Fishy flags…

Hurrah, I have a new line in my shop! Needle-felted hearts with flag designs on 🙂 Well, I say a new line, I have one at the moment!

Here’s the first prototype:

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I wasn’t happy with the thickness of the vertical and horizontal stripes though, so tried again and am more than happy with the end result:

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I’ve added a red silk thread loop decorated with a few tiny glass beads, so it can be hung in the home, or in your car… or wherever else you can think of! This one is now available in my Etsy shop.

Hoping to have a go at another flag today… Just need to decide which one!

Finally, here’s a work in progress… About 20 years ago (eeek!) I designed these fish…

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…and I’ve been wanting to try a felted version. I made a start yesterday, and here it is so far:

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Still a long way to go, but it’s taking shape!

Right, off to get felty! x

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Bracelets and birdies…

A discussion on the Craftbritannia team pages today reminded me that I wanted to share with you my favourite piece of jewellery (with apologies to Ally!)

Here it is…


Askew Bracelet

I found it in a little secondhandy sort of shop in Hampstead in the early 1990s and fell in love with it on the spot – I paid about £20 for it (which was rather a lot for me at the time!). The combination of sad faces and hearts really appealed to me, and still does. I love the simple design, and the way the clasp works perfectly with the design (and the clasp has never failed me, which I suppose is a sign of good craftsmanship!).

Askew Bracelet Clasp

It has the makers mark Askew London on the back of the clasp, and a bit of digging on the internet turned up this:

Askew of London seemed to be in production through the eighties to the early nineties. Their vintage jewellery was often gold plated with a mix of statement necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Signed Askew of London.

Famous owners of vintage jewellery pieces to date is Keira Knightley who was spotted wearing a bracelet. Prices are rising for these named pieces.

Askew London Makers Mark

So maybe my £20 was well spent back then?! I’d never part with it though!

On a non-jewellery front, I have a new birdie in my shop – here he is:



And I’ve also been busy making more greetings cards – I have quite a selection now! Stop by and have a peep at the Cards section of my shop if you have a spare mo! 🙂

Right, on with the housework… *sigh…*