Friday, 18 January 2013

Old friends - new discoveries

To celebrate the relaunch of my Etsy shop Aliscrafty I've created a Treasury List of 16 favourite items from the Etsy shops of some of my favourite people.  It's called Re-discoveries.  Here's why I chose them.

I first bought some McAnaraks buttons in a shop in Brighton and used them in some of my knitted corsages.  They were so unusual they not only provided  a talking point but also provided me with an interesting challenge to find yarns which complemented them.  So when I found McAnaraks had an Etsy shop I was thrilled and will definitely be ordering some more to go with some of the fabulous yarn I have in stock from Luscious Little Somethings.

Isn't he just the cutest sheep you've ever seen?  I really love him!  He's been needle-felted by Pat who is also a brilliant clay artist.  I've used some of Pat's lovely buttons in my corsages, again with great success.  One of my new Etsy listings is for a beautiful angora knitted corsage with a cute Scottie dog at its centre.  It's here  and Pat's sheep is here:

This gorgeous tea towel is from Janey Crick.  I first found Janey's illustrations when I was creating another treasury list and blog on The Language of Flowers last year.  Her illustrations are very inspirational for me.

Rosy Retro's mini skeins have also been good inspiration for my knitting.  I've made some cute little corsages but I love them most for the little knitted butterflies I've used on my greetings cards.  Knitted up on 2mm needles they are just the perfect size to fit on the 5 in cards and I love finding the right fabric for each unique colourway.

Kirsty's hand-dyed yarn is another lovely source of raw materials for me.  I've just bought three superbly soft skeins to use for some fingerless gloves.  These seem to be very popular and if I succeed in making a reasonable go at them I'll make some for my autumn and Christmas fairs.

Who can not be inspired by Planet Penny?  Her pack of yarn in an extended rainbow of colours is a base for so many amazing projects, not least Penny's own rainbow mice!  I treated myself to a large pack for my birthday but there's a smaller craft pack now available on Etsy here.  What would you make?

What I love about everything in Lynwood Crafts shop is the attention to detail. It's really worth taking a look.  I'm keen to improve my own embroidery skills and am booked on two embroidery courses starting soon to learn some new techniques.

Shirley Woosey's covers for books and technology are some of the best I've seen - beautifully made and fabulous choice of fabrics.  I'm making some knitted covers and will be putting them in my Etsy shop very shortly.

This shop has some amazing knitting kits including this really sweet reindeer.  Using British wool is a feature of the designs.  I'm going to put together some kits for my Christmas felt characters for the 2013 season.  They will have a special knitted feature - like my Facebook page to find out what it is soon.

Here is another brilliant craft shop!  Again I love the detail of the work, the combination of fabrics, beads and button - a real class act.  The applique is beautifully done - not something I have done too much of myself so I'm booked on to a 1-day course in February to remedy that!

I love everything about this card: the colours, the subject and the fact that, although printed, it looks so like the original you can almost feel the texture.  I've still making all my cards with original fabric and decorations but seeing print as good as this does give me food for thought.

Melissa's Ceramics have been a source of some pretty handmade buttons which I use in my corsages and in my fabric pictures.  This, however, is a beautiful handmade snowflake decoration and is a perfect choice for this snowy day.

Julia's work is lovely - her illustrations and colour choices are right up my street.  We had two of her ceramic baubles decorating our mantelpiece over Christmas - they looked just right.  It's worth keeping an eye on her website for where she is exhibiting as her products look even better in real life!

This shop is a good source of all things quilty for festive and other occasions. I love houses so this advent calendar really appeals to me.  For Christmas 2013 I'm experimenting with a version of my own - with lots of knitted elements of course!

These beautifully illustrated gift cards are also very appealing to me - I'd love to receive a gift with one of these attached. My own brooch gift tags were one of my most popular items at last year's fairs so I'll be producing lots more this year.

My last choice was from but the picture disappeared from my Treasury - maybe because Penny's on holiday.  I bought some aqua coloured ceramic buttons from Penny which have been much admired in my corsages.  If the picture reappears on her return I'll edit this post and pop it in.

Well, I hope you like this collection - there is so much wonderful work out there to see and buy.  Etsy is an amazing source of some of the best handmade items from all around the world and I'm proud to be part of it.

Lots of love,


  1. It is lovely to see so many of my own favourite shops featured on here Alison, along with my wee needle felted sheep brooch. Thanks so much for bringing some brightness to a cold wintry January night! Best wishes, Pat xx

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