Monday, 18 May 2015

May Update

I thoroughly enjoyed having a stall at the Outlander UK Gathering at Creiff Hydro on Saturday last. 
Over 200 fans of the Diana Gabaldon Outlander books and TV series gathered to enjoy a weekend of tours, talks, craft fayre, traditional music and song, Ceilidh and much more. I met so many lovely people from all over the US, Canada, New Zealand and Scandinavia as well as the UK. The Craft Fayre on Saturday morning was held in the Melville Hall at Creiff Hydro and as well as a fascinating array of Scottish arts and crafts there were demonstrations on waulking the cloth, traditional dressmakers and even a herbalist sharing her knowledge. I was really busy and didn't get a chance to see everything that was going on but there was a great atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

A massive thank you to Tina for inviting me and to Yvonne from Tartan Bodice Creations for recommending me and of course to all the lovely people who made purchases on the day!


My next event isn't until July 11th at Falkland Craft Market so I have made everything that I have in stock available to buy online.


'Pink Thistle Bothy'
Outer edge of frame measures 50 x 50 cm
£285
These four pictures are all felt originals, photographed here with their glazing in place so apologies for the slight reflections. The frames on all these pictures are sturdy but light weight and easy to post.


'Sheets On The Line'
Outer edge of Frame 30 x 50 cm
£185


'Cnoc Bua Bothy'
Outer edge of frame 30 x 30 cm
£95


'Fianach Bothy'
Outer edge of frame 30 x 30 cm
£95

I also have these cute little cushions available. They measure 30 x 30 cm and the image is printed onto suede effect fabric which retains the lovely tactile soft feel of felt. The cushion covers are removable and washable with a little zipper along the bottom edge.


Cushions £28


I still have two of the larger cushions available as well.



Cushions 45 x 45 cm
£38





My Etsy Shop is also stuffed full of Pendants and Earrings. I only have two bracelets and two rings left at the moment but both have been listed.


Bracelets £20


Rings £18


Pendants £24


 






Earrings £18

Some of the earrings feature Anne Miller's fabulous handmade ear wires. All my earrings are on sterling silver ear wires but Anne's wires offer something a little bit different.




Felt Heart Pendant 
£24

I have just one of these large felt heart pendants available in this lovely summery turquoise. I wear one of these myself and it looks great on. Not as big as it looks. You can see it on my model 'Tabitha' below. You can also see 'Pink Thistle Bothy' on the wall which gives an idea of size.


Tabitha is also wearing this felt ivy leaf brooch below. These brooches are great for keeping cardigans closed at the front.


Felt Ivy Leaf Brooch
£12



I've made lots of treble clef brooches in lots of different colours including this rainbow one and a lovely navy for a change.

Treble Clef Brooches
£12


You can find all this and more in my online shop here
If you have any enquiries please feel free to get in touch at aileenclarkecrafts@yahoo.com
















Thursday, 7 May 2015

A Peek Into Venue 28 during Open Studios North Fife

I can hardly believe that Open Studios North Fife is over for another year. 
If you missed it or were too far away to visit, here are some photos of my venue.

The place I have been using in Ladybank was taken over and renovated by Gillian MacIntosh of Kingdom Osteopaths last year. Gillian has made a fabulous job of redesigning the space and very generously took some days off and left me three empty rooms to exhibit in.


I transformed the main room into a display area with sales desk where visitors could browse my whole range of items and purchase if they wanted to.


The newly painted walls in a pale sage were a perfect backdrop and complimented the colours I use in my work perfectly.


An inner wall and door have been removed letting so much more light into the room.


Having such a wide range of printed goods really adds colour to the display.
My sets of four coasters were a big hit with visitors this year.


Both my big felted pictures on the wall above are away to happy new homes.

We always try to give people a nice place to sit and have a cup of tea if they have been to lots of studios and are feeling a bit tired.


Gillian's waiting room was easy to make cosy with some artwork and flowers and the shelves filled with lots of colourful items.
My new cushions nearly sold out!



Of course Open Studios is not all about selling. It's about letting people see into our creative spaces and explain a little about the processes that go into what we produce.
I always try to recreate my work space by bringing as much as I can down to the venue for the weekend.


 This year I did a bit of demonstrating with the embellisher machine and was able to show how wet felt is made as well.

Some of the materials I use in my work.


Fibres laid out ready to be wet felted.


A little shelving area with some bits and bobs and gifts from other makers. 
I find glass jars so useful for keeping oddments of wool in. You can find the scraps easily plus they add a splash of colour.

It has been a big job taking everything back home again and setting up my work space ready to start again. It's all looking spick and span though and I am raring to go!

Today had to be spent restocking my online shop. Lots of new things have been added.
You can browse my shop here


If you are new to shopping with me and have any problems, please feel free to get in touch at aileenclarkecrafts@yahoo.com

I'm looking forward to May and June being slightly less busy than March and April. It was a bit of a marathon jumping from one event to the next and having to make so much stock in between. I have plenty to be getting on with though and will keep you up to date with what's new on here, on Facebook and on Instagram.

Thank you very much to all of you who came along at the weekend. Your support for the event is much appreciated 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Open Studios North Fife 2015 on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May

I'll start this blog post off with a nice relaxing sunset taken on the Isle of Skye the week before last. 


Yes with just a few weeks to go until Open Studios, we still managed to sneak in a quick trip to Skye as we have done the past few years. It's such a great time to go. No midgies, pleasant Spring sunshine and not too busy either.

We had a great time and even though we've been to Skye a few times now we still found things to do that we hadn't done before.

One thing I'd wanted to do for a long time was take the boat trip over to Loch Coruisk from Elgol.
We took my mugs along for a wee photo shoot on the beach.
As you can see there are now six designs available.


Below is the latest design and will be available from me during Open Studios this year. My Mugs, Coasters and Notebooks are also available from three different gift shops around Scotland.
Little Thistle in Dunfermline
Wild Thistle in Braemar as well as at Braemar Castle Shop and 



Also new for Open Studios this year are a range of printed cushions.


Thistle Bothy Cushion
£38
Available to order here 

Other designs will also be available soon.

I also have some new heart shaped Pendants and Earrings that I am working on just now.


Pendants £24


Earrings £18

I have even managed to make some alternatives to purple and turquoise!


All of these will make their debut at Open Studios and be available online from around the 6th of May.



I've made lots of bracelets and rings as well.
Bracelets £20 and Rings £18


This week I am finishing off a batch of these Felt Heart Pendants in Blues and Turquoise. 
I also plan to do something with this hand dyed silk but I'm not sure what yet. It's gorgeous just as it is!


Staying on a purple theme, I have this landscape to finish.



 I finished this little one last week. It's 15 x 15 cm and is also available as a printed cushion.




So it is going to be an incredibly busy two weeks now. Hope to see some of you there.
I am at my usual venue, 64 Commercial Road, Ladybank.
You can download a free brochure from the Open Studios website and find directions to my venue here 
















































Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Upcoming Events in April and May

I can't believe it's April already! I haven't even had time to so much as pick a daffodil.
March was an incredibly busy month with the Yarn Festival and Falkland Craft Market and both were brilliant. I am now working flat out to make for the next Falkland Market on April 18th and Open Studios on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May.

I always make a few larger pieces for Open Studios as I have the advantage of wall space to display my work. I had made a few small felt pictures earlier this year with little thistles in the foreground and wanted to try some bigger versions.

This was my first larger one at 34 x 34 cm. It's not that big but certainly bigger than my usual 12 x 17 cm. I've put the smaller one in the photo for comparison.


When I'm planning my composition, I roughly needle in some fibres to give me an idea of where I will place the main features.  Those green blobs became these thistles below.



Thistle Croft
£285
Sold

The piece above sold the day I finished it so I was back to square one making work for Open Studios. 
I wanted to try more thistles in a pinkier tone on a lighter background. Thistle Bothy below is also 34 x 34 cm before framing.



Since taking this photo I have added a few daisy like flowers in among the thistle stems and made the lupin stems more visible. I think both these pictures will make lovely cushions so look out for them later this month.

I have lots of other new pieces in progress this month and hardly a moment to blog about it.
Open Studios North Fife brochures are now available to pick up from outlets of Waterstones Bookshops in Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Look out for them at cafes, libraries and shops around the North Fife area as well.
You can collect them from me at the next Falkland Craft Market on Saturday 18th April or download the brochure online here

You can find my entry on the website here with a map on how to find my venue.


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