Dates for the diary

Hello, just popping by with a quick post to let you know the craft fairs I will be at over next month.


Also, I will be accepting card payments at all fairs too, I have a new snazzy machine! 

So if you in the Nottinghamshire area and fancy a nosey amongst lovely stalls filled with handmade goodies perfect for Christmas presents come along! And please say hi! 

Teresa xx

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Early Festive Cheer

I know it’s a bit on the early side but here’s a little update on Christmas goings on here at Shirley Rainbow HQ. Well, my living room really! I’ve been making a few Christmas decorations recently so it’s time I spread the word. My Folksy shop has been updated with festive goodies, and there is free 1st Class UK postage on all orders. 

I’ve made loads of these baubles recently, some for a craft fair at the end of November, but some have gone to my new stockist, The Focus Gallery in Nottingham. I’m so excited to have my work in an actual shop! The Focus Gallery is on Derby Road, which has a really good selection of independent shops, an excellent bakery (Tough Marys Bakehouse, where the brownies are AMAZING) and a couple of nice pubs too. It’s well worth a walk up if you are in Nottingham for Christmas shopping. 


The Focus Gallery shows the work of many local artists and craftspeople, and has a great selection of jewellery, glassware and artwork, as well as some embroidery from me!  The website link is here.


I will have a stall at Southwell Garden Centre Christmas Craft and Food fair on 25th and 26th of November, I will have lots of Christmas gifts and decorations for sale. 

So I’m feeling (mostly) prepared for the Christmas season. I’m looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping too, hopefully with as many local, independent and small businesses as possible. It’s a fabulous feeling when someone buys from my shop, or craft stall, and I’m hoping to pass that on as much as possible. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Brand New Stuff (and a discount code!) 

After a few fairly unproductive weeks I feel like I’m making progress again, hurray! I’ve added a few new items to my Folksy shop, which I felt was feeling a bit neglected. I’ve been making a lot of Christmas bits too, behind the scenes, it won’t be long until I’m sharing all of those, where has the time gone?! 

Here are the new bits:


Hand Embroidered Felt Appliqué Wall Decoration – link here.
Crochet Star Garland – link here.

Star Gazer Embroidery Hoop Art, and the link is here.

As a special treat for blog readers I’m offering a half term discount- just use RAINBOW10 at checkout for 10% off anything in my shop. Postage is free for all UK orders too! 

If you are just about to start half term, have a good one! 

Teresa

Discount code valid until midnight 31.10.17

Yarndale 2017

Last week I spent a lovely and extremely exhausting day at Yarndale. For those not in the know, Yarndale is a festival of yarn in the town of Skipton in North Yorkshire. It’s held at the auction mart, and this was the fifth year. 


I went with my friend Clare, who is also a crochet enthusiast and a very talented milliner. We were both totally overwhelmed by the amount of stalls! There was a good variety, with all types of yarny goodness, and lots of stalls selling equipment to spin, felt and weave as well as knitting and crochet.  Most stalls were from small businesses, and it was great to talk to the stall holders and find out how the yarns were made, and also hear about the animals too! Everyone was really friendly and happy to talk, although at times it was quite difficult to even move, it was so busy. 


The Yarndale Hub looked spectacular with all the lovely crocheted bunting, and the crocheted hearts made and donated for the Yarndale nominated charity Mind. I wish I’d remembered to send the heart I’d made! 


We had a really yummy lunch at the auction mart cafe, (roast pork, stuffing, apple sauce, chips and gravy!) I’d recommend eating there if you go to Yarndale. After our lunch we got down to the serious business of yarn shopping. I was planning on buying yarn to make the Three Springs Shawl by Addydae Designs. I bought some mini skeins for the contrast rows from Five Moons. I’ve not decided on the yarn for the main colour yet, despite seeing hundreds of beautiful yarns at Yarndale I still couldn’t make up my mind. Probably grey!


I chose this gorgeously soft alpaca and silk blend from Eden Cottage Yarns, it might end up as the border on my Three Springs shawl, I’m not sure yet. 


This yarn had my name all over it… that grey and that yellow! I love the little bags of lavender tied to each skein too. It’s from Rosie’s Moments, its a merino and silk blend; I feel that Yarndale may have given me a strong liking for luxury fibres. 

Somehow we managed to miss the yarn bombing outside- too distracted by all the stalls- although we did get a trip on Jean, the decorated red London bus back into Skipton. It was a great day, and I can see why people go for a whole weekend. Having a whole weekend would mean more time to browse and also see all the yarn bombing and handmade displays that make Yarndale so special. I’d better start saving now! 


Blankets by Jane Crowe


Felt studio stall- my daughter says they look like unicorns hair plaited! 

The Handmade Fair- Guest blog tutorial by Shirley Rainbow 

If you pop over to the Handmade Fair website you will now be able to find a tutorial by Shirley Rainbow! 
This is a piece of work I was asked to do over the summer by the lovely people at Folksy (who were sponsors of the Handmade Fair this year) and I’m so excited to say it’s available for people to see now! It’s a step by step guide to stitching and finishing an embroidery hoop for display. 


The link is here if you would like to go and have a look.

The Handmade Fair is a craft fair created by Kirstie Allsopp.  There are lots of lovely tutorials on the Handmade Fair blog featuring all kinds of crafts, it’s definitely worth a look for some inspiration. 


Many thanks to Folksy and the Handmade Fair, and also to my friend Lucy for letting me take photos in her beautiful home! 

September Craftiness

I thought I’d share a mid September catch up on some crafty bits I’ve been working on recently. I had hoped to share an exciting project I’ve been working on but sadly I’m not able to yet- hopefully soon! 
I finished the Floral Fields embroidery design by ThreadFolk.  I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this, it uses surprisingly simple stitches but the overall effect is beautiful and complex. I’m decorating my living room next week and it will be given pride of place in my newly decorated room. I’ve been eyeing up some of the amazing free embroidery patterns available at DMC for my next project. I’ve not really done many embroidery patterns designed by others before, as a qualified embroidery designer I should be able to do them myself I suppose! However for an easy project to pick up in the evening it’s ideal, as all the hard part of designing is done for me.


As the weather here in England has turned decidedly autumnal I’ve been thinking about gloves and scarves and hats. I’ve made a one colour version of the Autumn Vintage fingerless mitts by Rosina of Zeens and Roger, using some Hobbycraft Women’s Institute Soft and Smooth Tweed. This is a really lovely Aran weight yarn, it really is very soft, almost a silky texture. The slubs through the yarn give a tweedy texture without any roughness, and the mustard colour is spot on. Why does this yarn not come in more colours?! Even though I completely botched up the pattern (I worked in the round despite the instructions clearly telling me to TURN….) I’m very pleased with how they have turned out. I’m not sure what else I will make with the yarn, I’ve got about 350g of it left! 


I’ve been working on a few new pieces for my shop, particularly to take to a charity craft fair I did last weekend. Sadly the weather was pretty horrific- beautiful sunshine all morning which lured us into thinking it would be nice all day but instead it turned very windy and we had several downpours of rain- I do hope the fundraising was successful. 


Last but not least I can share this piece of embroidery my mother in law asked me to to do for a recently bereaved close friend. I was so pleased that both of them liked it, it was a pleasure to make it. 


Til next time

Teresa