Monday, 15 December 2014
I spent a lovely day at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary Craft Fair at the end of November. Driving to the Sanctuary as the sun came up and then walking in past the donkeys was very special. It's a place where I remember Mum and so I was very pleased to be there. It was great to meet new people too.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Friday, 31 October 2014
I've completed a very limited edition of six memory pocket books using vintage patchwork that I brought back from Sedona, USA, earlier this month. They'll be available first at the Cotehele Christmas Craft Trail on 8th and 9th November.
Monday, 27 October 2014
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Thursday, 16 October 2014
I'm now back from a trip to America. I travelled around the South West and visited National Parks and areas that told the story of time from the very beginning. I heard and read about Native Americans and the lands and stories that are sacred and meaningful for them. The landscapes were huge and fantastic; I particularly loved Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley, both of which were beautiful in different ways. The sheer enormity of the sky was amazing and the contrasts in light and weather gave different moods and atmospheres. I was struck by the importance of story telling and the memories and wisdom passed down through generations - this resonated with me and gave me a great deal to think about in terms of my own story telling in the things I create. I heard about Medicine bags and realised that the idea behind them is quite similar to my pocket brooches and memory pocket books. Native American people used these bags to hold special stones, skins, feathers and other small objects that were special to them. The bags were used as a medicine shield. It was not only a protection in life but a preparation to take the owner into later life. I saw that the idea of keeping special things close was so important to them and also to me, alongside the idea that these things could remind the holder of memories that would then stay with them throughout their life, to the very end. On a visit to Sedona, I was so pleased to find a piece of vintage patchwork which I bought and brought home with me. I plan to use it to create a special limited edition of my memory pocket books - there will only be six of these created. They'll be available at the Christmas Craft Fairs I'm doing, alongside all my other items (many of which are not available on the website). The first of these is at Cotehele (National Trust - St. Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TA) on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November) with Cowslip (St. Stephens, Launceston PL15 8JX) on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November). Please do come and enjoy these days.
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Sunday, 21 September 2014
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Sunday, 7 September 2014
I've been doing lots of hand spinning lately which has been just lovely - especially sitting outside in the sunshine. A friend kindly gave me some alpaca fibre so I've been having a go at spinning that for the first time. I was also lucky in sourcing some washed and machine carded fleece this weekend and so it was great to compare three things - alpaca fibre, washed and machine carded fleece, and my usual unwashed and hastily carded fleece (because I can't wait to get spinning!). It was also great to really get stuck in with my new wheel - a birthday present this summer. It's an Ashford Kiwi and I'm loving it! I find it easier because the flyer and bobbin are directly in front of me on this wheel rather than over to the left - not as much strain on my back. There are also two treadles so both feet can be used - lovely. My verdict so far is that the washed and machine carded fleece is from spinning heaven! It's been a real revelation and makes life so very easy - there's also no waste. I struggled with the alpaca fibre - it feels dry and hasn't got as much'give' as fleece. It feels a strong fibre and softer when spun but it takes much more concentration and effort. My next trial will be washing the spun threads and seeing how differently they behave during that process. I've found 'The Ashford Book Of Spinning' by Anne Field a great help - first published in 1986 but still relevant and helpful.
The pocket memory book kits are ready to go and I'm really pleased with how they've developed.
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Sunday, 24 August 2014
I've been working on these Memory Pocket Books. I've made a selection and have developed a kit so that you can make your own, too. These are available now - contact me by email or buy direct from me at craft fairs in the autumn. I've spent time by the sea and with friends this month which has been lovely - more memories and stories created!
Friday, 8 August 2014
I've been making cards using pages from vintage books and I've also been working on this dress. It's a vintage baby's gown and I've hand stitched quotes from mum's diary in the summer I was born and the few years afterwards. I'm hoping that I'll be able to make them for christening presents (or presents at any other time) with wishes from friends and relatives, quotations and memories. I'm also working on 'pocket books' and I'm hoping to create a kit version for those who like to make their own things. Meanwhile, the mornings are just beginning to feel full of autumnal dew and hedgerows are holding the promise of blackberries; I love the changing seasons and the variety and inspiration they bring.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
The launch of Betty's Bubble happened at Cowslip Summer Craft Fair in Launceston. I was really pleased to be there and it was great to meet other stall holders and also buyers who said lots of lovely things about the items I'm making. I sell unusual, personalised jewellery, accessories and objects with a story, often using vintage fabrics and special things to bring back memories. I use hand spun, naturally dyed wool and hand-stitching. I have a new website - www.bettysbubble.co.uk which I'm really happy about. I've never done a blog before but I'm going to add things about what I'm making and life in rural Cornwall. I'm hoping to do more craft fairs in Devon and Cornwall in the future. It's a very exciting time and the start of a new journey...