Welcome to the land of Clootielugs where squirrels, rabbits and their like rule the roost. I love to make and sew and find inspiration from many sources although nature in its many forms tends to be the thing that fires my imagination most often!

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Friday, 1 April 2011


With spring playing hide and seek still I decided to show the value of grey on this weeks Folksy Friday. Often used as a by-word for dull and boring I went on a search through Folksy to discover the beauty of this overlooked hue. Never disappointed by the Folksy sellers, I have, once more, found a stunning array of makes that show the tonal diversity and gorgeousness of the often maligned GREY.

First up is this cosy round cushion from Little Knitted House. Using two contrasting shades of grey wool offset with a warm cream, this cushion is further enhanced by a central grey button attached with ribbon and on the reverse side some tiny pearl effect beads.

This lovely pendant by JAustenJewelleryDesign is a great example of the tonal qualities of grey. The natural stripes of the agate combine with the curves of the heart to make a piece of wonderfully organic contrasts. The agate adds further interest due to naturally occurring variations; as maker Jacqueline explains "the gem is opaque in areas and translucent in other areas, giving a lovely feel to the piece."

With my own love of recycling textiles I was thrilled to find this gorgeous tote bag. Based in the Northwest of England near the beautiful Lake District designers "Cinnamon Girl" have dyed and printed recycled cotton fabric to make the bag which is entirely sewn by hand! I love honesty and think this deceptively simple design works fantastically on the dark slate grey background! On a more practical note - the bag is a perfect size don't you think?

I love birds and as visitors to my shop will have noticed I do make quite a few myself! I think these original printed cards by Ella Johnston Art are stunning and the use of soft grey inks against the cream card really adds to the gentle beauty of our native feathered friends. There is only one set in this colourway so if you're tempted you need to get in there quick!

Okay so this has bright yellow lining but doesn't it look great against the charcoal grey? I love this colour combination and the yellow stitching is the perfect finishing touch! Made by Folksy seller 'Pins and Needles' this Ipod cover also features a carefully stitched lead hole so you can plug in and tune out with ease!

Folksy artists 'Boy in Park' invite us to look at the world with fresh eyes. Through the use of their stunning photographic artwork they highlight and shed light on our relationship and interaction with everyday objects as well as our surroundings. In this image entitled 'Discarded Toy' the beach on which the toy lies has been allowed to 'fade to grey' and therefore the image of a child's abandoned/lost toy truck is very effectively brought rapidly into focus by the use of vibrant colour.


  1. Grey is a superb shade. I like to team it up with Turquoise or Yellow or Pink. Lovely descriptive Folksy post (-;

  2. I love Grey! Especially with yellow...

    Thanks for including my artwork. Love the description you have given it : )


  3. Grey is one of those fantastic shades that goes with every colour. It looks great in home furnishings, accessories, artworks and in jewellery. Best of all, it suits just about everyone, too!

    Thank you so much for featuring my heart pendant.

    Love Jacqueline x

  4. Great post Jill, I agree with Kawaii about the colour matches but it also looks great with a soft lime green.

    Thanks for including my wee cushion :)

    Ali x

  5. Gorgeous not-boring-at-all-grey choices. Love them all. Jacqueline's pendant is beautiful