Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New French Spool Knitters with Matching Loop Lifters

These two wood and brass spool knitters with matching loop lifters have been listed in our Etsy shop today.  One is Swiss pear with pyrography, and the other is cocobolo with fossil mammoth ivory accents.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book of Kells Cat and Mouse Ceramic Bowls

It is believed that the Book of Kells was written at the end of the eighth century at the monastery of Iona.  Its purpose was to serve as an illuminated liturgical Gospel to be displayed on an altar, and as such, was beautifully illustrated with elaborate drawings.

On the Chi Rho page, animals representing the air, birds and moths, of the sea, fish and otters and of the land, cats and mice.  These earthenware clay bowls depict what could have been a resident sanctuary cat chasing a mouse that has stolen a eucharistic host.

These beautiful, earthy deep blue bowls that we created by hand, are perfect for so many things!  Rings, pins, votive candles or even as small prep dishes. The cat dish measures about 2 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch deep, and the mouse dish measures 3 1/4 inches wide and 1/4 inch deep.  Additional photos can be found at the listing for these sweet little bowls in our Etsy shop.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mini Russian Style Support Spindle Hair Sticks

We have listed four more of the mini Russian style support spindle hair sticks in our Etsy shop this evening.  The woods used in these are tiger maple, walnut, myrtlewood and cherry.  The walnut spindle also has a turquoise accent ring.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mini Russian Spindle Hair Stick

Is it a mini Russian support spindle, or a hair stick?  Actually, it's both!

This sweet little 7 1/4 inch birch Russian style support spindle, that features Dave's signature pyrographic leaf motif, can do double duty as a beautiful hair stick and as a travel size handspinning tool. The weight of this spindle is 0.2 ounces (5g).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Basswood Flat Style Tatting Shuttles

Six new basswood flat style tatting shuttles were added to our Etsy shop today.  They include the Little Queen Bee, cat paw prints, butterfly, ladybug, hummingbird and dragonfly.

New Top Whorl Drop Spindles

These beautiful handspinning tools were recently added to our Etsy shop.  The top whorl drop spindle on the left is a mini top whorl made from Pacific yew (the whorl) and walnut.  The top whorl drop spindle on the right has a myrtlewood whorl and a Brazilian cherry shaft.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Small Sgraffito Ceramic Prep Bowl Set

These sweet little earthenware clay prep bowls measure 3 1/2 inches in diameter and 1 inch deep. They are perfect for so many things like tapas bowls, sauces, nuts, candies or even small soaps and jewelry. Jo made these without the benefit of a wheel, so their slight imperfections make them truly one of a kind pieces. She has sgraffito'd, carved into the clay, a floral design in to the bottom of each bowl.

Lead free pale green and black underglaze, and lead free clear overglaze was used to finish the bowls making them food safe.

Shipping is free for our customers in the U. S. and Canada.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Walnut Flat Style Tatting Shuttle

This beautiful walnut tatting shuttle is 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/8 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick.  Dave made the resin adornment by making a mold of an antique button. Beeswax was used to finish this shuttle, and it has been initialed and dated by Dave.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

New Upcycled Flat Style Tatting Shuttles

Six new flat style tatting shuttles were listed in the "Fiber Art Tool" section of our Etsy shop today.  These shuttles are 3 1/4 inches long by 1 1/8 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick. Dave made the resin adornments by making a mold of an antique button, and beeswax was used to finish the shuttles.

Friday, February 03, 2012

New Andean/Peruvian Style Bottom Whorl Drop Spindles

Six new Andean style reproduction spindles have been added to our Etsy shop!  Andean spindles are suspended drop spindles with no hook, no notches and no grooves. They were developed to spin long-staple alpaca and other camelid fibers native to the Andes. Spinning is done off the side using a half hitch.