Christmas in July the Handwoven Way!

Christmas tree yarn The Makers year is usually a few months out of synch with the real calendar.  It takes time to accumulate materials and ideas. To make something totally desirable, either timeless or modern, requires research.  Quality necessitates patience.  

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Christmas tree yarn

The Makers year is usually a few months out of synch with the real calendar.  It takes time to accumulate materials and ideas. To make something totally desirable, either timeless or modern, requires research.  Quality necessitates patience.  

All About myself and HRJ!

A brief introduction to the maker behind the brand, and a bit about my business Handmade Retro Jewellery!

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A brief introduction to the maker behind the brand, and a bit about my business Handmade Retro Jewellery!

The Pot Making Process

Porcelain cups and bowls    Sarah Snell – Sarah Snell CeramicsWhy do they cost so much? 

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Porcelain cups and bowls
    Sarah Snell – Sarah Snell Ceramics

Why do they cost so much? 

Just what you need for those frosty mornings!

Beret and tartan flower collection For A/W20 I have created a collection of decorated berets that combines my interests in fabric and design, regional textile history as well as the repurposing of fabrics. So for this blog post, I thought I would write a little about the design concept behind my new winter collection of wool felt berets that I…

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Beret and tartan flower collection

For A/W20 I have created a collection of decorated berets that combines my interests in fabric and design, regional textile history as well as the repurposing of fabrics. So for this blog post, I thought I would write a little about the design concept behind my new winter collection of wool felt berets that I finished with Lochcarron Scotland tartan handmade flowers and petersham bows.


Introduction to Wax Melts

Wax melts are small, scented pieces of wax designed to be gently heated torelease their stunning fragrance. They’re like candles but without thewick, you simply melt the wax using either an electric burner or a tea light heated burner

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Wax melts are small, scented pieces of wax designed to be gently heated to
release their stunning fragrance. They’re like candles but without the
wick, you simply melt the wax using either an electric burner
or a tea light heated burner

Perfect your Zoom fashion style with an effortless handmade headwrap

How to style your headwrap I thought I would write a blog post with a few tips to help you with styling your effortless handmade headwrap, once you receive it from me in the post. 

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How to style your headwrap

I thought I would write a blog post with a few tips to help you with styling your effortless handmade headwrap, once you receive it from me in the post. 

My First British Craft House Blog Post!

Turband - hellebores detail For my very first blog post I thought I would write a little about some of the sources of inspiration for my millinery work and my collections. 

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For my very first blog post I thought I would write a little about some of the sources of inspiration for my millinery work and my collections. 

Metal Window Box …..what will you grow in yours?

Metal window box In many towns and villages around the UK you will often see this beautiful ironwork frames sitting underneath a stunning set off windows, usually the sash wooden framed ones, not your modern uPVC triple glazed designed to lock the world out. This image was taken last year, on a damp grey drizzling kind of day,…

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Metal window box

In many towns and villages around the UK you will often see this beautiful ironwork frames sitting underneath a stunning set off windows, usually the sash wooden framed ones, not your modern uPVC triple glazed designed to lock the world out. This image was taken last year, on a damp grey drizzling kind of day, the triple story house in question is undergoing a mammoth refurbishment, formerly a butchers with the thick wooden floor and huge shop windows on one side of the property, and the other corner the image you see attached, the “private” entrance to the living quarters, notice the railings at street level to the cellar, or coal store as it may well of been.  Anyway the reason for my picture…..  whilst this one was made from wood, I can very easily make one out of metal, to sit inside these ironwork frames? I can also make the metal boxes to sit either sit of the entrance door, to plant a clematis or ivy from. 

Definitely no butterflies were harmed in the making of these…

Watching from the window as the wintry sun shoots weak rays of hope onto the nearly blooming daffodils, it is easy to forget that it is only January and that there’s a whole lot of Winter cold still to come, and if you live in Devon, a whole lot of rain too.

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Watching from the window as the wintry sun shoots weak rays of hope onto the nearly blooming daffodils, it is easy to forget that it is only January and that there’s a whole lot of Winter cold still to come, and if you live in Devon, a whole lot of rain too.