Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Handmade Gifts that should have been at The Handmade Show.

 This weekend I should have been exhibiting at The Handmade Show in Perth Concert Hall. This is a real highlight of my events calendar and I have exhibited there every year since it started in 2011. As with all events this year, it has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

However! My online SHOP is well stocked with all the things I would have been bringing with me to the show!

This time last year I started making my Felt Bookmarks again and they have been very popular since. I'm always making new batches and each batch is slightly different. I have plenty of these three designs available at the moment.


I finished these two Keepsake Boxes this week. The felt for the lids feature gorgeous rustic hand dyed fibres and the sides are made with genuine Harris Tweed.


Lots of Sheep Earrings, Brooches and Shawl Pins have been flying out the door but I do my best to keep the Sheep Jewellery Section of my shop topped up and I am usually able to make to order if your favourite colourway is not in stock.


If you are in Fife or Perthshire looking for independent shops to support, the following beautiful shops stock my iridescent jewellery and tweed brooches,
Silver Linings Design Studio, 13 High St, Perth
The Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld
The Rowan Tree Gift Shop, Falkland.

I also have some new pieces in my Etsy shop this week.


My 2021 Wall Calendar has been really well received. I still have some available.



I had a new delivery of printed lens cloths and tins this week. These make great little presents.





So all this and more is available HERE
The easiest way is to browse is by shop section. 

All UK orders are being sent First Class and all International Orders are being sent Tracked. You can also order things to be sent straight to the recipient with a message from you at no extra cost. 

Thank you for visiting my website and I hope we can meet at some events before too long!

















Wednesday, 26 August 2020

2021 Wall Calendar Now Available

 My 2021 Calendar is now available! 

As with previous years I have gone with the square format with a different image for each month and a whole calendar page per month to write on. 



Add caption

I use a professional print company to produce my calendars from my artwork. The images are 17 x 17 cm and can be framed after use. 

Calendar measures 21 x 21 cm and folds out vertically to 42 cm.



Calendar £12.95 available here .



Also includes two pages for notes.


Calendar can also be sent as a gift direct to the recipient with a message from you at no extra cost. 


I have also had three of the images from the calendar produced as printed cards.


Gathering The Flock Card £3.50


Cottage by The River Card £3.50


Scottish West Coast Seascape Card £3.50 

All cards are available individually or within a set of six here .













Friday, 17 April 2020

Staying at Home, Crochet, Crafting and Shed Life.


Hello from north Fife!
This blog post should have been all about our upcoming Open Studios event but of course with everything being cancelled due to Covid-19, our annual event cannot go ahead. Trivial of course in the greater scheme of things. These are strange days and despite being someone who works from home, it has taken time to settle into a new home life routine. I have a 14 year old daughter and my husband at home so it's not the same work/life routine at all. Who could settle into a normal routine anyway! We're all just doing our best and it's appreciating the little things that will get us through. 

One of the first things we did as a family was tidy out and patch up our old shed and reclaim it as space to sit out and relax in. We know are very lucky to have a garden and outdoor space at this time and we are making best use of it.



I gave this shed it's first make over back in 2011. There is a blog post about it on here but it had become a dumping ground again and had started to leak. We thought it might be beyond repair but with lock down coming upon us we realised we wouldn't be able to afford a new one and couldn't go anywhere to buy supplies to fix this one so we re-purposed an old shelf unit for wood and used perspex from an old picture frame to replace some broken glass and we have our little shed back!



It's a great space to relax in as it's often too windy to sit outside here but this gives the feeling of being outside and is a nice change of scene.

It's great fun in the evening with the heater on and all the fairy lights twinkling.


The pattern for the crochet shawl I'm wearing above is Tasty Tamarind by Mijo Crochet made with a Blackberry Mint Chip Scheepjes Whirl.


I love the colours of this whirl and although the pattern is meant for Scheepjes Whirligig yarn, I found it easy enough to make with a 4 ply whirl. 


My next crochet project is to make another one of these wraps and write the pattern down as I go. I made this earlier this year and made it up as I went along. The yarn is by Monsoon Calamity. It's 4 ply stranded cotton and comes in the most amazing colours!



Crochet Gradient Yarn Wrap 
Designed by Me in Nova Cotton Yarn by Monsoon Calamity.

The next one I am making is in Fairy Lake also by Monsoon Clamaity



Another non crafty make was this fruit loaf and lentil soup! The soup was one of my best ever. The loaf is lovely but I can't make it often as it's just fattening. A tasty treat every now and then though.


The best thing about living where we do is having lots of places to go for a walk.
These are our nearest neighbours.


We have woods within walking distance of the house.


And endless fields to look out across.


There's a lot to be said for appreciating what is on your own doorstep.  

As I mentioned at the start of this post, our annual Open Studios event was due to happen at the start of May. I hadn't really started making in earnest for it before it became obvious that it wouldn't go ahead but I did make this batch of bookmarks in preparation. They are now listed on Etsy.

 Aurora Felt Bookmark


 felt sheep bookmark

I also have a few of these covered notebooks made. The picture on the front is an original felt piece sewn onto purple tweed. The cover is designed to be removable so the notebook can be replaced when full or swapped out for an address book or diary. 





I had also started a series of long pictures in readiness for Open Studios. I've sold two already but this is my favourite one and it's still available. 


 I'm also keeping my little stock of Sheep Brooches and jewellery pieces topped up. 


 felt sheep art brooch





So that's just a wee round up of life in lock down here at Aileen Clarke Crafts. I am still able to post parcels. I do all my post online and walk to the nearest post box. Anything too large to go in the post box gets collected by a friend who passes the house every day. I leave a bag on the door and the parcels get dropped at the post office which she goes into every couple of days anyway. Pictures get sent by courier. 
If you would like something sent directly to the recipient with a message from you, that is a service I can offer at this time.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Fun Felt Making Workshops

SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY AT 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FUN FELT MAKING WORKSHOP WITH AILEEN CLARKE CRAFTS



This one day workshop is a fun opportunity to try out some basic felt making techniques. It is suitable for beginners, or for those with some experience who wish to refresh or enhance their skills.
Morning
In this session you 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
The 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.
Cost £50 which includes all materials, tea and coffee.
To book, please click on this Eventbrite Link

If you would prefer a half day workshop, I will be running the flower brooch workshop twice on March 14th.

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH AT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

FELT FLOWER BROOCH WORKSHOP WITH AILEEN CLARKE CRAFTS 



 MORNING

There are two chances to undertake this exciting three-hour workshop, led by feltmaker Aileen Clarke. This is a morning session, from 10 till 1. In this workshop you will make a wet felted flower brooch using merino and silk fibres. This includes learning how to form and layer three-dimensional flower shapes and how to make a felt ball for the centre.  You will go away with a finished piece ready to be sewn together when dry and full written instructions so you can carry on developing your skills at home.
£25 per workshop includes all materials, tea and coffee
To book, click on this Eventbrite link.

AFTERNOON


Same as above but from from 2 till 5. 
£25 per workshop includes all materials, tea and coffee
To book, click on this Eventbrite link.

Monday, 6 January 2020

January SALE!

My annual Sale is now live with 40% off lots of pendants and earrings plus a few other end of line pieces. 


Pendants were £26 now £15.60



Earrings were £18.95 now £11.37


Check out the SALE section of my Etsy shop to see everything that's available.








Monday, 11 November 2019

Felt Pictures, Textile Jewellery, Scottish Gifts and The Handmade Show!

The weeks are rushing by as we head through autumn and The Handmade Show is this Sunday the 17th of November!
I have been busy making a selection of new textile and resin jewellery in lovely deep blues, some of which I have added to my Etsy shop.


New felt brooches include the leaf shapes above in mixed merino and silk fibres. The bird brooches are made with Harris tweed and I have different motifs including treble clefs, thistles and hearts.




I also have a selection of these Treble Clef Brooches available. Makes a nice gift for a musician, singer or music teacher!



My range of printed gift items featuring my artwork is starting to run low. I tend to restock in the Spring so if you have your eye on anything shown here, be aware that there are only a few left.



I've also been working on some original felt pieces including this picture


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.



I'll have more of my Textile Trinket Boxes available on Etsy by Tuesday 19th November. There are a few on there just now but I plan to make more this week.



To see what's available click here


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. 



Don't forget that my 2020 Calendars are still available.




The Calendars feature a different print for each moth plus a whole calendar page to write on. Prints can be framed after use.


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