Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #50, AislingDezines
This week Sethayla gives us a peek behind the scenes of her shop, AislingDezines. Fabulous bunting for all occasions is her speciality, along with beautiful woolly creations!
Describe your “typical” working day or week
As I am a mother to four school-aged children, I find I have to do any crafting or associated activities whilst they are at school. There are a few things I can do when they are at home, but anything that needs concentration or the use of the dining table is reserved for school hours (our dining table is in constant use with model painting for my son and husband, homework, drawing, and even eating!)
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
If I am not doing Etsy things, then I am more than likely cooking, cleaning, or doing something with the children. In the nicer weather I am down the allotment too.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first piece I sold to someone I didn’t know was a nuno felted bag. I remember being so excited that I was creating something that someone wanted to buy!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
Hmmm, that’s really difficult. Sometimes I prefer wool, either spinning it, felting it, knitting or crocheting it. Other times I prefer material and creating some unique bunting. I guess it depends on what ideas I have at the time, sometimes I am inspired by a piece of material and want to to create something straight away, other times I have an idea for a yarn, and want to create it from scratch.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I would love to get my head around weaving, but really don’t have the time to take on any other crafts (or space!)
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
I wouldn’t be able to make my bunting without my sewing machine, hand stitching it all would just be too much!! I would also miss my spinning wheel as it is so relaxing sitting there spinning away, sometimes using the fibres from an animal that you know, it is a really lovely feeling.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
That’s another tough choice, I have many handmade items that I love. My most recent creation for our home is a knitted cushion cover in yarn that I spun myself, a mix of alpaca and blended merino, played together to make the softest yarn, with very subtle changes in colour, it is my most favourite yarn i have spun to date. The cushion is now on a chair in our lounge.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
Probably the same plans that most crafty people have, I would love for my shop to create me a regular income. I have many plans for bunting, which I think I will be focussing more on, but don’t want to lose the woolly side of things, as I love that too!
Thank you Sethayla for a wonderful insight into your creative world!