So! I’m planning on doing plenty of markets this Christmas, heres the Stitch City schedule for the coming weeks!
Sunday November 23rd – Rhiwbina’s Handmade Market.
This fair was so much fun last year, a great selection of makers and food stalls – tea, cake and mulled wine, and I came away with some great stuff. This years even promises to be even better!
Saturday 29th November – Cardiff Christmas Bazaar at the Abacus.
I’m really looking forward to spending the day at the Abacus and to taking part in this great event for charity. Along with some great stalls there will be live music, craft workshops and food and drink!
Sat/Sun 6th & 7th December – GIFT at Penarth Pier Pavillion
Penarth Pavillion are hosting this fantastic fair, featuring plenty of super talented makers in the beautiful surroundings of the pavillion gallery. After doing your Christmas shopping you can head to the cafe for tea or take a walk on the beach. Sounds nice!
Its nearly time to start thinking about Christmas! I actually hate having to deal with Christmas until at least December 1st… but this year I’ll be super busy taking my shop to various craft markets around Cardiff and I need to be prepared! I’ve never considered making Christmas themed goods before, it’s so difficult think of anything original! But I thought I’d give it a go this year with a couple of simple projects that will hopefully xmas – up my stall a bit.
These decorations are a festive take on my bright cross stitch designs from earlier in the year, I really like scandinavian design so I reseached nordic xmas patterns and came up with these tiny framed pieces, which can be hung anywhere around the house or even on the tree!
Nordic cross stitch decorations – £6 each.
I have also tried my hand at card design this year! I always really struggle to find Christmas cards with designs I actually like so I thought about what I would like to see when coming up with these. I wanted them to be really colourful and quite simple.
I have made the cards in 2 sizes – packs of 3 A6, and packs of 5 A7 (i think theyre A7 – theyre tiny anyway!) and all packs will cost £4 each.
Just a quick post today as i’m having a super busy couple of weeks! I will be selling at the first Rhiwbina Handmade Market on 24th November:
There will be lots of great artists/designers/illustrators/crafters to buy from, as well as a food stall to get mince pies and mulled wine (which im pretty excited about!)
I will be selling my usual range from my online shop so a mixture of notebooks, cushions, totes and badges as well as a few other neat little gifts you might like the look of!See you there!
Ok I know I said I would post once a week but clearly this is far too ambitious for me! November didn’t feel particularly busy but I guess it must have been, I have plenty to share!
I took part in two markets in two weeks, the Charity Fashion Swap and at Milkwood Gallery. It was so great to have the chance to actually display my work and talk to people, other sellers as well as customers, so it was definitely worthwhile!
At home I moved my workspace into the spare room of the house (known as ‘the old kitchen’!) and now I have my own desk which trust me, is a massive improvement on my previous working conditions!
I should say it a lot messier now….. But everything I need is here, including Art books borrowed from Howard Gardens and a Vintage suitcase from my dear friend REtrose (now filled with all the fabric for my works in progress!)
I’m now working on getting my shop as well stocked as possible, with cushions including new designs and some revamped favourites:
I really enjoyed finishing this frame, which is the first of four in a series, showing areas of Victorian London. This one is the Millbank Penitentiary on the north bank of the Thames, I doubt any of these buildings are still there. I don’t know if it will sell, bit of an unusual topic for an embroidered piece! But I like that its a bit wierd, and also that the building created such an interesting shape on the map! I also loved filling in the river with watered down blue fabric paint, something I hadn’t tried before.
Lastly, after doing a bit of research I found a freehand foot that actually fits my sewing machine! In theory this will speed up my making a lot, as I can use it for pieces that before I would have had to completely stitch by hand (I still bloody love hand stitching, could never give it up altogether!) To draw with thread on the machine like this is a lot more difficult than it looks, and my first couple of attempts were so utterly crap i won’t be posting them on here! But I did do this tree, which isn’t exactly great but i think its a start anyway! Hopefully with a bit more practice I’ll be able to make things that are actually worth putting in the shop.
Its been a week of lots of stitching!
My Cadair Idris embroidery is finished, all it needs now is to be stitched together and shipped off to its new shelf!
and my workspace is currently established in the kitchen with a view:
The plan for next week is finishing some embroideries ive been working on that i have based on a beautiful old map of victorian london (here is a sketch of one piece i like rather a lot)
And organising myself for the first of two markets i will be doing next month!
Poster by Pixel Theori.
Myself and some friends wil be joining the sellers next saturday night at bikes and buttons charity swap and market at whitchurch community centre. Hopefully we’ll see you there! For more info have a look at the event page on facebook.