Raspberry+Navy – Forest+Mint Block Printed Hankies

Unbelievably I returned from India a whole year ago! You can see my little picture story in this blog post

This is a little introduction to a new mini-range of ‘The Crafty Prawn’ Hankies
— made using fabric sourced while travelling in Rajasthan —
— from an amazing Aladdin’s cave type shop in Jodhpur —
— trundled back to the UK folded neatly in my rucksack —
— ready to use to make hankies + pocket squares for the fine folk of Etsy and beyond —
160111_indian block printing-01 — A pair of beautifully hand-crafted double-sided handkerchiefs —
— Made using high-quality genuine Rajasthani hand-block-printed 100% cotton —
— Hankies can personalised with hand-embroidered initials, name or text —
etsy_2_blog size-01THE HANDKERCHIEFS:
— very special set of two co-ordinating, patterned, monogrammed handkerchiefs —
— Perfect as…
~ a sweet personal gift for your Pa on Fathers Day or your Ma on Mothers Day.
~ a snazzy birthday present for your Grandpa or Grandma.
~ a treat for anyone who has some spectacles that need a regular polishing!
~ a thoughtful pressie for a green-minded mate who prefers the eco-friendly way of blowing your nose (no wasting trees here!)
— carefully hand crafted using two squares of co-ordinating fabric, resulting in a double-sided absorbent hanky —
— top-stitched with a co-ordinating coloured thread around the edge for a neat finish —
— hankies are totally reversible with no raw edges or seams visible —
— why not monogram-up your hankie with 1, 2 or 3 hand-embroidered initials for just £1.25 per letter —
— stitched entirely by hand, each letter is embroidered using colour-fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch —
***PLEASE NOTE: full name embroidery is also available – please contact me for a quote.***

— hankies measures – 33cm x 33cm or 13″ x 13″ —
— hand-embroidered initials are dinky, measuring approximately 1.5cm (W) x 1cm (H) [0.6″ (W) x 0.4″ (H)] —
— initials will be positioned in bottom left hand corner of the hankie, unless you specify otherwise —

— shown here in raspberry+navy and forest+mint colourways —
— you can choose any combination of indian block printed fabrics you like for your handkerchief set–
please choose-01Available to order via Etsy HERE

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A girly grateful-dead, sunshine-and-shadow quilt for Baby Maggie

#2 of recent ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made Quilts’…
…beginning with a request all the way from a father-to-be in New York…
…the result is a bright, girly but cool cot quilt…
…in sunshine-and-shadow layout – with personalised hand embroidered song lyrics – and bub’s full name…
You don’t get more customised than that!019_edit_sml…’quilt-owner-to-be’ was after something soft and girly but funky too…
pretty graphic and chintz florals
dusky pinks
mustard yellow
lime green
teal and soft blue
…combination of punchy polka dots, stripes and checks alongside unusual florals.
BLOG-01…personalised sunshine-and-shadow layout – the original of which can be seen here
…incorporating a quirky arrangement of customised text…
…a rather apt and sweet quote from Grateful Dead’s ‘Eye of the World’ no less…
“Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin’ brings,
your heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenin’s and songs of it’s own”BLOG_2-01…blues in the centre, to greens, then pinks, to yellows, finishing off with a bit of floral…
…quilted with simple grid lines on either side of the 3″ squares
…giving lovely texture but not detracting from the complex layout…
BLOG_3-01…customised hand embroidery stitched carefully in co-ordinating colours…
…some words highlighted with multi-coloured letters adding a touch of whimsy!review…and a happy customer’s review on etsy…

…happy days…

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Dusky Pink, Teal + Muted Tone Quilt for a Bronwin Bub

So despite the lack of quilt related posts, I have actually been lucky enough to be asked to make quite a few ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made Quilts’ this year. I’ve neglected blogging about them which results in them just sitting on my computer, hiding away like shrinking violets. So here’s #1…

A dusky pink, teal and muted tonal quilt – in a random patch layout – made especially for a little Bronwin bub.
I love making things for lovely families I know – makes it all the more special!
005_smlOriginally inspired by a cushion featuring William Morris’ Strawberry Thief print in a muted colourway, I put together a stylish, sophisticated but playful palette of vintage, new and collected plains, tones and patterns. There’s even a little bit of William Morris fabric thrown in – well, what would you expect for a quilt destined for a beautiful house in Islington, London!
With personalised custom hand embroidery in the form of the new bub’s full name and birthdate AND a little message from her doting aunties and uncle, this quilt is a total one off!blog-01 In an all over random-patch layout, with a teal polka dot binding and border around the hand-embroidered panels; and a subtle oatmeal pinstripe linen on the reverse.
Thank you Bronwins for asking me to make your newest family member a little quilt.
And here she is snuggled up in it…
izzyIf you’re interested in ordering a one of a kind ‘Crafty Prawn’ custom-made quilt a bit like this one, take a look at my The Crafty Prawn ‘Patchwork Quilt’ Section in my shop here and look out for the ‘MADE TO ORDER’ sticker!

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Crafty Prawn @ Little Seeds…October 2014

141012_Little Seeds Fair (1)_sml…a quick post about a little baby + kids fair The Crafty Prawn rocked up at – my 1st one in fact – back in October. Now a bit settled in my new home of Bristol, I thought I should start as I mean to go on, so took the leap to venture out of my online etsy land and into the big wide world of fairs. Baby, kids and their parentals came in their hoards to the Little Seeds Fair in Southville, Bristol and it ’twas a great trial run for BIGGER + BETTER fairs and markets in the future…
illustrator template for etsy listings-01…and ever so much thanks to my lovely fella who actually built my stand, helped with so many things, puts up with all my fabric and sewing related dramas, pretends to be interested in quilts, keeps me sane and kept me company all day at this fair…xx
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The Crafty Prawn will be at the Made in Bristol GIFT Fair @ Colston Hall on the 13th December this year!
(woo yey, hip hip, I hear you cry…)
GIFT brings the best of the region’s designer-makers to the heart of the city for a festive shopping showcase of creative talent. Located over four floors and featuring more than 100 designers, the Gift Fair is a vast emporium of unique handmade gifts.
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Crafty Prawn Hankies…gone international

A selection of some of the custom and personalised handkerchief orders I’ve been busy with since April this year…
…the simple little hanky has been quite a hit on the ‘ol Etsy after being given a Crafty Prawn re-vamp.

I use a range of new, vintage and up-cycled fabrics to create modern and striking double-sided cotton hankies…
…which can then be personalised with either initials (1, 2 or 3)
get creative and personalise with any message, inscription or memorable date…

140430_Wedding Hanky_blog-01~ wedding present for Heidy’s hubby in Toronto, CANADA ~
and some nice words from Heidy…
“I’m looking for an excuse to purchase something else from here.The quality and craftsmanship was superb. The entire process was quick and painless and Siobhan really makes you feel like a valued customer.

140502_blog-01~ Bit of a bulk order. I’m guessing it’s Susan’s hubby who REALLY likes hankies in Wyoming, UNITED STATES! ~

140519_Custom 'tears' hanky_blog-01~ A very heart-felt hanky for Victoria in California, UNITED STATES ~

140528_Anniversary Hanky_blog-01~ Another gift for a groom a bit closer to home in Bodmin, Cornwall ~

140601_blog-01~ stack of single assorted personalised initial hankies ~
…and some sweet things people have said about their hankies…
“Fantastic craftsmanship and speedy delivery! Customer service was excellent!” Ali in New Brunswick, Canada

“I ordered gorgeous embroidered hankies for my husband and father. Siobhan was fantastic to deal with and turned around my custom order very quickly. The personalised hankies were a great momento for my hubbie & dad on Father’s Day.” Emma in Ashgrove, Australia

“Thank you so much for this hanky. It was so nice of you to work with me to get the fabric combination I wanted. It went down really well as a gift. Love, love, love!!!” Elaine in Berkshire, UK140916_Green! blog-01~ and finally some gorgeous greens in Wokingham for Emma’s hubby on a wedding anniversary ~


…to order, please choose a fabric combination for your Crafty Prawn hanky (see 2nd image in listing) and make sure you tell me the which initials you’d like embroidered and which fabric selection in the ‘note to seller’.
…OR just send me a convo or ‘Ask a Question’, and we can discuss your specific requirements such as colours, initials and any other requirements you may have. I will then create a special listing with your individual requirements and price.

Happy Hanky-ing.

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