What’s New and What’s Ahead for Feral Strumpet

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!

 

Fifteen Best Sellers this Spring

This Spring’s Best Sellers at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

Spring is here, the sun is out and festivals are fast approaching! Here’s what Strumpets have been buying at the shop– 15 of the most popular items. To see them all, visit the Best Sellers collection at feralstrumpet.co.uk.

  1. Witches Ladder Bespoke Necklace.  Made to order based on your unique path, inspired by your story. 
  2. Old School Goth Glasses Chain Great to use with Sunglasses as well as regular specs or reading glasses! 
  3. Bronze Nahusha Hoops in 12g Delicate and luxe for stretched lobes.

  4. Aluminium Tesla Hoops in 4g Our largest hoops are still lightwieght and easy to wear through tunnels or bare stretched lobes.
  5. Nahusha hoops in aluminum. Minimalist hoops designed for stretched lobes or tunnels. 
  6. Aluminium Pennanular Brooch for bulky knits Perfect for chunky knits, this lightweight rustic brooch won’t weigh your stitches down!
  7. Mini Tesla Hoops, our most popular gauged hoop in a smaller diameter.  This is a great unisex design.  A totally wearable yet bold hoop!
  8. Patchwork Heart Necklace. One of my earliest necklaces, this long standing favourite is a testament to the survivor’s spirit. 
  9. Tribal Hoops This design is well loved amongst tribal belly dancers!  It has an ear wire for a regular piercing but also can be worn in stretched lobes through a tunnel.
  10. Triple Moon Goddess Necklace This Victorian Inspired piece pays homage to the triple moon and its correspondence to the triple goddess. 
  11. Pennanular Brooch in Bronze A lightweight brooch suitable for worsted or DK knits.  The bronze I used resembles rose gold.
  12. Druzy Geode Ear Weights Earth bling at its best– these ear weights are designed to be worn through stretched lobes.  They hand from Aluminum hoops and can be worn through bare piercings or tunnels.
  13. Worry Ring Made to order in your size in either copper or sterling silver, these look wonderful when stacked, as they thread together.
  14. Morrigan Glasses Chain A shorter version of my Old School Glasses Chain, this one has Celtic Knot accents and Moody Czech glass instead of skulls.
  15. Witches Moon Earrings. These glorious, pentagram adorned statement earrings are relatively new to the shop, but are flying out the door!

The Feral Gift Guide

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We have something for everyone in your life! Do you need a little something to tell a coworker or friend you are thinking of them at Yule?  The £10 Gift Section is the place to find the perfect gift.

heart_bookmark-5For the Bookworms: Brilliant bookmarks and glasses chains!black_glasses5

Your favourite Witch: Colourful Witchballs for altars, windows or the Yule tree! Or she might fancy being well-adorned this Yule with these pieces full of femme power.

A coven of witch balls- a recent custom order based on my miniature witch balls.

The Anglo-Saxon Pennanular Brooch

The knitter in your life: Stitchmarkers and shawl pins!

Beer Geeks will love these craft beer-inspired designshop_ear_silver-5_grande

Buffy Fans will slay in these prettiesslayer_neck4

The Gothic Goddess can shine her dark light with these decadent pieces. bats_brass-6

Very Pink Knitting Tutorial Feature

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!

The Anglo-Saxon Pennanular Brooch
The Anglo-Saxon Pennanular Brooch

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

March Hares & Happy (Feral) Birthday

Hare and Moon Knitting Stitch Marker Necklace.
Hare and Moon Knitting Stitch Marker Necklace.

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!