Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Top five Etsy finds - textile tools

I am all about my textile crafts at the moment so, for this month's Top
Wooden yarn bowl at BelindaHarrisReid 
Five Etsy finds, I have been browsing tools and materials that I would love to own and use. Some are more practical for caravan living than others, but they are all beautiful. If you would like to share your own Etsy blog posts or favourite shop pages too, details of how to do so are at the end of this post. I hope you enjoy discovering my October Top Five.

My first choice is a simple yet elegant Sheesham Wood Yarn Bowl, a great idea to prevent in-use wools and yarns rolling off to have adventures of their own! I have seen them made from various materials and with the same hooked notch through which to secure the thread. This bowl is handmade from sheesham wood in India for BelindaHarrisReid whose shop is based in Exeter, England. I was interested to read about Belinda's family connections with India and how her partnership with Indian artisans came about.
The Yarn Bowl is priced at £34 plus shipping.

Yarn Pack by PatriciaCantosDesign 
PatriciaCantosDesign has put together this ever-so-tactile looking pack of eight skeins of naturally coloured wools and yarns. She is based in Kyneton, Australia, and the yarns are custom spun in Australia, France and Italy. Ideal for knitting, crochet, weaving or felting, the yarns are made from wool, silk and kid mohair. Patricia also has listings for brightly coloured yarns too, but I particularly liked the soft tones of this natural collection. She also offers video tutorials for knitting and crochet as well being a talented fabric and textile designer. 
The Yarn Pack is priced at £20.56 plus shipping.

I don't actually have the space or the budget for my third choice but it is
Spinning wheel by JMSwheels 
just such a fantastic item that I had to include it. Star in your very own Sleeping Beauty pantomime production with a beautiful wooden Spinning Wheel from JMSwheels in Kansas, America! This particular model is called Cassandra and she is made from maple, cherry, oak and other hardwoods. All John's spinning wheels are made to order and he got into building them after his daughter decided she would like one. Extensive research of commercially available models convinced John that he could build a far superior version from proper woods and this began his journey to what is now JMSwheels.
The Cassandra Spinning Wheel is priced at £183.95 plus shipping.

Crochet hook by Nelsonwood 
Also handmade in wood and far more suited to the travelling lifestyle is this gorgeously shaped Crochet Hook from Nelsonwood in Texas, America. It is ergonomically created to sit comfortably in the hand and I love the glowing colour of the tulipwood. Bryan Tyler Nelson is a self-taught woodturner and, reading his shop description, it is easy to feel his real love for the material shining through. He says he began woodworking in earnest with the reclamation of forty-five solid oak church pews some seventeen years ago and has been honing his craft ever since.
The Tulipwood Crochet Hook is priced at £30.10 plus shipping.

We're back in the UK for my fifth and final choice - a cute circular Flower
Flower loom kit by ffflowers 
Loom from ffflowers, a shop based in Wirral, England. Shop owner Helen has these looms made to her own specifications, inspired by a childhood gift, and they are just perfect for creating ribbon flower embellishments for bags, hats or eyecatching brooches. The kit provided with the loom includes the necessary ribbons, buttons and a needle, plus written instructions to get you started and to create three flowers. You can even choose the three ribbon colours that will be sent.
The Flower Loom Kit is priced at £20 plus shipping.

I loved searching out my Top Five finds on Etsy and sharing them with you. If you would like to curate your own top five, please linkup your blog post, pinterest board or Etsy pages back here. Items from any of the global Etsy sites are fine - it doesn't have to be Etsy UK. Link backs aren't essential although it would be appreciated if you do! I will keep the linky list open for three weeks and the twitter hashtag with which to catch my attention is #myetsyfive

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