A while ago I decided to rebrand my small business from ArtyThreads to Artyfibres. I have been running ArtyThreads since 2009 and when I first started out it was to originally sell my hand embroidered artwork. Little did I know that I would get the knitting bug again and that my creative life would start to develop in a whole new direction!
My love of knitting started many years ago when I was six or seven having watched my mum and grandmother make mine and my brother and sisters school cardigans during the school holidays. I guess I was bored as the hols were dragging and I wanted something to do, so I asked them to teach me how to knit! Being the only right-handed one of three sisters I picked it up quickly and soon was happy knitting pullovers, leg warmers and dresses for my dolls!
As I got older I started to make myself jumpers, scarves and gloves etc. and loved nothing better than visiting the yarn shop. At the same time I discovered embroidery and began to cross stitch and later create my own freestyle embroideries on items of clothing. This I decided was the career I wanted and I went to study for a degree in Embroidery. I have worked on many embroidery commissions, got a teaching qualification, created the Hand Embroidery Network, wrote a book, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory which was published in 2012 and started ArtyThreads.
When I was pregnant with my children I started knitting again and made them baby items with pride. It was then that I got the knitting bug again! To cut a long story short I considered knitting as a hobby while I created embroidered products which I sold at a local gallery and occasionally online. I was diagnosed with arthritis and fibromyalgia and carried on for awhile despite having trouble holding a fine sewing needle. I decided to take a break and rethink things and started to work on a blanket to brighten up our new home, it was then that I decided to try and make a living out of selling my knitted creations full time!
In the last two years I have taught myself to crochet and hand spin, rediscovered hand dyeing (something I learnt at uni) and developed a love of everything woolly and so this is why I decided to rebrand my business to Artyfibres.
The new shop will include a range of my own handspun yarn, hand blended mini art batts, hand blended rolags and my knitted and crocheted creations. I still have a passion for embroidery and continue to run the Hand Embroidery Network. With this in mind I am developing a range of hand dyed embroidery threads and creative embroidery packs which will be available soon!