Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Valentine's Gifts In My Etsy Shop- Take 10% Off!

It's the season for all things romantic! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'd like to share a coupon code for you to treat your loved one or yourself to something from my Etsy Shop. Use the code "HAPPYVALENTINES" to grab 10% off any purchase in my Etsy Shop until 14th February. Have a browse in my Etsy Shop here. Happy shopping!

Here are just a few handmade pieces that you can find in my shop...

Sunday, 5 February 2017

How To... Fabric Scrap Photo Frame Valentine's Gift

No matter what the occasion, coming up with original gift ideas for your loved ones each year can be tricky. With Valentine's day just around the corner, in the coming week I will be sharing some How Tos and ideas for making your own unique Valentine's gifts for the ones you love. I'm starting by sharing my How To for this fabric scrap photo frame, which is the perfect way to give the gift of a special photo. This is a really simple and very thrifty make, which goes to show that you don't need to spend lots to create a unique and special gift.

You can find the How To here. Happy making!

Are you making any Valentine's gifts? I'd love to see your makes, please do share in the comments!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Louise Dawson Design On Instagram In January

Happy February to you all! When I look back on my "On Instagram" blog posts from last year I really did repeat words like "This year is flying by!" an awful lot and I'm beginning to think that this year will be no exception. January whizzed by very quickly!

Today I'd like to share my Instagram photos from January- I have shared the photos in the order that I posted them on Instagram, so you get an idea of how the month unfolded.

I hope you had a good January. Thanks for letting me share- what did you get up to?

We saw in the new year with friends and I shared knitted best wishes

I began working on new designs, starting with sorting out my Shetland wool stash

I'm determined to complete some long standing projects this year, like this Granny Square blanket

These hand knitted, Fair Isle Shetland wool necklaces were the first new pieces I added to my Etsy Shop this year

Sharing my lovely sparkly hair bow from the lovely Jo, aka Adventures and Tea Parties

The particularly cold weather was a great reason to cosy up indoors and knit new designs!

Nelson approached January in his usual laid back style!

Thinking of Spring and stitching new Harris Tweed necklaces

Two friends of mine went out separately to buy me a Christmas present and a thank you present and both bought me the same lovely box, so now I have two very sweet boxes to store my sewing kit

Two more projects that I'm determined to get finished this Winter- a lovely super chunky jumper and cardigan

And another one! This was part way through knitting a foot stall for my Mum. I'm pleased to say I've now finished knitting it, I just need to sew it up and stuff it. I'll share some photos when it's finished. It was lovely to knit as it is made using two strands of super chunky yarn held together, so it's super squishy and kept me warm while I was knitting it!

This was another new piece that I added to my Etsy Shop- a lovely bright mustard Harris Tweed button brooch, with upcycled fabrics

Some work in progress and tea! I am usually found with a cup of tea close by

A lovely customer knitted me this very cosy fisherman's rib jumper to her own pattern- so clever and so kind

I shared a look back at 2016 through photos

Recent designs that can be found in my Etsy Shop

Nelson loves to get involved in everything I do, especially if he can sit on things and stop me working! I love this photo

Close up of some of my Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces

I was pleased to make some progress on the blanket throughout the month. I love my orange Knit Pro Waves soft grip crochet hook

I made this Shetland wool necklace and brooch as a custom order for a lovely customer asa gift for her knitter sister. I love working with customers to create special gifts

Group shot of some of my Fair Isle necklaces

As it's been such a chilly month I re-shared my bead embellished gloves How To. I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the cold days

These are the latest new pieces that I've added to my Etsy Shop- three Spring inspired Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces

I hope you had a fab January and here's to a great month ahead. Share what you got up to in January in the comments!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

New Harris Tweed Necklaces!

Over in my Etsy Shop I've just added some new additions! During the cold snap I've been really looking forward to Spring and with that in mind, my latest Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces are inspired by Spring gardens. The bright blue, pale pink and lilac Harris Tweed necklaces are embellished with tiny pieces of colourful upcycled fabric, hand stitched onto the tweed in gold thread- they remind me of gardens in bloom! The mini embroidery hoops are strung on a 24" silver plated chain and hang at approx. 12".

As with all of the pieces in my Etsy Shop, these necklaces arrived package in a beautifully hand decorated gift box, so they are ideal for gifting or as a lovely treat for yourself. 

If you'd like to have a closer look, take a peek into my Etsy Shop here. Have a fab day all!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Bead Embellished Gloves How To

It's been a colder than normal January in the UK. I'm so looking forward to Spring-  I can't remember the last morning I woke up and there wasn't a frost and below freezing temperatures!

However, although I'm not a fan of the cold, I really love Winter clothes- big knitted jumpers, cosy coats, hats and gloves. I'm never without a pair of gloves at this time of year and this gave me the idea for this How To. Why not add some sparkle to your Winter wardrobe with my How To for bead embellished gloves? Stay warm and happy making!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Louise Dawson Design In Mollie Makes Magazine

If you follow me on social media you will know that in December I was lucky enough to have my Fair Isle necklaces featured in Mollie Makes Magazine! Things got so hectic towards the end of last year that I didn't get a chance to share it with you here, so thank you for letting me share with you today. I was so happy, it was an ambition realised and it completely made my year. Thank you so much Mollie Makes!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

My 2016 In Photos

Happy new year to you all! I took some time off from the blog over the festive period and for the first half of January, but I've been busy beavering away behind the scenes. I hope 2016 was good to you all and wishing you a fab 2017. Today I thought I'd share with you my crafty 2016 in photo form...

In January I started working on new Fair Isle necklace designs and had a lot of fun playing with colour and beautiful Shetland wool. I hit the ground running with new Fair Isle designs and custom orders

I shared this How To for hand coloured, embroidered gift tags

I had a lot of fum knitting the very cute Tiny Clanger for my niece!


In February I launched a collection of Fair Isle brooches

My How To in February was for these sweet Valentines biscuits


In March, Mr Writer went away to work in Korea for 4,5 weeks and I missed him a lot. Looking at these photos bought it all back! I tried to keep busy, making a new Fair Isle brooch collection (squares!) and getting out and about with family and friends

Walking by the water in my home town

I had a great time visiting The Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia with a friend. The knitted food competition was amazing!

I shared this How To for an Easter Bunny sweetie jar

And this How To for a patchwork Mother's Day card


In April we both had a week off and enjoyed the emerging Spring, getting out and about for lots of walks

Hyde Hall in Essex in Bloom

Walking along the front at Frinton-On-Sea, which is a special place for us

Lovely Nelson in the Spring sunshine!

More Fair Isle designs in progress


In May I launched a new collection of Fair Isle necklaces

And spent as much time as possible outside in the garden

Celebrating a colleagues birthday at the day job with beautifully colourful cakes!


In June I took two weeks off, which is something that I hadn't done for years. By this time, Summer was really in full swing and it was very hot

I visited the stunning Wisley Gardens in Surrey- I would really recommend a vist, it's such a beautiful place

We also visited Brighton, which is somewhere I've always wanted to visit.It wasn't such a hot and sunny day, but we checked out the pier, drank some lovely wine, had some great food and even squeezed in a visit to Choccywocckydoodah for some treats!

I finished the Tilly and The Buttons pajama bottoms that had been on my to do list for a long time

I also made a new Harris Tweed button brooch collection

and started a granny square crochet blanket

My friend had also bought me an afternoon tea voucher in a vintage cafe so we went along and had a wonderful afternoon


In July I launched my Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces

It was still very hot and Mr Writer was searching for Pokemon, so we enjoyed lots of walks by the water. A great excuse for an ice cream!

My home town


We were so lucky to have a beautiful Summer in 2016. I made the most of it, working in the garden and walking in the park

In late July and through to August, I was thinking ahead to Christmas and making new work for Christmas craft fairs


In September, The Minories in Colchester started stocking my Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces

I worked hard making new Fair Isle necklaces for winter fairs

We visited the beautiful Ulting Wick gardens and enjoyed the last of the Summer sunshine. Looking at this blog post got me looking forward to Summer!

Catching the last of the sun in the garden

The weather started to turn and we took a trip to London to visit the Sky Garden- the views across the city were amazing!

I was chuffed to bits that my Fair Isle necklaces were featured in Simply Knitting magazine!


In October I started to get extremely busy preparing for the Christmas season ahead, making new pieces for my Etsy Shop and to sell at craft fairs. Things got a bit hectic from here on in!

I was delighted that my work was featured in the UK Handmade Showcase

I had a lot of fun designing and making knitted pumpkins for this How To

I ran an Alice In Wonderland themed jewellery making workshop for a charity event and had a fab evening


November got really really busy! I was so happy to take part in The Renegade Fair at The Old Truman Brewery in London

As well as the Bust Christmas Craftacular in London

I was thrilled to be interviewed for Homemaker magazine, which came out on my birthday!

For my birthday we headed off on the Eurostar to Bruges, which is a place that Mr Writer and I have always wanted to visit. Look out for a blog post about our trip soon- what a pretty place


In December, life was still very hectic and I didn't get the chance to blog very much.

However, I made some new pieces, like these Harris Tweed purses. Look out for these, I'll be making some more to add to my Etsy Shop soon

I shared this How To for upcycled fabric Christmas gift tags

I was thrilled to bits that an ambition of mine was realised in December, when my Fair Isle necklaces were featured in Mollie Makes magazine! It completely made my year

So that was 2016! Have you posted about your 2016? I'd love to see, share you links in the comments

I'm looking forward to new challenges this year and I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Wishing you all a brilliant 2017!