Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stockist Changes and More Brooches

Brooches are proving very popular and I'm thrilled at the response I've had. In fact, the wonderful Ceard in Ullapool likes them so much that they will now be stocking them. And, best of all, they will be displaying them with woolen/fabric work. They look so wonderful "in situ" and I know that the pairing will complement both. 

So, I have been busy with brooches. I have created seven new brooches for Ceard, and I had the best time doing it. I went a little off traditional design, too, creating some that incorporate embellishments and one that is not round at all. 

I love the look of the polished piece when they are complete. Polished bronze is, I think, far more beautiful than gold. The softness of the colour is less stark than gold, but still has a shine to it that is rich and deep. And, of course, when you combine the shine of the metal with the incredible colours and textures of yarn and felt, it simply makes the metal look even more beautiful. Scarves and shawls are popular here in the Highlands, as I suspect they are everywhere else. As we approach the cold winter months, more and more people will be donning their thick woolens, and what better to decorate those woolens, than handmade brooches. I look forward to seeing how the brooches sell.

Unfortunately, I came to realisation that I needed to withdraw my work from another stockist. Sales were not going well there, despite record-breaking months for my own sales. So, it was with a good deal of sadness that I have left that stockist. But, I have my sights set on stockists farther afield in the new year. I am hoping that, after spending the first quarter of 2017 hard at work in the studio, I will have many beautiful pieces to share with potential stockists throughout Scotland and perhaps into England as well. 

Over the winter months, I will be adding pendants, rings, and bangles to my current offerings for The Selkie's Haunt. I am looking forward to creating these pieces. Many will feature beautiful and colourful stone cabochons and many will feature multi-layered designs. I can't wait to see what happens!

Remember, handmade jewellery is a perfect gift for someone special this holiday season. I have more events planned before Christmas and will be mailing (UK) packages up to the 16th of December. While commissioned work may be more difficult to complete during that time, the sooner you contact me the better if you wish to have something custom made. 

I look forward to writing to you again next month. Thank you, as always for your interest in The Selkie's Haunt.