That felty feeling…

Morning!

Following on from yesterday’s post about some of the random things I’ve been trying my hand at lately, here are a couple more…

Firstly, teeny tiny bunting. It really is tiny too! The triangles were cut from 4mm thick 100% wool felt, and the letters needled felted on in merino wool. I then hand stitched each triangle onto baker’s twine:

  
I made this to decorate the packaging for my nephews 1st birthday present – here it is on the parcel:

  
Fiddly to make, but possibly something I could develop and include in my shop…!

And next, those of you that follow my alter ego on Twitter may recognise this little fellow:

  
He’s my avator, and I’ve grown very attached to him! He developed from this little doodle:
  
I decided to try and bring him to life in felt – again I used thick 100% wool felt, lightly stuffed his body, and needled felted his eyes and nose (and a tiny tail):
  
He’s now a permanent feature on my bag, and matches my phone case (which I had made by one of those online places – pricey, but I love having one of my own designs protecting my phone!):

  
I’d like to perfect his design and add a range to my shop – probably a teensy bit smaller – here are a few more animals I’ve doodled in the same style that would all work well in felt:

   
     So, who knows what noofings will pop up in my Etsy shop over the coming months…? 🙂

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Tiny turf houses…

Look! Sunshine! Out there! How lovely! Hope it’s nice where you are.

I have some noofings to share with you… I’ve been building houses…

Okay, not real proper big ones – tiny Icelandic turf houses, but instead of using turf I’ve used felt (no surprise there!).

“But what’s a turf house, stupid?” I hear you cry…

Turf houses go right back in history to the time when Iceland was first settled in the late 800s. Whilst there was a fairly plentiful supply of birch trees, they weren’t particularly suited to heavy construction, so frames were built and something that was plentiful – turf – was fitted around the frame in blocks. Turf houses continued to be constructed, and their design continued to evolve, right up to the 18th century. The most commonly seen Icelandic turf houses date from this later era – they’re called burstabær…


The turf provided very good insulation, and also stopped drafts getting in – in fact, it’s making a little bit of a come back as building material these days.

And so without further adoooo… I give you my very own turf houses…


And here’s one on it’s own…


They’re made by needle-felting together pieces of thick wool felt sheet, then tiny details (the door and window frames and door handle) are added by needle-felting in merino wool, and the window panes are made with a couple of tiny cotton stitches to the back of the final layer of felt. I’m rather pleased with how they’ve turned out.

In fact, I got so into this building lark that I made a church too…


It’s loosely based on this little blue church in the village of Seyðisfjörður in east Iceland, where my father lived.


So there you have it! Hope you like my little constructions!

Until the next time… x

Noofings & votes for teamies…

Well hello there! What’s new with you?

I have a few noofings (that’s Craftbritannia-speak for new things) to share with you, but first I’d like to ask for your assitance in helping a couple of Craftbritannia teamies. Both have applied for funding from Enterprise Nation, and need your votes!

Rachel Elliot is hoping to secure funding to buy a bit of kit enabling her to flock glass – vote for her here.

The Femine Touch is hoping to get funding for an electronic cutting machine – vote for her here.

Voting is quick and easy – just register on the site and click vote! Please share these links and help my teamies achieve their voting targets! Thanks!

And now onto noofings…

First off is my little sheep brooch – baaa-aaa-aaaa!

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He was originally going to have dangly bead legs, but that just looked wrong!

Then came the elephant

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This was a custom request, and he looked so cute I just had to offer him in my shop! I want to make a pink version of him too, watch this space!

And finally, my scary skull

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He has a metal loop on the top so you can attach him to your bag (or whatever else takes your fancy) to scare away monsters!

Well, that’s all for now – except to say that if you’re still searching for a Mother’s Day card, take a peek at my selection of felted cards, maybe something there will take your fancy!

Laters! x

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…*

Could I have more time please?

Told you I was going to make some more cards!

I now have four designs of cards in my little Etsy shop:

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Guess I need to do a skull card and a blue keyring to even things up!

I’ve also been working on a noofing today – here it is, nearly-but-not-quite-finished!

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Well, Easter isn’t that far away really, is it!

I’ve almost decided to take a stall at a local craft fair at the end of March – it’ll depend on if I can get a good stock of items made, and that’s the problem… I want to experiment and make new things, and try out new ideas, rather than build of a stock of things I already make! Is that bad?! Do any of you have that problem?!

And on the subject of trying out new ideas, I’d really like to start doing Hardanger embroidery again – I learnt about 12 years ago while I was living in Iceland. It has its origins in Norway and is traditionally done in white. I dug out an old photo of a couple of my pieces:

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So that’s another thing on my to-do list! Although the old goth in me would like to do Hardanger with a twist – all in black! I think that’d look quite cool!

I’m also itching to have a go at a teeny needle-felted elephant brooch after a Craftbritannia teamie planted the seed…

…could anyone give me… ohhhh, I dunno… about 7 extra hours in every day?!

Newly fledged!

Just a quick one!

I’ve finished my first creation of 2012, hurrah!

Here’s everything ready to start felting…

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By the way, my workbox was a Christmas pressie from my other half’s sister last year – no, the year before last now! – it’s so useful, I love it!

And here’s the new fledgling in progress…

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…and here he is all finished – a weeny baby brown owl brooch 🙂

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Now he’s happily perched in my shop just waiting for you to buy him!

A custom cat…

Goodness, is that another year gone? Happy 2012 everyone!

I thought I’d share with you one of the custom needle-felted cats I made this year – it was for the hugely talented glass artist Rachel Elliott, and is her mum’s cat Jo Jo:

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I think it’s my favourite so far of all the cats I’ve made 🙂

And now… *raises glass!* …a toast to all you lovely readers and customers out there! Thank you for reading, and for shopping with stupidcats – I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful 2012! Here’s to you all!

*clink!*