In this shop update I’ve focused on sterling silver pieces, taking the sea and lunar beauty as my inspiration. There’s a mermaid worthy wedding set of abalone earrings and necklace with freshwater pearl accents (the pearls are all up-cycled from vintage pieces). This set is perfect for a casual seaside handfasting or wedding, and could be worn long after your special event.
The luminous moonstone drop is paired with rustic, faceted garnets in the second necklace. All of my designs are created one at a time, by hand. I’ve created another pair of my ever-popular alchemist hoops–Delicate and lightweight, these hand forged sterling silver hoops are adorned with three stone drops: faceted pyrite and garnet with lovely strawberry quartz, all with hand wrapped sterling silver bails, inspired by the alchemical ideal– through magic you can turn blood, sweat and tears into something golden.
This update corresponds with the Full Thunder Moon this weekend– sometimes called the Buck, Hay or Blessing Moon. It is the last full moon before we start our harvests in ernest. How will you celebrate?
We are back on schedule for a weekly shop update after our move– I’ve forged an exciting selection of pennanular brooches, all a variation on my best selling simple brooch which has been featured in one of Staci Perry’s (Very Pink Knits) patterns.
These variations have semi-precious stone adornments– labradorite, amethyst, moss agate and carnelian. Another is in a playful snake shape and another has scrollwork that is reminiscent of a moustache!
Like all my brooches these are cold forged, pantina’ed in sulphur and then tumbled to harden and polish them. Lastly, they are hand polished to bring out the detail in the work and the warmth of the copper.
After moving to a chilly part of the world (Northern Scotland) where on midsummer I was wearing a hand-knit cardigan, I have realised that my knitting is going to become an even more important part of life. Knitting styles have a strong tradition here and I am looking forward to sharing what I learn. These designs were fuelled by the excitement of living somewhere where even the summer climate is sweater weather!
Midsummer sale– 15% off everything at Feralstrumpet.co.uk with code MIDSUMMER17 until June 27th, 2017.
View from the Banff Castle, located at the end of our street.
I have recently moved to Banff on the north east coast of Scotland. We live in a house that was once a free school, built in 1803, with our office and workshop upstairs and our living space downstairs with a large cottage garden out back. The coast here is wild and beautiful. Dolphins regularly migrate through this part of the North sea at this time, and the days are long– dusk coming around midnight.
I am excited to see how my work will develop here– given the space and freedom this new living situation provides, as well as the rich inspiration the sea brings– every hour the colour shifts and moods produce a kaleidoscope of colours in the interplay of sea, sky and sunlight.
I plan to continue unpacking my altar today– what are you doing on this longest day?
New versions of old favourites in the most recent shop update.
Have a peek at this week’s shop update. You’ll find new versions of old favourites as well as an exciting assortment of new designs.
New in– an exciting variety of ear hangers and ear weights for stretched ears as well as a new witch ball especially designed for the Summer Solstice or Litha!
New Stitch Marker Necklaces of flash knitters!
Lately the knitters of Instagram have been inspiring me, and I’ve designed these new stitch marker necklaces for my fellow knitters! I’ve been knitting for over 20 years and have knitting everything from tiny doll house knitting on toothpicks to massive canopies using recycled plastic bags. I find knitters to be some of the most fascinating, generous and aesthetically exacting folk around. They are, you could say, my people.
I also wanted to update you with some exciting plans ahead for Feral Strumpet. We are relocating from York to the North Coast of Scotland, to a remote village by the sea. This will all happen early in early June and I will keep you posted. The shop will remain open during our relocation, but in a week or two any made to order designs will take a couple of weeks longer than usually to make. So if you had your eye on a custom colour design or any of my made to order pieces, now is the time to order them if you’d like it quickly!
The most recent shop update is full of primal energy and a certain beyond the pale feeling– you can see it all in the What’s New section at Feralstrumpet.co.uk Naturally shed antlers with bronze and copper halos, alchemist hoops in sterling silver and new, quite substantial Pirate Jenny hoops in sterling silver.
So many exciting changes are afoot for Feral Strumpet. Stay Tuned! In the meantime, thank you for being along for the ride– happy May Day/Beltaine/Beginning of Summer! To celebrate I’m offering free worldwide shipping until May 2nd, only at Feralstrumpet.co.uk.