Hand Crafted Autumn Gift Guide
The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark
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Does anybody remember the story of ‘Plop’ the little barn owl in The Children’s book ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark?’ I gave myself a challenge this month to curate a fun and inspirational gift guide based around the story. I took Plop’s seven discoveries about the dark to help me, exciting, necessary, kind, fun, fascinating, wonderful and beautiful.
Hand-crafted products feel somehow exciting to hold in your hand and this fully operational nautical compass is no exception. You can make it extra special by having it hand engraved with a sentiment of your choosing, reminding the adventurer in your life of you in the midst of their exciting expeditions! Made from shiny brushed brass it has a sundial feature and lovely protective pouch.
It’s certainly not necessary to feel cold when you could be wrapped in these gorgeous knitted scarves as you step into Winter. Tangent Accessories have a stunning collection of hand crafted gifts, scarves and gloves made from 100% superfine lambswool. Each piece is made on a vintage knitting machine and hand finished to create its signature linear felted textures.
Make Your Own Fun
Can you imagine yourself wrapped beneath this beautiful handmade quilt, under the light of the stars? This quilt kit uses the map of Northern Star constellation as a pattern. You can personalise with embroidered details like a French knot milky way or you could even use glow in the dark embroidery thread! Available at The Shop Floor Project which is an on-line shop packed to the brim with hand crafted products worthy of keeping and passing down through generations.
Nurture your soul and take time out for yourself with this paper embroidery kit of a barn owl. Embroidering into paper is very therapeutic and this kit makes it easy to follow with a template showing exactly where to pierce. Each kit makes an A3 piece of art that you could hang in a magnetic poster frame or professionally frame with a double mount or box frame. They would make magical hand crafted gifts.
Who would forget seeing a parliament of owls discussing the business of the day? Too charming for words, Mountain & Molehill have used collaged Victorian illustrations to create this scene on their fine art paper shade. Handguilded, they are finished off with an exquisite hand applied gold detail ensuring no two are the same.
A Beautiful Surprise
Versatile for use indoors or out, create your own night sky with these beautiful handmade fairtrade stars. There are many designs and colours to choose from but I was taken by the antique white paisley-inspired design on this paper, set against the dark black background. 60cm in size it is sure to be a surprise element and talking point where ever you find it a home whether over a light bulb or with a battery set of LED lights wrapped inside it.
Fascinating to Watch
See the moon, night and day, with the handmade features on this little cushion peering out at you! Each moon shaped cushion is lovingly hand crafted by Laura using soft pale pink cotton velvet, with hand stitched wool felt appliqué detail. Made to order, Laura gives little behind the scenes, sneak peaks into their making over on her Instagram page too.
This figure of mother earth drapped over the moon was a piece of original art that artist Claudine Peronne has had printed onto a greetings card. This is part of a larger collection of animal, spiritual, art cards that she sells through Folksy.
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