Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Felting and brooches

As well as collecting wool on our walks, we also buy wool tops in many colours and spend ages taking tiny strands of each, blending them together to create colour combinations to compliment our buttons and beads. After we have mixed the shades we like, we felt it into beads and various shapes for our designs. What makes this fun to do, and interesting to us, is that each piece we make is different, so every time someone asks us for a brooch for example, we can chat together about colours and shapes, maybe take a trip to an antique fair to find the right button, and come up with a unique creation, it never gets boring!
Here you can see a brooch we made using our felt with a vintage glass button.


Blogger PG said...

ooh, that is very nice indeed, very subtle...are youi going to have some of these on your website?

7/12/2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Thank you!! I think there will be one of this style brooch there Gretel. Afraid our website might disappoint some people, my friend just emailed me asking for product pics and price lists. It's not really like that, there will be loads of images of various necklaces, brooches,etc on our website and some will be for sale, but mostly it is a showcase/style guide. The idea being that we create pieces especially for each person, so you might email us to say, make me a brooch like this, but in blues, with a pink button, for example. Then we will give you a price, as each item is unique, each price is as well. I know this might put some people off, being used to "add to cart" style buying, but thats what we've decided. We've got paypal, and also quite into the idea of swapping things, a pair of our earings for somthing someone else has made etc etc.

7/12/2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

Oh Yes, I think I will commission Toby soon to fabricate a piece of bespoke jewleerie.

7/12/2006 11:10 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

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7/13/2006 8:28 AM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Thanks Muddy Red Shoes, if you want to contact me you can through my Mums website because ours isnt set up yet.

7/13/2006 8:31 AM  
Blogger Sybille said...

Love this - it has the feel of a thistle in all its silvery shimmering beauty. Very stylish.

7/13/2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Thanks Sybille, lovely description, might pinch that! we give all our pieces names.
Hope your jewellery business is going well. P.

7/13/2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Thanks for saying hello, I will have to confess now i had a sneaky look at you blog last night and did not say hello. So was delighted when you said hello this morning and gave me the perfect oppertunity to come back and say hello. I love your jewelery, that brooch has such pretty colours. Had a look at your art web page and love all your paintings and characters.

7/13/2006 11:39 AM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Hi Joanna, I have been looking at blogs and not leaving comments, now I have finally got it together to make ours I realise how nice it is to get a message, so I am saying hello on blogs now too! P.

7/13/2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

Lovely work here - very impressive =)

It would be interesting to see butterfly inspired felting

I've added your link to my blog

7/13/2006 1:56 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Thanks Alison, will continue looking at the beautiful photo's on your blog for inspiration. P.

7/13/2006 2:30 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Lovely! Glad to see you have got the hang of blogging,look forward to seeing more. Now get back to work ;>)

7/13/2006 3:47 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Oh Debs you are right! I have not lifted a paint brush today, but did work till 11pm last night painting up plush pony girly bags for M&S. Spent today, apart from on this computer, sorting out all the jewellery we have made to take to a shop in town. P.

7/13/2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

It is lovely to get messages, I have just been a little bad in the last week, I have put it down to losing dylan. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your jewellery, the lucky shop stocking it, I'm sure it sells really well. I have some my jewellery stocked in a local shop its fun seeing what sells when.

7/14/2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

So sorry about Dylan.

Thanks for your kind comments, we should hear on Saturaday if the shop wants to stock any of our creations. What style of jewellery do you make?


7/14/2006 12:13 PM  
Blogger Gordon Fraser said...

Beautiful piece Penny and Toby! Call me arty farty if you like but it's very powerful!

Toodle Pip!

7/14/2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger fhiona said...

That's beautiful Penny & Toby! you clever pair!

7/14/2006 2:02 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Lovely brooch! It reminds me of a thistle, too. I love the way you use 'found' pieces.
I'm putting your link on my blog, too!

7/14/2006 2:12 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I use just very pretty lampwork beads and make a few fabric flower brooches there are a few pictures somewhere on my blog. I started a few years ago then nearly stopped. Then I found an excelllent outlet after years of trying and having some sucess. I deal with it one sale or return and some shops are better than others at paying!

I will link to you too.

7/14/2006 3:34 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Thanks everyone for linking us, even after kind instructions from friends I still have not worked out how to link, sorry, will keep trying. P

7/14/2006 4:14 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Lovely piece. I have had a button 'fetish' for years - so I get excited about nearly anything that includes cool, old buttons.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy the whole blogging venture yourself!

7/14/2006 6:44 PM  

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