Wednesday, 16 December 2009

This is the most amazing scarf I have ever seen! Did I say scarf? It's more like a work of art. Admittedly, it's not cheap at $130 but I would so like this for Christmas!
Take a look at other designs from this amazing fibre artist based in Edinburgh:

Monday, 14 December 2009

Highlighting Scottish Crafters

Okay, still nobody is following my blog. I need a change of tactics and instead of looking inward I'm going to start looking around me at all the other incredibly talented people in and around Edinburgh and hope their inspiration rubs off. It's long been said that Scotland's best export is it's people so I'd like to invite you to prove that point and let me know who your favourite craftspeople are.

To start you off, I'll be listing some of my favourites over the coming weeks and months.
The amazing jewel like colours of this artists work just brings a cloudy day to life. Tastykaeru makes jewellery pieces and greetings cards from embellished fibres - using felting, embroidery, beading and kumihimo. Look at her website for more examples of her work:

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Getting to know how blogging works

After the success of yesterday I spent a short while trying to get to grips with blogger and understanding whether it will be useful for me. I found a tutorial here:

and that was pretty useful (and very simple to understand).

Really it comes down to using it and then deciding if other people are interested in what you've got to say.

So ... here goes ....

Yesterday I got to make a really pretty cushion for anyone who is looking for a gift to give a new mother. I made one for a new baby girl to start with and later in the week I'll make one for a baby boy and then add that to my etsy website. I'd really appreciate any feedback on the design.
I think it might be useful for other folk to see how this was made so I'm going to prepare a short tutorial on how I made this cushion from cutting out the fabric, placing the design, completing the machine embroidery and assembling the cushion.
I'm still not sure exactly to find out who else is posting. I know I can create a blog list but I need to have folk to put on the list first. I tried going into google and that sort of worked but I expected that there would be search option here that would allow me to search using the labels that you have to create when you put a blog together. Anybody out there that can tell me how to find this?

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Well, that was easy - setting up my blog I mean.

My next challenge is to find out who the other bloggers are? I mean, where are you and what do you all talk about? I'm looking at the headings and don't really see any hint at where you all are. I'm sure it will all become clearer but you can be sure I'll let you know otherwise!

Meanwhile, it's day 1 and I'll set out my stall. I'm a recent newbie to Etsy ( and I'm sewing. It all came about because I persuaded my husband to buy me this new sewing machine. Wow, I didn't realise just how much they had changed over the past 25 years or so. I spent weeks researching and then pretty much just threw in the towel and went for one that seemed to do what I wanted .... and more. I plumped for a Viking Husqvarna Designer SE. Yes, I know it's now been superceded in the US by the Designer Diamond but I got a great deal, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford such a machine. Not only does it sew beautifully (and it has all these great things that make life so much easier than on my old machine) but it does embroidery as well and it's just so exciting watching a new design take shape.

So enough about that for now. I live in the beautiful Scottish countryside and feel very fortunate to have lived my life very well so far. I spent 6 years in California and there's a possibility of moving again in the near future. No children grace my life but I have a wonderful husband.

Today I'm going to design another cushion for my growing portfolio in the hope that somebody at leasts marks me down as a favourite on Etsy. I've made many for friends who are celebrating different events in their lives and decided that it might be a way to pay for that expensive machine! There are so many beautiful designs already out there that I don't have to design my own, I can just search some embroidery design sites and search for whatever is on my mind. One I made was for a guy who climbed up electricity pylons and, yes, I found a design of a guy climbing a pylon. As I get more experienced, I may purchase the software that will allow me to 'digitise' (yes, I've got all the technical talk sussed out) my own photographs - wouldn't that be really cool.

Well I hoped that I'd posted a picture. I clicked on the icon above that said 'Add Image' and it seemed to upload it but ... where is it? I expected it to appear here. Well I'll post this for today and see what happens. Of course, I'm wondering how I'll find my blog tomorrow!

So, how do we close these posts? I guess we don't, just pick up tomorrow or the next day where we left off today.

Hope to talk to you again and tell you how I got on with that next cushion.