Monday, February 21, 2011

Giveaway Feature - Handarbeitskram!

I don't remember how I first met Yvonne of handarbeitskram but we have a lot of geekiness in common! She hand dye's yarn (how cool is that?), knits, and sells incredible stitch markers. I love the yarn above because it's called "police box" after Tardis from Dr. Who! Great inspiration huh? Now, to let you get to know her a little bit better ...

1. Where can we find your work and what do you create? 

I sell on Artfire, my shop is I offer handdyed yarns, stitch markers for knitting and some knit or crochet patterns. And if you don't know how to knit or crochet, you can order a custom made item from me.

2. What's your favorite part about being an independent artist? 

I love that I can be creative without anyone telling me what to do. I don't think I could be creative on a timeline with given themes all the time, with my own shop I decide about the pace and about the designs or colours.

3. Where do you find your inspiration? 

Everywhere... Sometimes it's movies or TV shows I like, sometimes flowers, trees or other things I find in nature. But it can be artwork as well or something that comes to mind when I read a book or listen to a song. There are so many possible influences when you mainly work with colour, everything has a colour or a combination of several colours and might inspire a new yarn.

4. What advice would you give to other artists?

Do what you love to do. And don't be afraid to try new things, it might sometimes lead to the best results. Be willing to break the rules, it's your work, you decide about the rules

You could win a set of 6 Millefiori Stitch Markers!
Here's what she has to say about it :)

The brightly coloured glass millefiori beads I used for this set of stitch markers are an eye catcher. 
I framed them with silvery spacer beads, iridescent black rocailles and black faceted beads. 
I can make them as crochet markers as well if you prefer those 
and if you don't knit or crochet I can make a key chain with the same beads for you. Item value: $6

So how can you win?
1. Comment on this entry
2. Share their favorite item from her shop(s) (scroll up for links)
3. Plurk or twitter about it and leave a comment with link.
4. Blog about it and leave a comment with link
5. Purchase an item from her shop (for 5 entries) (links above)

Important: All entries must be submitted by comments on this blog post.
I'm keeping track of the entries, so telling Yvonne about them won't help :P

Interested in doing an artist feature/giveaway on this blog? Just let me know!


CWinspirations said...

I tweeted a link to this post :)!/CWinspirations

SisterBatik said...


I am following you now through the EBT discussion thread - cannot believe I haven't found you before, great blog.

Come and say hello:

Kimberlee Ferrell said...

Those are breathtaking! My favorite items from her shop are the Witchcraft stitch markers and the Runes! :D Thanks so much!

Kimberlee Ferrell said...

Oh, and I forgot to say, I found the contest on FB! :D

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love her advice :) I also love what I create and am in the process of trying very new things!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks at hotmail dot com

rockcreekcreations said...

Nice Markers, I love the colors!

Jennifer Pride said...

Those stitch markers are beautiful.

The Giveaway Diva said...

awesome! Just picked up knitting so this would be great!!


The Giveaway Diva said...

I love her Lovely green stitch markers!

Deci said...

I love the colors. I do crochet, but mostly make jewelry, so I would love a key chain!

Deci said...

I love crystal, and I really like her elegance stitch markers.

Deci said...


MaggieMay said...

I just tweeted your Little Mermaid stitch markers; I love the color of blue. Also let them know where to go to enter. Love your promotions and contest.


MaggieMay said...

Just tweeted your link:

MaggieMay said...

Just put it on my Blogger! Hopefully it will draw some competition for the giveaway.


Artist said...

I twitted about the fruit salad stitch marker
Great stitch markers will make you want to knit
I think she has a great imagination.

Connie said...

Beautiful markers made with gorgeous beads!

Anonymous said...

I love selana's stuff - especially the lace yarns, like Deep Blue Sea. I have the lighter version of it (Shallow Waves) that just got worked into a gorgeous stole :-)

Lobug said...

Yvonne's yarns are yummy, I love them. And she makes such lovely stitch markers. Thank you for sharing this! Great interview. :D

Family Stitchery said...

Love the colors and variety..from artfire forum.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Oh man, I'm drooling right about now!! This makes me want to whip out my knitting needles and go to town xD

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

My favorite item has to be the Almost Midnight - handdyed sock yarn. Seriously GORGEOUS and would be perfect since I've been wanting to make socks since I started knitting :)

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I tweeted:

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

fireflymyst said...

LOve the colors!!