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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Designer/maker of hand knitted, hand crafted, handmade items, avid collector and reluctant seller of vintage china, mum, home-educator and book lover. Blogging about our crafts and makes, our home education journey, and reviews of books we use.
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Friday, 12 November 2010

Friday Find: Meet Manda

It's been a madly busy week here in the Yorkshire Crafts household.  Not only have we had the plasterers in to skim the hall, stairs and landing, I've also been rushing round trying to get everything finished that I want to take to the craft fair on Saturday.

I know there are several fairs going on in various parts of Yorkshire this weekend, but if you get the chance, do come and say hello to us on 13/11/10 at Melbourne Village Hall, Main Street, Melbourne, North Yorks.  As well as featuring lots of makers and designers from far and wide, the craft fair's also raising money for Spinal Research and will be open from 11am until 4pm.

Anyway, on to our Friday Find.  This week we're featuring the very talented Manda, who hails from Leeds.

Like many of us, Manda's career followed a variety of paths before she found her true passion in textiles, but while some of us will have worked in banks or offices, I do wonder how many of us could honestly say we ran away with the circus!

Manda's no stranger to the press, and her work has been widely featured both in the UK and across the pond.   Her work has appeared in Ideal Home, Country Homes and Interiors and Country Living magazines, and she's also appearing on TV in an episode of Kirstie's Homemade Home which airs on Channel 4.
One of Manda's pretty smocks with deer embellishment
Manda's business brand is TreeFall Designs, created following the birth of her second daughter, when she decided to pursue the idea of making and designing her own products for the retail market.  "TreeFall Design is about handmade goodness. It’s about originality, utility and beauty and time honoured traditions with a modern twist." she says.

Baby Bib by TreeFall Design
Her interest in quilting and pattern is evident from the lovely combinations Manda chooses for her products, with lovely items such as the baby bib above, and the gorgeous cushions below showing off her talent.
Cushions by TreeFall Design
Those talents don't just stop at fabrics, and in her Etsy store Manda also sometimes offers extremely cozy-looking Shetland wool snoods and armwarmers.  You'll have to be quick if you want one of these beauties though, as it seems no sooner are they listed in her shop, they're snapped up.  Try to catch one by visiting her store http://www.etsy.com/shop/manda

The very distinctive look that is TreeFall Design's products also extends into these cute little bunnies, and wherever she can, Manda uses recycled or repurposed and vintage fabrics in her creations.

We love 'em.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Heath Village and Holmfirth Arts Market

With such glorious weather over the weekend, it seemed a shame to stay in, so we didn't.  Taking a hastily prepared picnic, on Saturday we drove up to Heath Village on the outskirts of Wakefield.  It's a lovely place, filled with great mansion houses built by the wool barons of yesteryear.

One of the Heath Mansions

A very popular spot in the summer, especially the Kings Arms pub which overlooks Heath Common, it was delightfully quiet.  We can't walk very far these days due to various ailments and injuries but there's a great big grassy space where the kids can run around safely and the Possum enjoyed getting very muddy while Mr YC and I took photos and Young Sir combed the ground for beech nuts.

One of two clocktower houses that stand either side of a huge mansion
View across towards Wakefield - you can just see the cathedral spire on the right
This is the one that went galloping off
On the way back to the car, one of the young ponies which the travellers graze on the common slipped its tether and went careering off at full gallop with a younger foal in its wake, both kicking their heels up and bucking like mad.  A couple of walkers got rather a fright seeing a horse coming full tilt at them, but I think the youngster just wanted to get back to its mum as it soon stopped by another horse and tried to suckle.

On Sunday, we were slightly better organised.  I'd been really looking forward to visiting the Arts Market at Holmfirth, and had been determined to get everyone out of bed and ready to leave reasonably early.  I succeeded on that front, and amazingly, the whole clan was up, fed, dressed and in the car just after 10am - something of a miracle for us!

One of the reasons for wanting to leave early was to try and get a disabled parking space in Town Gate car park.  There aren't that many disabled spaces in Holmfirth town centre and the car park at Crown Bottom is too far away from the venue for us to walk to.  Fortunately, there was one space left when we landed at Town Gate just after 11am.
One of my favourite Holmfirth shops - it's got all sorts
There was plenty to look at on the ground floor, and we got to talk to some lovely makers.  It was quite hard to see anything properly though because it was a tight squeeze to get around anyway and I was trying to negotiate around people with the pushchair.  The next setback was that in order to get to see the upstairs stalls, we had to make a long trek right around the building to come back in at the front.  Not good for two people with walking difficulties and with a pushchair!!
Annie Peaker's lovely ceramic art sculptures

It was worth the walk, as we met some more lovely makers and there was considerably more space to get around and see everything.  There was even an old VW camper van parked in the middle of the floor!

Several of the makers had travelled extremely long distances to attend the fair, some having set of in the small hours of Sunday morning and others arriving the night before.

David Howey's upcyled lights
I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with the Arts Market venue - it's soulless and definitely not geared towards the disabled and people with pushchairs.  I suppose it's unfair to compare it to the Saltaire Makers Fair, which was the last large event we went to, but given the comparative ages of the two buildings used for the fairs it seems ridiculous that the beautiful Victoria Hall can manage to have a lift while the Market Hall doesn't. 
Saturday, 6 November 2010

Finished objects - life is rosy

One of the roses in my garden has done really well this year and must have had three good spells of producing flowers.  I think the poor thing got a bit confused though as it put out one final effort which I couldn't resist bringing in from the cold to enjoy on the kitchen windowsill.  Unfortunately I can't smell its wonderful fragrance as I'm still bunged up with cold, but at least I can enjoy it's beauty.

Things have been pretty very quiet on the sewing front, although I've made some purchases this week, including getting a very good deal on some fabric from the States with the exchange rate being so favourable.

Knitting-wise, a good week with several things dug out of the UFO box which are now FOs.  I can't believe the little blue cardigan just wanted one more seam sewing up!

Blue raglan sleeve cardigan 0-3m

This one needed a little more work, two fronts, but now it's finished...

Lilac patterned cardigan 0-3m
and this one also needed the fronts, which I've completed in the same pattern as the lilac one.

White raglan patterned cardigan 0-3m

For the grown-ups, I finished this gorgeous pair of fingerless gloves, knitted in a really soft DK that's synthetic but almost feels like cotton.

Into the UFO box has gone a completed, but not sewn up pair of gents fingerless gloves and a plain and simple but pretty little lemon cardigan.  Not too bad a week!

I'd been hoping we'd get to a craft fair being held at Gibson Mill on 5th/6th November but Mr YC wasn't keen on going to two events in one weekend so hopefully we'll make the Arts Market which is on in Holmfirth tomorrow (7th) and again next week (14th).  There are going to be around 80 designer/makers at the fair, so it should be good!
Friday, 5 November 2010

Friday Find

When one of the people I follow on Twitter posts a link to a new product they've made or listed in their shop, I always try to take the time to have a look.  It's only fair, and I guess I kinda hope that when I post a link to something I've made at least a few of you will take a gander at it!

Yesterday was no exception and what particularly caught my attention to this week's find was the title "Navy Blue Knitting Fabric".

Knitting Fabric?  What's that when it's at home then!?

Well "that" turned out to be "this" - and I fell instantly in love with it.  I want, no I need, on third thoughts make that I absolutely have to have some.  Actually I probably shouldn't be waxing lyrical about this gorgeous fabric at all.  It's just my luck that by the time I've earned a few more pennies to buy some (after Mr YC fried the motherboard on his computer and we needed to spend all our spare cash on a new one), she'll have sold out.

Navy Blue Hand Printed Knitting Fabric by Sarah Waterhouse

The fabric is hand printed by clever (and talented!) textile designer Sarah Waterhouse, who designs and hand prints all her fabrics from a small studio in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Find more of Sarah's wonderful designs on her website, and in her Folksy shop aka PlainJaneTextiles.  You can also follow her on Twitter @sarahwtextiles.

A small update on the lovely Nina Mistry-Rhoades who featured in an earlier post - Nina now has a Folksy shop where you can buy her lovely elephants.

Oh, and have a happy bonfire night everyone and be safe with the fireworks!!