September 11, 2015
What an amazing day! arriving early meant I had the opportunity to meet a few of the makers before the public arrived en masse. My stand didn’t need much setting up, just needed more chairs & another table, 4 in all and I think 16 chairs. I met folk with 3D printers,a mosaic creator, a couple with huge structures made of crazy coloured ‘straws’. The dalek was waiting in the foyer. PCB’s, LCD’s and other things I had no idea about, slime that you make at home, tiny creations made from fimo, sewing machines, a knitting robot, a spinning wheel and a host of gadgets that you could play with.
Volunteers made sure I had all I needed, even a packed lunch appeared mid morning. These guys work their socks off.
After last years faire I came up with the idea of felting selfies, or felfies as I like to call them. Due to surgery interrupting my creative year I had to think of an alternative to making a hundred or so balls which I’ve done previously. I tried felting onto a piece of upcycled wool jumper and it worked a treat. Much less work cutting up the fabric (old jumpers) and took up much less room in my suitcase too.
So I was organised, 2 helpers were confirmed and the flood gate opened at ten, it was a slow trickle at first but then it was all hands on deck as the seats were filled and the activities began. Everyone was given the health & safety talk then they were able to create an image of themselves with wool.
Of course many went off piste, we had landscapes, seascapes, aliens, animals and anything else they felt like felting.
So, just a few images of the imaginative needle felt selfies and non selfies created with a little wool & big imaginations!
June 1, 2015
I thought you’d like to see a couple more creative ways to use British Rare breed wool locks. I really look forward to seeing these images!
Cheryl of softnwoolly https://www.etsy.com/shop/softnwoolly created the unicorn, My very talented friend Hilary created the Tart. All her lingerie is machine embroidered. Her hair is natural black Wensleydale.
There are some very talented ladies out there!
Needlefelted Unicorn with Teeswater mane and tail
May 18, 2015
I was lucky enough to catch the sheep show at the Ardingly Spring Garden & Leisure show this year and noticed there were some Masham sheep waiting to be shorn as part of the sheep show.
A quick chat to the shearer and he marked the ewe that had the nicest fleece, I was on spinning duty with the alpacas so couldn’t wait to see her being shorn.When I had my next break I caught the end of his show and then he sold me the fleece.
At the first opportunity I started to wash it and realised just how beautiful it was. I have washed the entire fleece now and about half is dyed. I have managed to spin some too, from the locks, no carding required. The locks are very lustrous, super soft and not very curly.
This has to be in my top 5 favourite fleeces. I think I have the fleece that I will spin up for the Masham sheep fair. I certainly won’t be selling all of it! Call me selfish!
February 19, 2015
I was recently nominated by Jackie of Forever Foxed for our newly started Brighton Etsy Team Blog Hop. You can read Jackie’s post foreverfoxed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/brighton-etsy-team-bloghop.html. All participants are answering the same questions and the aim is to discover more about our favourite shops and sellers and allow our blog readers to find out more about us.
I’m Jay of KnitwitOriginalsUK and KnitwitDesignsUK , the first shop sells hand dyed wool, alpaca and yarn, the 2nd sells hand knitted and needlefelt items.
What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?
I was unemployed for over a year but had been selling my creations at markets when I decided to stop claiming benefits and make my own way in the world. Not been an easy ride but nothing worthwhile ever is!
We’re looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy team this month, can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?
I’m designing more items so I can sell knitting kits as well as felting kits. At the moment I design everything but don’t keep a note of it! Doh! I hope to use instagram more frequently!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve designed a scarf which I just need to write up, photograph and get listed! I’m also organising new craft markets in Lewes
If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own craft business one piece of advice what would you say?
Just do it!
I’d like to nominate Toby Oliver Dean, YUK FUN, Victoria Sol
July 8, 2013
Blythe doll collectors have discovered that our finest British Rare Breed wool makes beautiful hair for their unusual dolls. I don’t often get to see what my customers do with their purchases but every now and again I get a surprise, here is the latest customised Blythe doll by a talented artist from the USA.
I’m so happy that people around the world appreciate our amazing wool and as long as the sheep are happy to wear it I’ll keep dyeing it!
December 10, 2012
Super cute and completely unique these delightful hats will bring smiles all round. Each one is different, hand crafted with love. Just like our edible British Christmas puddings these come complete with brandy butter on top and a sprig of holly.
In 3 different sizes
For the little one
For mum or big sister
For Dad or big brother
October 1, 2012
To help aliviate the lack of space I am having a sale on sock yarn in the shop. Just quote Soctober for a 10% discount.
Some of these colourways may not currently be available!
July 4, 2011
May the 4th be with you! Enjoy free shipping on all orders placed today the 4th July in my shops-
Happy Independence Day!