Folksy Ltd

Show me the most unique, unusual, OOAK thing you have in your shop!

(Liz Clark) #1

When I’m browsing Folksy I like to look at the really unusual things, the stuff that’s a bit different! Have you got anything that fits the bill? And can you tell me a little bit about why you made it?


(Helen Healey) #2

I’d say this is probably my most quirky and unusual item. I’ve always absolutely loved Russian dolls and I first started adding them to cushions and tote bags. Then, when I started making toiletry bags, cosmetic bags and purses, the idea suddenly hit me that I could add Russian dolls to those items and have them stacking like the actual dolls. I made a set and got loads of positive feedback. Since then, I’ve made a few of these sets and this is the most recent.

(Liz Clark) #3

That’s a fabulous idea about stacking them; they look great as a set!

(Zoe Fowler) #4

My most unusual item I have in my shop at the moment is this coaster. I made it for a dog lover or for a small dog! I had lots of offcuts of doggy fabric left over from dog bandanas and I don’t like to waste fabric, no matter how small, so I made a patchwork coaster.

(Sasha Garrett) #5

My most unusual items are my fordite jewellery. I read an article on fordite about 12 years a go and fell in love with the colours and patterns but also the fact that it is an accidental waste material (its layers of cured car paint that built up as over spray in the old spray booths at car plants). I’m also a bit of a petrol head I just don’t drive - the sort of cars I would want to drive would not be suitable for the sort of driving I would do! Because it is a bit hard to get hold of I learnt some basic lapidary so that I can cut and polish the material myself, I’m never entirely sure what I will get when I start cutting the rough. Once I’ve revealed what some of the colours are I set about comparing it to old colour charts to see if I can figure out when it was made. The darker yellow in this pendant is ‘butterscotch’ whilst the purple is ‘plum crazy’ which were Chrysler colours in the late 60’s/ early 70’s (I had fun looking at purple Dodges when I was working that out)

(Johanna Makinen) #6

This is definitely OOAK, the chances of finding identical sticks and twigs are pretty minimal… and I’ve never been able to make two birds exactly the same either…

(Thedotterypotter) #7

The most OOAK item in my shop is this huge angel! I’ve made smaller ones before but never one this big. I probably won’t be able to replicate it again as I don’t have a template for this particular design and just work from eye.
The dress of this angel and the positioning of the flowers are totally unique.

(Suzzie Godfrey) #8

I dont think you will find a scarf for your outside tap!
You may find a brightly green coloured plastic sleeve.
But I wanted to offer the discerning gardener something asthetically pleasing to the eye, practical and pretty, think I succeeded, well it looks good in my garden!!

(Sarah Eves) #9

For snoozy pets.

(B4AfterbyIwonaBiela) #10

This is my proposition :smile:
unique wooden rings :slight_smile:
in addition, this model is made of gray oak- magical tree
With the rich religious and mythological history of the oak, there are many symbolic meanings associated with the great “king of trees.” While of course a symbol of strength and endurance, the oak is also associated with the “tree of life,” whose roots penetrate the Underworld and branches reach to the heavens. The ancient Sanskrit word ‘duir’ gave rise the words for both ‘oak’ and ‘door,’ suggesting that the oak serves as an opening to greater wisdom, or even an entryway into the spiritual realm.
Carrying any piece of the oak draws good luck to you :wink:

(Roz) #11

Most of the things in my shop are OOAK as I’m unable to make exact replicas but I do make similar versions of some things. These two however are unlikely to be repeated as they took so long to make!

This scarf is made from lots of small pieces of coloured silk chiffon nuno felted onto a white merino wool base and outlined with black merino wool. The time taken to cut up the silk and lay it all out was unbelievable but once I had started I had to finish it - there was no giving up!

and this wall hanging is made from a couple of hundred individually felted pebbles, needle felted then wet felted, sewn together and then mounted on a card backing. I made this as a centrepiece for the local Arts trail last year. Lots of admiration for it but I suspect rather expensive!

(Gill Wootton) #12

My main craft is crochet but I do love the challenge of learning new crafts. I treated myself to a small hand loom to have a go at weaving and this small wall hanging was my first and so far only attempt. I was happy with how it turned out.

(MadeintheTemple) #13

Mine has to be my garden themed tote bag. The plastic grass used to be part of my display for spring craft fairs but so many people wanted to buy it that I decided to incorporate it into one of my bags.

(Liz Clark) #14

I am enjoying seeing all these unusual makes, and what stands out is the time invested to make such unique pieces and the thought that has gone into them to make them different!

I’ve also learnt something new - Fordite made from cured car paint - how beautiful @SashaGarrett from something that would usually just be seen as waste? Same with your scrap fabric doggy coaster too @Zoknitandsew!

I’m a bird lover too @ihana and I think their own differences each time adds to their own individual “personalities”.

(Liz Clark) #15

Wow @thedotterypotter, that is huge! I LOVE the detail especially the coloured “buttons” at the bottom. @thistledownandHOPE I think that truly is the most unique scarf ever - lucky tap!
@thesherbetpatch I can see the vintage crowd going crazy for your cat bed, and another great use of unique recycling too.
@B4AfterbyIwonaBiela I love your rings and the story you have with them telling me about the wood. I think the contrast of the crystal colour with the wood works really well!
@OrchardFelts I can see and appreciate how much work went into those items Roz, they are indeed Showcase pieces.
That’s brilliant @rainbowsnmore, can’t believe that’s a first attempt with the different styles you have in the piece. Do you think you’ll do more in the future?
@MadeintheTemple so people really can now walk away with a bit of your display grass - ha ha, ingenious!

(Sasha Garrett) #16

Yup it was made by accident when they used the old manual spray techniques and most of what was formed was thrown away with the people who worked in the spray booths taking home the occasional lump to turn into curios and jewellery. Once it became a thing in America in the 90’s the workers started making an effort to collect it rather than it ending up in the trash but they have now changed the way that cars are sprayed so you no longer get the over spray paint build up (more efficient and less wasteful which is good but no more fordite being formed :cry:). If we ever figure out if and where the old stuff ended up in landfill there will be people mining it (there are bidding wars on ebay for it) but I suspect it was incinerated.

(B4AfterbyIwonaBiela) #17

Thank you :blush: I have a collection of over 50 types of rings. On the website I have only 2, if someone will buy, I will add more. You can even choose a ring that matches your date of birth so that it has real power. The Celtic calendar says what tree is magical to whom
If you want to see more photos, I invite you to Instagram

(Danielle Hall Nicola Malia) #18

OMG I love her! Do you do a smaller one?

(Danielle Hall Nicola Malia) #19

Not on folksy currently but I made a commission piece for a folksy customer recently which is prompting me to add a commission listing to our shop. She wanted a “to the moon and back” themed tie slide for her other half so we hashed out some designs together via email and this was the finished item before polishing (terrible picture but I never got around to taking a proper one once it had been polished) :slight_smile:

(Roxanne Levy) #20

A grey seal calendar. Something slightly different!