Monday, 13 March 2017

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 - What an incredible couple of days!

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 has been and gone and what can I say except what an absolutely wonderful event it was yet again!

This year I had a corner booth in the main exhibition hall and I loved every minute of it. There are so many ways you can set your stall out in a 2 x 2 m space but I chose to go with my traditional way of having all my work on display with me standing behind. It worked really well and thankfully there was plenty of room on both sides for people to browse.

My friend Jayne who is also a felt maker, Jayne Gillan Designs, flew over from Ireland to help me out for the two days. I'm so glad she did! It was super busy especially on Friday and the two of us were kept busy all day selling and chatting. I was overwhelmed by the response to my work and delighted that so many had studied the vendors list before hand and made a beeline for my booth to snap up what they had seen online.

I escaped a couple of times to do some shopping.
My first purchase was this fascinating pompom yarn from Ananuca. I'm planning to crochet it and make some wearable bits and pieces with it. 

I hardly had any time over the two days to take photos but got some quick snaps of my neighbouring stands on Friday morning.

This is Amanda Perkins Crochet Blankets. We were totally oooing and aahing over them and Jayne bought the Rainbow Blankets pattern book.

Next down were Bilum, a lovely group of ladies from Hungary with the most stunning collection of hand dyed yarn. We definitely had a mutual appreciation for each others use of colour.

Across the way was The Fibre Co  from Cumbria with a beautiful collection of yarns and patterns. The samples they had made up made me seriously want to take up knitting!

I also had Tilly Flop Designs across the way from me with her witty collection of knitting and stitching cards and prints. 
Everyone's stands were stowed out all day each day with the vendors and visitors all full of enthusiasm and a mutual passion for all things fibre related.

I feel I was quite restrained with my shopping. I only bought what I plan to use immediately in the run up to Open Studios. Fibre batt and throwsters waste from Spin City, pre felt and art yarn from The Threshing Barn, sari silk from The Border Tart and a wee ball of Bulim's beautiful hand dyed yarn.

Having been to EYF as a vendor before, it was lovely to catch up with some other exhibitors especially Lindsay Roberts who's business The Border Tart keeps me inspired with her indigo dyed fibres and sari silks and who has been very encouraging, CC Almon from Java Purls  who is a riot of fun and all things pink and who's books SOLD OUT during EYF! Well done girls! Tania Ashton Jones aka TJ Frog who's company I missed this year as we were in different areas of the venue. Tania specialises in Dorset Buttons and has taken up podcasting so do check out her website for updates. There will be one about EYF no doubt! 

There were lots of podcasters there over the two days and I had the pleasure of meeting Lori from Intuitknit for breakfast on Friday morning. We arrived outside the venue at the same time, both dying for coffee and sustenance so we ate together and had a good blether. A lovely way to start the day and make a new friend :)
I was very touched to receive this beautiful handmade wooden shawl pin as a pressie.

All in all I can say that EYF 2017 was a massive success for me and I only just scratched the surface of what it was all about really. There was so much going on outwith the market place with classes, knitalongs and even a ceilidh! But from what I have seen from peoples post on Instagram etc, everyone had a blast and came away inspired and excited about their purchases and their weekend's shenanigans. A massive thanks to Mica and Jo for the work they put in to organise this unique event. They think of everything down to being able to order lunch to be delivered to your stand! Easy to eat, delicious lunch too! So much appreciated x And of course a huge thanks to everyone who stopped by my stand! I enjoyed chatting to you all so much and thank you for buying my wares!

You'd think I'd be having a rest after such a busy few weeks preparing for EYF but I can't as Open Studios North Fife is in just six weeks time! I have so much to do! Got to get stuck into my new stash for starters!

I have done a little shop update today though.

Rainbow Cottage Farm is now on Etsy

I sold out of Sheepy Earrings and Shawl Pins and plan to make more as soon as I can but I have listed what I have left here.

The full list of artists and makers taking part in Open Studios North Fife can be viewed on the website now and the brochure is available to download.
We are also now on Instagram so do pop over and follow us there is you are an IG user 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Day of Rainbows, Some New Makes and New Arrivals.

Saturday was indeed a day of rainbows in more ways than one!

I decided to take a run over to Strathearn Fleece and Fibre near Muthill in Perthshire to stock up on some lovely hand dyed fibre.

Linda rears blue faced Leicester and texel sheep on her farm and the fibre she has available as rovings and as spun yarn is just a treat for any fibre lover.

I got well stocked up with all my favourite colours and can't wait to get started with it this week.

I also popped in to see Tracy at Lagom Felt Studio in Crieff as she has very kindly asked me to be her featured artist later this year.

Tracy offers a wide range of felting fibres and materials as well as some spun yarns, drum carded batts, feting kits and various notions. She also offers tuition. You can check out her website here for more info.

I'm looking forward to exhibiting here late May and throughout June.

Last week I enjoyed working with my stash of hand dyed North Ronaldsay fibres from Orkney. These fibres give a lovely rustic look to landscape pieces and are very enjoyable to work with.


Having needle felted my first collie dog back in January, I had another go and set this one to guarding a little flock of sheep on the hill.

'Gaurding the Flock' 

This matching piece I have just called 'Three Sheep' and priced it slightly lower at £75 as there was less work involved.

It has been a busy time preparing for Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 which is less than three weeks away on March 10th and 11th.

I have been hoarding my makes and not putting them on Etsy as I am running out of time to make things.

Here are some finished trinket boxes that will be coming with me to the event.

I have also had a delivery of new printed products including mugs, mouse mats, zipped pouches, notebooks and cards. These are all available on Etsy here

Some new Sheep Brooches and Pendants have also made their way onto Etsy. I probably won't be adding any more until mid March.

If you are planning on coming to Edinburgh Yarn Festival, you can see the venue layout here
You can find me on stand J6.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.
As usual, if you have any enquiries about my work, please feel free to email me

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Dates for your Diary 2017

2017 is shaping up to be another busy year kicking off with Edinburgh Yarn Festival on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March. 
The festival is held at Edinburgh Corn Exchange and I will have a stand in the main exhibition hall this year which is very exciting. I have started making stock already!

Lots of Sheepy Shawl Pins, Brooches, Pendants and Earrings will be coming with me as well as new mugs, coasters, cushions, notebooks, bags, pouches and more!
Tickets go on sale soon. For more info see the EYF Website here 

New Harris Tweed and Felt Trinket Boxes are on the work table as well. 
This size measures 7 x 7 x 7 cm at £35
Other sizes include 10 x 10 x 6 cm at £40 and 12 x 12 x 7 cm at £45

I'm concentrating on my big events this Spring rather than trying to do lots of little shows in between so my next event after EYF will be Open Studios North Fife at the end of April. It's a week early this year so that it falls on the May bank holiday weekend. Brochures will be available mid to late March.

I will be at my usual venue in Ladybank and hope to have lots of new framed pieces made as well as my usual selection of jewellery and gits.

For daily updates you can find me on Facebook and Instagram

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Delights

With all my events for 2016 finished, I have been able to stock up my online shop with everything that I have available to purchase.

Lots of Sheepy Shawl Pins plus a few pendants, earrings and brooches have made their way onto Etsy today.

New this week are these digitally printed cushions. The design is printed onto suede effect fabric which retains the soft feel of the felt but makes the cushion cover much more practical and durable.

Cushions £40

Having sold over 30 of my wee Textile Trinket Boxes over the past two months, I am amazed that I have any left! 

Harris Tweed and Felt Trinket Box

I got really busy in November and made lots and lots of felt brooches. I have some Ivy leaf shaped ones available as well as Tweed Birds.

Brooches £12 each

Bracelets £20

My bracelets and earrings have been popular gifts. I have the bracelets in two different lengths, one fits an average wrist and this one above fits a wider wrist.

Earrings £18

I have just two of these Seascape pendants available. As with all my jewellery in this style, these are made with iridescent textiles set behind resin. The shimmering sea colours really catch the light which is always difficult to convey in a photo.

I also have this Textile Seascape Box hot off the work table today. The seascape is made with a variety of fabrics and fibres, meshed together using my needle felting embellisher machine. Vintage lace gives the effect of a beautiful foaming wave and iridescent accents catch the light. I have used a shell that I found on the beach at Gairloch to weight the lid and the box is made up with Harris Tweed in lovely blue and turquoise shades.

Seascape Box £45

This framed seascape is made in a similar way, again with lace forming the wave and iridescent accents catching the light beautifully.

Seascape Picture £145

All of these and more can be found in my Etsy shop here

I thoroughly enjoyed all the events I attended in 2016 and look forward to 2017 starting with Edinburgh Yarn Festival on 10th & 11th March! 

This was my stand at Ardross Farm Shop Loft last weekend.

It was lovely to be on the East Neuk again and we were rewarded with two stunning sun rises on our early trips across the hill.

I have some ideas brewing already for new pictures but have a couple of commissions to finish before making a start.

I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who keeps up with my work here online and who come along to the fairs and shows throughout the year. Big thanks to all who organise the events as well. 

Keep cosy and have a lovely Winter 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

In The Loft at Ardross Farm Shop November 26th & 27th

You can find me this weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November In the Loft at Ardross Farm Shop near Elie.
This is my last event of 2016 and such a lovely one to be at! A special selection of exhibitors in a cosy loft space above the award winning farm shop between Elie and St Monans on the Easy Neuk of Fife.
We are open 9-5pm on Saturday and 9-4 pm on Sunday.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

New for November

Here we are, first of November already! It has been a busy few weeks for me with school holidays, events and new makes.

Earlier last month I was asked if I could make my Sheep Brooches as actual Shawl Pins so I sourced some suitable pins and got to work on these right away.

The pins measure 8cm long with the sheepie bit measuring 2.5cm in diameter. They are great for keeping thick layers of knitwear together be it shawls, scarves, cardigans, cloaks or cowls and as a few have pointed out, they can be used as stitch markers as well.

I tried my hand at my first big felt picture a few weeks ago. It's quite big for me anyway as I am used to working small scale but I wanted to have a go at a larger piece.
I got a fabulous carded batt from Clive at Gongcrafts when we were at Perth Festival of Yarn. The fibre was perfect for making an aurora picture, with strands of angelina and bright lime greens. I added shiny silver dots to the sky for stars and iridescent accents to the sea which reflect the light quite magnificently. The picture measures 80 x 50 cm and was quite tough on the arms to roll! I have it in my Etsy shop now here

Aurora Borealis Over Islands

I've also been working on some smaller framed pieces at 15 x 15 cm in 30 x 30 cm frames.

Sunflower Cottage

Flower Lea Cottage 

and Little Tree Cottage 

These can all be found in my Etsy shop or from me at upcoming events.

My multipurpose pouches are back in stock in all three designs. Useful for so many things! I keep crochet hooks in one and my sunglasses in another.

So you can find me this Saturday at Falkland Craft Market. Free entry. This market supports local artists and makers with stall fees going toward the upkeep of the community hall.
Falkland is such a lovely place to visit with beautiful gift shops, tea rooms, cafes and walks as well of course as the palace and gardens.

The Handmade Show is a real highlight of my year as not only do I get to take my work to my home town of Perth and sell at this fabulous event but I get to meet up with other fantastic artists and makers whose work I admire greatly.
Check out the exhibitors list here 

My boxes have been selling like hot cakes over the last few weeks so I am doing my best to make more for my Etsy shop and for my events.

These two are hot off the work table this week.

Harris Tweed and Felt Box
7 x 7 x 7 cm 

10 x 10 x 6 cm £40

So hopefully I'll see some of you at one of the events in the next few weeks. My last event of the year is at The Loft, Ardross Farm Shop, Elie. This is a lovely two day event of Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November 9 - 5pm

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