Friday, 12 October 2012

Pop-Up Craft Fair - St Giles Centre, Elgin

The Artisans have rented a shop unit within the St Giles Shopping centre, Elgin and have their work on display until Sunday (so only two days left).  The unit is lovely and bright, just the right type of space for displaying good quality arts and crafts.

The above ceramic pieces are by guest artist, George MacKenzie, a local chap of Elgin. 
His work is spectacular and a must see!

If you are thinking of starting your Christmas shopping, this is a good place to start.

Oh, and we have Scottish Tablet - this is also a must!!  You will love it.
Opening hours - 10am - 5pm Saturday/Sunday 13th/14th October.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Spotlight on ........ Lichtsome Gems

Lichtsome Gems, hand crafted jewellery by Joyce Edwards.
Ever since she was a little girl Joyce has loved to make things, knitting, sewing, cross-stitch, card making to name but a few but my favourite is jewellery making.
Most of the pieces are one of a kind, and very seldom make two the same. She works with cultured freshwater pearls, mother of pearl, semi-precious stones and finish off every piece with sterling silver. She loves the luminosity and depth of colour of natural pearls, look closely at a pearl and it looks as if it is lit from within. With mother of pearl and semi-precious stones every bead is unique because of it`s natural and indivdual markings.
Joyce sells her pieces at local craft fairs and exhibitions organised by the Speyside Artisans.
To enquire about fairs or arrange to see her work at home you are most welcome to email me  

Monday, 23 April 2012

Indigo Dyeing

This is the result from indigo dyeing - photos courtesy of Sally at Ewe Can Too.  Sally runs spinning workshops, for more details you can contact her through her website.

What great colours!

Speyside Artisans x

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Art & Craft Exhibitionn and Fair

The Artisans will once again be occupying a shop unit within the St Giles Shopping centre this weekend.

The Pop-up Exhibition and Craft Fair will be open 10am - 4pm, Friday 7 October - Monday 10 October (Sunday 11am-4pm).

There will be a mix of arts and crafts with some new exhibitors; Claggan Soaps, Louise Hall Silversmith, Shaded Faces (portraits) and more.

You will find us in the old Evans unit (next to Orange Phone shop).

Look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Art and Craft Exhibition, Elgin

An art and craft exhibition will be taking place in St Giles Shopping Centre, Elgin on Saturday 20 August - Wednesday 24 August from 10am - 4pm (Sunday 11am - 4pm). The exhibition will be sited in the old Evans Shop Unit.

Demonstrations will be taking place throughout the event and we also have guest artists; Rachel Ashton. Rachel is a local artist from Huntly, is self-taught and produces beautiful soft landscape paintings.

Free entry and we are also fundraising for Help for Heroes.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Indigo Dyeing Workshops

On 11th June, Sally of Ewe Can Too held an indigo dyeing workshop at Durnhill Farm, Portsoy. They had great, if a bit messy, fun watching the greens turn to blue as the indigo met the air. A basket maker and a paper maker joined us, so as well as dyeing wool, cotton and silk we also turned willow and handmade paper some fabulous colours. Not content with shades of blue we got yellows from carrot tops and turmeric then popped in to the indigo vat! Some amazing greens resulted- especially on the willow!

Photos are to follow.

If you would like to find out more about indigo dyeing, please email Sally on

Monday, 13 June 2011

Diary of a Spinner - May 2011

At last the long dark nights knitting by the wood burner are gone. The lambs are in the fields and the shearer is busy. I wonder if the fleeces will be as stunning as they were last year. I always use local fleeces when I can. The farmers get such a poor price for their wool and are always pleased to have them used by a neighbourhood spinner.

I hope we are in for some sunny breezy days because I will soon be up to my armpits washing fleece (not my favourite job!) and if the weather isn’t kind it is a nightmare trying to get them dry. But it is satisfying to see the bags of fleece hanging in the shed ready for the next year of spinning, dyeing and knitting.

The dye stuffs are growing so soon my pots will be bubbling away. Gorse, nettles, bracken and fern are all excellent dyes that I use in the early summer. I like to get plenty of fleeces dyed ready to blend the colours as I get the inspiration.

You can see the results of my labours at fairs with the Speyside Artisans. Or perhaps you will join one of my informal workshops at my cottage on the Speyside Way.
For details visit Ewe Can Too