TheseIsles

Earthenwear handwoven in the Celtic crescent

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Announcement    Welcome to These Isles! First the latest news, then, below that, my perennial introduction...

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Wishing friends, customers and followers of These Isles a very happy, peaceful and restorative Yuletide 2020.

Last Christmas posting dates have now passed and my next trip to a post office will be on January 5th. Meantime my shop will be open for browsers and purchasers, but please be aware that I will be offline (holed up in Devon, England) until January 4th. I’m rounding up the year in These Isles on my blog, www.theseisles.co/tales-from-the-road.

From January 1st to the 31st there will be 25% discounts on selected listings. Reduced weavings will have the word SALE in the listing title, and you can redeem this discount off the marked price by entering the coupon code JANUARY21 at checkout. (I don’t build any profit margin into my existing prices, let alone into sale prices, so can ill afford this as a handmaker, but times are hard for most people and I’m glad to make my work more affordable here.)

As you may know, Covid-19 has recently mutated in the UK, and some borders are temporarily closed to us (as of Dec 21st, this includes the EU, Canada and Turkey). Apologies if this impacts on any of my overseas customers, who may experience shipping delays through January.

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Welcome to my nomadic handweavery. Hailing from Dartmoor and touring the Celtic Crescent in an old motorhome, in it I hand weave scarves, snugs, cowls, shawls, blankets and rugs for low-impact, land-inspired warmth and beauty.

In summer 2019 I also launched a range of plant dyed yarns, the main line being lovely Leicester Longwool from Wales that I've spun by hand.

My making process, my tales from the road, and my eco-socialist politics are described on www.theseisles.co, where my blog will give you an idea of my current location. Keep in touch on my other social media platforms linked there also.

I also convene the Green Cloth Collective, an international network of makers for a new, sustainable, ethical economics. Makership as an act of resistance!

I'm a member of the UK Crafts Council, and an active contributor to the No Serial Number magazine blog and to Lowimpact.org (the latter are setting up a UK-wide mutual credit scheme for non-monetary trading, the like of which could be key for a sustainable postcapitalist economics).

Check the barter page on my website if you'd like to pay that way (the transaction will still go through Etsy and I will pay fees and taxes on it as per usual).

Thanks for the visit, and if you like what you see, do tell your friends. (An artisan livelihood is highly cost-ineffective in our global race-to-the-bottom economics, so all support is greatly appreciated!)

Eloïse

Announcement

Last updated on 21 Dec, 2020

Welcome to These Isles! First the latest news, then, below that, my perennial introduction...

...

Wishing friends, customers and followers of These Isles a very happy, peaceful and restorative Yuletide 2020.

Last Christmas posting dates have now passed and my next trip to a post office will be on January 5th. Meantime my shop will be open for browsers and purchasers, but please be aware that I will be offline (holed up in Devon, England) until January 4th. I’m rounding up the year in These Isles on my blog, www.theseisles.co/tales-from-the-road.

From January 1st to the 31st there will be 25% discounts on selected listings. Reduced weavings will have the word SALE in the listing title, and you can redeem this discount off the marked price by entering the coupon code JANUARY21 at checkout. (I don’t build any profit margin into my existing prices, let alone into sale prices, so can ill afford this as a handmaker, but times are hard for most people and I’m glad to make my work more affordable here.)

As you may know, Covid-19 has recently mutated in the UK, and some borders are temporarily closed to us (as of Dec 21st, this includes the EU, Canada and Turkey). Apologies if this impacts on any of my overseas customers, who may experience shipping delays through January.

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Welcome to my nomadic handweavery. Hailing from Dartmoor and touring the Celtic Crescent in an old motorhome, in it I hand weave scarves, snugs, cowls, shawls, blankets and rugs for low-impact, land-inspired warmth and beauty.

In summer 2019 I also launched a range of plant dyed yarns, the main line being lovely Leicester Longwool from Wales that I've spun by hand.

My making process, my tales from the road, and my eco-socialist politics are described on www.theseisles.co, where my blog will give you an idea of my current location. Keep in touch on my other social media platforms linked there also.

I also convene the Green Cloth Collective, an international network of makers for a new, sustainable, ethical economics. Makership as an act of resistance!

I'm a member of the UK Crafts Council, and an active contributor to the No Serial Number magazine blog and to Lowimpact.org (the latter are setting up a UK-wide mutual credit scheme for non-monetary trading, the like of which could be key for a sustainable postcapitalist economics).

Check the barter page on my website if you'd like to pay that way (the transaction will still go through Etsy and I will pay fees and taxes on it as per usual).

Thanks for the visit, and if you like what you see, do tell your friends. (An artisan livelihood is highly cost-ineffective in our global race-to-the-bottom economics, so all support is greatly appreciated!)

Eloïse

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About TheseIsles

Sales 330
On Etsy since 2014

Earthenwear handwoven in wool in a bus in some wild corner of the Celtic Crescent

Country girl from Dartmoor refused the city but worked there in academia for a decade then turned to the land to avoid breakdown but couldn't afford smallholding tenancy so headed for the coast in a bus. Has some impressive but unrelated credentials, and a heritage of rural, creative activism that prepared her for all of this. The business plan mutates in symbiosis with the lifestyle, and autonomous makership becomes an act of resistance...

Shop policies

Last updated on 12 October, 2020
Hello, and thank you for visiting. I'm a travelling artisan striving to run a sustainable business steeped in the character of the folk traditions of the Celtic Crescent. Pleased to 'meet' you!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
These Isles Returns Policy

The above information is Etsy's standard text. Please read this shop's policy below.

These Isles travelling weavery is a very small, non-profit, craft business, and my sole livelihood. I want you to be at least as satisfied with my workmanship as I am. I appreciate prudence, courtesy and generous-spirited transactions, and you can expect the same.

If you wish to return an item, I will only issue a refund if it is not as described, in which case I will also refund shipping. Please note that I cannot offer a refund for colours not matching the photos that you see here. Although they are pictures of the actual item you will receive, our backlit computer screens vary enormously from device to device. I take care in editing photos not to saturate or exaggerate according to my own, very vivid, Macbook Air screen, but item colours may differ slightly in real life, and vary with sunlight, cloud or artificial light. Please read carefully the item descriptions where I try to describe the colours fully.

For all other returns, I will issue a credit note valid for twelve months. You will be responsible for all shipping costs.
Payment
PAYMENT METHOD

I accept payments via Direct Checkout (credit/debit card, Paypal, bank transfer and Etsy Gift Cards). Please contact me if another method would sit you better. See www.theseisles.co/barter for some barter suggestions.


LAYAWAY PAYMENT IN INSTALMENTS

In layaway cases where you pay for a stock item in instalments, we agree a payment schedule over a limited number of months. I ask for a non-refundable deposit at 25% of the total upfront to reserve the item. Please contact me through my shop beforehand to arrange and I'll adjust and duplicate the listing accordingly for you to purchase each instalment as normal through Etsy's checkout.

I will usually add a 5% surcharge for the additional administration involved.


CUSTOM ORDERS

If you would like something made especially for you, I work to commission, designing weavings in consultation with you. This provides me with constant technical and artistic challenge, as well as new inspiration.

I tend to work in batches for efficiency, so your weaving will usually be one of several similar (but non-identical) weavings. I normally have a waiting list of at least a month, and the batch of weavings containing yours may take another month to make.

Custom orders cost 50% more than equivalent stock items because of the extra time, pressure and commitment involved. In case of disappointment, you do not have to commit in advance to purchasing the final weaving. Instead, to cover my costs I take a 33% non-refundable, non-transferable deposit once we've agreed the project proposal. Costlier yarns, complicated colour combinations or designs, larger dimensions and/or denser weaves will all increase the price due to higher materials costs, lengthier consultation time, experimentation challenges and increased labour intensiveness.

The order process is as follows:

1. You request a custom order (see button on left of my shop home page) in which you describe your ideal colour(s), texture, weight, dimensions and character, sending photos and highlighting which aspects you like most in my existing items. You specify your ceiling budget.

2. I make a design proposal (which may involve more discussion with you), giving a guide price, outlining timescale.

3. If for larger weavings you wish to pay in instalments, we agree a payment schedule. (The full amount plus shipping costs are to be paid before despatch.)

4. I create a listing for you to pay a non-refundable deposit of 33% of the guide price.

5. I buy the yarn to make what we've agreed, probably in a batch with stock items (it is cost-ineffective for me to make one weaving at a time).

6. I list the weaving(s) for sale and send you the link for you to pay the 77% balance if you like what you see.
Delivery
I endeavour to despatch items within five working days of receiving your payment, and almost always achieve this and better with stock items. Since I live on the road and seek out the wilder places, please forgive any delay – I will usually be able to contact you to let you know if this is likely to be the case. Please let me know if you have a special occasion deadline or similar and I will do my best. (If in doubt please enquire before purchase.)

Please bear in mind that you will be liable for any import duties charged by the Customs and Excise department of your country.

One day I hope to be able to offer fossil-fuel-reduced sail delivery options for international orders on request, as there are one or two pioneering companies offering this green option. (If you're a pioneering sailboat company offering this green option, please get in touch!)
Additional policies and FAQs
WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR

I take great care and time with both my customers and my craft.

My weavings are never perfect. With the more organic-looking designs, I allow irregularities to remain where they complement the whole. With smarter, patterned or more homogenous items, I make more corrections to any missed picks that are not in keeping with the overall look.

Handweaving is an extremely time-consuming and labour-intensive process (even without this additional step).

As I establish my business my prices - which have to cover labour, materials, customer service, workshop, marketing, advertising, listing, computing, banking and professional development costs - will increase gradually over time so that I can achieve at least the local minimum wage for myself.

'These Isles' is yet young and changing as it grows: my craft, procedures and policies are refined and improved all the time. Your suggestions are welcome.