I am so proud to be around today – over 62% of the vote on same sex marriage in Ireland was a resounding and very proud YES!! I am celebrating with a flash sale of my Ireland/Rainbow flag scarves. Continue reading
My first sale through my Etsy shop, RainbowShed, happened today. I opened my shop on Sunday last week – or rather actually listed some items for sale – the shop has been open but empty since the end of January due to a series of hitches, a camera that couldn’t download images, a few tweaks to technique and construction, and a couple of days waiting for parts to arrive for the sewing machine to solve some issues with the sewing.
At times I felt I was never going to open my shop. But here we are, a week on, and my first sale has already happened. A friend saw some of the samples I had made, and requested a wide scarf, or wrap, which reflected her Caribbean roots.
A couple of hours later I came up with a design she loved after asking a lot of question about what was important to her and how she wanted to wear it. I also saw a new product for my shop – the wrap, to use wrapped around the shoulders, worn like a wrap or shawl, or like a hood or headscarf.
I listed this in my shop today so that she could buy it – and I already have some favourites on this wrap, and on the plain version without the map detail. My friend came round and loved her wrap, and bought it on Etsy, so I now have my first sale a week after opening properly.
My wrap has gone now – off it went out of my door, already smelling of my friend’s perfume, and wrapped around her shoulders. I must admit I had mixed feelings. I loved designing the wrap, and it was even better turning my design into reality on Friday. I took great care over making the wrap, making sure it was the best it could possibly be, and it is a milestone making my first sale, but now it feels strange not having it around.
I am making another design tomorrow morning, for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday, so I have my fabric and thread ready, I just need to cut out the fabric and stitch it together tomorrow, ready for the afternoon when we meet up for her birthday meal. I am moving on.
But there will always be a place for my first custom order – my baby is all growed up and leaving home…
A friend asked me to design her a scarf that would reflect her Caribbean roots and be big enough to act as a wrap or shawl to keep her hair beautiful, whatever the weather. I worked with her, choosing the colours of the Jamaican flag, black, green and gold.
If you love this scarf, order one made just for you from my Etsy shop, RainbowShed.
The flag of Jamaica is based on a Saltire design, which reflects the Scottish and Irish heritage of many on the island, and the Pan-African colours of black, gold and green are symbolic:
Black: represents the strength and creativity of the Jamaican people
Gold: represents the natural wealth of Jamaica and its beautiful sunshine.
Green: represents hope and the lush vegetation of the island.
The design I came up with features three stripes, green, gold and black, with Jamaica in black appliqued onto the central gold stripe, and the parish where my friend’s family comes from highlighted in red, to represent her strong connection with ties of blood to Jamaica.
The touch of red also reflects the red of the Ethiopian flag, representing strength, and linking this scarf to the Pan-African colours of red, gold and green, used in so many flags of African nations. The red of the Pan-African colours represents “the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry” from the constitution of the UNIA founded by Marcus Garvey, advancing ideas to promote social, political, and economic freedom for black people.
The style of this piece is really a wrap or shawl that can be used in many ways – as a scarf, as a hood, as a wrap around the shoulders, and to cover the hair. The width is approx. 45cm (17.5 inches), and the length is approx 150cm (59 inches).
You can customise your scarf by choosing the colour you want on the reverse side to the stripes.
You can choose from red, gold, green, black or mini leopard.
The wrap is made from soft, snuggly double layer anti-pill polar fleece, and features black fleece on the reverse side to the stripes.
For that touch of Caribbean sunshine, you can have the back of the scarf made from turquoise fleece with fluffy white clouds appliqued on, to bring a little Caribbean sunshine to a cold and grey day.
The map of Jamaica is at one end of the scarf so that it sits over the heart when the wrap is worn.
I love to work with people to design something special that reflects their identity. If you would like me to design something special for you, you can request a custom order, or ask me a question at my Etsy Shop, RainbowShed, or you can fill in the contact form on this blog to start a conversation about what you would like.
Tonight my Etsy shop is finally open for business! After setting a makeshift studio up in the kitchen – balancing the “wall of socks”* on the worktop – I took a gazillion photographs of my lovely sample scarves, balancing on a small buffet I usually use to sit on while grilling cheese toasties. Continue reading
The first rainbow prototype I made a couple of weeks ago had some serious issues. I sewed my strips together, one after another, and was left with more fabric than I needed at the end of each seam. By the end of the scarf construction, I had to cut off around 7 inches of fabric from the last strip. Continue reading
Frustration for me this week. I have had to postpone the opening of my Etsy shop for a week or two until I solve my camera problems. I have a great camera, but I am struggling with connecting it to my lap-top to download my pictures of the scarves I have made so far. I am sure I will be able to sort this out soon, but not sure when. Continue reading
I have spent all night working on my first listing for Etsy, thinking about what I would like to know as a customer (hopefully there may be one or two once the shop is stocked up). Continue reading