Ever wondered what attracts someone to a certain craft or skill? Here are 10 reasons why I love felting.
I have re-opened my Etsy shop and this is where you can currently find the bulk of my beaded jewellery and handcrafted gifts. My main shop is on Folksy and you can find my textile art, paintings, textile art jewellery and accessories, art greeting cards, badges and some beaded gifts.
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Both shops are full of beautiful items so please look at both!
I am delighted to announce that I am now trialling a selection of greeting cards printed with my designs. There are four designs available for you to purchase at the moment in my Folksy shop (link below or click 'To Buy' at the top of website to be redirected to my Folksy shop). The cards are currently priced at £3.00 each plus £1.00 p&p (discounted postage for more than one purchase). I currently have a small number of each design, but I will be ordering more as required as well as including new designs. The cards are blank inside, so suitable for any occasion and perfect for upcoming Mothers Day on the Sunday the 26th of March!
Have you ever wondered what inspires an artist to create? What makes a crafter tick? I thought you might like a little insight into what inspires me. I think it is pretty obvious if you look at my work that I am very much inspired by nature, but really I would say I am inspired by everything and anything! Everyday I see something I think would make a great image in a picture, has amazing colour, texture or pattern that I can use. I take a lot of photos, I sketch and I take notes. Sketchbooks were always an important part of projects when I was at art college and I still work in that way, though my style is very organic and the idea that starts off on paper often grows into something very different. Also a sketch book idea may not make it to a finished piece immediately, I look at it as a way of banking my ideas. I have a large library of photos stored which I go to for ideas all of the time.
This is a selection of photos from the past couple of weeks. I took photos on a woodland walk, a day out in London, a dandelion I spotted a short walk from home, roses I received for my birthday and probably the strangest of all: some figs I was about to eat!
I love instagram and if you want to see a small fraction of the inspiration I gather as well as an insight into my day to day life you can follow me at www.instagram.com/beadieeyededie
As well as the day to day gathering of ideas, I also like to visit museums, churches and other historic buildings. My favorite style of design are without doubt Art Nouveau and Art Deco and we are very lucky to have an Art Nouveau church close to where we live. I was able to visit and take lots of photos of the beautiful design details and I know I will be inspired again and again looking at them. I thought this would be a good example to show you the inspiration through to the final piece of art. Below is a small selection of photos I took (they are a little dark as it is in a church and I did not want to use flash photography) and below that you can see the piece of textile art I created using needle felting.
This was just a little glimpse into what inspires me! I hope to share more with you in the future.
To Celebrate Valentines day, from today until Monday the 13th of February 2017 I will be offering 15% off all items in my Folksy shop folksy.com/shops/BeadieEyedEdie . Items will be posted Saturday or Monday, so you still have plenty of time if you are wanting to order a gift. The Discount code you need to enter at the checkout is: BEMINE2017
Valentines day is fast approaching! Do you buy gifts for the special someone in your life? The shops are full of the same old things, which is fine if you love flowers (who doesn't) and chocolates (which I love but my waist line doesn't ha ha). Buying a handmade gift or piece of artwork shows you have given it a lot of thought and know the recipient well. You can even browse and buy your from the comfort of your sofa in your PJS or maybe you want send someone some hints in the form of a link!
Folksy has some beautiful ideas in their Valentine Gift Guide folksy.com/themes/valentines_gifts
I have also created a Pinterest board of my favorite finds uk.pinterest.com/beadieeyededie/valentine-on-folksy/ I will be adding to this board and even including a few of my own pieces.
This is a badge set 'Love Bird' available in my shop for only £2.50.
I am a member of the Professional Crafters Guild and this month I am their 'Featured Member'. So if you would like to read more about me and what makes me tick pop over to their page and have a look at my little write up. www.procraftersguild.com/member-feature.html
The summer holidays and end of term are creeping up on us again! My shop is stocked with some handcrafted teacher gifts which are a perfect way to say thank you to your teacher. Of course if you want something extra special my unique artwork and jewellery make wonderful thank you gifts too! Check out my shop or go direct to the teacher gifts by pressing the buttons below. (Or press to buy on the top menu).
Happy new year to customers old and new! As I am starting a new year I am full of inspiration for new pieces of art & gifts! To make room for new creations I am having a big sale in my gift section and you will find items from as little as £2.00. This is a rare opportunity to get a one of a kind piece of jewellery or gift at such a low price!
With schools breaking up in a couple of weeks, it is time to start thinking of getting a little something for teacher. As I know a few teachers, I can safely say they get over loaded with chocolates! So if you are looking for something a bit different look no further. A handmade gift means your child's teacher/your teacher will get something unique. I have lots of ideas in my shop but here is a link to some 'special teacher' gifts I have made at affordable prices.
My name is Kirsty I am the Owner, Artist and Maker at Beadie Eyed Edie.