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!
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!
It’s Thanksgiving and this year I’m really thankful to the rush of new customers who have found me through Staci Perry’s lovely knitting tutorial which features my Anglo Saxon Pennanular Brooch. I’m also thankful to Staci herself– who has been professional and inspiring to work with. She’s using her talents and skills not only to make us all better knitters but also to support small makers and independent businesses like myself.
This cardigan pattern pairs well with the brooch, and it’s exactly the kind of design I had in mind when I forged these brooches. I love to wear cardigans but don’t like the fuss of buttons or belts so I’m always wearing my hand-knitted cardigans with these pins. Staci’s pattern is the perfect weight for the Yorkshire winter, too!
A simple, endless circle inspired by the moon, ouroboros and archeological finds. This penannular brooch is based on an Anglo Saxon design discovered in North Yorkshire. My version is cold-forged in copper. Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal– just hammering and sheer force of will! The bottom edge of the ring has been hammer-finished, the small facets giving the piece an ancient, earthy feel. The pin comes in two sizes– the larger one for bulkier knitted garments and the other for finer, lace-weight shawls and scarves. – See more at: http://feralstrumpet.indiemade.com/product/anglo-saxon-penannular-brooch#sthash.Y9xN339u.dpuf
During March many UK Etsy sellers, myself included, will be celebrating Spring by offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over £15 to UK addresses. Use coupon code FREEMARCH13 at checkout to receive free shipping. Offer good only on UK addresses. (Can not be used on reserve or custom listings and can’t be used retroactively.) Check out other shops offering this discount.
This weekend my shop turns two. It’s been a fascinating journey from just making pretty things to actually making business decisions, big and small, every day. Thinking like a businesswoman has been the most alien and difficult part of running the business, and if it weren’t for the steady stream of gleeful squeeing and heartfelt conversations from repeat customers, I don’t know if I could have done it.
In two years I’ve gone from selling off my refurbished vintage collection to actually making a living– this is the best job I’ve ever had. Not just income wise, but in its joyful freedom and deep meaning. Thanks to all who have come with me on this journey, to every order and encouraging message! Here’s to another happy year!