Thursday, 26 November 2015

Aileen Clarke Crafts at The Loft, Ardross Farm Shop 28/29 November 2015

November has been a very dark month this year but I was delighted to see a bright morning yesterday with these beautiful cloud formations above the sunrise.
I'm nearly ready to settle in for the Winter with just one event left to take part in this weekend. 

I have really enjoyed taking my work out to lots of events during October and November and this weekend you can find me at 
The Loft at Ardross Farm Shop 
near Elie 
9 - 5.30 Saturday 28th and 9 - 4 Sunday 29th

I have some new makes made especially for the event.

Tweed and Felt Trinket Boxes from £28 - £45

I particularly like the one above. The pinks and greens in the lid go really nicely with the purple Harris Tweed.

Seascape Moon Pendants 

Layers of shimmering fabrics become mini seascapes lit by a full moon.

Lots of new Felt Brooches £12

Tartan Bird Brooches also £12

I have a limited stock left of all my printed Gift items.
Zipped Pouches £7.95

I recently joined Twitter and have been trying to educate myself on how to make that work for business. The first thing I did was reconnect with Hilary at Craft Blog UK and bought her book. I've been up and running with lots of Hilary's suggestions for some time now but although I'm only a few pages into the book, I have been helped to understand a few things better. I can recommend this book to anyone trying to sell their work online. It can be purchased on Amazon here
You can find me on Twitter as @FifeFibreArist. They wouldn't let me use AileenClarkeCrafts as it's too long! Pft! 

 In order to keep making you wee sheepies and to enjoy reading by the fire, I have had to get myself some specs! I decided if I had to wear glasses at all then they needed to be colour coordinated with my work.

I have also found the Just A Card Campaign on Twitter. 
This is to encourage people to make even just a small purchase from Artists/Makers as it all goes toward helping us to make a living, even if all you buy is just a card.
I can honestly say that I am so delighted with the support I get for my work. Online, in person at events and through the shops selling my work. Your purchases all mean so much to me and I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU!  

Lastly for this blog update, I thought I'd share this local street sign with you! Seeing as I never have a needle out of my hand during my working day, I should really live on this street! Maybe I should get a sign made for my work space and call it Needle Corner.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Makers Market this Saturday 21st November. St Andrews Town Hall

Following on from a hugely successful Handmade Show last week, I will be at The Makers Market in St Andrews this Saturday the 21st November.

The Town Hall is on Queen's Gardens just off the A918, the main street running through St Andrews. It's a lovely venue and it's shaping up to be a great event!

I will have lots and lots of everything with me!

Harris Tweed and Felt Trinket Boxes from £28

Printed Cushions

Earrings £18

Pendants £24

Sheep Jewellery from £15

Lots of boxes!

Brooches £12

And printed gifts from just £4.95

All these are available in my Etsy shop now.

I will also be at 
The Loft
Ardross Farm Shop
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
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Friday, 13 November 2015

The Handmade Show, The Makers Market and The Loft

With three more events to attend this month, I have been crazy busy keeping up with my making as well as online orders.

I really enjoyed myself at Aberfeldy and I'm very much looking forward to these three events over the next three weekends.

The Handmade Show is this Sunday, the 15th November at Perth Concert Hall.
This is a free event and a chance to meet artists and makers from all over the country.
10.30 - 4.30 pm

I will then be at The Makers Market at St Andrews Town Hall on Saturday 21st November.
The Town Hall is in the centre of St Andrews on Queen's Gardens. It's a beautiful venue in a beautiful town. Well worth the visit.
11 - 4 pm. Also free entry.

and at the end of the month on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November, I will be at 
The Loft at Ardross farm Shop
Elie, KY9 1EU
Saturday 9 - 5 pm, Sunday 9 - 4 pm

I have a few new makes for these events as well as a good supply of my usual work.

New this week are these Felt Boxes with Wooden Butterfly Button lids.

I made a couple of Seascape Boxes as well.
This is my favourite with real shells decorating the lid.

I really enjoyed making the felt for these boxes. Rich in silk fibres in deep sea greens and blues with streaks of purple. The designs are hand stamped onto the lids.

I'll have lots of my textile and resin jewellery with me at the above events. There is a competition run by 'Small City Big Personality' to win this set along with two other gifts from other makers attending The Handmade Show in Perth. Click here to enter.

I'll have lots of new cushions with me including this Dragonfly design below.

I'll be adding lots more to my Etsy shop in Monday 16th November. If you are too far away to attend any of the events but are interested in my work, please feel free to contact me at

I also have a range of framed felt art and jewellery as The Atholl Gallery in Dunkeld.

Some of my framed work is also available at the West Street Arts Centre in Penicuik until December 4th.

The best way to keep up with what's new from me is on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog 

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