March Meet the Maker


During March I participated in the Instagram challenge, #marchmeetthemaker. Joanne Hawker started the challenge in 2016 with the aim of helping small businesses to share a bit more about themselves as makers, to tell the story behind their brand and give some insight into the hard work that goes into being an independent designer-maker.

The prompts were refreshed for 2017, ensuring it was engaging and relevant even if you took part in the first challenge last year. The free planner was really useful and helped you to think ahead about what you might post, especially if you needed to prepare an image.


I can be a bit hit and miss with my Instagram posts, so I took part for encouragement to post daily and also to connect with other makers out there.  The prompts really helped to think about what I do in a different way, and how I could share some of the more everyday elements of my practice with those on Instagram.

I’m pleased to say that the challenge helped me to gain more followers, reach a new audience with the hashtag #marchmeetthemaker, and raise my average number of ‘likes’ per post. I also have a better understanding of the types of post that engage with my audience. However, the best thing about it has been to see into the lives, motivations and studios of fellow makers; we really are an inspiring bunch of creatives.


Shetland Museum Neckwear Competition

Earlier this year the Shetland Textile Museum put out a call for knitters all over the world to submit their designs in a neckwear competition.  From the submitted entries there would be winners, there would be items accessioned into the Museum collection and there would be items sold.  Excited by this idea, I submitted a sculptural collar…

Shetland Museum entry v0.1My design is a small blue collar which fastens at the front, in Jamieson’s Shetland Heather. Versatile and practical, it can be worn with or under a close-fitting jacket, where scarf ends might be too bulky. A combination of short-row shaping and Aran weight yarn creates a sculptural effect while only using garter stitch.

The entries had to be an original design in Shetland wool, and either hand-knitted or hand-framed. Within these guidelines you could submit anything, so long as it could be worn around the neck.

While my entry didn’t win overall, it could still win the public choice award.  If you would like to vote for my sculptural collar, head over to Facebook or Ravelry to cast your vote before 31 July – all you need to do is enter a comment saying you vote for No. 11.

Thank you!

My Etsy shop is live!

After a few missed deadlines and a bit of procrastination, I’ve finally launched my Etsy shop!  This is where I’ll be selling one-off samples and a diffusion range of products.

isla design on Etsy

isla design on Etsy

Please click here to access the online shop and look around!  If you’ve got any feedback on the products or the layout, do let me know… I’d love to hear from you.