May has been a month of happy baby news with the safe arrival of Prince Archie, first son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Harry and Meghan. I am very much enjoying seeing their photos on Instagram and if you don't follow the Sussex Royal account, I would recommend it.
If you have a new addition to your family and are busy celebrating this happy time, I have put together a selection of baby related gifts, cards and stationery from Cardiff based designer maker Susannah Bulpin of oh! Susannah.
Susannah has a beautiful selection of cards available, as well as gift wrap, and gift ideas - baby grows and t-shirts or stunning prints for the nursery.
All of Susannah's range is available to buy through her website. To find out more about the maker behind the brand, check out her directory page.
Looking for an unique present or a new piece of art for the home? Alex Hughes aka Stitch City is having a 20% off sale on all embroidery in her Etsy store. Alex's collection is full of one of a kind beautiful bespoke pieces so this is your chance to own something really special. The sale will run until the 27th of May.
I caught up with Alex to find out when she started working with embroidery.
When did your love of embroidery start? Who inspired you?
I started embroidery in 2007 during my foundation Art & Design course. I knew I wanted to study illustration but I was never strong at drawing, and I was never really a fan of working digitally. I did a couple of small embroidery projects and they got good feedback, and so I went on from there. It was only later on in university that it became a proper obsession! I remember reading the books Illustration Play and The New Artisans at about this time and found the artists featured really inspiring, it helped me realise what is possible!
What has been your hardest project to date?
Some of my London Map wall hangings which are currently on sale, were complicated because of the scale of them and level of detail. They required a lot of patience to design as well as finish. Some of my custom pieces that I have made for people have also been really difficult to figure out, especially if the customer wants a lot of features and illustrations added, or large amounts of type. It can be really challenging to figure out how to fit everything in. But all the more rewarding when the work is done!
What has been your favourite?
I really loved making the "Wales - Natural Forms" map, which you can now get as a cushion or a wall hanging in the shop. I love how that one turned out. It may be the only piece of work I've made which I don't wish I could go back and make better!
Do you have any favourite stitch artists?
Tilleke Schwartz was a huge early inspiration for me, even though her work is totally different to mine, I really liked the visual diary style of it, and the use of lots of random type.
I follow a bunch of talented embroidery/textile folks on instagram; Tessa Perlow, Sarah K Benning, Lora Avedian, there are probably LOADS more, I am a fan of anyone who stitches! I highly recommend the "Mr X Stitch" instagram account for daily inspirations!
To browse the Stitch City collection, visit Alex's Etsy shop. Find out more about Alex and see further examples of her work on her directory page.
Is it really 2nd May already?! This year is speeding by and the weather seems to drastically change for one day to the next, making it even more of a challenge to know what month we are in.
But at least the end of April brought payday and if you are feeling like a splurge, our talented directory makers have released some amazing new products this month. I have put together a selection and please get in touch with the maker directly to purchase. Contact details can be found on their directory page.
Happy browsing! And let us know in the comments below which item you have your eye on....
Oes Wifi? Where's the Wifi Tshirt in four colour ways in a soft organic cotton. Available in sizes age 5 -12. From oh! Susannah £14.00 + free postage at the moment!
Glossy oilcloth tote bag with pink and coral dots, coral piped outside slip pockets, and oilcloth lining with inside zip pocket and key strap. Tommelise Danish Design.
Zac & Bella Polka dot romper (frill version). Available in sizes 6 months to 5 years. £32.00
Hand carved solid silver bee. Lou Gray Jewellery.
Hand printed leather clutch bags. Seascape Curiosities.
Ceramic postcard. £10 plus postage. Love and Lovelier.
Silk studs available in two sizes. Made from delicate pre-loved sari silks. p & d designs.
Mini zip top bag. Available in natural, wine and blue. £45 plus postage. Lynda Shell Textiles.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.