The UK has been hit with a blast of freezing weather and the ever threatening forecast of snow. To celebrate (for those who like snow) or commiserate (for those who hate it) the occasion, Strawberry Moonbeam is having a sale on hats, scarves, gloves and cowls. Wrap up warm with 10% off winter woolys using the discount code COLD2013, valid until the end of January.
My very talented fiance has just released a new eCommerce platform called Egg Basket and I’d like to tell you about it.
Egg Basket began a couple of years ago as I struggled to find an eCommerce platform that I could use to run Strawberry Moonbeam. I tried a few existing platforms but I wasn’t happy with any of them. A wordpress plugin I used broke when I tried to update it. Magento and a few others I looked into had such complicated admin panels that it was difficult to add new products.
Needle felting involves repeatedly stabbing a piece of wool with a barbed needle until it has felted. It is quite fun and very easy. Beads are a great beginner project as they are small yet simple. Today I’m going to show you how to make some.
You will need:
- Wool fibre – other fibres may felt, try at your own risk
- Barbed felting needle
- Foam block
- Large eyed sewing needle
- About 20 minutes per bead
About the Equipment
Felting needles are completely different to regular needles. They are barbed, which means they have tiny sticky out bits along the shaft. These barbs are essential to the felting process. They catch on the fibres as you stab the wool, tucking them into each other and locking them together, creating a tightly knotted, dense felt from your light and airy fibre. You can obtain felting needles from good craft stores or on the internet. I got mine from Texere.
Inspired by the bag I made for my mum, I got my sewing machine out again this week and stitched up another bag. This time, I went for a messenger style book bag with a gusset and flap.
The bag is very roomy, big enough to fit an A4 lever arch folder inside. It has a wide strap for comfort and I think the two colour design makes it rather eye catching.
The bag is available for sale at strawberrymoonbeam.com.
Since it’s getting close enough to christmas that even I’m starting to think about getting ready, I thought it would be nice to share some of the holiday spirit in the form of a sale in my online store Strawberry Moonbeam. There’s 20% off everything until Monday December 3rd, including free shipping worldwide.
Please note that December 3rd is the last date for international orders if you want them to arrive in time for christmas. UK customers can continue to place their christmas orders until December 18th.
I have been knitting, crocheting and sewing for years, and in the past I have ventured into selling my creations with some success. Since we moved back to the UK two years ago I have intended to start up again, but for one reason or another it has been put on the back burner. Last spring I decided I really wanted to give it another go, but the store engine I tried to use kept having problems so I lost heart once again. My wonderful other half, Ric, came to my rescue, and slowly (oh so slowly) started to build me a custom store.