So I will start off the Fall 2018 Pantone Fashion Colors with Ultra Violet and Crocus Petal. Ultra Violet is actually the Pantone Color of the Year and so was also included in the latest Spring collection. Crocus Petal is pretty much a lighter shade of the Ultra Violet and therefore the colors combine well.
So here are the recipes for these two colors using Kato Clay:
I have been away for a bit visiting family and celebrating my dad's 90th birthday. It was a good break but with so many things to do and catch up on, it is time to get back into my regular routine at home. I was putting off mixing up the Pantone fall fashion colors again as usual, as it is difficult to think about fall when summer is just barely starting. As I am in several shows this fall, I am making up those new items right now. I really loved the colors for this last spring which makes it even harder to switch gears but I decided to carry some of them through into the fall as they fit in well with this new palette.
A few of the new fall colors are closely related to ones in the past and just needed a bit of tweaking here and there. For instance, Red Pear is very similar to the Tawny Port from last year but has a slight more red tone. Ultra Violet of course is included again as it is the Pantone Color of the Year.
So you will see some of these new colors popping up soon in my work which will hopefully inspire you. If you are working with clay yourself and have my Clay Color System, I will be sharing these new clay color recipes next week.
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I now have more of the stainless steel post earrings in stock. These are so cool to wear and fun to create with. You can read about them on my last post here.
I really prefer earrings that dangle but also love wearing these posts so I created some fun charms to hang behind the ear by adding them to the stoppers. These are pretty easy to make and all you need are some chain, jump rings and little charms or crystals.
And if you prefer earrings that hang from ear wires, we now have some metal bezels for those as well! These are stainless steel bezels with a loop at the top for adding ear wires.
I came across these cool bezel style stainless steel post earrings that came in various sizes. I got them with the intention of using them for filling with resin but discovered they also work well with clay as the bezel has a lip on the edge which prevents it from popping out.
These earrings are now available in our online store in a variety of colors and in 3 different sizes.
If you would like to make your own earrings, I have some blanks listed in my jewelry supply section. I have a limited amount right now with more on the way.
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I am so excited to be a part of the Shuswap Artisan Market again this year. It is actually a Cooperative with 26 artisans sharing the space and working together to create an awesome shopping experience. It is in Sorrento but in a new location -- still on the Trans Canada Hwy but on the opposite side of the Petro-Can station and right next to Steamers Coffee. The other exciting news is that this market will be open year round!
That is Debbie and Rose in the above photo. They are two of the artists in the market that made it all happen. They both have worked very hard behind the scenes in organizing and decorating the place. They have done an awesome job and each one of us are so proud and appreciative!
The market opened on the 1st but our Grand Opening is tomorrow (Saturday May 5th). I will be doing a demo out front and will be there at 1pm for an hour or so. If you are in the area, stop by and say hi and check it all out! For more info on the market, you can visit the facebook page. There is even a video for a sneak peek of the inside.
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So I realized I hadn't posted since March and now the Fibres West Show has already come and gone. It was a very busy time and I must say I am glad the show is over so I can catch up with other things. Unfortunately, life does get in the way and I recently came down with pneumonia and so now trying to get over that. I guess I was pushing myself a little too hard and I think I have learned my lesson about taking care of me better, which I now plan to do more of from now on. In the meantime, I thought I would share a few photos from the Fibres West show and will try and post more often again to keep you a little more up to date on things. We had a wide range of our hand crafted accessories available at the show such as buttons, seam rippers, crochet hooks, stitch markers, etc.
These (shown below) are our new line of ergonomic crochet hooks we created in my "Moonscapes" pattern. I say "we" because my friend Linda played a large part in helping me with these. While I love making them, the entire process can be very labor intensive. With Linda mixing up all the clay colors for the bases gave me more time to cover and hand shape each hook and then add the patterns. After baking, the two of us spent days sanding and then polishing them. I am glad to say I now have them listed in our Etsy shop and also our online store (Canadian). They are available in every size from 2.0 to 10.0. The colors all vary as they coordinate with the color of the hook so you can mix and match the size and color you want.
Moonscape design ergonomic crochet hooks
One of the highlights of the show was seeing our buttons in use. I have started making custom buttons for Lynn Anderson of West Coast Color. Her and her husband have a sheep farm here at the Shuswap not too far away from me. We spent some time together a while back color matching my clay recipes to most of her yarn that she hand dyes herself. This is her holding up one of her darling sweaters with my Rainbow jellyroll buttons.
And a little better close-up view of the sweater and our buttons in 2 other color combinations.
Some of you may have seen this picture I posted on Facebook and Instagram of this sweet little girl. She is actually Lynn's granddaughter and she was wearing a sweater Lynn made for her and was the perfect little model.
The other section of our booth at the show consisted of various items from our Snap Decisions Collection (Interchangeable Fashion ... in a Snap!) We mainly focused on accessories that worked well with scarves and shawls plus a few other items to coordinate them with where the snaps could all interchange.
The two most popular items, however, were our interchangeable shawl sticks and our "Build your own" scarf jewelry. We basically provided a selection of scarf bails, snaps, pendants, etc. and the customers enjoyed mixing and matching to create a scarf necklace in their own style. Most of them were knitting, crocheting or weaving their own scarf from the fibres they purchased at the show.
We already had this concept in our online store (you can see it here) but since the show, I decided to expand on it a little more. I am busily working on adding some of our more popular items and should have a nice selection up in a few more days.