I am very excited to be taking part in Craft in Focus at Wisley Gardens from 9th to 13th November. Please check out the website for this unique opportunity to see a wide range of the best craft produced in the UK and to visit the beautiful Wisley Gardens at the same time.
During the past months I have been working behind the scenes to try new things out and reflect on my work.
Although environmental concerns were already on top of my list, I felt there were changes I could make to do a bit more for the planet, trying to further reduce my footprint and the footprint of my products.
Going through my stash of yarns at home I realised that I have lots of yarns of all sorts and colours, bought over the years, left over in small, even tiny quantities from old projects, or given to me by friends and family, because I have always thought that everything is worth keeping and sooner or later I would do something with it… Most of them are to all effects actual vintage yarns!
I decided the time had come to put these to good use and I started to think of new designs that could allow me to incorporate the old left over yarns with my lovely undyed wool that is the trademark of my Maribru pieces.
All these yarns are in natural fibres, only a few of them contain very small percentages of man-made.
I decided that accessories were more suitable when working with small quantities of material. And my new creations will mostly be one off, unique pieces. I will try and combine the yarns in different ways every time, for me to have more fun and for you to get something that no one else will have. In any case there might not even be enough yarn to make the same item again!
And because I love jewellery, I thought I would try my hand at it… using the materials that I usually work with. So this is my go at textile necklaces.
I am proud of the fact that I haven’t bought any new materials and that no new resources have been used to produce my new items! Apart from my time and passion, of course.
So this is the start of an experiment, with a new range of woollen scarves, hats and necklaces to the side of my main products.