Monday, February 6, 2012

Fiber Arts Guild

As you may (or may not) know, I have a shop on Artfire. One of the things ArtFire does for it's sellers, is to have guilds, which are set up and maintained by the various artisans on ArtFire. I have recently been made an officer in the Fiber Arts Guild. There are just over 100 artisans in this guild right now, and we are working to build it up and help each other.

Our guild is made up of people who work in some way with fiber arts. In my case, that would include the crochet work (like my crocheted animal purses), and sewing work (like my personalized stockings, baby blankets, or new line of pillows).

The Fiber Arts Guild has recently started a Facebook Page, a Blog and  Twitter account, where you can see all the fun stuff the artisans are creating, and learn about the artisans themselves. Here are a few of my fellow Fiber Arts Guild members:

The Dreadhead Monster Family - cuddly plush knitted toys

Meet Pirate Pixie Crew:
My name is Lynne, I'm from the UK and I became a yarn-a-holic when I was trapped in bed for about 6 months due to an acute relapse of myalgic encephalomyelitis. I got a bit stir crazy, and to help pass the time I started knitting and taught myself to crochet. I've never really recovered and I haven't stopped creating knitted and crochet items since. My next goal is to learn to spin, so that I can finally say that the whole of the item is handmade by me, apart from the bit the sheep does in growing the wool fibres.

The Pirate Pixie Crew grew from when all my friends started having babies and as gifts to the baby, to welcome them into the world, I made them each a hat. Most of the hats were a bit funky and alternative, because that the kind of friends I have. Lots of them looked like pirate hats and others like pixie hats. People started asking my friends where the hats came from and I got commission orders for more, so the Pirate Pixie Crew was born. Since then I have expanded the range of goods in my shop to include adult hats, hand warmers, leg warmers, bunting, bags, shawls, blankets and monsters. Along side the woollen goods there is the story of the Pirate Pixie Crew, so whenever you buy a hat and put it on your head you become a member of the Pirate Pixie Crew, and you can read all about the crews adventures. I hope to soon have a whole website of stories and pictures for the crew members to enjoy.

Sterling Silver Beaded Earrings Blue and Purple Earrings Knit Wire
Meet BooJay Knits:

BooJay Knits specializes in knitted wire jewelry. Silver and copper bracelets, cuffs, and earrings with freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystlas, and glass beads. Have a specific color in mind? Please contact us so we can design your perfect item. Textured ribbon knits also available.

felt headband, pearls, felt flowers, wet felting

Meet Purple Berry:

In my studio you find handmade felt accessories . Each item is unique wearable art, created by hand using natural fibers, sterling silver, semi precious stones wich i constantly bringing from exotic bazzars throuout the globe. every single item in my collections is reminder of roads and passes walked in this world.While i calling my home now Rutland , England i lived all over the globe on East and West Coast of North Amerika, European Alps and Medditeranean coast, Central and South Americas, when i'm not global trotting you can find me hicking in beatiful land of England. Different culteres, moods and rhythms, new friends -all this you will see in my works. I hope that my creations bring joy to you .

Fingering Weight Yarn Hand Dyed Merino Flamingo Orange

Meet Lil Bit of Heaven Fibers:
My artfire store is Lil Bit of Heaven Fibers. On my site I sell hand dyed yarn in various weights and fiber. I have been working with fiber for almost 20 years. Spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and sewing are how I spend my days. Hand dying is still a new adventure that I really enjoy doing. I am always finding new ways to dye my yarns and rovings. My artfire store I have had for a little over a year, selling all my hand dyed yarns.

To me coming up with a one of a kind yarn, that people will love, is a big adventure. You can never go wrong. If you don't like what you dyed, just get a new color and try again.

Junior Hand Dyed LS T-shirt Item 1392 Size M

Meet tiedyejudy:
My name is Judy, and I have been an artist and crafter most of my life. I started a tie-dye business in 1998, and fell in love with fabric dyeing and the concept of wearable art! I also create art and landscape quilts mostly using my hand dyed fabrics. My shop is at I have a large inventory of clothing, accessories and other fiber art, so I hope you will visit my shop soon!

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