for the linen cat/bunnies and whilst putting them away, I realised just how pretty a lot of my supplies are and couldn’t resist a few photos. (The beads came from beads unlimited as it was the only place I could find bright coloured 8mm varnished beads at a reasonable price).
One of the many collections of silks that I own, in this case in a silk roll that I inherited from my Gran. I hope, in time, to replicate this for the shop along with a few other of my Gran’s sewing things.
My ric-rac jar, filled with brightly coloured (and some nice berry, blues and greens for the boys trousers) ric-rac. Most come from Ribbonmoon where I also buy buttons, ribbons and other haberdashery supplies that I want in small amounts.
Finally, Nora’s lovely crochet flowers. These are from a recent order and will soon be put to use. I love ordering from Nora, she always delivers exactly what I ask for and is so lovely to deal with.
I could go on, there are the many bead jars, boxes of ribbons and neatly rolled bias binding but I figured I might be taking it a bit too far, besides the sun is shining and the garden calls.
I have been very excited about writing this post. After creating the new baby bunny dresses I had thought about making some felt flowers to add that finishing touch (it’s all in the detail!). I really need the whole bunny and dress to be washable so I had a better idea to use cotton crochet flowers instead. As I can neither knit nor crochet I had a little hunt on the internet and found the lovely Nora . I emailed her about commissioning some work and was very, very impressed by her quick response and friendliness.
We have had been chatting via email and I have discovered that Nora is a pensioner living in the Borders who has been doing crochet for 52 years, she loves what she does and takes a lot of pride in her work. I found Nora via an old chat room forum and ebay where Nora has been selling her lovely flowers for next to nothing. As she is a pensioner every penny counts so she would much prefer to take on commissions and is open to any ideas to help her sell her work for a fair price. Nora is contactable via Folksy (CROCHET WITH LOVE 4 YOU) through her profile or I am happy to pass details along to her if you leave a comment. She has also just started a website at Crochet and Beyond.
Well the flowers arrived this lunchtime and I am so pleased with them. As you can see they are the perfect finish for the bunny dresses. As always my head is now buzzing with new ideas involving crochet flowers…