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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You won’t lose these pocket-handkins!

“Sally Henny-penny, have you found three pocket-handkins?”

If you’re well acquainted  with the Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle you’ll get my drift, otherwise you’ll think I’m mad…
These are some handkerchiefs I made for my Pa, Sean Milne – you can see his beautiful artwork here – for his birthday a few weeks ago.

Two sets of double-sided monogrammed hankies…
…with hand-embroidered initials and co-ordinating top stitched edges.

blog-01blog2-01I’m open to receiving custom orders for these – do you have a special wedding or event coming up…? Or know someone who ACTUALLY uses handkerchiefs on a daily basis – maybe they’d like some special ones?
Contact me via my shop, The Crafty Prawn

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Geometric ‘Sunburnt Panda’ Patchwork Quilt

This quilt got a lot of attention when I posted some pictures on facebook – but as yet no sale – so thought it deserved it’s own special blog post, with some behind the scenes making shots!

Wonderfully bold geometric ‘Sunburnt Panda’ patchwork quilt.
Fully reversible with modern black & white off set chevron patchwork on one side, a funky graphic animal print on the other; and a striking stab of red for the binding, stitching and one arrow…read on to find out more!

On sale NOW in my Etsy shop here, this quilt features, among other animals, pandas and with the red accents, I’ve named it Sunburnt Panda! Sure to deliver a punch of geometric style and graphic pattern to a toddler’s bedroom or brighten up your living room with a bold combination of black & white offset chevrons and unique funky animal pattern.
inspiration & fabric…
…classic colour combination of black and white, with a punch of red to blow your panda socks off!
…the star of this quilt is the unique ‘White Safari’ fabric (by Timeless Treasures), which features a whole menagerie of black and white animals, to name but a few…pandas, zebras and magpies.
…pieced together from hundreds of 100% cotton black & white half square triangles arranged to form the off-set chevron pattern; with one striking red arrow positioned in the right-hand corner.
…made using ‘Hobbs heirloom’ quality 80% cotton 20% polyester batting – quilt is light but surprisingly very warm.
…edged with handmade double thickness red binding, giving a lovely cohesion to the red accents scattered through the quilt.
…comes with a special ‘The Crafty Prawn‘ fabric label attached on the reverse of the quilt…
the quilt…

…nice and big measuring approx. 45” x 60” (114cm x 152cm)
…perfect size for…
…a generous baby quilt…
…toddler/children’s bedding…
…a fabulous sofa throw or blanket for everyday use.
…a truly unisex item, perfect for both funky girls and boisterous boys!…
…quilt is fully reversible, with a fabulous graphic animal print on the reverse (or front – whichever way you want to look at it!)
the special bits…
…machine-quilted using a combination of accent red coloured thread and invisible black and white on the geometric side; and simple white on the animal side.
…quilting detail gives a lovely highlight to the geometric pattern, while the invisible quilting through the chevrons add to the textural quality of the quilt and demonstrates real attention to detail!
…quilt can be used from toddler-hood when you’re little one can pick out the pandas, through to adult-hood, when the modern geometric pattern will still be right on-trend!
etsy2-01_sml060_edit_sml…thank you!…
…want it? buy it here
…shipped within 1-3 days…

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Bold-Floral-Modern-Girly Name Bunting

Untitled-1So here is a little post about some special bunting for a little baby called Epma, or Erma, in Bulgaria. The Crafty Prawn’s first Cyrillic name bunting! A custom order from my architect friend to greet a friends new baby into the world! Given free reign to create a new colour and fabric combination – my first name bunting destined for a little girl – I went for a floral but bold and funky feel, which could also be perfectly good for a little boy – as long as you’re not prejudiced against flowers. I don’t really go in for the whole ‘pink for girls, blue for boys’ thing – so boring – so this poppy, modern alternative may be just the thing your looking for!
fabric selection2These gorgeous, crisp and modern flowers on a bright red background was sourced from my local fabric shop and has the stamp ‘Darling’ on the selvedge…but I’ve never heard of this brand/manufacturer and it seems google’s never heard of it either, so if anyone knows anything about ‘Darling’ fabric, please let me know!

Anyway, back to the bunting…we’ve got mod-style flowers, yellow polka dots, blue little spots, vibrant red, sunshine yellow…what more could you want?bunting on brick (13)_edit_smlbunting on brick (11)_edit_smlillustrator template for etsy listingsbunting on brick (9)_edit_smlThis bunting has all the usual ‘Crafty Prawn’ high quality features such as double-sided reversible flags, a ‘Crafty Prawn’ fabric label’ and hand-cut applique letters with decorative running stitch detailing. But this bunting is extra special with two star flags on either end of the name section, this is a really nice added detail for shorter names – such as Epma!

And I hope you’re enjoying my new photographs – taken out and about in Rotterdam. I aim to do these kind of shots for every product I make, for the natural light, the nice textures you can find outside and being a bit of country bumpkin at heart, I grab any chance to get outside and mingle about with the leaves and flowers. Luckily I found some triangular brick paving, which gives a lovely contrast to the bright, bold triangles of the bunting!
Here are a few more shots of me and my bunting bumbling about in the flowers, didn’t quite make the cut for Etsy, but pretty all the same. Can you see me? I pretty much blend into the roses!
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This personalised name bunting is available to buy at The Crafty Prawn Etsy shop here, or get in touch with your own range of colours and we can create a custom-made selection just for you!

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