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If you've been following me here, on Instagram or Twitter for any period of time you will recognise my yarn bowl. My yarn bowl was my first ever Mother's Day gift and I loved it instantly. I spotted it at Unravel and while I wasn't looking, my mum swooped it up to present to me a few weeks later. I loved it instantly, presenting it with my current sock wip for it to house in all it's splendour. I've used and used this beautiful handmade bowl and snapped it many times to show my current knitting project or yarn obsession.
I wanted to share a little about Wendy's talent for creating yarn bowls that not only look stunning when holding my current wip on the sideboard but also don't snag. These bowls are high on wow factor, often attracting admiring comments, but they're also totally functional. This is something that pleases me enormously. Tools that make life just a little bit easier and prettier are pretty much perfection in my mind! I pop the cake of yarn inside, thread my working yarn through the hole and it spins along merrily, snag free and stops anything from getting snarled and angry. Calm and pretty knitting- divine!
Wendy creates each unique bowl by hand using stoneware clay before adding a beautiful glaze. I fell in love with the different glaze effects the first time I saw them and blame Wendy for my growing obsession with hand thrown, hand glazed ceramics. I love the bumps, nubbs and little fluctuations that makes each piece to individual.
"I started making yarn bowls about 4 years ago after I was asked to make some by Helen at Woolly Chic. She wanted some to sell on her crochet stall at wool shows. I had quite a bit of technical difficulties at first and very nearly gave up! But after experimenting more I got it sussed! I then started making them to sell myself and that started on my road of many woolly shows! I throw the bowls on the potters wheel and when they have dried a bit I trim the base and then cut the slot and holes. As I am a knitter I like to think I know what is needed in a yarn bowl. I make them deep enough for a good sized ball and always make sure they are lovely and smooth so they don't snag the yarn. I find I'm thinking of new designs all the time, I've recently added small holes to the bowl to attach stitch marker rings to hold stitch markers to the bowl. I make doubles and recently a triple bowl. These are good for holding multiple balls of yarn." - Wendy Fowler
"My Sea houses bowls are inspired by my visits to our coast and the quirky sea side houses that can be seen. I love the free painting and the use of ceramic wax crayons to outline the houses. They all have a row of bunting around the top. I love making yarn bowls and have some lovely feedback from happy customers!" - Wendy Fowler
As someone who crafts, I really love the fact my tools and notions are handcrafted too. It feels like a circle of makers, supporting our creative endeavors- it really resonated this month when I'm thinking about my own Creative Identity and what that means to me. I think I can safely say that I much prefer purchasing from creative businesses where you can really see the way their hands have worked to make something special. When I work with beautifully made items, it inspires me to complete projects as best I can. I want to make inspiring things too!
If you want to learn more about Wendy and here work, you can visit her website here to see an impressive portfolio of exhibitions. She'll be vending at Fibre East this coming July and also has an Etsy store, Wendy Fowler Pottery.