Sunday, 29 September 2019

2020 Wall Calendar and Events for Autumn

My 2020 Calendar is now available! The calendar features a different image for each month with a whole calendar page to write on.


Some favourite images include the wee alpaca, Big Sand beach and new for December is a red squirrel with snow capped highland mountains in the background.


Available now on Etsy and Amazon
£12.50 including UK postage
Please place International orders using Etsy.



My first event for Autumn 2019 is Loch Ness Knit Fest in Inverness.
The marketplace for the festival takes place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October in Inverness Leisure Centre. 


The vendors list looks really exciting! 


You can buy tickets online here 

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.






Saturday, 31 August 2019

Fun Felt Making Workshop with Aileen Clarke Crafts


Join Me for a Fun Felt Making Workshop 
on
Saturday 14th September 10 – 3pm
at
Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank, Fife, KY15 7JT

Morning
In this 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
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. 
£50 includes all materials, tea and coffee. 




Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Upcoming Events June 2019 and Some New Makes for May

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 




New brooches for 2019 include these lovely green tweed birds with thistle motif.


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.


Bruinen Shawl Free Pattern on Ravelry made with Scheepjes Ombre Turquoise Turntable


This is a bought pattern and I love the effect. It uses about half of a Rosewater Cocktail Whirl. 

So that's it for now. Hope to bring you news of new products soon. If you regularly visit my blog, thanks very much for sticking around! If you are new to it then thanks very much for dropping in.



Thursday, 6 December 2018

2019 Calendars - Last Few Remaining!

With 2019 nearly upon us, now is the time to snap up one of my last remaining calendars for next year!
12 of my felt art pictures in print with a whole calendar page to write on. Makes a great postable gift as well. 

2019 Wall Calendar £12 inc UK p+p

I've had such a busy time since the Handmade Show at Perth in November (which was wonderful as usual!)
Not much time for making pictures but I have made this pussy cat sitting on a wall.


'Cat on The Wall' £98 Framed

I have had him printed onto cushions and canvases as well and as a cotton bag.

Cushions £40          Canvas Print £20


Cotton Bags £14.95

The bags are great, heavier duty than your average cotton tote with a different image on each side. They wash well and iron flat and have good, sturdy long handles too.
Other designs include these two below.


I mentioned my new tins in my last blog post but since then I have added another design in the square shape and two small round ones as well. 


The little round tins are great for pins, stitch markers, buttons, beads or sweeties.
I have also made some up as gift sets with other items all of which you can see here .


Also flying out the door this month are these Harris Tweed bird brooches.

Brooches £14

And my wee sheepies are continuing to be popular and have now gone off in flock formation to some new stockists!
You can find a small selection at 
The Woolly Brew in Pittenweem, 
Sealy MacWheely in Kirkintilloch. 
The Yarn Cake in Glasgow and 
The Dancing Light Gallery near West Linton.


I have tried to make lots of my shiny textile jewellery available online as well but it is soooo difficult to photograph and the light is terrible at this time of year.


You can see what's in stock by following these links.


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!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Upcoming Event - The Handmade Show! Sunday November 18th 2019


The Handmade Show is on at Perth Concert Hall, Sunday 18th November, 10.30 - 4.30pm!

I will be there as usual with all my new makes and regular favourites.

New since my last blog post are these cotton canvas tote bags.


Each bag is double sided with a different image on each side. Heavier duty than your average canvas bag with nice long handles too.








I also have new tins available with my artwork on them.
Great for use as a sewing tin, button, biscuit or cake tin. Crochet hooks, knitting notions, bits and bobs, the list is endless!



I should have another design in time for The Handmade Show as well. 




My needle felted brooches have been very popular this year and I will have a good selection of them with me on the 18th. I also have some in my Etsy shop in the 5 cm round size above and the oval shape below.


The treble clef brooches are also new. They are made with my own handmade and embroidered felt. Each one is different and beautifully textured.

I have new earrings in stock featuring beautiful handmade ear wires by Newburgh based jeweller Anne Miller. Pendants to match also available.



My felt Ivy Leaf Brooches and Harris Tweed Bird Brooches are great at this time of year for brightening up a coat or cardigan, also useful for keeping cardigans closed at the front or for use as a shawl pin.



These birdies above feature a cute little thistle on their wings to compliment the Harris Tweed.

Back in May I received a  beautiful selection of hand turned wooden trinket boxes by local wood turner Mike Kelly, inlaid with my felt artwork. They sold like hot cakes and I am delighted to say that a new batch arrived last week!


They are so beautiful to touch and hold as they are lovely and smooth and polished to a beautiful sheen. Each one is different and made from either beech, ash or cherry wood. They are all in my Etsy shop at the moment and will be coming with me to The Handmade Show.

Another new addition to my range of 'useful items printed with my artwork' are these pocket notebooks. A6 size with the pages alternating between plain and ruled, they make great little project bag books, sketch books, hand bag notebooks etc.


Don't forget that my 2019 Wall Calendar is available now!



The Handmade Show is my last event this year but of you can't make it along, my Etsy shop is the best place to find everything that is available right now. I'm working hard to keep it up to date every day but as always, feel free to contact me with any enquiries.

I also have a selection on my work available on 
Handmade @ Amazon. If you prefer to shop on Amazon, I am happy to list items on there for you if they are not there already. Just email me at aileenclarkecrafts@yahoo.com












Thursday, 20 September 2018

Scottish Gifts, Felt Art Pictures, Shawl Pins and Crochet.

What a fantastic summer is has been since my last blog update and here we are in September already!

I thoroughly enjoyed all the great weather we had during June and July and managed to spend four weeks at the beach! Two weeks on a family holiday in Cornwall and two with my daughter visiting my son in the west of Ireland. The break did me the world of good and I have settled back into work with renewed zeal.

Sand Art at Perrnaporth

I had a stand at Perth Festival of Yarn earlier this month and took the opportunity to stock up on amazing hand dyed fibres from various other vendors. I have been experimenting with my purchases this week and I'm so excited with the results.
These two framed pictures are hot off the work table this week and now available on Etsy. Click the images for full details.






I have been making lots of things in little batches since May and did a massive shop update last week. Textile Trinket Boxes, Sheep Brooches, Shawl Pins and Sheep Earrings are among just some of the 200 items I have available right now.







My Ivy Leaf Brooches have been very popular and I have a few still available. 

I also have new coaster designs in.
This set below feature my new stag picture as well as the seascape and sunset I made back in May. I like the highland lochs and glens feel to them.


I revamped my original set of four with the addition of 'Little Lamb' which I think goes quite well with the cottages and coo.



They also go well with my Tea Towel




My 2019 Calendar is also here!
I have gone for the square format again with a different image for each month and a whole calendar page to write on.



As well as working on my felt art I have been working on some crochet for myself. I like The Crochet Project patterns as they are easy to follow and the finished pieces look like they were quite complicated but were actually really simple to make.


This is 'Parallel Lines' from The Shawl Project, Book 4 


I used a Scheepjes Whirl in Blackberry Mint Chip and it was enjoyable to crochet with. The colour changes kept my interest going as 1000 m of yarn and a repeat pattern can become a bit boring after a while!

My next crochet make involves this beautiful gradient yarn in blues from WooSheeps and the purples and pinks from Quirky Paintbrush. I think it's true to say that since taking up crochet I have developed yarn addiction on top of fibre addiction!



My next event will be at Pitcairngreen Village Hall on Saturday 27th October. This is a great little fair that I have been doing for about 15 years! There is a small entrance fee that includes tea, coffee , sandwiches and home baked cakes.

After that I will be at The Handmade Show on Sunday 18th November. This is an excellent event held in Perth Concert Hall. Free entry.



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