During my recent trip to Freiburg I spent most of the time walking around and I discovered really nice shops. I started writing down the addresses as a reminder to myself but then I thought that it would be a good idea to share my experience on the blog, so I put together this little shopping guide and map. It is based on my interests, so most of the shops mentioned are art/craft related. It was a pleasure to go exploring around the relaxed, car-free city centre on a summer day and browse all these shops. It made me very envious too:... [Lire la suite]
So this is the list of the shops shown in the map above, organized by category.Fabric/Yarn/Haberdashery:One of the reasons why I didn't want to come back to Dublin. In Freiburg the shops selling textiles and yarn are many, and most important: I like what they sell.- Garconne (Gerberaustrasse 7b): fabrics, trimmings, clothing, sewing workshops.- Welt der Handarbeit (Salzstrasse 37-39): yarns and accessories for knitting, crocheting, embroidery and other needlework. Fabrics (specially Aida and linen for embroidery), kits and patterns in... [Lire la suite]
Art/Antiques/Curios: Difficult to visit all of them on a short trip. These are some that caught my eye.- Langenbeck (Gerberaustrasse 6): metal antiques and replicas for period hauses. Beautiful period tiles from Replicata.- Silvia Steinhauser (Gerberaustrasse 10): Antiques and deco shop. Items from Green Gate.- W. Scherb Antiques (Kartauerstrasse 32): small antiques shop.- Teppichgalerie Pir (Konviktstrasse 49): antique oriental rugs.- Galerie Springmann (Schusterstrasse 25): art gallery, fine prints.- Antiquitaten am Schwabentor... [Lire la suite]
Every time I start learning a new craft technique I always have the intention of beginning with the basics and following the instructions step by step to increase the difficulty of the projects. But I never get too far doing this. As soon as I can produce something similar to what is proposed in 'lesson 1' I start dreaming the most ambitious projects and I walk away from the academic path and start exploring the technique on my own. The latest example of this are my kumihimo experiments: on day 1 I learnt how to cast on and make the... [Lire la suite]
These days I am working on a series of fabric brooches for my Esty shop and writing down notes for new accessories I'd like to make soon. At the same time I am putting together a Google map with nice shops I visited in my recent holiday in Freiburg, Germany, that will be posted here next week. Stay tunned!
The young crafter has a new toy brought from her recent trip to Germany: a kumihimo tool :-) Since all the instructions in the kit were in German I had to browse the internet for some help to get me started. I learned the very basics with this video and kept myself busy during the holidays experimenting with the different results obtained by putting the colours in a different order in the beginning. Now I have to keep researching the technique. I'll keep you updated!
*akka design* has now a business page on Facebook. If you become a fan you can keep up with shop updates and other news related to the Etsy shop.
Walking around Freiburg and discovering pattern and texture: