Friday, 31 July 2015

Schools Out for Summer!

Well we are a few weeks into the summer hols and August is nearly upon us! It's been a busy few weeks what with entertaining the troops, making things for my new shop and running a giveaway, life has been hectic! The shop seems to have gone down really well though and I am hoping to add lots of lovely new handspun yarn, mini art batts and handmade gifts soon. In fact I am currently working on some art yarn scarves as I love spinning really textured and corespun yarns. When I am not spinning I have been organising my yarn and thread stash, knitting socks and finishing a crochet granny stripe blanket I started awhile back! I have also embarked on a new embroidery project with some handmade felt and some of my handspun yarn, more to be revealed soon! All in all it's been a very busy July!

I have lots of projects planned for August and I am currently getting to grips with my new Ashford Kiwi Superflyer which I love as I can produce lots of lovely lumpy and bumpy yarn! I have also just discovered a few spinning mags Spin-Off which I found on the Spinning Daily website and Yarnmaker. I downloaded a digital copy of Spin-Off and already I have learnt so much from articles in the recent issue! I will be definitely buying the next issue! I am currently awaiting my copy of Yarnmaker magazine in the post! Can't wait to read it! All I need now is for the weather to stay nice and I can sit out in the garden and do some reading, spinning and embroidery!

Art yarn on the Kiwi Superflyer

Storm Cloud - Art Yarn

Her Name is Lola - Art Yarn

Elongated Knit Stitch Art Yarn Scarf

Latest Sock Project

Friday, 10 July 2015

Free Mini Art Batt Giveaway!

To mark the opening of my new shop I am having my first giveaway! This months giveaway prize is one of my yummy hand blended mini art batts which are now available in the shop! Hand blended by yours truly on my Ashford blending board, these batts are great for spinning on a wheel or drop spindle or can even be felted.
If you would like to win a mini art batt from one of the following; Autumn TimeCrest of a WaveDon't Mess With My Tutu or Dragons Breath please leave a comment on my new shop blog stating which batt you would like in the comment form and remember to add your name and email address!
Please don't leave a comment here as you won't be entered. Click here to leave a comment!
One winner will be picked at random on Friday 17th July.
Good Luck!
Mini Art Batt Giveaway

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

From ArtyThreads to Artyfibres

A while ago I decided to rebrand my small business from ArtyThreads to Artyfibres. I have been running ArtyThreads since 2009 and when I first started out it was to originally sell my hand embroidered artwork. Little did I know that I would get the knitting bug again and that my creative life would start to develop in a whole new direction!
My love of knitting started many years ago when I was six or seven having watched my mum and grandmother make mine and my brother and sisters school cardigans during the school holidays. I guess I was bored as the hols were dragging and I wanted something to do, so I asked them to teach me how to knit! Being the only right-handed one of three sisters I picked it up quickly and soon was happy knitting pullovers, leg warmers and dresses for my dolls!
As I got older I started to make myself jumpers, scarves and gloves etc. and loved nothing better than visiting the yarn shop. At the same time I discovered embroidery and began to cross stitch and later create my own freestyle embroideries on items of clothing. This I decided was the career I wanted and I went to study for a degree in Embroidery. I have worked on many embroidery commissions, got a teaching qualification, created the Hand Embroidery Network, wrote a book, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory which was published in 2012 and started ArtyThreads. 
When I was pregnant with my children I started knitting again and made them baby items with pride. It was then that I got the knitting bug again! To cut a long story short I considered knitting as a hobby while I created embroidered products which I sold at a local gallery and occasionally online. I was diagnosed with arthritis and fibromyalgia and carried on for awhile despite having trouble holding a fine sewing needle. I decided to take a break and rethink things and started to work on a blanket to brighten up our new home, it was then that I decided to try and make a living out of selling my knitted creations full time!
In the last two years I have taught myself to crochet and hand spin, rediscovered hand dyeing (something I learnt at uni) and developed a love of everything woolly and so this is why I decided to rebrand my business to Artyfibres
The new shop will include a range of my own handspun yarnhand blended mini art battshand blended rolags and my knitted and crocheted creations. I still have a passion for embroidery and continue to run the Hand Embroidery Network. With this in mind I am developing a range of hand dyed embroidery threads and creative embroidery packs which will be available soon!
I am currently stocking the shop so please sign-up for my monthly newsletter at the bottom of the shop website for product updates, special offers and latest news. I will be also announcing a giveaway on the shop blog at the end of the week!