Sprogs And Sprouts

Three Girls, Three Corners of the World All Joined In The Middle…East that is!

The Sprogs & Sprouts story began, unbeknownst to us, several years ago in the deserts of Doha, Qatar. We girls would spend every Monday night at a different member’s home each week. We would eat a lovely meal, we would commune over projects whether it be knitting, crochet, spinning, or dying. We would talk of our latest travels and plans. It was warm. It was delicious. It was where we learned lots about knitting and where kindred spirits were knit together. We were a group of tremendous diversity and culture and the one thing we all found without fail is that the

the one language we all spoke together fluently was spun into yarn and stitches. Did you know that knitters can hold an entire conversation with each other on say a Tuk-Tuk through the mountains of Thailand and never speak a single word? We can learn and touch and form an instant friendship by simply clicking needles.

Several years after leaving the arid, shifting sands of Arabia, most members of our Doha Knitters group are spread far and wide throughout the world, but with technology today, that means nothing! Sprogs and Sprouts is no longer the passion, vision, or ambition of a single knitter, our founder Kelly (who is currently taking a break to focus on work and family). We are now three strong of some amazing knitters and fiber artists and we come to you from three different corners of the world! Karen is currently snowed in in the South Norway, Cheryl is sunning herself in Beerwah Queensland, Australia and Kelly is breathing the fresh Appalachian mountain air of Northeast Tennessee in the United States.

We hope that you will follow and love and shop! We thank you in advance!

Karen, Cheryl and Kelly

ETSY shop: www.SprogsAndSprouts.etsy.com

Crochet Monkie

Crochet Patterns and how it started.

My name is Yvonne. I am a graphic designer by education, and I live in the beautiful town of Kristiansand in the South of norway.

I have been crocheting since I was a teenager. In the beginning I used to make up something along the way, I just started crocheting. Usually without any good plan of what I was doing, and sometimes even without any plan at all. The result often matched the lack of planning, and I must admit I created a few strange and funny looking “can’t-be-used-for-anything”‘s during those early years. But it was so much fun!

A few years later when I was in my 20’s I started buying crochet patterns, and a whole new world opened up to me. I remember it felt kind of like magic when all of a sudden the stitches were put into system, and the result was actually something I could be proud of.
I made doilies, table cloths, baby dresses, jackets and hats.
I got experienced after a while and I went back to doing what I did as a teen, making it up as I go. Only this time I knew a little better what I was doing. And most of the time, not allways though, the finished product looked very similar to the ideas in my head.

It’s only recent, the last year or so, I started writing down what I was doing. Even that is fun. First I write the patterns in Norwegian. When I’m done I go through it over and over again to make sure there are no mistakes or spelling errors. When I am happy with it, it’s time to translate it into English. The Norwegian and English crochet terms are very different, so I need to be focused and very concentrated. I think I can say the process of making the pattern takes as much time, sometimes more, as the crocheting itself. But I love every part of it.

I opened my shop in July 2014, but I didn’t start to list any items until November the same year. I also have to mention I have a “business partner”, my 8 year old son. Sometimes he helps me with ideas, and I must admire him for willingly being my test-model for a lot of my (sometimes very girly) creations.

ETSY shop: www.CrochetMonkie.etsy.com

Handmade Norway

HandmadeNorway combines my passion for sewing, beautiful fabric, pattern and colour. Whatever item you choose, you can be sure that you will receive one of a kind design using unique fabric that you will not easily spot elsewhere, be it modern, Scandinavian or beautifully sourced European vintage fabric. New items and designs are added regularly, so do keep checking back.

All my products are handmade and stored in my smoke free and pet free Norwegian home studio.
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If you wish to have an item especially made for you, do not hesitate to contact me by sending me a message. Custom orders, feedback, questions and comments are all welcome!

Thank you for supporting handmade 🙂

ETSY shop: www.HandmadeNorway.etsy.com

Black crane cration

To share beauty with the world

I have always been fascinated by animals and costumery. Ever since I I was little my mother would create costumes for me for the carneval each year in kindergarden and school. During my childhood I was a bat, a turtle, a native american, a viking, a butterfly and many more. Seing my mothers creativity sparked my own and led me on the path towards my own costumes. And when cosplay became a thing at conventions in Norway I finally got the chance to unfold that creative need.

I also have a passion for masks, giving me the opportunity to become something else, preferably something mystic or badass. It gives variety.
Most of my masks are asian inspired, with my own little twist.

I still do cosplay and it has been a wonderous journey to where I am now with many things learned both from success and failure, and I have never been afraid to share what I learned to others.

And then there is my other passion: Horns and antlers.
Being natural things their shape and pattern has always been a great source of wonder to me. For the body of an animal to arrange these wonderous shapes, often quite symmetrical, with a fascinating texture, is to me a thing of beauty.


It’s hard to explain why, but when you find a perfect spiral in a pair of sheep horns, or the elegant arcs of a catalina goat horn, or the smooth texture of an impalas horns, with delicate ridges, it is subtle, but it captivates my attention and makes me want to touch and feel.


And it makes me want to see others use them for costumes, fursuits and headdresses. I want to see them used, utilised and admired.

Antlers grow out each year and never look the same from year to year, and eventually fall off to regrow the following year, horns however grow during an animals entire life, but both leads to some amazing shapes.

In the beginning I attempted to make headdresses with real horns, but that turned out rather futile as horns can be quite heavy and rather dificult to handle. Also quite expensive.
So when I had the opportunity to make replicas of my horns arose, I wanted to share that with the world. Let others marvel in the beauty of horns and antlers with an affordable and lighter alternative that still offers the delicate texture of the originals.

That is what I want to give to the world.

ETSY shop: www.BlackCraneCreation.etsy.com

Rosehip jewelry

Handmade gemstone jewelry

Rosehip Jewelry is inspired by the natural beauty of gemstones and is designed with a modern woman in mind.

Every gem has a story to tell with its patterns, lines and inclusions – and so does every Rosehip Jewelry piece.

Versatile and timeless, Rosehip Jewelry designs will add a touch of effortless elegance and a modern edge to your style. These handmade pieces are to be enjoyed on any day and on any occasion!

ETSY shop: www.rosehipjewelry.etsy.com

Icons of Kipple

Kipple is a term I stole from the Sci Fi author Philip K Dick. I use it to mean a collection of odd and somewhat useless stuff.

I first started making boxes in about 1987, at the time I was using soldered tin (from food tins) plaster, wax, drift-wood, resin and lead.

My whole artistic practice stopped for a while after college, struggling to find a way to survive, busy with a rather experimental pop promo company I started, and finally with the Cranes, the band I had been playing with.

After recording six albums with them, touring the world extensively and nearly 8 years had elapsed, I found that I had a huge cardboard box, filled to the brim with “weird shit that I had bought on tour”. Mostly from gas stations, sometimes from tourist shops you go to on your few hours off, and sometimes strange gifts from fans. “Welcome to Maryland” stickers, miniature water pistols, glow in the dark Virgin Mary’s, dice, cards, comics (in all languages) pens, skulls, scorpions in resin. ALL SORTS OF TRASH!

SO… one day I was going through it and realized that in a somewhat unfortunate and tacky way, it represented my memories of the last few years, and as such deserved better display. I acquired some simple wooden boxes, and stuck it all in. Not in any particular order, (I couldn’t remember exactly where or when some of it had come from anyhow ) just randomly. I was very happy with the result, and was struck by the complete picture each box gave. Buddha’s were next to Jesus’, rocks from Arizona were next to shells from Seattle, free toys from McDonald were next to plastic Eiffel towers.

Now you can have one!

ETSY shop: www.markfrancombe.etsy.com

TIINArt

TIINArt


Professional Violinist and Visual Artist.

Studied music at high schools and multimedia and webdesign and ……
Been in the final of some art competitions and had some exhibitions in Sweden,Norway,Hungary,Germany,Denmark and some exposure in art magazines
Selling original traditional art and prints.
I also do commission work.

Contact also at my website http://www.TIINArt.com or thru my fb page https://www.facebook.com/TIINArts

My prints are printed and Hand signed ,
Professionally printed at http://trykkerietbergen.no/ with archival pigment ink on acid free 100% cottonrag 350gsm thick natural white really lovely
Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper.
This paper is a bit expensive but it’s so worth it.
The quality of it really adds to the prints.

Tiina/TIINArt

ETSY shop : www.TIINArt.etsy.com

Vamperstein

Early Influence

As long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in “making stuff”. I recall spending time in kindergarten drawing and at sixteen I was processing my own black and white photographs at my school’s darkroom. It was at that point the interest of composition and photography sparked and at about 19, I bought my own DSLR, which I still own and use frequently. I often have the photo camera with me, as I never know when the next great motive appears.

At an early age I also learned to appreciate nature as I grew up near a small farmstead with natural surroundings, which to a certain extent is reflected in my photography prints (apart from the animals). When I do nature and landscape photography I like to play a bit with colours, texture and light when I get the chance.

Even though I learned to knit as a kid, I didn’t care too much about it until the recent years. At this point, I’m addicted to knitting and can hardly go a day without working on a project. Part of it is that I occasionally need a bit of a break in my studies, but also because it to a certain degree calms me down a bit if I’m too stressed out. I like to play around a bit with different types of yarn and colours and I search various places for finding just the “right” yarn.

Having an Etsy shop enables me to have a creative outlet and an extra excuse to knit or do photography. In addition, Etsy have a great community and you learn a lot that you might not have learned otherwise.

ETSY shop: www.Vamperstein.etsy.com

PhysaliaPhysalis

A little shop dedicated to knitting and tentacles.

PhysaliaPhysalis was started august 2013, so I could sell my knitting patterns and pieces.

The Portuguese Man O’ War (Physalia physalis), also known as the Portuguese Man-Of-War, Man-Of-War, or Bluebottle, is a jellyfish-like marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a powerful sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Man o’ War is not a jellyfish but a siphonophore, which differs from jellyfish in that it is not actually a single organism, but a colonial organism made up of many minute individuals called zooids.

Cephalopods and jellyfish are a great fascination of mine and inspire me to be creative.

ETSY shop: www.PhysaliaPhysalis.etsy.com

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Liljekonvall Weaving

Tablet woven belts/bands for reenactment.

I started weaving when I had a job at a museum of archaeology. Little by little I became better at it, and I decided to start my own little shop and a Facebook page. Selling my creations works as great inspiration for me, as I see my viking reenactor friends and others wearing what I have woven.

If you see something you like, but would like it in different colours, material or length, let me know, and I can make something personalised just for you!

Be sure to check out my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Liljekonvallweaving as this is the place where my work first shows up while I’m working on it or when it’s finished. There you can also find pictures from over the years of things I have made, and you can use it as inspiration, be it for a future order from me, or your own tablet weaving.

Enjoy!

ETSY shop: www.Liljekonvallweaving.etsy.com