Some of my handmade products start as designs using various computer software. In this video, I show you how to design a repeat pattern in Silhouette Studio. This is software I use with my cutting machine. However, most of this tutorial can be applied in other design software.
This is a step by step tutorial on how to design, draw, print and cut out a gnome using basic drawing tools in Silhouette Studio software.
What do you know about pearls? Here is a brief introduction to help you on your pearl journey.
When you mention pearls, most people immediately think of the classic round single knotted white pearl necklace. However, pearls come in a variety of sizes, shapes (eg potato, round, baroque, biwa, keshi) and colours (some dyed, some natural). Just take a look at the picture attached – can you identify the different shapes?
Having multiple choices helps pearls to maintain their classic and timeless reputation.
Diving for pearls used to be the only option available to gem collectors but now with the introduction of pearl farms, they have become more accessible. However, the size and condition of the pearl still dictates its value.
When selecting pearls, you need to consider five criteria, namely size, shape, colour, lustre and orient. These all affect the value.
Pearls over 7mm in size increases in price faster than smaller sizes. Round pearls command a premium. You have to remember they are organic and it is rare to find a perfect round and, of course, cannot be reshaped. What you see is what you get.
Colour choice is subjective to the individual but naturally coloured pearls are treasured more than dyed / treated ones. Different types of molluscs produce different coloured pearls.
Good lustre can be demonstrated when you can see the reflection of a bare lightbulb on the surface of the pearl from a distance of about 6 feet.
The orient of the pearl is the iridescence / glow on the surface.
Pearls symbolise purity, fertility and are also know as the gem of sincerity. They have a long association with love and marriage. It is said they are worn by the bride to prevent her from crying on her wedding day.
Pearls are also the June birthstone and 30th wedding anniversary gift.
If you have a celebration coming up and would like a pearl gift, check out my shop
If you would like to commission a piece of jewellery, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here is a little bit of mindfulness fun for you, a video tutorial on how to draw a doodle flower.
The only tools needed for this doodle flower tutorial, is a pencil and a piece of paper
How to draw a doodle flower
We all doodle, don’t we? Why not bring all your doodles together, into one project? This tutorial on how to draw a doodle flower, is an example of how you can combine your doodles into a simple drawn shape.
I am Sheree, the designer and creator behind Fanklemade products. I started my business in 2017 making handmade gemstone jewellery at directly to customers and via craft fairs.
Gradually, I expanded my Fanklemade portfolio to provide handmade bags, leather products, textile, vinyl and metal home décor items. I also opened my Etsy shop.
Everyday is school day for me, learning new techniques and processes as I hone my skills, not only as a maker but also as a business owner.
Why did I start making?
Partly through necessity as I could never find the right colour or style of clothing to suit me. Partly because I wanted to wear something different or wanted to decorate my home with one-off items.
Every Fanklemade piece is lovingly made with a desire to create unique, affordable items to be enjoyed by you.
Why don’t you check the posts out on my Fanklemade pages, there are 31 posts with #Marchmeetthemaker in the title. It was an opportunity to introduce me and my business to current and future customers and give an insight into my creative world.
For me, this was no mean feat! I am very much a novice in the world of social media and up until now, have been rather reluctant to show my face, as it were; preferring viewers to concentrate on my handmade products.
It is obvious that for those of you who are unable to see me at crafting events, blogs and other online communications like this are a way for you to begin to know me, follow my progress and hopefully enjoy my creations.
We are fast approaching the busiest time of the year, for my business…..Christmas! As a designer-maker, it not only involves the designing but also the sourcing of products, the final creation and then promoting and selling through social media, outlets and craft fairs.
Take time out for yourself
For this reason, taking time out for yourself is important; allowing you to slow down, reflect and in my case, this time, actually play with new products under no pressure. I already make cards, predominantly for personal use, so on Sunday I tried out painting cards using a craft airbrush and alcohol pens.
It was a pleasant morning, so rather than being stuck in the house, I worked outside (just had to contend with a strong breeze which was a little tricky).
Taking time out for myself, enjoying the sunshine, concentrating on the flow of the ink onto the page (and not me!!!) and creating something new was great fun. The fresh air and project took my mind off all the other daily concerns and I felt refreshed as a result.
You can’t beat the feeling of satisfaction when you complete a task, whether it be cleaning the car, gardening or doing your accounts. Not every project or task needs to be creative but taking time out for yourself and doing something you enjoy is beneficial for both body and mind.
If you are born in October you are fortunate to have both opal and tourmaline as your birthstone. Each gem comes in a rainbow of shades and colour.
Myth and Legend
Opal encourages positive emotion, improves memory, instills loyalty and faithfulness with respect to love, personal and business relationships and brings spontaneity to the wearer.
Tourmaline helps balance the energies in the body; attract inspiration; promote understanding and encourage self-confidence.
Why don’t you visit one of the following events and check out my handmade creations.
8th December 12 noon to 3 pm: St Albans Girls’ School Winter Fair, Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6DB
30th November 5 pm to 11 pm: Etsy Made Local 2019 Christmas Fair, Lannock Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE.
27th October: Winter Craft & Gift Fair, The Vineyard Barn, Welwyn Garden City, Herts., AL8 7PU
15th October – 9th November: Create Open – Artists in Action, The Workhouse, 5 Ashton Square, Dunstable, LU6 3SN
13th October 11:00 am to 3:00 pm: The DIY Wedding Fair, Venue 360, 20 Gipsy Lane, Luton, LU1 3JH
8th June 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Huddle Market, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU.
6th April 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Berkhamsted Pop Up Bazaar, The Town Hall, 196 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AP. https://www.facebook.com/berkhamstedmarket/
29th March 11:30 am to 3:30 pm: Spring Mother’s Day Craft Fair, WRFC Bar and Coffee House, Watford Rugby Club, Radlett Road, Watford, WD24 4LL https://www.facebook.com/events/368102820683490/
23rd March 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Health and Wellness Day, Great Hadham Golf and Country Club, Near Bishops Stortford, SG10 6JE. https://www.facebook.com/kneadamassagetherapyrooms/photos/a.507819342732048/1130171043830205/?type=3&theater
17th March 1.00 pm to 6:00 pm: Holistic and Craft Fayre, Pinner Green Social Club, Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, HA5 3TJ.
2nd and 3rd March: MK Handmade and Vintage Fair, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre – outside John Lewis. https://www.mkhandmadeandvintage.co.uk/