Monday, June 27, 2016

Hand dyed Loophole and Perran yarns by SixSkeins

SixSkeins: Luxurious hand dyed Perran Yarns & womens accessories






I always wonder how people make their own yarns. It is quite fascinating. Let's meet.Steph who is multi tasking as
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping, ... and Tea-Making.
and a full-time mum and part-time IT professional who loves to be surrounded by yarn. 

Sixskeins dye their own wool, creating their own beautiful colours.


Self taught, Steph learnt to dye yarns when she couldn't find the colour blends and yarn bases she wanted here in the UK for her own projects. 

Her bag always contains a small knitting or crochet project, ready to make use of any free minutes, plus a notepad to jot down new colourways and designs!


Now she is thrilled to be one of many indie yarn dyers, each with their own slightly different results.
These Perran Yarns are her tribute to living near Perranporth on the beautiful south-west coast of Cornwall, England which is frequently the inspiration for her colourways.

For example, the cut  yarns above are a mix carefully selected from her huge personal stash and include a wide variety of textures and fibres. 

A need for supersoft non-itchy yarns to wear against sensitive skin means that Steph chooses only the softest base yarns to dye; you will often find blends of cashmere and silk in her stock. She dyes in small batches in her home kitchen, and keep a dye recipe book so colourways are as repeatable as hand-dyeing gets.

Click to know more about SixSkeins

Monday, June 20, 2016

a treasure Throve of creations with Kim from KimshandmadeCave

A treasure Throve of creations with Kim from KimshandmadeCave

Hand embroidery, textiles and jewellery 

Let's discover all the things the creative Kim likes to make. 

Hello Kim, do you like crafting ?
Crafting is my hobby so you can be sure when buying things in my shop that love and care has gone into them and that you will be getting a personal and individual item. 


Stag head embroidery

Do you have a special space to create ?
I do all my crafting from home, usually in the corner of my living room :) just need a bit more space for my expanding collection!!

 I notice you use some nice retro fabrics, what is your favourite material ?


I love to use fabric and other items that other people no longer want so the majority of my items are made from reclaimed and recycled material or unwanted remnants. 
This means that many of them are one of a kind and will not be repeated, ensuring you are being something very special and individual.


 



Do you have another passion ?
I am also very lucky to have a full time job that I love, as a research scientist which keeps me very busy during the working week :)
  

Where else can we follow what you do ?
Click to go to my Shop.

Follow me here: 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KimHandmadeCave
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimsHandmadecave
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/KHandmadeCave/

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weaver feature with SpinningStreak

SpinningStreak is a weaver who provides us with

Hand knitted handspun - soft, original, classic or fun , in her own words.


Who are you ?
My name is Susan. I belong to the Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers and have been spinning away for over 20 years. 
Where do you live ?
I live partly in England in a city by the sea and partly in rural France, so plenty of inspiration for colours. And yes, I do speak French too :)
As a French girl myself, I am definitely drawn to berets. Susan has a few in her shop and this one is adorned with a red flower that give it a good mood vibe.
A touche of a little Je ne sais quoi of course, and definitely French Chic .
Beret, wool, embellished with large flower pin corsage hand knit shades of orange red 
Tell us about your process:
 I love the surprise element of dyeing - I tend to use professional quality acid dyes in England and a wide range of natural plant material in France.
 find her lovely yarns and creations here.


and follow her updates
 

Monday, June 6, 2016

a moment with DayZ creator of Cheeky Geeky Accessories

CheekyGeeky :Geeky & Upcycled desk accessories, jewellery & gifts

 
Based in Birmingham UK, Dayz has an interest in finding out how things work.
This angle on life has earnt her the title of geek on many occasion by many different people. This used to bother her until she started a job where everyone was one to some degree and felt right at home!

Then she met a bunch of crafting anoraks that helped her bring it all into perspective. Lets celebrate our special love of all things geek!

these cufflinks are great for retro and music lovers

music tape cufflinks


She creates :Geeky cufflinks, tie pins, earrings, bookmarks, coasters for gamers, cyclists, skaters, sci-fi nerds, music fans, yarn addicts & lovers of upcycling.

All items of geekery on sale in her shop will be made to order just for you and are available here..


whar about this great glass coaster ?


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