Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Crochetdermy

British artist Shauna Richardson created these wonderful pieces. 




Find out more about Shauna Richardson go to Environmental Graffiti

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Toot Toot ...

Isn't this the most striking child.
Before you ask she isn't mine :(  
Unfortunately my little princess didn't get my red hair, something her father and I have lamented.

 
  
   
 

I'm really looking forward to meeting Bec from Little Toot Creations at the Billycart Markets next weekend.    She describes her range of handmade clothing and accessories for boys and girls aged 0-8 as practical and individual.  She makes her beautiful garments from quality fabrics, in beautiful designs. Most are one-of-a-kind or of limited quantity.

I absolutely adore her Alice peasant top and the fact hat she makes boys clothes. Miss H may be getting some new outfits next weekend - just don't tell her Dad.

Friday, March 19, 2010

What a week ...

I found out today that my photo of my Orange Mock Crocs were used in an article about the Handmade Cooperative - Australian Made for Kids the Madeit.com.au blog

Click here to go to the blog.

What a fantasic way to end the week - first the Billycart Markets Blog, then the {KID} Independent and now Madeit.com.au

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Crocheting for the greater good

Ann Arbor school bus drivers find unity, inspiration in Arbor Hospice blanket project

I love the fact that there are some truly talented and giving people out there doing some great charity work.  Which reminds me after the Billycart Markets I should spend a few weeks making for the Treasured Babies Programme.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blowing my own horn ...

We've had a few mentions lately which has resulted in a few sales - Yeah Team!
 
They showcased my Mock Crocs in Orange.

Then on the Billycart Markets blog and lastly on {KID} Independent. Both sites showcased my Boys Skater Beanie in Lake.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Queen Victoria's Scarf

In my post about Crochet Royalty I noted that Queen Victoria made scarfs for  "the most distinguished private soldier" serving in the forces of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Here is a picture of what it would of looked like.  This scarf was awarded to Private R.R. Thompson and is on display at the Canadian War Museum.

This made me think about who was the Australian who received the scarf and what did he get it for.  It didn't take me long to find all the information, apart from the location of the scarf on the Australian Warm Memorial website. 

Alfred Henry Du Frayer was awarded the scarf.  Du Frayer "enlisted in the NSW Mounted Rifles Contingent for South Africa, entering camp at Randwick Rifle Range on 27th December, 1899, taking with him one horse" (AWM)

The following is an extract from the Australian War Memorial File of Research 569: 15 August 1956 titled "The Queens Scarf awarded to A. Du Frayer"

Referring to this incident the Sydney Mail of 22nd September, 1900, quotes Capt. Hilliard (Commander of "C" Squadron, N.S.W. Mounted Rifles, of which Du Frayer was a member) as saying:-
"In April last, when the regiment was on outpost duty near Karee a Reconnoitring Patrol was sent out in the early morning in charge of Capt. Legge. When approaching a farmhouse flying the white flag every precaution was taken, but seeing no-one about, the men, numbering about 12, rode within the stone fence enclosure when they were immediately fired upon from within the house and also by a party of Boers concealed in a donga on the veldt. The gateway was narrow but all succeeded in getting away safely except Private Clark of' "B" Squadron whose horse was shot and, in falling, stunned his rider. Du Frayer noticed the predicament and turning back galloped to Clark's rescue. The gateway was only about 150 yards from the farmhouse but Du Frayer dismounted, shook Private Clark into a semi-conscious state and mounting again, got Clark up behind him and finally out of danger. Private Du Frayer was exposed to a heavy fire from both quarters previously mentioned."
 So my question now is - Where is the scarf?  I think I'll have to contact the AWM to find out.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

And the Winner is ...

Samara Maddison
of Maddabling.  

She produces OOAK Jewellery, Cards, Gift Tags, Mini Canvas's, Wine Glass Markers. Samara is a fellow DUST Member and became a fan this month. 

Samara please contact me via email at cpercydesigns@aanet.com.au to claim your prize.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Crocheted Royalty



Only a few weeks ago I found out that Queen Victoria crocheted so I must admit I was looking closely at Emily Blunt's hands while watching The Young Victoria (2009).  Unfortunately no crochet was seen - one can live in hope.

Crocheted Memories note that Queen Victoria "learned to crochet around the time of the Potato Famine in Ireland, when many Irish were crocheting to eke out a living. There is at least one photograh in existence of Victoria crocheting. (She also encouraged the growth of the Irish crochet industry by buying some of the lace, which prompted members of her court and fashionable people to do the same)."  So while she was crocheting my ancestor was being deported to the penal colony in Australia

If you want to see a Photo of Good Old Queen Victoria crocheting go to Crochet! Magazine. To see some of her handy work check out The Sunroom's blog which shows a picture of a scarf she crocheted for her forces fighting in South Africa. 

I think I might just make my own royal scarf using the pattern The Sunroom kindly shared when I have a spare few hours.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Wool is just wool isn't it? No not really.

When you go into the Wool/Yarn section of say Spotlight or some other store that sells crocheting or knitting products you will find a lot of great looking yarns which you would call 'Wool' but "The term wool is usually restricted to describing the fibrous protein derived from the specialized skin cells called follicles in sheep." (Wikipedia).

Many of the items in this section are in fact Acrylic Yarn.  Acrylic Yarns are man made and can be cheaper hence why when I first started crocheting I used it.  Now days I'd like to call my self a Wool Snob and I won't touch acrylic  - once you work with a good quality wool you'll never go back!!

In the past I thought that Pure Wool was:

1. Expensive - No its not, you just have to shop around.  I buy my wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills, there products are great and the prices are reasonable, they are very competitive and worth looking at.

2. Itchy - Again No it isn't.  You just have to select a good quality wool.  I use 'Luxury' Wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills.  I've got very sensitive skin and I've found this wool doesn't itch me, I use this over their Classic range as its slightly rougher on my skin. .

3. Hard to wash - Again its a BIG NO.  I must admit I was afraid of wool.  I had the preconception that that it wasn't machine washable.  Its true some wool is hand wash only but the wool I've been using is machine washable.  Its so easy to do, I simply put it in one of those protective mesh bags, pop it in the machine and when its washed I lay it flat in the shade on a table - usually under my verandah or if the weather is a bit crap on a towel on my dinning room table.  I turn it over once one side is fairly dry (but you don't have to) and I am always surprised how quick it does dries.

I like the fact that Wool is a Natural fiber, its sustainable, biodegradable, breathable and to be honest I think its classy.

Yarn Forward note that the benefits of Wool vs acrylic yarn are:

Pure Wool:
It is warmer than acrylic
It is less likely to pill than an acrylic, though the more expensive acrylics are also less prone to pill
It will last longer
It keeps it shape better
    Acrylic yarn are:
    It is generally cheaper than wool
    It is moth proof
    Generally, it can be machine washed and machine dried, but read the ball band first!
    It is mainly non-allergenic
      So why not give a Pure Wool a go.  Personally I think its a superior product.  My tip is to always read the care label.  If you are kind to your crocheted garment than it will be kind to you. 

      Crocheted items made by C Percy Designs are predominately  made using natural fibers (Cotton, Wool and Bamboo) produced in Australian.  All of my products have a care label, which have been custom made by Remember Wynn.

      Sunday, March 07, 2010

      Billycart Market Logos

      No one told me when I was starting out on this adventure how much time I would spend on the computer rather than creating the items I was selling.

      Yesterday was a good example. In the time that I would take me to make a beanie (approx 4-5 hours) I created these logos for the Billycart Markets - a market my Sister Elizabeth (the Liz of When Sarah Met Liz) are sharing.

      Don't get me wrong it was fun and I got to use my creative side in a different way. It just took a long time to get something I was happy with. Yesterday made be very thankful that I took a Photoshop Course as an elective at Uni. Actually I'm very lucky, I would never in a million years think that all my years working in Administration and my Uni studies would have helped me out with my little crocheting business.  At times during my life as a SAHM I've often thought that my Uni studies were a waste of time.

      I hope you like them - I was aiming for Bright and Modern. 
       

      ITS TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY WHEN I REACH MY 200TH FAN

      When I reach 200 fans on Facebook I'm going to conduct a random draw of my FB Fans and Blog Members.  To be in the running twice simply become a member of this blog and a fan on Facebook.

      The winner will be able to select one Boys Skater Beanie (Size 000 to 8 years) or a Curtis Beanie (Size 000 to 8 years). This item will be custom made in their preferred colour and size.  Good Luck!

      The Staker Boy beanies are on sale in my Madeit store and the Curtis (shown above in Baby Blossom) Beanies will be available at the Billycart Markets on 27 March and will be later place within my Madeit and Etsy Stores.


      Note:  Only beanies Sized 000 to 8 years (head circumference no greater than 55cm) are on offer as part of this giveaway.  See Madeit store for Skater Boy colour range.  The Curtis Beanie comes in Pink Blossom and Frost, Baby Blue and Frost.



      Friday, March 05, 2010

      Handmade Cooperative - An Ode to Autumn

      The latest edition of the Handmade Cooperative - Australian Made 4 Kids was released last night.  The theme this week is Autumn.

      My mock crocs in 70's orange was in the showcase.

      The Cooperative now has a Facebook Fan page as well - I encourage you to become a fan of both as I know there will be giveaways/competitions in the near future.



      Wednesday, March 03, 2010

      Blog Love: Artshushus

      A few weeks ago I came across Violet's Blog Artshushus by Violet on the Etsy Dust Forum.

      I liked her shoes so much I sent a link to her Etsy store to a great friend and namesake of my second child because his wife LOVES shoes and this would be the ideal gift for her.

      What impresses me about Violet is that she runs a great weekly showcase of Australian  Etsy Artisans (which I was fortunate to be part of this week) on her blog and she has great taste in Music.  I'm not generally a fan of music on blogs/web pages etc because you tend to be inflicted with someone elses music taste.  One friend has Michael Jackson blaring on her site and drives me nuts - You know how you are :)

      But I must admit I have kept Violet's blog open today as I was working away on my Mac because she has a great mix if music.

      Keep up the good work Violet.

      The newest blog on the block

      Have you been to the Handmade Cooperative bog?  Well you should because it’s full of great handmade goodies.
      "The creators of the Handmade Cooperative - Australian Handmade 4 Kids are here to open the door to the awesome, creative world of Australian handcrafted items for your children! Written by crafters for shoppers, we bring you a weekly post of the latest products out in the handcraft market place, as offered by dedicated artisans. An intriguing central theme tells an interesting story each week and help you to put together a look for your child; be it their clothes, accessories, rooms, and more! We would love for you to join us and follow along! Oh and we would love to hear from you if you have an idea of what you would like to see. Thanks for stopping by!
      My beautiful Ella crocheted beanie with ear flaps was selected for their first bog.