Pip's Place

Sally Sugden

“Hand-made felt creations and sea glass jewellery”

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About Pip's Place

Pip's Place

Unique felted gifts and jewellery made from Sea Glass collected in Shetland

I fell in love with felting in 2012. It's a fascinating process that has been used for thousands of years to make fabric for clothing and shelter and is still used today by nomadic peoples in Asia and the Far East.

It is wonderful to take a handful of wool, use soap and water (and some elbow grease!) and, with quite a lot of patience, turn the fibres into a piece of fabric, a unique brooch or a vessel for, well, whatever you wish! I mainly use Merino wool which is extremely soft and can be bought in a wide range of colours. Mixing the colours before felting creates a totally unique effect which only becomes apparent when the felting is done.

I fell in love with Shetland more recently, particularly the island of Yell which is often overlooked by tourists. It has a bleak and rugged charm with wide open spaces, gorgeous scenery, less than 1,000 inhabitants and some fantastic wildlife. There are also some lovely beaches and time spent beach combing on a recent trip provided a wealth of sea glass.

Washed by the North Sea for many years, these little gems appealed to me and I started to wonder how I could incorporate them into my crafting back at home in Sussex. I researched the idea of sea glass jewellery, bought some supplies and began on a new creative venture with some very pleasing results. Some pieces I leave as I collected them, with the soft patina of the sea, others I polish to bring out the original colours of the glass - both are equally beautiful.

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