Thursday, 24 November 2011

New Items Now Available on Etsy!

 I've been a busy little bee the last few days trying to take photos and upload new items to my Etsy shop. I'm getting there slowly but surely and now I'm going to share some photos of these new items with you. More photos are available on both Etsy and Flickr so feel free to check them out and spread the word...

Orange and Green Clips and Bobble Set

These bright and beautiful clips and hair bobble are available to buy (here)

Clip and Bobble Set with Handmade Ceramic Buttons

Perfect for the first day back to school after Christmas, this set is available to buy (here)

Pink Floral Hair Clips

And, pretty in pink, these too are available (here)

There are many more items available on Etsy so please hop over and check them out.

As you know I have been selected for Manchester Craft Mafia's Craft Market on December 10th at The Whitworth Gallery from 10am-5pm. Yesterday I made myself some invites, this one is a little blurry but you are still invited nonetheless! Please come and join me for a great day full of beautiful Hand Crafted items from makers around Manchseter...


And finally, a great little bit of news! I had my meeting with Jen at H'atelier yesterday at her shop and studio in Manchester (it's beautiful!) and I got myself a placement with her! I start in January and will be there for a few months. Her hats are truly beautiful one off designs and I am truly honoured to be working with her.

So there we are, a brief little update, more items to come on Etsy over the next few days and weeks as I am busy busy busy crafting ready for December 10th. It would be great to see you there, so please, stick the date in your diary and in the meantime...

Happy Crafting! x

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Christmas Cards

Well I said I'd been busy crafting and here are the first few photos of what I have been up to...Christmas Cards. Free machine embroidered with buttons and ribbons attached these cards will hopefully make my friends and family very happy over the festive season. Here are some of my favourites!







Happy Crafting x

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Bonfire night and beyond...

Well Bonfire night ended up being a little bit of a flop as sickness struck the boyfriend, however and, rather meanly I still went out with my family to a celebration in a town called Lewes in Sussex. 

Every year they hold a major carnival, parade type event where the people of the town gather with torches (as in fire on a stick) and dress up setting off fireworks and bangers in the street as they walk through the town. It's VERY un-P.C. and highly dangerous going against probably EVERY rule in the Health and Safety handbook but it is a fantastic event with thousands of pounds worth of fireworks going off in massive displays throughout the town after the parade.

Thanks to the illness that struck the boyfriend down and left him in bed for days we never made it to the lace exhibition after all but I still intend to go, no matter what!

Over the past few days and since we have been back I have been crafting for my life making Christmas cards, Christmas presents and many other things in preparation for the fair I am doing on Friday 18th November at Croft Primary School. I have also been selected by Manchester Craft Mafia to take part in their annual Christmas Market at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, ih December which is VERY exciting!

I have also discovered THE most amazing website and the cutest trimming in the world. Ribbon Girl sells buttons, ribbons, trimming and much much more. The ladies that run it (a mother and daughter team) are so great and take so much care in the presentation of your much anticipated purchases. Wrapped in tissue and individually packed in little waxed paper packets I bought some polka-dot buttons and metres of ribbon, divine twine and tiny pom pom trim- SO cute!

In other news I have a meeting with Jen Scott-Russel of H'Atelier in the next few weeks with regards to a placement after Christmas, which sounds great. Jen makes beautiful hats both bespoke and off the shelf each hand crafted to a very high standard.

So, I've been busy busy busy and will have some photos of the various things I have been up to very soon.

P.S. I saw the Coca-Cola advert on T.V in the X-Factor break the other day so Seasons Greetings as my festive season has now begun! 


Monday, 31 October 2011

Wish you were here...

At the moment there are some FANTSTIC exhibitions on wherever you are in the country but I've picked out 4 of my favourites from some of the galleries I love to visit, a sort of 'To Do' list if you like and I thought I might share it with you.

1. Donna Wilson at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire.
There's an article all about her in this months CRAFS magazine- in fact, she's on the cover. Wilson is a scottish designer who brings her playful collection of knits to Yorkshire from the 19th November. Check it out here.

2. Leonardo da Vinci at The National Gallery, London.
Now obviously Leonardo won't be there himself but this is an exhibition of his paintings (the largest ever) and it should be a stunner. I recon well worth a visit to London just to see it, and maybe a stop in on my friends Lou and Laura on the way...and on the way back! It starts on November 9th and you can check it out here.

3. Reggie's Roller Palace by Olivia Brown at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales.
Ruthin is one of my favourite galleries to go to, the space is fantastic and the shop is also rather good for a cheeky shopping trip too! The exhibition houses over 100 canine spectators to the Canine Rola-Dance. The exhibition is accompanied by 'Baskets' in gallery 3 which features 9 Contemporary Artists working within the art of basketry. You can check them both out here but best get there sharpish as these close on November 6th.

4. Lost in Lace at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.
This is a groundbreaking exhibition showing Lace as you've never seen it before. Work from international artists including one of my favourites Michael Brennand Wood. The exhibition runs until Feb 19th 2012 but I'm going to see it on Sunday, very excited! You can check it out here.

Let me know if you get to see any of them and what you think. I'll update you next week on the lace exhibition.

Happy visiting! x

Sunday, 30 October 2011

A New Start

So, Devon didn't quite turn out to be the heaven I thought it would be so...I decided to move back home- up North. My parents are naturally loving me for the move and the return of all my things, but I've picked myself up, dusted myself off and as the song goes, started all over again!

For 4 months I lived in Devon, working on the farm and also at my placements. I worked at the British Wool Marketing Board in a male dominated environment (which was daunting to say the least), at Cold Harbour Mill- definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself in that area of the country, and at Fox Brothers, in historic surroundings preparing sample cards for prestigious clients! Thought I'd share with you some pictures of my time...

...At Cold Harbour Mill...
Cones on the Warping Creel
Plying Yarns

Cupboard in the Dye House

Colour Palette?

Old Spools...

...And at Fox Brothers...

Shop Stock

Current Collection

Clock In, Clock Out the Current Stock

You can see more of those images on my Flickr Photostream along with more pictures of the farm and my time in Devon.

Since I have been back, I have well and truly been getting my Craft on again, developing new ideas and products for my new Etsy shop 'Handmade by Charlotte Nash' and for local craft fairs, so keep your eyes peeled there.

I will be at Croft Primary School on November 18th for their Ladies Shopping and Pamper night so if you are around, come and join in the fun- if not keep an eye open after that date for new additions to my shop perfect for Christmas gifts!

In the meantime, it's good to be back and wishing you all Happy Crafting! xx

Monday, 28 March 2011

Roll on the Good Times!

I've turned Italy down, all three of us that applied for the placement got it and were offered 4 months each as a compromise from the original 6 month placement. But I've turned it down, I'm just not the adventurous travel abroad type and besides the stuff I have organised for my placement in Devon is really exciting!

I know it's chicken of me but I'm just not brave enough, it did push me to get back in contact with Heathcoat Fabrics (which I originally got turned down for) and have now re-applied for a placement there.

Finally we have only 3 things to hand in before we finish year 2 of Uni, it's gone by too quickly. I'm so busy typing my 2 essays trying to get them done before Easter so I can have my first proper rest in 6 months. In 5 weeks I will have completed my second year and I will be half way through my degree, scary.

In the meantime I'm waiting on the results of my latest hand in (pictures to follow) and to see if I have won anything in the Bradford Textile Competition. I'll let you know as soon as I know.

Happy Crafting, x

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Italy Calling...

With my placement year fast approaching I am waiting for a trip at Easter to Devon to finalise plans with several companies there, meanwhile Italy calls.

A placement opportunity has become available at Forza Giovane a company who produce trims and embroideries. The placement is for six months with accommodation paid for and only bills to not to be missed I think- especially as Italy is the only country I feel more at home in than England!

With this in mind I'm busy frantically putting together my CV and a small photographic portfolio of work which I am to submit tomorrow. So in my madness I thought I'd take a few minutes out to share my favourite with you, hope you like it...

Spiral Edging
Spiral Crochet Edging

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Every Girl Wants...

A McDonalds for Valentines day!? Thats what I got, no romantic meal for two, oh no, a chicken nugget meal and a vanilla milkshake followed by 'East is East' film and crispy cakes- oh and a card! A perfect valentines day?
Hope yours was good, love x

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Craft Market

Yesterday, Louisa, Laura and I went to the first of Fifi's Craft Markets in Sheffield to run a stall and raise a bit of money to help us through our time at uni. 

Unfortunately the market wasn't too successful. Despite the fantastic range of stands and the variety of items on offer there wasn't enough foot fall to make the time spent worth it. There just didn't seem to have been enough publicity of the fair and in the afternoon Laura and I ended up going out with fliers which seemed to improve the situation. It was a shame as Fiona seemed really nice but unfortunately I think an opportunity was missed. May it be a lesson learnt for next time.

Anyhow, for me it was relatively easy to get stuff together for the fair as I have a few things left over from the last fair I did and I took the stock from my Etsy shop. For Louisa and Laura though they made lots of new things and will be updating their own Etsy shops over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

Louisa is online at: and
and Laura at:

We are now thinking of setting up our own craft fair so watch this space...

On the uni side of things, not much progress this week but I am experimenting with some unusual 'yarn' with some interesting results and doing some large drawings to inspire my samples.

Best wishes...x

Saturday, 5 February 2011

New Year, New Me...

Well, after getting back to Uni in September I've been a bad blogger, I've hardly updated and I've completely lost track of everything. So, new year, new me. New years resolutions? I don't really keep them but this year I am making a conscious effort to...
  1. Read more,
  2. Be more organised,
  3. Have a clear out,
  4. and now, to blog more.
I started a Blog for all the wrong reasons really, I did it because we got told at Uni that it was a good idea to chart progress and to start a public profile, which I guess it is- as long as you do it REGULARLY! Which I have failed to do since I went back in September, so from now on a serious effort will be made.

It's already February and I've let a whole month slip away but I have been busy. In December I took a trip back to the farm in Devon- in the snow, got a new camera (which I am very excited about and for the first time will be sharing my camera images) and then of course there was Christmas and the work for our second assessment. After Christmas there was the obligatory New Year celebrations (and more uni work) and then I began...the clear out.

This year is to be a big year, full of change. I am to complete the second year of my degree and go on my placement year. I will be moving down to Devon (the furthest I will ever have been away from home), to the farm where I will stay for 12 months and travel around to relevant work placements. As currently I have two rooms (one at home and one at uni) packed with 'stuff' I decided that with such massive change coming my way I needed to clear out and streamline. I am ashamed to say that I have shed a whole wardrobe full of clothing and at least 10 pairs of shoes already and still have almost 2 wardrobes still full of stuff! I am being selective about what I am keeping and will be holding a stall at the local car boot sale in May, along with a couple of craft fairs to try and sell my Etsy stock and hand spun yarns.

London was a fantastic trip, taken as a research week from uni, we went from 23rd-25th Jan and had a great time visiting galleries, exhibitions and fitting in a musical. We presented our work for assessment and are already ploughing full speed into the next project. With one of four modules out of the way and two halves of two other modules already gone, time is fast elapsing; before we know it will be Easter and the course will have been completed for the second year with only the I's to dot and T's to cross.