Ruby is the birthstone July, and red is the birth colour : I asked members of the Australian Wandarrah team if they had items in their shop that reflect this theme…. here is what they had to say:
Ruby is also the name of my dear doggie, but she is not featured here.
This is a painting of me being watched over by an owl. I painted this on a vintage dictionary page with the words Darling Day on the top which is how the painting got it’s title.
To read about why I’m so attached to owls, you can read my about page.
A bag large enough to hold a phone, sunglasses and essentials but small and beautiful enough to go from day to night.
Vintage embossed velvet in warm ruby toned with black. All vintage fabric and trims.
Many of my designs are created from valued-vintage and this piece of fabric was only large enough for two wristlet/purses. Each different, one has sold and this is the other.
I imagine it over the wrist of someone who treasures a bag made from pieces saved from the past that will be valued into the future.
Lusciously decadent in 100% sterling silver and fabulous ruby red Swarovski owlet crystals. This simple but effective design was birthed from the leftover rings of a more complex weave, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
There are glowing ruby highlights to my red rose in this postcard set. The Culpepper Rose set has an old timey apothecary feel and makes a gorgeous small gift and the cards can also be framed or put on display. This shoot was special to me because I am a herbalist, this is my still room, and the book Culpepper’s Complete Herbal and English Physician is like a bible to herbalists.
This is my ruby red nuno felted wrap!
I loved making this super soft light felted wrap using my favourite silk and merino wool fibre on silk chiffon.
These wraps are so versatile. Large enough for a shawl but soft and flexible enough to drape around your neck for a more casual appearance.
This is my cotton baby cardigan made from Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton in “pomegranate” . I love crocheting these cardigans. They’re based on a pattern called Catie’s Cardi from Ravelry and as red is my favourite colour this is the favourite out of the six.
A return customer (who’d bought baby girl bunting two years ago) bought a red one for her toddler when she returned to buy her baby son some bunting this year.
I am drawn to fine fabrics and when I found this beautiful red fabric, I had to have some of it. When I brought it home I just looked at it, appreciating its richness and depth of colour, which seemed to change in the folds and angles. I knew then, that it would look exquisite as petals, which I then had stitched together to make a flower. I decided on a vintage heart shaped button as the flower’s cente piece, because, red is the colour of love.
I am lucky enough to share my life with a wonderful partner who runs our native cut flower farm here in the Kinglake Ranges. We grow lots of flowers but for a short period each year we grow the spectacular Australian Waratah. This plate has a botanical engraving of one of these. I can only do these while they are in bloom as I copy from life, not from a photo.
My husband and I decided to holiday in Tasmania as he had not been there before and it was many, many years since I had been there. It was near the end of our very pleasant stay that we came across the Wool Museum and this lovely organic wool. I humm-ed and haa-ed over whether to buy it because it was a bit pricey and I was getting a low on funds. It was so soft and lovely too touch – it was calling my name, “Karen, buy me, take me home with you”. So I did. What joy to knit with. After I finished knitting these mittens. I promptly went and ordered some more wool direct from the producers.
I bought this solitary vintage faceted glass drop a while ago and just had to create the most simplest of necklaces to showcase it because of its inherent beauty.
I was born in the month of July and yes Ruby is my birth stone indeed. I love red as much as I love my blues. It’s the colour of bravery, overjoy, as well as beauty.
I was asked to do a red monogramed keyring and I knew it was going to be simply pretty!
As mentioned in my shop about page I am a keen gardener and rose is my favourite flower. Especially red roses. It reminds me of Valentines Day and romance. I also know most women like roses so this was my inspiration for making this cushion cover. I chose grey background to give prominence to the red rose fabric. I also love embroidery hence have added a touch of it. This is a cushion cover that will brighten up any room, especially in winter when the sky is grey and the day is gloomy.
I make these earrings with Garnet stones too which is a beautiful deep Red…
What a great list – be sure to visit some of these great makers and share the love 🙂