a fabulous annual event with lots of fantastic artists and makers exhibiting their work for sale.
Free Entry too!
As usual I am busy making things for all these events while trying to keep my online shops stocked and send things out to stockists as well. Remember you can keep up with what's new on Instagram and Facebook.
workshop we will make a wet felted flower brooch using merino and silk fibres.
Learn how to form and layer three-dimensional flower shapes and how to make a
felt ball for the centre.
afternoon will be spent exploring dry needle felting techniques. You will learn
how to apply your own design to a background. Either bring your own idea or use
one ready prepared. We will work into these designs using fibres, hand
stitching and beads.
I was beginning to think that I might never blog again but here we are half way through May and I have finally got a chance to do an update! What a busy year so far! Not much point in talking about events that have already past (Make::Wool at EYF and Open Studios North Fife) except to say that they were a huge success and have kept me extremely busy for the past few months.
My next event is at Aberdeen Yarnfest on Sunday June 9th. Last year was the first AYF and it was really good. The vendors list has been extended this year and looks excellent! As with all the yarn shows I exhibit at, I am excited to be going as a vendor and as a customer! Can't wait to get my hands on all that yarn and fibre!
I am really excited and delighted to say that I will be exhibiting at WOOLFEST in Cumbria this year! I have always wanted to go as a visitor but never been yet and here I am jumping in at the deep end as a vendor! I have been training my husband up to man my stall so that I can go shopping while I'm there! You can find me on stand K255.
Back in April we spent a week in a caravan at Laide up in Wester Ross and I took the opportunity to gather lots of inspiration for new felt seascape pictures.
Sketching on the beach at Mellon Udrigle
Big Sand Beach, Gairloch
I made quite a few larger pieces. Big Sand Beach and Evening Light are both bigger than the piece I am holding above which is pretty big for me. I usually work small scale. The piece above sold but I am taking the larger ones to exhibit at Woolfest.
Evening Light at Mellon Udrigle
These two are around the size of the one I am holding and are available now on Etsy priced £225 including UK delivery.
I also put some of the seascape inspiration into these textile and resign jewellery pieces. I won't have these with me at the wool events but I do have lots listed on Etsy here
Pendants £26, Earrings and Rings £18.50
I had quite a few new cushion designs made for Open Studios this year including the cockerel and sheep.
(Overseas orders are sent without the inner padding.)
Earlier this year I made a little alpaca picture which sold immediately but I had him printed on cards and tins and he is proving very popular! I now have four tin designs all of which are available here
I have lots and lots of items available on Etsy and will have a huge range with me at both Aberdeen Yarnfest and Woolfest.
Building up stock for events takes up most of my time and I have really neglected blogging. I think a lot of makers that have had blog pages for years have let them slip at some point. I also took up crochet and probably do that more in the time I used to spend updating my blog. Got lots of beautiful scarves and shawls though!
These are two I made this year using Scheepjes Whirls. I like whirls because I love gradient yarn, they are cotton so not at all itchy and they come in 1000 m balls ready to work with and that's plenty for a full shawl such as these. There are also lots of great patterns that suit whirls. I do love hand dyed yarn from independent dyers as well and buy it when I can.
I am very much looking forward to the next few weeks as I have a rather exciting new toy arriving which will help me with my felt making and hopefully help me to create more pictures! I'll keep you up to date with what's new and I hope everyone has a lovely time as we go through the darkest part of the year. I like to fill this time with cosy fires, candle light, family, friends, music and nice walks on crisp and frosty days!