Friday, 8 September 2017

Featured Shop - Alessandra Handmade Creations

Our Featured Shop for September is Alessandra Handmade Creations

I asked Alessandra some questions to find out a little more about her fabulous designs and business.

How long have you been crafting for?

As a child I used to knit with my mother, aunties & grannies.  I remember sitting on my Grandmother's lap and sewing with this very machine!  Just seeing the machine brings back such wonderful memories!

You obviously like crafting with material - why do you like this?

I love the colours, textures, playability & the infinite creativity options that they offer. The sky really is the limit as to what they can be used for!

Your range is wonderfully diverse.  What are you able to create for people?

I can create so many different items! Quilts, cushions, throws, table covers & runners, place mats, bibs, T shirts, scarves etc etc!  If you have a look at my website it will show you examples of work that is available for sale and also previously sold designs.  I am always open to ideas and take commissions!

Where can your amazing work be purchased?

Available products can be found on my website and I also sell from a Showroom in Putney, West London, at Craft Markets and also at Private Sale events.

What do you think makes your products so special and you so successful?

My items are all either limited edition or truly unique.  They all have something slightly different, maybe a button or a ribbon but people appreciate this in an age of mass-produced. Most items can be personalised making this a very special gift!  People just need to contact me with their requirements.

What drives you forward?

I am passionate about what I do.  I like to make people feel pampered and special when they shop with me.  I pay great attention to detail from receiving the order to dispatching it.  All my items are wrapped beautifully, that is part of the process of making the experience special!

Is there anywhere that people can find you this year to see your amazing designs in person?

I am exhibiting this Autumn in a few different places and would be delighted if people visited me!  A full list of upcoming events can be found on my website. 

Thank you for taking the time to give us a better insight into Alessandra Handmade Creations.

Alessandra is active across all Social Media Platforms and you can find and connect with her here!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Featured Shop - Bath Art Works

Our Featured Shop for October is Bath Art Works by Sarah Drew.

I asked Sarah some questions about her amazing designs!

Have you always been artistic?

I have loved to draw, paint and make for as far back as I can remember. As I child I preferred making dolls clothes and furniture rather then playing with the dolls!

Are you professionally trained as an artist?

I studied art at Bath College and Textile Design at Weston College, before undertaking a career in the Law Sector.

So like many other people have did you come back to art after your Law career?

My love of drawing and design never disappeared.  After having a family and settling in a rural location, I was able to pick up my paint brushes again. 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am passionate about the British countryside, animals, and nature and this is where I gather much of my inspiration. I also love anything vintage and have always enjoyed browsing around vintage markets and antique fairs.   

Your products are really amazing, what else makes them special for a buyer?

All my products are made in England. In the process helping to reduce my carbon foot print. 

What is your working environment like?

I work in my studio which is in my garden. I am very fortunate to live in a rural location, so my studio is surrounded by countryside. Which is great for me, as I gather much of my inspiration from nature. 

Can you tell us a little about your design process?

I usually start with a drawing or painting, which may have been influenced by a sketch, magazine photo, computer image or fabric pattern.  I work in a range of mediums including, pen and ink, charcoal, acrylic, water colour, and lino print. I will then reproduce the image, as a print, greeting card, fabric design or piece of crockery.

We certainly think that Sarah has a wonderful range in her shop - perfect for people starting their "Seasonal" shopping!  Pop over and have a look at the full range in her wonderful shop at Bath Art Works.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Featured Shop - Karen Young Jewellery

Our next Featured Shop is by Karen Young who makes the most beautiful jewellery.
I asked Karen if she could tell us a bit about herself and how she came to be running a highly successful jewellery business.

I always had a fascination with jewellery and gemstones that started as a child.  However, my passion for making and creating  took a back seat as I built a successful career in Financial Services for 12 years in central London.

Soon after the birth of my second son, I took a step back from my corporate career to spend more time with my two beautiful boys.  I have also been able to use this opportunity to reacquaint myself with the wondrous process of designing and making beautiful pieces of jewellery and working with gemstones.

My jewellery is  fabricated from silver (Sterling, Fine and my absolute favourite Argentium Silver) with the occasional accents in 18 and 24ct gold.
  I use high-quality precious, and semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls, which are all hand-selected by myself, to embellish and complete my jewellery designs.

My distinctive and versatile designs are heavily inspired by intricate and unusual textures and form found in nature and each piece is simple, modern and effortless to wear. I meticulously craft each piece by hand using both traditional and modern silversmithing tools and techniques, and transform precious metals and gemstones into unique and enduring mementos to be treasured, loved and shared.

Sneak peek at Karen's fabulous new collection 

Karen lovingly designs and crafts each and every piece of her distinctive and elegant Handmade Jewellery in her London studio using traditional jewellery making techniques. I think that the care taken in the process shines through with these wonderful, original designs.

Karen is active across all the media channels and has been using Instagram to show off her new collection as it launches.  Be sure to follow her so that you get the latest information! 

The new collection will be posted on Facebook including a competition with the chance to win a piece from the collection on Tuesday, 6th November! 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Featured Shop - The Old Button

Our next Featured Shop is The Old Button - I asked Sharon to tell us all about herself and her amazing products.

I’m Sharon, also known as The Old Button – a name inspired by a box of buttons given to me by my grandmother when I showed an interest in sewing as a small child. My passion is designing and working with fabric, getting a real buzz out of coming up with a new idea and working out how I can translate it into a workable pattern. I love using interesting and quirky materials and my favourite techniques include patchwork, quilting, applique and hand embroidery – with the odd old button thrown in on occasion! 

My range of fun and functional gifts for children (and the young at heart) include reversible aprons, patchwork quilts and CE certificated toys, and as the festive season approaches, quirky Christmas stockings and decorations.

 Reversible Aprons
 I love making children's aprons with a difference. Each is reversible and offers a different theme on each side to give twice as much fun wearing them and I am always coming up with new ideas – my current favourites include these Robot and Car aprons for toddlers.
Christmas Stockings 

Santa on Holiday is part of my range of limited production stockings - I choose fun and quirky prints and only make a small number of stockings in each print each year. I also make one-off luxury padded stockings with lots of hand embroidered details and trim – such as this Festive Fairy,

Patchwork quilts 

I love designing patchwork quilts and usually have time to make two or three each season. I haven’t quite finished my Christmas themes ones yet, but here is one of my favourites from this summer – The Princess and the Pea is closely quilted in concentric circles to give it a modern, yet traditional feel.  
Play on the Go © Play Scenes  
I designed these fold up travel playmats to keep little ones amused on journeys – this Safari Zoo play scene has lots of hand embroidered felt motifs depicting different habitats and a handy pocket to store the lions and tigers and bears. 

This Christmas I’ve been invited to take part in the Etsy local event in the centre of Cardiff. I am working with a bunch of fantastic crafters and designers from Cardiff and the South Wales valleys in a pop up shop in the Capital ShoppingCentre from the 24th November until Christmas Eve.   So if you are near Cardiff in the run up to Christmas, why not pop in for a chat and maybe pick up a beautiful gift or two.  You can find more information on the Etsy website.  

Sharon can be contacted about her amazing products or found on Social Media in these locations.

We wish you well for the forthcoming Festive Season and it has been wonderful getting to know you a bit better!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Getting to Know Love, Beata

Getting to know Beata from Artbybeata

I have admired the work of Beata for many years and have watched her evolve as an artist.  I invited Beata to be our first Blog Post and to share some of her journey with us.

Hello!  Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Beata, I'm an artist and surface pattern designer.

Have you always been a designer?

Ever since I remember I loved to make art and when I was growing up I already knew I wanted to be an artist. Unfortunately I didn't get any encouragement from home so I went on an other route and got a degree in textile engineering then got a job in a bank. It was only years later when I started to paint again and opened my online store  selling my original mixed media girl paintings and their giclee prints and other related products. 

That's brilliant!  What are your aspirations?

It has been a big dream of mine to see my paintings on products so I started learning about surface pattern design, which led me to create patterns. Earlier this year while working on my portfolio, I ordered my first collection on fabric and created a very pretty product line featuring clutches, coin purses and more. The Love, Beata products are now available on my website.

What designs are you currently working on?

Currently I'm working on new pattern collections to add to my portfolio and looking for companies that would license my patterns for their products.
While most of my collections are kept private for now, here is a sneak peek of my recent collection, these products are available in my Society6 shop.

We love Beata's designs - this collection inspired by her background is so striking.

You can keep up with her plans and schemes at the following locations!

My portfolio website:

Thanks Beata - we enjoyed finding more out about you!

Dottie x

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Next Step.....

So the current chapter of British Crafters comes to a close today.  Behind the scenes I will be busy working on new promotion packages, new ideas and renewing energy!  I am passionate about the power of the British Crafters Community and really believe that we can all pull together to get shops noticed and your wonderful creations out there!

I look forward to you joining me on the next phase of our journey!

Details to follow soon!

Take care

Dottie x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Springing into Summer!

Well it feels like Summer might be here and Winter might be back on alternate days at the moment!  Hope that the weather settles down soon into a lovely Summer!  Good luck to everyone attending Summer Fairs this year - look forward to hearing how you all do!

Next event on the retail calendar is Father's Day now and we have a day dedicated to a Father's Day Gift Guide so we can see a wonderful array of unique products - so much better than you can find on the High Street!

Here is a resume of the services available to you.

Twitter Boost
This is available to book on a daily basis and over a 24 hour period you will receive a total of 20 tweets with up to 4 unique links of your choice.  These can be to your shop, a particular item, your fb page or your blog. 5 of these tweets will have photos attached to them for greater exposure on Twitter. In addition your @twittername will be used so that your account will gain exposure leading to more followers for you. After booking you must email with your choice of date and your 4 links.

Twitter 1402

This is available to book on a weekly basis.  Over 7 consecutive days  you will get 140 Tweets - 20 a day in each 24 hour period. You get to choose 10 unique links of your choice.  These can be to your shop, a particular item, your fb page or your blog. 5 of these tweets a day will have photos attached to them for greater exposure on Twitter. In addition your @twittername will be used in some of the tweets so that your account will gain exposure leading to more followers for you. After booking you must email with your choice of start date and 10 links by at the very latest 6pm on the day before your promotion starts.

Traditional Promotion

What you get for this is
a. A Featured Spot on Facebook with a shop link to your item and an uploaded photo plus a link to your fb page. (Bringing you new likes to your fb page too!)
b. 3 tweets to your featured item using #britcraft
c. Pinned to the Featured Shops Pinterest Board for that month. (promoted all month)
d. A Stumbleupon Review for your item.

For people that haven't yet booked with us here is a guide for you!

1.  Have a look at the upcoming themes on the drop down menus to see which of your items fit into which themed category.

2.  Decide on whether you want to book a single day or book for 5 days which saves you 20%.

3.  Purchase your chosen day or block of days from the drop down menu. The price is £2.50 for a day or £10 for 5 days.

4.  Email with your item link/links for promotion. If you have booked for 5 days then you need to send 5 links.

5.  Links must be received by 6pm please on the day before you wish to be shared.

6.  Shop links work better than FB links as you can't Pin to Pinterest from FB.  If however you only sell from a Facebook page then we will work extra hard to promote your facebook page on both Facebook and Twitter.
7.  As soon as your shop link is received you will be pinned to the Featured Shops Pin board and your promotion starts.

8.  Sit back and let us do the hard work for you!

 Below are the links to book slots.
If you want to book additional boosting Twitter promotion - select from the promotion options available.  Use this independently as promotion or in conjunction with our Traditional promotion.

Looking forward to lots of sales for everyone this Summer!

Dottie x

Twitter Promotion
Next date available for 7 day booking to start is 1/6

Traditional Promotion will be changing and is currently unavailable to book. New, exciting relaunch in June.....more details to follow soon.....Dottie x