I’ve not been idle!

Hello! How are you? My goodness it’s been a while since I wrote a blog post! Hope you are all okay. I’m fine and very busy getting ready for the festive season. I’ve got quite a few fairs lined up in November and December which will hopefully be lots of fun. I’ve put a full list of the fairs and so on on my events page, and there is (will be soon) more information on my Facebook page. It would be great to see you if you are in the Nottingham area!

I’ve got a few new products I will be taking to the craft fairs and thought you might like to see them on here too.

My sewing machine has been getting quite a bit of use lately, as I’ve been making these zipped pouches. Each purse is lined in cotton and features a hand embroidered patch, which I’ve hand stitched in place. I’ve made them in two sizes, a small coin purse (which fits a bank card in too) and a larger pouch, which could be used for all sorts of bits and pieces. Sewing and crafty bits and bobs, makeup, or a handy pouch for all those odds and ends that end up in the bottom of your hand bag. I think they’d be suitable for all ages!

I’ve also been making a crocheted version of the small purses. This is a pattern by Rosina at Zeens and Roger which she has kindly given permission for me to use and sell from. They are so much fun to make, and I’ve really enjoyed choosing the lining fabric too, I’ve used quilters cotton which comes in so many fun prints I always want to buy loads. These purses have been a great stash buster and I’m hoping they will be popular at my fairs.

And badges… lots of badges have been made. I love the pink and gold ones especially. They are perfect for filling festive hosiery! A selection of badges (no two are ever exactly the same!) are available at the Victoria Walker Boutique, Leeds, and The Focus Gallery, Derby Road, Nottingham.

Thank you for reading,

Teresa

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Summer Shenanigans- Crochet Rope Basket

Hello there! It’s really been quite a long time since I popped by here. Everything is fine, the summer holidays have meant a bit of a slow down over here at Shirley Rainbow HQ. I’m busy behind the scenes though!

I thought I’d share a bit of a blog round up of summer shenanigans so here goes part one… Crochet Rope Basket

This was a bit of a hit on Instagram the other day, which took me by surprise! It was a really simple, and quick, make which I made up as I went along. I’d seen some similar baskets on Pinterest which were made with much chunkier rope. I had a left over ball of Bobbiny Rope from when I made my Half Moon Bag earlier this year, and I wondered if I’d be able to achieve the same kind of results with it.

The pink yarn is one I bought in Hobbycraft. I can’t remember the name of it though! It is an acrylic yarn which has a rainbow coloured cotton yarn twisted in, and it’s a DK yarn. Any similar yarn would work though, and I used a 3.5mm hook for a tight tension.

I made a chain loop of 3 chains and then 6 dc into the loop. Then I caught the Bobbiny yarn and crocheted over it, making 2 dc into each dc from the previous round.

I continued working in a spiral, increasing evenly as I went along, but I didn’t count any stitches, I just kept making sure the circle was smooth around the outside. Counting from the middle there are 9 ‘rounds’. The last round is worked with only 1dc in each stitch around.

I then did a round working only into the back loops to start the side of the basket.

The sides of the basket are worked by doing 1dc into each dc of the previous round. There are 16 rounds in total for the sides.

At the end of the 16th round I cut the bobbiny rope and folded it back, I crocheted 6dc over the folded bit to secure the end.

I then turned the basket and worked another dc round just using the pink yarn. The top of the sides are folded over to give more structure.

And that’s it! A super quick and even though I say so myself, a super cute little basket! Any further questions about how to make this just leave me a comment, thank you.

As you can see I’ve still got a little bit more rope left so I’ll be making another basket very soon! I’m going to be addicted!

Teresa x

Sherwood Art Week- it’s all over now!

As yesterday was the last day of Sherwood Art Week I’m starting this week with a round up post of the whole week.

Many of the shops in the area turned their windows over to locals artists and crafts people, here’s a few of my favourites, I’ve included links to websites as possible and I apologise for the dodgy photography, it’s so tricky to take photos through glass!

1- Helen Lamont, Illustration (Instagram account)

2- Sophie Robins, Sophie Robins Mosaics

3- Lucy Hall, Juicy Glass

4- Beryl Winch, Mini B

5- Mandy Barnes, Textile Art,

6- Kirsteen Hoare, Made By Stitch Studio

The exhibition I took part in showed many different mediums of work from local artists, including sculpture, watercolour, textiles and photography.

1 Janet Brown, Janet Brown Art

2 Benjamin Michael Clubbs Coldron, Paint, Pastel, Wood

3 Philippa Rice, Crochet Sculpture and Art

4 Oksana Holbrook, Oksana Originals

I always love to see the yarn bombing, this year the whole of Sherwood was pompom bombed! My children loved these lovely pompom sculptures.

And here’s a few photos of my work from the exhibition. I really enjoyed the whole experience, it was great to meet some of the artists and makers who were taking part. The private view was a really nice way to show some friends and family what I’ve been up to for the last few months!

As I didn’t make any sales the embroidery I made for the exhibition will be put in my Folksy shop, and will be available far the craft fair I’m doing next week at the Creative Quarter in Sneinton Market, Nottingham.

I also made a couple of purchases from the Secret Garden Craft Fair, for my mums birthday, I bought this lovely card from Amy Primarolo, the cute trinket dish from Rolling Roses and the little badge from Faye Baines.

And I think that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed my virtual tour of the Sherwood Art Week, and if there’s any more info you want on it please check their website here. Thank you so much to all the organisers, it’s been great, see you next year!

The busiest month of my year

June is a lovely busy month here at Shirley Rainbow HQ. I’ve just finished my time as Folksy Featured Maker, which was really fun. You can read my interview here. I was also asked to write a short piece for their blog about Hoop Art, which you can read here, which shares some of the wonderful embroidery available from Folksy.

Today I set up my display for Art in Shops which is part of Sherwood Art Week. Lots of shops let local artists and crafts people use their shop windows to display their work for a week. My textile and embroidery hoop art (above) is on display (and available to buy!!) at TSB and Sherwood News at 656 Mansfield Road. I’m looking forward to the Secret Garden Craft Fair tomorrow, and seeing all the yarn bombing. The exhibition I’m taking part in starts next Friday, at Sherwood Methodist Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham; I’ll be there to help with invigilating the exhibition on Friday lunch time. I’ll do a blog next week with all the fun stuff that went on. If you’re in the area though, Sherwood Art week is a great event with lots to do and see, check their website for all the details.

It’s also Just A Card week next week, which is an online campaign to support all designers and makers, encouraging people to buy from and support independent shops as every sale counts, even ‘just a card’! I’ll be taking part in their Instagram challenge next week.

Images courtesy of Just A Card.

I’ve also got both of my children’s birthdays in the next two weeks, and I’m making a dress for a wedding I’m going to on the 30th June! Yikes! I’d better crack on with it…

Teresa xx

Folksy Featured Maker


I’m absolutely delighted to be letting everyone know that I’m the Featured Maker on Folksy for the next two weeks!  Folksy is where my online shop is based, and is a real champion of British craft and handmade products.  I’ve been selling with them for four years now and find it’s a great platform.

On the Folksy blog you’ll be able to read an interview I did with Hannah Berridge of Hannah Berridge Ceramics – just click here! You might also find me popping up on their social media too to share some more about my embroidery.

I’ll also be offering a 15% off discount in my shop until 11th June with the code MAKER15. As ever, 1st class postage to UK addresses is free! 


I’d love to hear if you have any comments about my interview, just pop them in the box below.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has supported Shirley Rainbow over the last four years, I really do appreciate every comment, either online or in real life, and of course every sale too!

Xx

Me Made May 2018

In a very casual way I’ve been taking part in  Me Made May, an online challenge to wear hand made clothes during May. As I wear something hand made most days now that’s not too much of a challenge so I thought it would be useful to pay attention to which ‘me made’ clothes I do wear and which I don’t so much.
When I first starting making more clothes a few years ago I was very inspired by the colourful printed dresses I saw online and made by other seamstresses. Perfect for sunny days out and having a lovely time! However I’ve realised that although it’s good to have a few dresses like that in my wardrobe I’m more likely to reach for t-shirts, tops and skirts or jeans, and during winter (which felt like forever this year) warm jumpers and cardigans. So instead of being seduced by pretty prints to make into dresses I’ve paid more attention to making more simple tops, fun tshirts and warm clothing, which are more practical but still make me feel like my outfit is unique.
So here’s a few of the pieces I’ve been wearing during May, as its nearly the end of the month!

A self drafted skirt made from Ponte de Roma. I made this skirt to replace the black circle skirt I made last year. It was made from cheap fabric which has pulled and bobbled and worn very badly. I did wear it a lot though, so I think I got my money’s worth! The new skirt has an elasticated waist and is super comfy and swishy.


My Moon Bag and my Sunday Funday cardi have had quite a lot of use!  (Bag pattern from Make E, cardi pattern from Iron Lamb)


I made a tshirt from this lovely swan print jersey from Stoff Stil. Despite measuring several times its come up a bit big. I don’t mind that too much but the neck gapes slightly, which is annoying. Oh well!


I made this Bettine Dress (the 6th one now!) a few months ago but have only got round to wearing it recently now the weather is warmer. It’s made from a medium weight peachskin, from Guthrie and Ghani. I made the skirt long enough to wear without leggings when the weather is even warmer. And a thank you to my four year old who took this photo (do a pose Mummy!!)


This top is a Butterick 6175. I love the shape of the sleeves! The top is size 12 at the shoulder and 10 at the waist but I’m going to make a 14 at the waist next time as the waist is a bit too tight and rides up which irritates me. It’s made from some viscose I’ve had hanging about for ages. The pattern suggests the neck opening to be fastened with a hook and eye but I took this out as it just didn’t lie properly. I put a concealed zip in and now all is well.


I also made the necklace from some wooden beads I bought a while ago. They are painted with acrylic paint and I added some details with a Sharpie marker in gold. I used a crochet chain made from DMC thread and a 1.75mm crochet hook. I’ve seen loads of similar necklaces online and am really happy with how my version has turned out. I might make matching earrings!

Finally, and it’s not craft related at all, here’s a picture of my next door neighbour’s clematis that has crept over the fence. It’s gorgeous, and very welcome in my garden!

April catch up 

It’s been ages since I popped by on my blog. When I’m busy it’s the first thing to get neglected, which is rather sad as I really enjoy writing it. Anyway, here I am, with a quick update about what I’ve been up to and some upcoming events too.
I’ve been doing a LOT of embroidery. All of this is in preparation for Sherwood Art Week which is taking place in June. I’m really excited as I am taking part in two events- my embroidery will be on display in the Art in Shops exhibition and also an exhibition at Sherwood Methodist Church where I will be exhibiting as a real Textile Artist. I’m doing a happy dance about that, even though I’m really nervous too! I’ll be sharing lots more info on this soon.


I made a new crochet cardi- the Sunday Funday Cardi by Claudine of Iron Lamb. It’s so warm and cozy! It’s a straightforward make with only the shoulder seams to sew. I used Stylecraft Special Aran in Empire, and it took a bit less than 6 balls. I did the first sleeve probably about five times in total, as I kept going wrong and pulling it out but this is not a reflection on the pattern, it’s just my inability to count and remember the number!  I’m already planning another Sunday Funday Cardi.

Other stuff I got up to in April included a mini break in Glasgow during the Easter holidays. We went with the children and had a great time despite the rain and cold. I’d really recommend going to the Science Centre and the Riverside Museum, which were both great. We booked an apartment with AirBNB which had a good view over the river. It’s a really friendly city which makes it a lot more pleasant when you are dragging tired and grumpy children home on the subway! We had a lot of museum trips in April due to the generally rubbish weather. The Space Centre in Leicester was a great day out with friends, and also Tattersall Castle in Lincolnshire. I was thrilled that both of my children had a try on a spinning wheel (and a bit jealous!); they both got to keep the little piece of yarn they made, which was taken into school for show and tell. I’m such a happy mum when my children are enjoying my interests with me!

Science Centre fun! 

Our river view.


My proud mum moment!