Friday, 27 September 2013

Exclusively Highlands Art, Craft and Food Fair September 28th and 29th

Busy, busy week here preparing for the two day fair at Birnam Hotel this weekend.

I will have my new 2014 Calendar with me.

I have also had some of the pictures from the Calendar made into cards and will have my whole range with me.

'Glencoe' Printed Card

'Apple Tree Cottage' Printed Card

Some new felt originals in lovely square frames will aslo be available

'Gleann Beag Cottage'

'Creaggan Cottage'

'An Grianan Cottage'

I have made lots of pendants and earrings, mostly in blues, purples and turquoises.


Also some little felt heart pendants.

And I have an absolute stack of leaf shaped brooches to choose from. I also have Ivy leaf shaped ones as well.

I will also have a selection on Sheep Brooches, Pendants and Earrings available.

Brooches £18

Earrings £18

So as you can see it has been a busy time building up this stock, and I still have things to make! 
Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Aileen Clarke Crafts 2014 Calendar Now Available

The Aileen Clarke Crafts 2014 Calendar is finally here!

This has been many months in the making. 
The Calendar features 12 prints of felt pictures I have made depicting the Scottish countryside in different seasons.

Calendar measures A4 folding open to A3
That's 21 x 30 cm opening out to 30 x 42 cm.

Here are some examples of how the page layout looks.

Plenty of room on the calendar area for writing.

I have included some seascapes as well.

Calendar costs £10 plus £1.20 UK p+p
£4.50 for US/Can p+p
£3.50 for EU p+p
£4.70 for Australia and everywhere else.

The best way to buy is via my Etsy Shop where you can now use Direct Checkout if you wish with the option of paying by Paypal, Bank Transfer or Credit Card

Most of the original felt pictures have sold already but February, June, November and December are still available. 
Again you can see all the details for each picture in their listings here

£85 inc mount

'November Sunset'
£145 Framed
£105 unframed

'The Shielings'
£195 Framed
£140 unframed/mount only

'Midwinter Cottage and Coo'
£195 Framed
£140 unframed/mount only

Also back in stock today are these notebooks.

Each notebook features good quality paper pages, alternating between plain and ruled. Perfect for sketching and keeping notes.

Notebooks £5.95 each
Five designs to choose from. Available here

Friday, 6 September 2013

Hello September!

We are enjoying some gloriously warm days here as the season starts to turn. Long shadows and a golden glow from the harvested fields along with berries bursting from the trees and bushes makes everything feel distinctly Autumnal.

Some snapshots from around the cottage.

New makes this week include this felt landscape picture made using vibrant hand dyed fibres from Orkney.

'Late Summer Cottage'
Available Here

The frame is professionally made using hand finished, lime washed beech. A hanging string is attached to the back.

The leaves are staring to show Autumnal twinges around the edges here as well. I love Autumn and all the warm colours it brings but I don't often use these hues in my work. During my felt making marathon last week though, I dug out some hand dyed merino and silk fibres and made some leaf brooches in vivid rusts and reds.

This Sheep Pendant boasts a vibrant Autumn tree as well using hand dyed fibre from Orkney.

Back into my comfort zone with these vibrant pinks, purples and turquoises.

For these brooches I have combined my handmade felt with sumptuous pink Harris Tweed. There are so many colours within this one plaid that combining the background with different colours of small leaves brings out different shades in the weave.

Also this week I am working on new pendant and earring sets. I'm delighted to have finally sourced some beautiful square earring bases.
The squares measure 1/2 an inch and the textile pieces are set behind glass. I'll be making square pendants to match over the next few days.

Earrings £15

Here is a deep blue set. It's difficult to convey the true nature of these pieces in a photograph. They really catch the light making them change constantly. 
Here are a couple of testimonials left on my Facebook page from happy customers:

The quality on Aileen's pieces of art jewelry is second to none. The colors show very true to what I have received. I think her pricing is very reasonable & posting to the US is generally very quick. 

I have a pair of  Aileen's earrings which I bought at Birnam Craft Fair last year and I'm forever getting compliments on them. The colours are beautiful and look a bit different depending on the light and what I'm wearing. I love them!

Thank you very much to Karilee and Suzanne for their lovely comments.

So I still have lots to make before my next fair at Birnam Hotel on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September. 

Remember you can see what I have available in my Etsy shop here. If you are new to my blog, feel free to get in touch with any enquiries at
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