Sunday, 13 November 2011

Tis the season to be manic!

Well, well, we have been busy! Innerspiral reporting for an update! 

We have been really pushing the boundaries when it comes to fibre art with wool. We've developed some  pretty impressive stuff just recently. Several one off pieces have been made by the Cat from the Pig's left over yarn supplies. See Exhibit A - the History of Yarn hat. It was nearly a bag... I intended it to be a bag all along... and then suddenly, it was a hat. Just how or why remains a mystery, but there you have it. Its a statement piece, apparently, according to a local customer at a recent craft market. This is probably true as I can state with certainty that this hat contains a timeline of Pig's yarn... It includes our first ever crock pot hand dyed, our first ever hand painted...our first ever yarn with hand dyed curls from BFL spun in... yarns made from drumcarded blends, yarns made from pure naturally coloured wool that we worked from raw right at the beginning of our woolly adventure together... It has a little bit of everything in it, hence - A History of Yarn! Soon to be listed on our Etsy shop... to see what reaction it gets indeed!

Exhibit A - A History of Yarn, as modelled by the lovely Alice.
So, onto exhibit B. This piece of experimental fibre art madness was actually started on teh festival circuit this year - possibly Glastonbury. It began life as a crocheted circle, using a handspun yarn dyed with Onion skins and mordanted with Rhubarb root, back in the days when that seemed like a feasible idea (it wasn't, sadly). Then using another of Pigs handspun yarns, it got little sleeves crocheted on... and then on the birthday of the Cat (yes, we do these things for fun!) it got FELTED good & proper! It didn't know what had hit it. One day it was a rather odd little thing, not really sure of its path in life... the next it had become a crazy adventure and a marvellous, splendid piece of fibre ArtWear, oh yes. If you are interested in reading more about it, you can find it in our Etsy shop, here

Exhibit B - the bonkers bolero
So, now then, what else have we been creating? Hats in general have been our thing the last few weeks here at the Studio. Pig has created a very impressive trilby hat which looks amazing on men and women. He's been making them out of natural Romney wool, which is very soft and comes in lots of different natural shades from light to dark. He also made one out of black Shetland which looks awesome! (Proud catwife speaking). He has also re-created *the* hat from the wedding for the stall. You can find them in our Etsy shop but here is the evidence...
Exhibit C - *THE* wedding hat recreated from pure romney wool

Ok, so I guess you wanna see what crazy hats the cat ha been making, huh? I can't help myself, I don't even try to, I just love making madness out of wool felt! Check out my latest custom order for the lovely Rosie of Glastonbury...
Exhibit D - dragonflys hat

As well as all this, Pig has made some rather beautiful art yarns recently... the drumcarder has suddenly exploded into action. He has blended naturally coloured silks, hand dyed silks, hand dyed fibres, natural fibres, dyed tops, alpaca, shetland, BFL, romney, falklands, milk protein, add ins like curls and scraps of silk fabric, played with coils and beehives and toyed with coreless corespinning, slubbed it right up with thick n thin yarns, and generally, had a good time. You can find a good selection of his recent work in our Etsy shop, but here's some pics to whet your appetite!

Autumn Tiger 
Pink, Purple n Proud

Sari Curl

Slender Sheen

Black Magic

Since coming back from honeymoon we've been working hard developing our products and updating our stall display. We are pretty pleased with the effect of Pig's yarn and all the crochet now nicely displayed in baskets across the stall. We have been doing lots of markets - we've been to Glastonbury, Wells, Tobacco Factory in Bristol, Nailsea Craft Fair, Southbank, Sidcot School and Made in Weston the last few weeks! Blimey guv'nor! And that's just the start.... Check out our flyer here for info on our stalls to come.

Here's a quick tour of our markets the last few weeks!

Tobacco Factory


Pigs new yarn display

Southbank - see Pig's new trilby and top hats in the foreground!

Sidcot School

Made in Weston
Finally, we are organising another Fabulous Travelling Bagfolk Market in Bristol, this time its 2 dates at the Full Moon Attic Bar in Stokes Croft. A whole new blog awaits this, methinks...

So when a recent customer at the Made in Weston fair commented that this must be keeping us out of mischief, we couldn't help but agree! We are as busy as bees! Or cats and pigs in any case... Anyway, watch this space spiralites cos the farmyard is *moving* .... we are going countryside... stone cottage with wood burning stove, anyone? Us, yes please!

Lots of woolly love to you all x x x x x

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