A pictorial video documenting my Going Green Swap package for Kelly

One aspect of the Going Green Swap with a Twist that I have just participated in was the creation of a journal or record documenting the choices made in the package sent to ones swap buddy. I decided to make a CD pictorial for Kelly and have just posted it to YouTube this morning so that I can share it with other group members on Ravelry. No music for this one, need to download some more royalty free tunes but as everything takes a lot of time that’s work for another day! for some reason I don’t seem able to embed the video this afternoon so if you would like to see some photos of Clasheen taken near the end of March and see the items I included for Kelly in the swap package click here to watch the video.

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Two wonderful swap packages have arrived!

Check out these wonderful swap packages that arrived for me this week, the first from Kelly in the Going Green Swap with a Twist and the second from Jenn in the Felted Bag Swap, both on Ravelry!  I seem to be running out of time at the minute (ha, ha) so to get the full low down on the beautiful contents visit the relevant groups for details of all the goodies!!

Beautiful fibres in my Going Green Swap with a Twist package

Brilliant felted bag swap package

Pricing debate yet again, new craft social networking site, where to sell???

Over the last few weeks I have really thought about the pricing debate yet again.  Last night I revisited out earlier conversations on the subject and checked out this link (thanks Dawn, very provocative) before taking experienced nuno felted Nancy Schwabe’s advice and looking into selling my felt on Artfire and Boticca.  There is no doubt in my mind that actually seeing and handling the felt prior to buying is the ideal scenario but sometimes this is just not possible and selling over the internet seems an ideal way of broadening the net of potential purchasers.  I have had some very nice feedback recently from purchasers of my merino and nuno felt scarves so know that they have been happy with the quality and price of my work but still the question remains, where is the best ‘virtual’ place to sell online if you do not have an ‘actual’ venue to stock in your locality?

Before I get too steamed up on the pricing issue I just want to alert those of you who haven’t already discovered it to a great new craft related social networking site appropriately named ‘My Craft Corner’.  I discovered this by linking through a couple of blogs last night (really sorry but in my excitement I lost the original link) and it appears to combine the attractions and functionality of Ravelry, Flickr and Facebook all on one site, kind of ready made craft porn for all us addicts out there!  If you do pop along and decide to join please be sure to make me one of your friends, my user name is Clasheen, what else!!

Lilac and blue nuno shibori

Getting back to selling online, I just added a gorgeous cobweb felt scarf and a couple of nuno shibori beauties to my Etsy store last Thursday.

Thanks, completed top and great swap package arrives!

Wow, I’m blown away by the response to this new blog already and it’s only two days in existence.  Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and messages of support, I hope that I don’t let you all down!!! 

The woven cropped top is now finished and here is a picture of the completed piece. 

My first woven garment!

I have had a question on Ravelry about how I stitched it together without cutting so here is the simple (hopefully!) explanation I posted in response.

  • Fold the two ends together to form a large tube and stitch up just inside the fringe, this is the only sewing involved. 
  • Lay the folded fabric on your table, have a look at it and decide where you want the fringed seam to be positioned.
  • The total width of mine was 91cms (it could have been wider but this was enough to work) when folded so I allowed an opening of 27cms on the upper side for my head, stitched approx 6.5cms seam on each side of this for the shoulders and then left the remaining approx 26cms on either side open to allow for the sleeves.
  • When I had got that done I tried it on and decided how much to seam the bottom edge, just crochet it together and allow plenty of space around your middle for movement!
  • When laid flat the shape is a perfect rectangle with the sleeves actually on the top line.  This sounds strange but believe me it works and when you put it on it forms a simple batwing shape and drapes nicely under your armpits with a fluid line across the shoulders!!

This would be a really fantastic project with some nuno felt or even two bought wraps stitched together along the top, it’s best if the fabric is drapable and not too stiff.  Let me know if any of you try out the design and I am sure that we would all love to see some photos!

Speaking of Ravelry check out this amazing swap package that I recieved yesterday from my Going Green swap buddy Gretchen! 

Fabulous swap package from Gretchen

To see all the gorgeous goodies that are stored inside the upcycled bag and also to check out some detailed shots of the seaming in the cropped top have a look at my Flickr images.

I have also just uploaded the large felted Irish landscape that I blogged about today on Clasheen to my Etsy store.  This is a special opportunity to snag an experimental piece of felt which is perfect as it is or for those of you handy with a needle an ideal chance for some stitching and embellishing!