craft

Day One

The Periwinkle ChristmasWow ! what an amazing night. My first day of trading had me rushed off my feet with so many well wishers. I had unbelievable support from the local community, friends and family. It could not have been a better day. My shop is now open for business Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 with a late night club on Wednesdays until 8pm.The Periwinkle First Day

I must say a massive thank you to my sister who worked so hard to help create the window displays which look brilliant, and ran around yesterday serving, tidying up, selling and updating the social media. Without her I would have struggled to keep up.

Periwinkle cake

I am looking forward to this Sundays Christmas Fair in Fore Street, I will be opening up for the afternoon with mulled apple juice and mini mince pies for the shoppers. Do pop in to say hi, and enjoy the live music on Fore Street.

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October

What a long gap! Sorry for the massive delay I am pretty busy as you can imagine it’s pretty hard now to think of all the things that have happened and all the brilliant people I have met.

 

Hoopla Yarns have delivered their spools of fabric yarn, I have 12 colours, all of which I have thought of projects for, the selection of patterns on Ravelry for this yarn is massive, sadly I have to wait until I have completed some of my existing work before starting another one. The postman has been pretty busy, loads of accessories and tools have been arriving on a daily basis, prompting me to look at more display props. I don’t think I have ever had so much post it’s quite exciting, particularly as the postie is becoming inventive with where he hides the packages whilst we are out, each day I now have a treasure hunt around the garden just in case there is a parcel hidden.

This last few weeks has found me meeting people and making contacts again, I spent a morning with Karen from Middle Campscott Farm, who’s yarn I am lucky enough to stock, one of the first UK producers to have organic yarns they have beautiful natural colours. I am also hoping to have some of product she has made in the shop. I spent a long coffee break chatting with Robin Bray who is skilled with a crochet hook, having taught herself she produces brilliant gifts for her friends including minecraft characters. I am hoping Robin will be able to help me out with beginner crochet skills in the shop. I have also met a whole list of other exciting people who will bring needle felting, spinning, yarn and fleece into the shop!

 

Westpoint stitch craft show in Exeter was amazing, I went along with family and friends on the Sunday and loved it, a day there was only just enough, we caught the tarka train up from Barnstaple and enjoyed the calm mode of travel, beautiful scenery and a chance to catch up on the latest news. The show was massive, a must for all crafty people, loads of new ideas and tools to test out, demonstrations and talks throughout the day. Next year when I am open I might just have to organise a coach trip there, to give me the excuse to go again.  I have made some great contacts and hopefully taken the first steps to organising some very exciting workshops. I also met a representative from the Hand Knitting Association who have national campaigns and events, I hope to be able to coordinate with them in future.

We had a fabulous afternoon with Fiona Bates sitting in her kitchen with lumps of clay and learning about the techniques and processes we could use to create items for the shop, they are due to be fired this weekend so looking forward to seeing the results. Some were pretty experimental so there are strong chances they will crack or break in the processes. But great fun to try out a new skill, and have coffee with friends.

In the Sears household since the last blog we have now nearly completed 2 kits for beginners, 6 hand stitched aprons for wearing in the shop, padded 2 chairs, fixed up blackboards, finished the workshop table, baked several amazing cakes including a few rainbow creations, and a sample scarf from Artesano yarns. Phew seems like quite a lot when its listed thank goodness that I have managed to delegate most of it to mum and dad! ha ha

Rainbow Cake

(Originally posted 02.10.13)

The Natural Dye Studio

 So, this is a bit delayed, but I have been very busy since trying to type this up on Thursday evening when mrsite timed out.

Well the Wednesday afternoon, I visited The Natural Dye Studio Ltd in Lynton. This is a family run business producing beautiful yarns in a stunning rainbow of colours. They have named the colours after local locations! A perfect gift to give a local friend a scarf you have knitted in a Woolacombe green dazzle DK or Lundy yellow lace.

I met Amanda and Daisy in their wonderful studio, set in an idyllic rural location amongst alpacas you can instantly see why both women love their work. Enthusiasm and energy for their products drew me into wanting every yarn available, I plan to stock a selection in my shop but choosing what I want and what fits into my budget seems an impossible task. Particularly when offered a Scheherazade 4 Ply skein with 65% silk and 35% Camel in a lovely Woody Bay pale green shade. This is the sort of yarn that makes you skip a beat, but might be out of my price range at £22.95. (Please let me know if you would like me to stock this I really want enough people to say yes please to give me an excuse)

Me and mum were able to watch Daisy dying skeins into blue and green shades, in large vats of natural dyes. I was unaware that some dyes need air to change colour, coming out of the vat the same as they went in then as if by magic they  fade into a completely different colour.  I would recommend seeing this for yourself. I have got a video which I will try to post soon once I have edited it a bit.  Until then I will load up a few pictures. ( The yellow skein turns into green)

Amanda is a very talented crochet designer and has a range of patterns to offer her customers and a couple of books that will inspire and explain how to crochet wonderful creations. She suggested to me to have a crochet afternoon in the shop once a month or so, which is a great idea, hopefully she might turn up now and again to trouble shoot for us! How lucky are we to have such brilliant local artists.

To finish off my day when I got home my dad surprised me with a skein winder! I have been hankering for one to be able to offer my customers, so many of my yarns will be in skein form, and I know how long it can take to turn it into balls, , I got to test it out with my Scheherazade, its brilliant this nifty technology halves the time. Thank you Dad! Can’t wait to see people using it in the shop

Daisy from the natural dye studioDaisy with yellow skeinMagic ! Colour changing yarns

(Originally posted 27.07.13)