A review and a giveaway

Natasja:

The lovely Janette of The Green Dragonfly made the flowery brooch from my book, Crochet Pretty. It looks great! She is also giving a way a free copy of the book for iPad users.

Originally posted on The Green Dragonfly:

Today I’m sharing a quick little project from a lovely crochet e-book I was asked to review…

Crochet flower brooch Its a wee crochet flower brooch, made using 3 ply cotton and the pattern can be found in an e-book by Natasja King called Crochet Pretty

Crochet flower broochThis is just one of 10 lovely accessory patterns in the book. I’m thinking the little drawstring bag from the cover will be next on my list because I have some cotton left over from the tangerine cardigan Ive just finished for Maia (more about that soon) and I’m sure she needs a little bag to go with it! If I hurry I might be able to get it finished in time for her birthday on Thursday! I also really love the earrings. To see all 10 patterns from the book over on Ravelry, just click here.img_6590The really neat thing about Crochet Pretty is that…

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Interview with an Etsy seller – Vanessa of The Pudgy Rabbit

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IMG_0372.JPGThis month’s interview is with Vanessa, the owner of a fun Etsy shop called The Pudgy Rabbit based in New York. The Pudgy Rabbit sells extremely cute amigurumi crochet kits and patterns ranging from penguins to coffee mugs.

For those who can already crochet, you will love the amigurumi patterns, but the Pudgy Rabbit’s speciality is crochet kits. The kits include absolutely everything you need. Depending on the kit you buy, it will include crochet hook, yarn, stuffing, safety eyes, safety nose, embroidery floss, needle, felt, stitch marker and a step by step instruction booklet. The packaging is beautiful too. Kits would make excellent gifts for crafters and non-crafters. Perfect for Christmas!

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Vanessa’s background is in animation and stop motion.  She got into crochet during college as way to combine her love of crafting with building puppets. After graduating and job hunting, she began crocheting constantly as a creative outlet. She built up quite a collection of goofy crochet creatures, so decided to put them up for sale online and The Pudgy Rabbit was born.

Vanessa has always been into crafting and making things with her hands, whether it’s working with paper mâché  or clay, but crocheting remains one of her favorite mediums because there’s so many different designs you can create with just a few simple stitches. Like most of us she’s also a bit of a yarn hoarder and crochet helps her work through the massive boxes of yarn under her desk.

 

Q: Why did you start making crochet kits and what made you decide to sell it on Etsy?

When I began the shop in 2010, I started off selling finished toys and dolls. A couple years later, I moved on to selling crochet kits and patterns. Through selling at craft fairs, people would tell me that they always wanted to learn how to crochet, but weren’t sure where to begin. I thought having a kit that combines a fun project with all the necessary materials would give them a great start to learning a new craft.

Q: Do you also sell in a bricks and mortar shop or at craft markets? If so, how do sales compare with your Etsy shop.

I currently have my kits in a couple of shops, The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange in NYC and Matchbox Studios in New Zealand. I also sell at craft fairs throughout the year. I really enjoy doing fairs because it gives me a chance to meet customers, answer questions, and see what other crafters are creating. I’m hoping to get the kits into more shops and markets in the near future, because I think it helps for customers to see the finished projects that each kit creates in person.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being an Etsy seller?

I love hearing from customers who’ve enjoyed my kits or people who received them as gifts. It’s always great to get feedback because it helps me make improvements and decide what designs to make next

Q: How do you find the right balance between being creative and being business minded?

As a small business and the only person running the shop, the creative and business side go hand in hand. I find it helps to prioritize what needs to be done and divide the work accordingly. In the beginning, I found the business part a bit overwhelming and wasn’t sure where to start. As the shop grew and I learned more about how to keep things running, I found that I actually enjoyed all the problem solving and challenges that come with the business side.

Q: How do you keep your pattern designs fresh and unique?

I’m inspired by feedback from customers as well as friends and family. They’ll ask for different colors or suggest designs they would like to see and this helps me pick what patterns to work on next. I also research trends and popular animals to get a better sense of what people are looking for.

Q: Do you worry about, or have you experienced, people copying your work?

I’ve been lucky so far in that I haven’t experienced anyone really copying my work. While I do check to make sure my images aren’t being used without proper credit or permission, I don’t worry about copycats. I think it’s a risk you have to take when putting your business out there. You simply have to be diligent about protecting your work and take the steps necessary to shut things down if you do find someone taking advantage of your designs

Q: Do you have any tips for crochet pattern sellers on Etsy?

Take the best photos you can of your items and keep an open mind to keep learning new techniques. You never know what will inspire your next pattern.

Q: Where else, apart from Etsy, can readers find you? 

Blog/website: www.thepudgyrabbit.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepudgyrabbit

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thepudgyrabbit

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thepudgyrabbit/

I can definitely see the animation influences in Vanessa’s cute amigurumi designs. Only someone with this kind of background can design a crochet pattern for a talking coffee mug or birthday cake that you just Have To Have. And just look at this penguin! Cute or what?!

This is one very talented lady who saw a gap in the market and she’s running with it. I wish her all the best for the future.

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Get 15% off your purchase at The Pudgy Rabbit with coupon code CROCHETIME. The coupon is valid from Dec 8th, 2014 to Dec 14th, 2014.

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You can see some of Vanessa’s pieces in an amigurumi exhibition at the RESOBOX Gallery in NYC from Dec 12th, 2014 to Feb 28th, 2015.

 

Review of More Than A Granny by Shelley Husband

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Having published my own electronic book for iTunes (Crochet Pretty) recently, you can imagine that I am a big fan of self-publishing and electronic books. I think it’s the way forward for anyone who wants to see their name on the cover of a book. Why wait for a publisher to contact you with a book deal if you can get your laptop and camera out and do it yourself? (Of course I will DEFINITELY not say no to a book deal! A hard copy  book in a bricks and mortar book shop is still a huge dream of mine.)

Getting back to self-publishing, I’d like to introduce you to a fellow self-publisher, Shelley Husband. Shelley is a very talented blog and Instagram buddy of mine. We  “met” when she asked to use my free Granny Square In Bloom pattern for her Crochet Along back in September 2013. Since then I’ve been hooked (I’m not going to ask to be excused for that pun) on her Spincushions Instagram feed and Spincushions blog.

Shelley’s electronic book of 20 granny squares, More Than A Granny, is available at Amazon for Kindle, on iTunes, kobo and Barnes & Noble. The book is available in US and UK crochet terms versions. Read what Shelley says about her book over on her blog here.

All the patterns from More Than A Granny are also in the Ravelry database. Check them out here.

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I love the cover of the book, don’t you? So colourful and it tells you exactly what you can expect.

As soon as I got my hands on More Than A Granny I knew this was going to be difficult. Difficult to decide on a square that is. Each and every one of the 20 squares are so pretty and Ihavetomakeitable.

In the end I decided to use Dawnie to make a tray mat for my ugly black tray. I use the tray to take the teapot, milk jug and mugs to the living room but it’s black. It’s a great shape, but the colour is so not me. I needed a tray mat to soften the black and match my teapot. Dawnie in light green cotton was perfect!

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Dawnie is a beautiful square with an open flowery design in the centre. Shelley called it as Dawnie because it reminded her of dawn and the sun rising over fields. I love this!

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Because I needed a square without raised stitches (don’t want my milk jug toppling over) I couldn’t go for the equally beautiful Ridge, Lottie or Dogwood. These beauties are definitely still on my to-hook list. Shelley really does design very interesting and beautiful granny squares!

The instructions for Dawnie was very clear and easy to follow. Shelly doesn’t tell you when to change colours, rather leaving it up to the crocheter to decide. You can of course use the accompanying photos for each pattern as a guide for the colour changes. You could also do what I did and make the whole square in one colour. This way the design of the square does all the talking – not the mix of colours.

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What I like about More Than A Granny is that you can have a good play with all the squares and mix and match them to make a unique blanket or cushion. Shelley gives suggestions at the beginning of each pattern of which square would look good with the one you are making.

I would highly recommend More Than A Granny. It’s available in lots of ebook formats, the patterns are beautiful, it’s well written and you will be able to make a myriad of crochet pieces with the 20 beautiful granny squares.

Well done Shelley, you have a great book and I wish you tons and tons of sales!

 

 

 

 

Crochet Pretty on Ravelry and a bit about housework

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How are you all doing today?

My living room is quite a bit emptier now that the 17 blankets have gone to the Royal London Hospital. I’ve been crocheting like a hooker possessed the past couple of months. Apart from joining up the blankets for CFK3, I had baby booties and baby blankets to make for colleagues, the ten patterns for Crochet Pretty, something Summery for I Like Crochet Magazine’s June 2015 issue, a design for another magazine due out October 2015, I made a beanie for a friend and today I’ll be working on squares from Shelley Husband’s book More Than a Granny. (I’ll be doing a full review of her book next week.) That’s a lot of hooky action! Oh, and my Crochet Mood Blanket is stuck on 24 June 2014 – there’s a lot of catching up to do with that blanket!

But before I sit down to crochet I wanted to quickly let you know that you can see the 10 accessory patterns from my iBook Crochet Pretty over on Ravelry. Just click here.

Bummer. I just had a look around the living room again. I think a good hoovering is called for. Probably a bit of dusting too. And the laundry basket needs attention rescue. I would love to get going with Shelley’s granny squares but I wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy the hooky action knowing that I still have to The Housework. Dyson first, PG Tips & Stylecraft Cotton second. Priorities blah blah blah.

I’m going in. Wish me luck.

 

Delivering the blankets for Crochet For Kidneys Part 3

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John and I are back from our visit to the Royal London Hospital where we delivered 17* crochet blankets to the Renal Ward Sister today. Looking at them together in this collage it really makes my heart very happy to be part of such a great group effort.

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Everyone who saw the blankets were blown away by how beautiful they are and the generosity of everyone who gave up their time and talents to crochet squares and blankets. I was promised that the blankets will be distributed to the dialysis patients at Royal London Hospital (and their satellite dialysis units) who are frail and/or a bit depressed and could do with cheering up and a warm handmade blanket.

Thank you to each and every one of the 26 ladies from six countries (England, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Australia and the USA) who donated crochet squares and blankets. I wish you bucket loads of blessings for the good work you have done!

On recommendation of one of the Renal ward nurses, we will make blankets for Whipps Cross University Hospital and their satellite dialysis units next year.  Yes, you read that right – there will be Crochet For Kidneys Part 4! I think we will stick to the same format as for Part 3: 15 cm squares with white borders which you join up in strips of 6, or you can make complete blankets of 9 rows of 6 squares. I will launch CFK4 in August 2014 so that we can hand over the blankets around 27 November which is when John has his yearly living donor check-up.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed a piece of crochet for charity. I don’t think you, or I, can know how much it means to the dialysis patients.

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 If anyone wants to give a monetary donation to the Royal London Hospital Kidney Patients Association (read more about them here), you can do so on their JustGiving page here.

*I will be sending a 18th blanket by post to the hospital as soon as it arrives from the USA. You can see Cindy Flishman’s cheery blanket in the bottom left of the collage.

 

As seen on TV (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia )

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This totally retro 1970’s colour scheme granny square blanket can be seen in Season 8, Episode 6 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Thank you Cade for sending me the screenshot!

Just like The Roseanne Show couch blanket and the blanket on Amy’s couch on The Big Bang Theory, this is a traditional granny square blanket. All the squares are the same, made up of a light yellow, dark orange, lime green, light orange and finally a brown round. I would guess the blanket is the same size as the blanket in Taxi – roughly 9 rows of 14 squares.

If you want to make a retro 70’s throwback granny square blanket like this one, I suggest these Stylecraft Special DK shades:

As for the pattern, visit my Photo Tutorials tab for instructions on how to crochet a multi colour granny square.

Don’t you just love granny square blankets? Even the TV shows know that a granny square blanket can make any house a home, no matter what the colour scheme.

Your squares for Crochet For Kidneys Part 3

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Last week I didn’t get round to posting an update on the squares and blankets you’ve been sending me. (Self-publishing a crochet book tends to take up a lot of time in the days before you hit the “publish” button!) Now that Crochet Pretty is live, I had time to photograph the four, yes four, blankets I received as well as the three blankets I joined up with your strips of squares.

The lovely Cecilia used my Granny Square In Bloom pattern to make this blanket. It’s the first time ever she’s made a whole blanket. I am so honoured that she used CFK3 to challenged herself and I’m immensely proud of her.

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Pauline was a huge contributor to CFK2 and this time she did it again by making a whole blanket. Those psychedelic squares are great!

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Wendy only found out about CFK3 two months ago but managed to crochet us a whole blanket. She felt she wanted to be part of the charity project as she has two family members with kidney problems and her grandfather passed away of renal failure. Thank you Wendy for your beautiful contribution.

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Suzanne had a bit of a Sizing Drama with her Delicate Daisy Square blanket but pulled it out the bag in a fabulous way with the addition of a funky border and two extra strips of squares.

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All your strips of squares have now been made up into blankets. Yes, all of them! I was such an eager beaver I didn’t even wait to photograph the individual donations that I received for the blanket below. Between Cathy O’Keefe (CelticCathy on Ravelry), Heidi Lett and S. Jordan they had sent me nine strips and the colours went together so perfectly I just started joining them up straight away.

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As I said last time, I know the blankets look a bit wobbly but that’s because each strip of six squares is trying to line up perfectly with someone else’s strip of six so it’s really impossible to get it right. When the blankets are being used and lying on a bed I’m sure no-one will even notice a few bubbles – they’ll only see the lovely bright colours and interesting designs.

Now you’re probably wondering what our Blanket Count is. Well… there are three more blankets on its way to me, so counting them, plus the seven completed blankets you made and the squares made into blankets, there are

17 blankets for the dialysis patients of Royal London Hospital!!!

Isn’t that fantastic?! I’m so grateful to each and every one that sent me squares and blankets. You guys are the best!

Before we hand them over on the 25th of November, I still have to make tags that explain CFK3 and give the care instructions, tie ribbons round each blanket and take a last couple of photos of the 16 blankets. I’ll blog about the blankets again after we’ve handed them out to the dialysis patients

Remember to join the Crochet For Kidneys Facebook group where you can see all the blankets and tag your blankets from the Photo Album.

Free pattern for a Christmas Tree Ring

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It’s almost Christmas (shock, horror) so I decided to design a free Christmas crochet pattern for all my lovely readers, Facebook followers and Instagram followers.

Christmas tree crochet ring

Christmas tree crochet ring

The christmas tree ring is a cute accessory to wear on Christmas day, it’s a great stocking filler, or wear it throughout December to spread the Christmas cheer every day.

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I use crochet thread for this ring. Please don’t be afraid of using crochet thread and the required 1.5 mm crochet hook. I used crochet thread for two of the projects in Crochet Pretty. Out of all the patterns in Crochet Pretty, the Oh What A Cute Oval Brooch is my favourite and that’s all down to the use of crochet thread for tiny flowers and picots. I’m falling in love with crochet thread more every day.

We are spoilt with choice when it comes to yarn weights and most of the time we go for the double knits or 4 plies, but crochet thread is made for us! Literally! Making something with thin yarn and a tiny crochet hook is just like regular crochet, you just need to look a bit closer when you’re crocheting. That’s all there is to it.

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Hopefully this tiny crochet christmas tree will give you the confidence to also use crochet thread more and see the 1.5 mm crochet hook as your friend.

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You will need

1.5 mm crochet hook

Anchor Freccia ticket no. 6 in green

Ring blanks like this one sold at Hobbycraft

Clear super glue or use a mini glue gun

5 x size 8 red seed beads. I bought this pack of mixed colours at Hobbycraft and just picked out the red beads.

Notes and abbreviations

This pattern is written in US crochet terms. The sc (single crochet) in this pattern is the equivalent of a dc (double crochet) in UK crochet terms.

Bsc is a Beaded Single Crochet. You make a beaded crochet stitch by moving the bead up against your crochet before doing the last “yarn over” of the stitch. Watch this video to see how to make a beaded treble – the technique is the same no matter what crochet stitch you use.

Beads have to be threaded onto the yarn before you begin crocheting. Watch this video to see how to thread the beads onto yarn.

Turn your work after every row.

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

bsc = beaded single crochet

st = stitch

Pattern

Thread 6 seed beads onto yarn.

Foundation row: Work 2 chains.

Row 1: 1 sc into second ch.

Row 2: 1 ch, (1 sc, 1bsc, 1 sc) into next st. (3 st.)

Row 3: 1 ch, sc in each st to end. (3 st.)

Row 4: 1 ch, (1 sc, 1 bsc) into next st, 1 sc, 2 sc in next st. (5 st.)

Row 5: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st to end. (5 st.)

Row 6: 1 ch, 2 sc in first st, 1 sc, 1 bsc, 1 sc, 2 sc in last st. (7 st.)

Row 7: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st to end. (7 st)

Row 8: 1 ch, (1 sc, 1 bsc) into next st, 4 sc, 1 bsc, 2 sc in last st. (9 st)

Row 9: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st to end. (9 st)

Row 10: 1 ch, 4 sc, 1 bsc, 4 sc (9 st)

Row 11: 1 ch, 3 sl st, 1 ch, 3 sc (last 3 st remain unworked). (3 sc)

Row 12: 1 ch, 3 sc. (3 sc)

Fasten off and weave away the ends.

Glue the christmas tree to the ring blank.

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Christmas tree crochet ring

Crochet Pretty is now available in iBooks

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This is my crochet ebook! I am so, so, so excited to say that I’ve published a crochet book and it’s ready for you to buy for £4.99 / $7.99 over in the Apple iBooks store!!! Just click here.

The ten accessories that I designed for this book are the drawstring pouch that you see on the cover, a pair of beaded earrings, two pairs of wrist warmers, a scarf, a wrap, flowery ring, necklace, brooch and a headband. The accessories are really pretty, colourful and easy to make.

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I loved every minute of writing this book. Everything about it was amazing, thrilling, exciting and so rewarding. It’s such a blessing to be alive in the 21st century where you can publish your own books, and not just any book, a book with five instructional videos, and an interactive quiz built in!

Unfortunately Apple are the only ebook publishers who support such an interactive book, so Crochet Pretty is only available on iPad and Mac. (You won’t be able to purchase Crochet Pretty on Amazon for instance.)

If you are as excited as I am and want to buy my iBook, you have to hop on over to this page on iTunes. If you already have iBooks installed on your iPad, just go ahead and click on the link.

If you don’t have iBooks installed yet, follow these steps to buy Crochet Pretty:

1. Download the iBooks app from the App store for free.

2. Once it’s downloaded tap the “Store” button in the top left corner of the iBooks app.

3. Search for Crochet Pretty in the top-right corner search box.

4. When you tap on the book title you will see screenshots of the book and you can download a sample of the book. Do this by tapping the “Get Sample” button.

5. When you are ready to purchase the book, tap the price. The button will turn green and read “Buy Book”. Tap it again to purchase the book with your iTunes account and password.

6. Crochet Pretty will start to download as soon as you’ve entered your iTunes account password. Once it’s finished, it will appear as a title on our bookshelf in the iBook app.

These screenshots give you an idea of what to expect from the book.

Zig Zag Wrist Warmers

Zig Zag Wrist Warmers

Beadazzling Earrings

Beadazzling Earrings

Basket of yarn in crochet pretty ibook

The first “page” of the book is a short video to show readers how to navigate through my book. Crochet Pretty is a different kind of book with features that not everyone would be familiar with, so I thought I needed to show off those features a bit. Luckily the video isn’t just inside the book – I uploaded it to YouTube too, so everyone can watch it. In the video you see the first three patterns of the book – it’s a nice sneak peek into my book ;)

 

When you’ve bought my book I would love, love, love to get your feedback. Please leave me star ratings and reviews on iBooks. I plan on writing at least three more crochet books with iBooks, so your feedback on the first one is crucial.

I hope you are as excited as I am about Crochet Pretty – Ten Accessories To Make You Feel Pretty.

Interview with an Etsy seller – Elizabeth Prince

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IMG_0372.JPGSo you all know I love crochet, right? What you may not know is that I also love pottery. I studied Ceramics as one of my subjects in High School and my Mom was a ceramics teacher who taught from her studio at our home. I went to sleep many a night with the sound of clay being thrown and the  ticking noise of a kiln firing at 1000+ degrees.

Imagine my sheer delight when I stumbled upon Elizabeth Prince Design UK on Etsy a few years ago: in her shop she sells homeware that are a combination of vintage lace textures and ceramics! I mean really. It’s my two favourite things put together. Needless to say Prince Design UK is  one of My Favourite Shops.

Elizabeth Prince hails from Manchester, United Kingdom. She has a background in interior design and fine art. Add to that a great love of clay and designs that grow out ideas that start life as gifts for family, friends and loved ones, and you have a recipe for success. For example, Elizabeth’s first worked with crochet to make a ceramics present for her Mum using a piece of crochet that belonging to her mother.

I wanted to know more about Elizabeth, the “Ex-interior designer, ginger tea drinker, perfectionist maker, roof gardening music lover with a long term addiction to clay” behind the beautiful ceramics.

Q: How did your ceramics business start and what made you decide to sell it on Etsy?
My business started because I thought I would see if I could sell a few of my ceramic pots that I had been making as a hobby for years in my spare time whilst I worked as an interior designer. I’m delighted to say that I have sold far more than I ever imagined I would at the start, and I am very thankful that I am able to make a living doing something that I enjoy.

Q: Do you also sell in a bricks and mortar shop? If so, how do sales compare with your Etsy shop.
No. Right now, I think that running a bricks and mortar shop would involve too much management and would take too much time away from my creative practice. Also, whilst I love studio visits by arrangement, I think people coming in and out of a shop all day would be really distracting for me.

Q: I adore your Bird Bowls with lace texture. Please tell me more about the vintage lace you use.
I am always on the lookout for interesting textures and lace. Some of my favourite textures have come from antique hand embroidered ladies handkerchiefs that were passed down through my family, and crochet doilies that were my grandmother’s. Others come from my travels – I have some gorgeous cut out embroidered pieces that I collected in Spain.

Q: How do you keep your designs fresh and unique? What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature, people, interiors, homes, vintage design and craft, fine art – the list really is endless. Making gifts for people I love often has been a starting point for a range of ceramics – after all, your customers might not be so different from your friends and family. Also my customers inspire me. They might for example ask for a certain colour or size that I might not have thought of using, and that can influence my choices too.

I research a lot about other cultures and traditional design from around the world, so that can feed in to my work too.

Q: Are there big differences between working with porcelain and ceramic clay?
Porcelain is a type of ceramic clay, but the particles that make it up are smaller. That means that when they are treated with extreme heat in the kiln ( I fire to around 1250 degrees C ) the effect is that they bond more tightly and vitrify. That mens that it is similar to glass, and can sometimes have a translucent effect when you hold it up to the light. The small particles also make a very smooth surface. However, most ceramicists will tell you that it is a more difficult type of clay to use – it’s more prone to cracking and sagging than other types of clay, so you have to accept that there may be a couple of casualties in your firing. Of course, it also has the pure white colour which can make glazes seem brighter in colour, and the feel is just lovely! That said, I also use a creamy textured clay that is special too – it has a texture and colour that I love and it is strong.

Q: How do you find the right balance between being creative and being business minded?
When I started out I was a little intimidated by the business side of things. However, I found as I went along that I found the business side of things to be unexpectedly creative. A lot of it is problem solving, and I have found that I actually enjoy the business side of things far more that I expected to. I wouldn’t say there is a balance as such – I am a small producer, so things come up on a day to day basis and have to be prioritised appropriately. So that means sometimes business or admin stuff has to be done that day, and other times, creativity has to happen that day.

Q: Do you have a day-job?
No – I work full time on my ceramics business.

Q: Describe your typical day.
I usually start with emails/admin at home first thing before I leave for the studio because I prefer to travel after rush hour. That quiet time in the morning allows me to focus and plan my day a little before I arrive at my studio. In the studio I often have an assistant, so I assign her some tasks and we ensure all the orders that are ready to ship are packed and sent out. After that I will usually be making, finishing, designing or experimenting with new ideas and designs.

Q: Do you worry about, or have you experienced, people copying your work?
I don’t worry about that really, just because I don’t waste time thinking about negative things that might happen. Unfortunately though, I have experienced my work being copied several times. I have even found Chinese wholesalers using my photographs and offering to make my work by the 1000s on their websites, but I have swiftly had them removed. I think that people might see my work and imagine me to be a sweet little push over. Sadly for them, they are mistaken – whilst I can be sweet in my personal life, I have taken, and will take, action where necessary to protect my work.

Q: Apart from your etsy shop, where can we find you?:
Facebook: princedesignuk
Twitter: PrinceDesignUK
Pinterest: Elizabeth Prince
Blog: Gone Potty
Website: Elizabeth Prince

Elizabeth is a force to be reckoned with as a ceramics artist and a business woman (did you read what she does when people copy her work? – you go girl!). As a fellow Etsy seller I can only hope to one day be as successful as she is.

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As a special treat for my readers, Elizabeth will give 10% discount on all purchase until Christmas!!

Use the Coupon Code: CROCHETIME

 Go straight to the Prince Design UK Etsy shop by clicking here.

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