Tag Archives: textiles

3 days to Christmas

22 Dec

Alternative wrapping

Following on from yesterday’s Countdown to Christmas of 4 days to Christmas, I thought I would let you know about an alternative method of wrapping presents – furoshiki.  Furoshiki originates from Japan, and uses beautiful neck scarfs and knots to wrap a gift, instead of using paper, boxes, bags, and sticky tape.

I first came across the concept of furoshiki at a Lush shop (national chain of handmade cosmetics shops).

But after a browse on Folksy, I have found myfuroshiki‘s shop where they print and make some of their own fabrics for furoshiki wrapping and giving.

Myfuroshiki Purple reindeer wrap scarf

Photo from Myfuroshiki Folksy shop - Purple Reindeer Wrap

One of the best things about furoshiki is that you are giving two presents instead of just one, as the wrap can be used afterwards too as a little scarf, or used as a bag tie, or wall hanging… very eco friendly.

You can find out more about Myfuroshiki and ideas on how to use furoshiki by having a peek at their blog.


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15 days to Christmas

10 Dec

How cute and festive are these?  Some more handmade gifts I found at Belton House Christmas Market last month, made by Heart and Country.

 

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Decorations by Heart and Country

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Decorations by Heart and Country

Their new website is due to be up and running any day now, so if you are quick you may be able to order in time for Christmas…

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17 days to Christmas

8 Dec

I told you that at the Belton House Christmas Market I attended last month, I was buying handmade Christmas gifts, as well as selling some.

Well, I thought I would show you a few of my favourites over the next few days…

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market printed tea towels by The Colegrave Printworks

What I found handmade at Belton Xmas Market - Printed tea towels by The Colegrave Printworks

 

I thought these printed textiles by The Colegrave Printworks were lovely, and they had cute printed tshirts and fabric bags too.  All the prints beginning as original illustrations.

At the moment they don’t have a website, but as soon as they do, I will add a link.

 

 

Belton House Christmas Market review

30 Nov

OK, I know it was a couple of weeks ago now, but better late than never!

Even though I was nervous beforehand about it being outside (and cold!), I really enjoyed the weekend, and met some lovely people (public and other sellers), and there was a festive spirit in the air.

What I found Handmade at Belton Xmas Market - cakes by Kate Elizabeth's Cupcakes

YUM! What I found Handmade at Belton Xmas Market - cakes by Kate Elizabeth's Cupcakes

On the stall next to me were the friendly duo of Kate and Kate – one bakes yummy cupcakes using local organic flour, and one is a designer/dressmaker making textile goodies including pretty aprons, belts and corsages.  Take a look at their websites at KateElizabeth’sCupcakes and ThePartyFrock.

The organisers and volunteers did a great job, especially the plentiful cups of tea were very welcome!  With just a bit of rain on the Sunday, I think we were really lucky with the elements too – especially looking out of the window now at the snow!

I also did some shopping myself over the weekend, finding some great handmade gifts for Christmas – more of that to come next month…