Playing with crochet

Since releasing my new crochet jewellery range I have become more and more interested in crochet and creating big statement pieces. So I have been having a play around with ideas and I would love to know what you think! I have been using cotton T shirt yarn to create pieces that are machine washable and easy to wear.

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This design is gives you a different look on each side due to the stitch

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After playing around with more chunky colourful pieces I have also looked at a smaller simpler design to go with the range.

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These designs are going to take some time to develop but I know I am going to have fun doing it!

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Product Photos

I have been battling with product photos for a while now and I am never happy with them! I am always drawn to clean lines and white background but felt just putting my work on a white background made them feel a bit lifeless. I wanted to create some simple photos that inject a bit of life and fun in to my colourful pieces while not distracting from the product.

I began by trying to play around with some props but really struggled to find something that worked. I spent hours scouring the internet for inspiration but most ideas I liked worked for pendants or small necklaces, my jewellery is quite bulky. I had some branches lying around the house so decided to look at painting them as a  starting point.

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I looked at painting branches one single colour as well as incorporating yarn by wrapping it around a white branch. I found this prop was just too distracting and just a bit weird. So I went back to the drawing board.

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As well as being drawn to texture I love the power of colour and how just using simple colour placement can really make a product stand out. I began to look at using card to create simple flashes of colour and to add some fun! I choose to use muted colours along with brights so show you can mix and match colours to create different looks. I really liked this idea but felt the spots were a little bit distracting especially when you have lots of images laid out on one page. So I continued to develop the idea in to something abit simpler.

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I really liked the clean and simple look of these photos and the use of colour to spot light the product. I wasn’t sure the use of two colours was too much so went on to look at just one flat colour.

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I thought the single colour worked better and really made the product pop so I combined the the spotlight idea and mounted it on a white background.

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I really like the cut out look and feel it gives a clean and fresh look and makes the product really standout. I also like how they look displayed together on one page. The use of colour really makes them look fun and yummy

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After finalising how to photograph my necklaces it was then time to do it with the rest of my products to create a cohesive look for my website.

I am happy with the look I have decided to go for and it has really given my website a facelift. I am sure in a a few weeks I will start to pick at them again like I do with everything I do! I would love to know what you think of them, do you think the idea works? Feel free to check out my website for my full range of work.

Spring Brights

I have two new jewellery ranges perfect for spring and summer. First  my Yarn Bomb Pendants to add a small flash of colour to your outfit. They are also a great gift for a knitter or maker and if you would like a custom colour just let me know and I will see what I can do.

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Yarn Bomb Drop Pendant

My second range is my crochet jewellery. I still feel quite new to crochet but I have actually been doing it for years without even realising! I use a tool called a latch tool to finish off all my seams in my knitting. A latch tool is basically a crochet hook with a little latch, which I think makes pulling yarn through a lot easier! I only discovered that I knew basic crochet when a friend decided to teach me and I realised she was showing me stitches I already knew! Here is what my latch tool looks like.

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All my crochet jewellery is made with 100% cotton and is machine washable to make it even easier to wear!

Catching up with 2014

Once again I am guilty of abandoning my blog so here is a catch up with what I have been doing.  After having a quick re-coop from the Christmas I was back to you it straight away preparing to exhibit with Prince’s Trust at the Spring Fair, The UK’s largest trade exhibition at NEC. I had never done a trade show before and so to start with the Spring Fair was pretty daunting! But I managed to keep level headed and sort out my products, display, catalogue and price list.

 

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It was a great experience especially for engaging with customers. I am known for being shy but when at a trade show you have no choice but to talk to  buyers, and I had a great time doing it. I met some lovely people and made useful contacts. As the Spring Fair caters for everyone it is not the best place to exhibit with handmade as there are halls and halls of mass produced imported products who’s prices handmade can never compete with. But at the same time because it is such a big show, filling the whole of the NEC, you have buyers from everywhere attending including owners and buyers for independent boutiques who were always so pleased to come across stands with UK handcraft products.

It was a lovely exhibiting with Prince’s Trust  along side other young designer makers. Here are some of the exhibitors I had the pleasure of standing with

Nanuuk, Lousie Wright Design, Rosie Olivia Norman, Zalisander, Miss Nova Designs and Holdall & Co

I have also been busy working on new designs. Here is a little preview with more info to come soon

And lastly I have been working hard putting together the Handmade Nottingham website and soon to launch online shop. More about info about Handmade Nottingham also coming soon but you can also get updates about over on the blog

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Redesigning

I don’t think I have ever made a product and thought that is finished. I can’t stop myself thinking of new ways to make it or new colour placement etc. I have had another little flurry of revisiting designs.

I wanted to have a look at create a range that it is but more muted to go along side my very bright range. I still want flashes of colour as I love pops of colour so I looked a teaming up a bright flash of colour with a light grey. I tried this with my satchel and small clutch  design.

I have also been looking at new colour ways for my handbag design. Still looking at using to two bright colours but with one being using as a accent colour.

Lastly my cushion design. I have looked at creating a bigger chevron pattern and introducing a second colour to the chevron pattern. I have also done a plain back with a flash of colour to add some variation in the design.

I would love to know what you think of these designs. Feel free to comment and let me know.

New Website and New Designs

website1I have spent the last week updating my website. I wanted to create a simple, easy to use, colourful website and  went about doing this by using white with flashes of colour to help you navigate. You can also now buy through the website and as always I offer free postage and packaging. Feel free to comment below and let me know what you think of the new site.

I also have a few new products which have now been added to the site including

Split Colour Scarf

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Knitted Clutch 

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Knitted Satchel

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I also had the pleasure of exhibiting at The Art Market for the first time last month. It was a lovely event with amazing talent and great organisation. It was just a shame that our British weather had to be so miserable. Here is my stand, hopefully all the colour made people smile and forget the grey outside 🙂

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Honeycomb Fair Isle

I have been looking at using another fair isle pattern to go alongside my chevron range. To keep with the geometric theme I looked at honeycomb.

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I also  looked at adding flashes of color to match with my chevron range but I didn’t think this worked as well with the honeycomb pattern.  What do you think?

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My design was then transferred into a punch card ready to knit fabric.

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This pattern is more understated then my chevron range which has more of an impact. I thought this would be a nice addition to the range and offer an alternative. Feel free to comment below and let me know what you think.

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