Sunday, 24 July 2016

Storage For My Yarn Stash At Last!

My New Ikea storage for my yarn, fibre, embroidery threads and equipment.

Finally my new yarn stash storage has arrived! At the beginning of the week our new Ikea shelving and his and her desk arrived and I was able to unpack my yarns, fibres and equipment. It also allowed myself and husband Andrew to set up our home studio space! I think I take up more space than Andrew in our home studio lol. He is very much for minimalism and only needs a small footprint for his equipment, whereas my stuff tends to take over and look like a tornadoes hit! Though I must say this is really super organised for me.

His and Her's Workspace

It has been a long few months of packing and living out of boxes then unpacking and still living out of boxes, until we could set up the studio. They say moving is one of the most stressful things to do and I totally agree. The way I usually relax is to do some spinning but all my fibre and equipment have been boxed up for so long! We are really happy now though, we are unpacked and starting to settle into our new home and lifestyle. The kids are really enjoying their new bedrooms and are loving their nightly excursions to the local beaches.

For me, I have finally got my spinning wheel out to relax and spin some gorgeous azure blue hand dyed superwash Merino and Nylon yarn.

Hand Dyed Superwash Merino and Nylon Handspun on my Ashford Kiwi

It has also been really great to finally put together my new Ashford rigid heddle loom and stand my husband bought for me at Woolfest. I have been itching to get it unboxed and ready to start weaving. I have a few projects on the go at the moment, so as soon as I clear the decks I will be warping it up. I am planning an Etsy shop update by the end of the week too as I have some lovely new yarns to add and some new stitch markers. 

Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom and Stand

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Big Move!

I have been a bit quiet on the blog for a few months as we have been planning to relocate to Cornwall. It has taken us a few years to be in a position to move but it has been well worth it! The kids love living by the sea and it is a totally different lifestyle for all of us. Both myself and my husband now work full-time from our home studio and have joined forces to develop a new business called Whittle Design Studio Ltd. Together we will be providing website design and development, branding, graphic design, illustration and online marketing services to businesses and agencies in Cornwall and beyond.

I will still be running my Etsy shop Artyfibres as I am totally addicted to wool and love being a fibre artist. I will be continuing to sell a range of my own handspun yarns, hand dyed yarns, spinning fibres and handmade gifts. I will be sending out a newsletter once the shop is stocked as I am currently working on some new yarns and handmade goodies.

As an artist and designer my husband and I have collaborated on many projects and we constantly bounce ideas off one another. I focus on business development and online marketing through social media and other channels, illustration and photography. Having been through the process of setting up and running an artisan craft business myself I feel am in a great position to offer small businesses in the craft sector, support and advice on and offline. As a graphic / digital designer my husband Andrew is skilled in brand development, graphic design and website development. Together we complement each other perfectly and can provide an all round creative solution to companies of all sizes.

If you are an artisan craft business and would like some advice on branding, web design and development, graphic design and online marketing please email

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

WIP Wednesday - Hand Painted Shawl

Well it's Wednesday! Yay, the week is half over and the weekend will soon be upon us. Today I'm working on a few WIP's but this hand painted shawl (see below) is the main one I am concentrating on. It's a really easy pattern working back and forth on circular needles just in garter stitch! Easy right! My favourite circulars are KnitPro Zing because they come in such lovely colours and they make me happy!

For the shawl I simply cast on five stitches and then worked as follows:

First row: knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, place marker, knit one, place marker, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, knit one. (9 stitches).

Second row and every alternate row: knit all stitches.

Third row: knit one, yarn over, knit three, yarn over, slide marker, knit one, slide marker, yarn over, knit three, yarn over, knit one. (13 stitches, 6 on either side of the marker and one centre stitch).

Continue working yarn over increases after the first stitch, either side of the markers and before the last stitch. I always attach a stitch marker to remind me which side to work the increases! It's a really simple shawl but looks really nice with a centre vein. The blue, grey and silver shawl is one I finished last month and I wear it all the time!

What's on your needles, hook, wheel etc. today?

Garter stitch triangular shawl in hand painted 4 ply yarn.

Garter stitch triangular shawl in handspun merino.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester

I Want Candy - Hand-dyed, Handspun Bluefaced Leicester.
Needed to show this gorgeous hand-dyed, handspun Bluefaced Leicester yarn after last nights Game of Thrones episode! After all that gruesome stuff and all that! It certainly started with a bang, didn't it! I'm not exactly sure why I watch Game of Thrones I can't even knit or crochet or spin when I watch it because I am usually gripping a pillow as I find it so disturbing! I have to say though, I have watched it from the very first series (because Sean Bean was in it) so I kind of want to find out how the story develops. I can't really say how the characters develop as they get killed off in the blink of an eye! My favourite Jon Snow, went last series, though it was good to see him back even in his dead form! Is he set to return? I can only hope! He's the only one who can deal with the White Walkers and they really freak me out!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Etsy Shop Update - New Yarns!

I am just updating my Etsy shop with some new handspun yarns. Two of the yarns are lovely traditionally spun 2ply Jacobs humbug yarns. These are natural undyed yarns that could be used in their natural form or hand dyed for an interesting effect! I also have some beautiful textured hand dyed art yarns in Shetland wool which are super bulky yarns inspired by my love of the sea! More yarns to follow!

Re-free Shipping Anywhere Weekend: I have just found out you can only use one coupon code in Etsy! I have never used coupon codes in Etsy before so assumed you could use multiple, apparently not! So please use your WELCOME coupon code to receive 10% off your order as shipping is now free until Wednesday midnight with no minimum purchase! Sorry about that if you have tried using both coupon codes in my Etsy shop!

Grey and White Jacobs handspun yarn

Black, White and Grey Jacobs handspun yarn
Ocean - hand dyed, handspun art yarn - Shetland Wool
Sandy Shore - Hand dyed, handspun art yarn - Shetland Wool

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Free Shipping Anywhere Weekend!

This weekend I’m offering FREE shipping in my shop to any country when you spend £10 or over. Just add this coupon code at checkout FREESHIP02 and don’t forget you can get 10% off your order with coupon code WELCOME visit my new shop

Currently I aim to ship out all orders within 1-2 working days. I use Royal Mail First Class Post and also offer a next day service, however items must be ordered by 12 noon. Yes, I do ship internationally! I offer Flat Rate Shipping as follows: UK – £3.20, Europe – £4.50, Rest of the World – £5.00.

Some of my Handspun Yarns currently available in my shop

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Pretty Packaging for my Yarns

I have recently introduced a new way of packaging my hand spun yarns. I now supply all my yarns in pretty organza bags that you can use again! You can use them as little project bags to keep your yarn clean while you are knitting or crocheting. If you would like your yarns in ready to use centre pull balls you can select this free service when purchasing.

All yarns are dispatched within 1 to 2 working days from ordering and are sent by Royal Mail First Class Delivery. If you are in the UK and would like your yarns delivered next day then that is not a problem, shipping updates are available on all items. International tracked delivery options are also available!

Please visit my shop to view my collection of hand spun yarns, hand dyed yarns, spinning fibres and handmade gifts.

Receive 10% off your first order with this coupon code: WELCOME

I happily accept custom order requests please email me for further details or check out my custom orders page!

Sarah x

'Frozen' - Hand dyed superwash merino wool