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Handwoven Excellence: An Interview with Nutfield Weaver

This week’s interview features Kate Kilgus of Nutfield Weaver. Kate is located in Londonderry, New Hampshire, home of Stonyfield Farms Yogurt.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been weaving for over ten years. When I was about 30, my husband signed me up for a six week “Introduction to Weaving” class, thinking that I might enjoy an occasional creative diversion (our boys were 1 and 3 at the time). It was love from the first go. I felt instantly at home while sitting at the loom. I also like to spin and to knit, but I do this for personal enjoyment (I make a pair of handknit for my husband every Christmas). I also like to run and have completed 3 half-marathons. I enjoy mountain hiking and spending time at the coast with my family.

What special things do you create for weddings?
My handwoven lace wedding accessories include ring bearer pillows, petal cones, and wedding purses. I’m gradually working some clothing into my line. I hope to have a bridal shawl available by late summer. A client recently asked me to make a guest book cover for her, so I’m working on these as well.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I stumbled onto the wedding accessory path by accident. I’d dabbled with dishtowels and scarves, but there were already a lot of these items available on Etsy and my Etsy success was confined to the occasional “heart.” In December 2008 I wove some lace fabric for sachets to give as gifts for Christmas. The sachets were really well-received by family and friends, so I figured that I might have found something special there. I designed my first ring bearer pillow in April 2009 and haven’t made a dishtowel since.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I work with very fine threads. My spot weave lace fabric has a “sett” of 30 ends per inch, meaning that if I want to weave fabric that is 20″ wide, I need to manage at least 600 threads during the warping process. It takes me 8-10 hours to dress my loom — and then I can start weaving!

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
I would have loved to have worn a fascinator or any of the other pretty hair accessories that are created by Etsy artisans these days.

What is your favorite wedding song?
Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” My parents had that piece played for their wedding in 1965, and my husband and I had it played during our ceremony as well in 1990.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Personally, I liked shopping for my dress – I wore a Priscilla of Boston white cotton lace gown.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Well, my husband and I have been married for nearly 20 years and we’re raising two boys. There have been some bumps in the road, but overall it has been a great ride. Don’t sweat the small stuff – I guess that has helped us out.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
My husband and I married young; I was 2 weeks out of college. We were 22 and didn’t have a lot of money. We got into our car and drove to North Carolina, where we stayed at a charming Bed & Breakfast in Dillsboro. We’d love to go back there someday.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
I’m always thrilled to have one of my Nutfield items chosen by a bride for her wedding. However, in fairness to the question, I would be really pleased to have one of my accessories selected by Barbara Pierce Bush, President Bush’s daughter, should she decide to marry someday.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
If every bride could have one item from my shop, I’d want her to have one of my tissue holders. It is something that can be carried all of the time and could serve as a long-term visual and tactile of her wedding day. I carry one of these around in my purse; it makes me feel pretty, even on my worst days.

Links where we can find out more about your work:
I have a wee blog where people can find out more about my work: Nutfield Weaver Blog
I’m also on Twitter at Nutfield Weaver Twitter Link.


Item of the day: Lilly Single Strand White Swarovski Pearls necklace from Jurgita Handmade

Our item of the day comes from Etsy Wedding Team Member Jurgita Handmade. This necklace features hand beaded flowers and leaves from White swarovski Pearls and Clear Swarovski Crystals. This is a beautiful accessory that will complement many wedding day ensembles. Check out Jurgita Handmade’s shop on Etsy for a variety of bridal jewelry and accessories.



Accessorize your hair & more: An interview with Hair Bows Wonderworld

This week’s interview features Lynn of Hair Bows Wonderworld. Lynn is located across the pond in the wonderful Manchester, United Kingdom.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a mother of three under 5’s and I am married to the love of my life. I’ve been crafting forever as a hobby, but I’ve been on Etsy just for around a year, and I love it. Three years ago, I started making hair bows for my own daughter, and my love for ribbon grew! As a matter of luck, I found out an original way to make my ribbon rose, which lately has become rather popular amongst my bow making community. I even created an instructional E-book on how to make it, You can find it here. I didn’t stop there. I kept looking for new way to make other types of flowers out of ribbon. Each new flower is a new challenge to me. Many of my friends then told me I should venture into the bridal market, and because I always loved wedding the way a child loved a fairy tale, I thought I should give it a try, that’s when I started to carry bridal hair accessories in my store and later bridal bouquets! Later on I tried my luck with different materials other than ribbon and now I love to make fabric flower, too. Most of my flowers are made out of ribbon – many types of ribbon. I aim for a real look with my ribbon flowers. Besides, I do fabric flowers with more of an abstract look, too. My flowers are durable and will stay pretty and fresh with you for a life time and beyond.

What special things do you create for weddings?
Anything with flowers in it, mostly bouquets and hair accessories. I am a flower addict (grin). I love to do custom order, too, so when being asked to make items to match, I do also boutonniere, corsage/wrist corsage, ringbearer pillow, flower cake topper , flower girl basket and centerpiece etc as well.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I love making beautiful things, I love it when people fall in love and get married. It’s like a fairy tale with such a happy ending, you know, when in the end people all are so kind to each other, and the main heroes – the couple – live together happily ever after. Making wedding-related items for people who are getting married gives me a chance being a part of this fairy tale again and again.


What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I taught myself to make all the flowers I used in my bouquets. People used to ask me ‘what instructions do you use?’ and in fact there is no instructions. My great inspiration is nature. I love to look at the flowers, admire their beauty and try to imitate them using ribbon or fabric. I started with roses, and now in my portfolio, I’ve got rose, orchid, peony, lotus, hibiscus, lilly, daffodil, dahlia, daisy, hydrangea, ranunculus… My brides have been a great source of inspiration for me, too. Many times the most interesting ideas come from my brides and I love to bring their visions to life. Sometimes it seems to be impossible it makes the task almost like a challenge – I’ll need to find a way to do it, and find it quickly. You cannot imagine how happy I am once it’s been figured out and turns out beautifully.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
Make my own bouquet, and my bridesmaid bouquet, and my hair fascinator, and my favor, and my invitation, and my centerpieces, and… LOL

What is your favorite wedding song?
I love Wagner’s bridal chorus and Elton John’s can you feel the love tonight.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Children

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Just relax, be happy and be yourself. In the end this IS YOUR wedding! Plan ahead of time and accept help!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Australia, where I first met my husband

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
The celtic women, Celine Dion, Martha Stewart.


If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
My Blooming Marvellous Rose

What are links where we can find out more about your work:
Hair Bows Wonderworld Blog
Hair Bows Wonderworld Etsy Shop

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