Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Autumn Fairs in Fife and Perthshire

I had a brilliant start to my Autumn events season on the first weekend in October. It was lovely to be back in Falkland on the Saturday and Perth Festival of Yarn on the Sunday was a great success! It was heartening to know that many visitors came because they had seen the events advertised online so here is an update about more to come.

I will be at the Pitcairngreen Green Village Hall Annual Fair on Saturday 22nd October, 10 - 3.30pm.
 This is a lovely event with tea, coffee and home baking as well as a good variety of stalls. I have been exhibiting at this fair for over 10 years and it's always nice to go back and see familiar faces.

I've been busy restocking my Etsy shop as well with new makes.

Brooches £12

Next up after Pitcairngreen is Falkland Craft Market again on Saturday 5th November.

I will have my full range of items with me and hopefully some new framed pictures as well.

Sheep Earrings £18
Sheep Brooches £18
Sheep Pendants £24

My 7 x 7 x 7 cm Boxes are very popular so I have been making more of them. Made with my own felt and lovely Harris Tweed, this size is £35.

Later in November on Sunday 20th, I will be at The Handmade Show in Perth Concert Hall.
This year's show is shaping up to be excellent with new makers exhibiting along side some firm favourites.

My new coasters have been a big hit both online and offline. I got little boxes for them making them an ideal gift, especially easy to post!

Later in November I'll be In The Loft at Ardross Farm Shop near Elie on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th 9 - 5 each day. This is a lovely two day event, up above the farm shop and well worth a visit if you are in the East Neuk that weekend.

So it's a busy time keeping up with everything. 
Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have about my work or any of the upcoming events.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Saturday 1st October Falkland Craft Market and Sunday 2nd October Perth Festival of Yarn

Events season is upon me and it all kicks off this weekend with Falkland Craft Market this Saturday and Perth Festival of Yarn on Sunday

Falkland Craft Market is a great place to shop local here in North Fife with a wide variety of local artists and makers exhibiting their work. It's the perfect opportunity to see what's new from me as this is my first event since August and I have been very busy.

Perth Festival of Yarn in The Salutation Hotel, South St, Perth on Sunday is shaping up to be a great day out for all fibre and knitting enthusiasts.

The complete line up of vendors is 

The Border Tart / Blue Moon Indigo 
Mothy and the Squid
My Mama Knits
Eva Christie Hand Knitting
Melted Moglet Dyeworks
Moulin Yarns
Aileen Clarke Crafts
Capercaillie Kilts
Proggy and Tweed
Lagom Felt Studio
The Haberdashery Project
Rosedean Ryelands
Ewenique Fibres
Wee County Yarns

£3 entry

I have a new set of four coasters just in this week. I have chosen to mix the designs in the set up a bit to include my new hare picture and the dragonflies which have been so popular.

I still have some calendars available and will have them at both events.

And I have been busy making new textile and resin jewellery pieces including pendants, earrings and bracelets.

Hope to see some of you there and I will post some photos here next week. 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Upcoming Events for Autumn 2016 plus New Cards and Cushions

After a long summer break from making and blogging, it's back to work now with preparations for all my upcoming events this Autumn!

I had this idea for a felted hare picture back in June and finally got time to make it once our schools went back mid August.
The original measures 20 x 20 cm and comes complete with mount and frame. The outer edge of the frame measures 36 x 36 cm.

One of the reasons for making the picture was to have it printed into cards and notebooks.

Cards £2.50

Notebooks £5.95

I also had it printed onto cushions!

Cushions £40

Other new cushion designs include Gardener's Cottage and Drying Day at The Bothy.

The originals of both of these pictures are still available in my Etsy shop here 

Other new card designs include Gardener's Cottage

Aurora and Stars

Dragonflies and Seathrift

Drying Day at The Bothy

and Winter's Garden.
The cards measure 12.5 x 12.5 cm and are all available individually at £2.50 each or as a set of six at £12 
Click here to see the card section of my shop.

My cards and jewellery are also available at The Rowan Tree Gift Shop in Falkland, right on the main street, opposite the palace.

Staring on Saturday 1st October, I have six events lined up for Autumn so far.

Saturday 1st October 2016 10 - 4pm - Falkland Craft Market, Falkland Village Hall, Back Wynd, Falkland, KY15 7BX. Free entry
Sunday 2nd october 2016 11 - 5pm - Perth Festival of Yarn, Moncrieffe suite, Salutation Hotel. South Street, Perth Entry £3
Saturday 22nd October 2016 10.30 - 3.30pm - Pitcairngreen Village Hall Craft Fair, by Almondbank, Perth Entry £3.50 includes refreshments and home baking.
Saturday 5th November 2016 10 - 4pm - Falkland Craft Market, Falkland Village Hall, Back Wynd, Falkland, KY15 7BX. Free entry
Sunday 20th November 2016 10.30 - 4.30pm - The Handmade Show, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth. Free Entry
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 9 - 5pm- The Loft at Ardross farm Shop, Elie. Free Entry

I'm particularly looking forward to Perth Festival of Yarn on Sunday 2nd October.
Other vendors include

Blue Moon Indigo/The Border Tart,
Mothy and the Squid,
My Mama Knits,
Eva Christie Hand Knitting,
Moulin Yarns,
The Queen of Purls

To keep up to date with this event, see the Facebook page here

So I have been busy building up my stock of Felt Sheep Jewellery and Textile Trinket Boxes.

I also have my 2017 Calendar out.

The calendar features 12 different images, one for each month plus a whole calendar page per month to write on.

For daily updates on new makes etc from me, I am now using Instagram more often. I am @aileenclarkecrafts

I'll leave you with a nice sunset we enjoyed while on holiday in Ireland in July. The photo is taken from the very end of the Dingle peninsula, Co Kerry. This is one of my most favourite places to be!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Some Beautiful Days in June

We have kicked off the summer season with a long weekend camping at Gairloch! Our schools always get a Monday holiday at the start of June and we often try and fit in a short break, a trial run camping in preparation for the summer holidays. This year we really had our hearts set on going back to Gairloch. We spent a few nights there three years ago at the Myrtle Bank Hotel for our anniversary but really wanted to go back and camp at Big Sand. It was all touch and go right up to the last minute as our car had to go into the garage but we got it back just in time, threw everything in the boot and off we went.

Evening at Big Sand beach, Gairloch.

The weather here in Fife had been stunning all week but we hit rain half way up the A9 and it was a bit cloudy when we got to Gairloch. We could see the sun shining brightly on the Isle of Skye showing up the contours of The Quiraing and the Cuillin. 

Zooming in on The Quiraing

The campsite was great! We got a lovely spot over looking the bay with the Skye in the distance and the beach just over the dunes. My favourite kind of camping.

The weather turned out to be absolutely stunning, such a rare thing when camping! It wasn't even windy! We spent the days beach combing and found lots of starfish.

Just half an hour up the road from Gairloch is this spectacular beach at Mellon Udrigle. So perfect with white sand, turquoise water and the mountains of Assynt to the north.

Perfect picnic spot.

Another stunning beach just south of Gairloch is Red Point. I thought I had been to Red Point before but it was windy and raining and we didn't explore very far. There is a beach just down from the car park but if you walk across the sheep fields through the farm you come to this beach below.

This is where the film 'What We Did on Our Holiday' was filmed. Such an interesting beach with dunes behind, those wonderful views of the Torridon mountains and Skye beyond and that wonderfully clear blue water. We spent hours looking for treasures among the stones and shells and rock pools out round the islets. 

More starfish and this crazy monstrous thing!

We are so thankful that got such lovely weather to enjoy such a special place.

We spent our evenings back at the beach by the campsite enjoying beautiful sunsets with views out to Harris and Lewis and the Isle of Skye.

A wee fire helped keep the midgies away.

I do love a fire on the beach!

So a busy month ahead preparing for my stall at Limekilns River Festival on Saturday 2nd July and Aberfeldy Highland games on Saturday 13th August. Got a few things to make for both of those and I want to work on some new seascapes having soaked up lots of inspiration!

My Etsy shop is open as always but may be closed for a few weeks in July.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

May Update

I will be at Pitcairngreen Village Hall Spring Fair this Saturday the 21st May

New this week are these vibrant sea green textile and glass jewellery pieces.

I also have my 2017 Calendar out. I had it made in time for Open Studios which is why it's out so early.
Open Studios was a great success with over 300 visitors and lots of work sold. I enjoyed sharing some felt making techniques and doing some short demonstrations as well. 

I can honestly say that the run up to Open Studios was pretty hectic. I feel like I have been making non stop since January. Well I have really! No time to take a complete break but at least I have less deadlines and can enjoy playing around with new ideas.

Also new are these A5 notebooks.

The original artwork for the notebook is still available.

Gardener's Cottage

I have all these new things available in my Etsy shop along with quite a few of my Textile Trinket Boxes.

Two new Seascapes are also available.

Foaming Waves

Spring Tide

I will have all this and more with me at Pitcairngreen on Saturday and available online here 

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