Tuesday, 22 November 2011


I've now got some goodies available on  Folksy. Folksy is like the UK version of Etsy. This means that all the prices are in pounds, all the delivery charges are affordable because nothing's got to travel very far and it's easier to find what you're after or get your work seen because there are fewer people on it, being as it's UK sellers only, rather than the whole world.

So my Christmas items are now on sale at folksy.com/shops/BeThorney

I promise to get some more things up there soon but it's not just me, why not have a little browse of some of the other treats available on Folsky.

Like this paper garland made from an old copy of Alice In Wonderland, with John Tenniel's illustrations peeking out amongst the text. I want one...
Paper garland by Bookity

Or this fat Little Robin bauble of wool and sequins...
Little Robin by Tattycorum

Or, if you'd rather a less tubby robin on your tree, how about this perfectly blanket-stitched felt bird decoration by 100 Birdies For ME!...
Dark Green Christmas Birdie by 100 Birdies For ME!

Or, my favourites, how about this adorable Red Robin Trio
Red Robin Trio by Beth Foster of The Linen Cat

But that's just a (very bird-heavy, I must have a fetish) selection of hanging decorations from Folksy Handmade Christmas. There's much, much more besides, so why not pledge to buy handmade, independent and local this Christmas? It'll make it all so much more special.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Christmas on Etsy

Apparently today's date, 11.11.11, is significant for lots of reasons, all equally bamboozling. The last time the numbers had the audacity to come over all onesy like this Aethelred the Unready was on the throne. I wonder if he wore his fave cords to mark the occasion?

Sadly lacking in cords myself (I must recify this ASAP), I've marked the day instead by photographing and uploading some lovely, new, Christmassy products to my Etsy shop, as well as updating some of the old prints on there with much better photos.

Now in store:

Handprinted tree decorations, pack of 6 for £6

I Saw Three Ships, handprinted Christmas card £4

 O Little Town of Bethlehem, handprinted Christmas card £4

All are available here http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeccaThorne

Monday, 7 November 2011


Holy cow, it's been a while since I last posted! For the first time this year though, my slackness is because I've been so busy, which is nice. I recently became a part time illustration tutor at DeMontfort University in Leicester, and spent my first four weeks there working with both the third years and the first years. With the third years I ran a project to enter in the House of Illustration / Folio Society Book Illustration competition, and they've produced some beautiful work- I'm so proud! Now the module's over I'm going to rather miss our twice-weekly crits, but it does mean I've got more time to focus on my own work. So I'm working with the first years only now, and they're slowly working out their new lives and a very different way of learning to what they've been accustomed to until now. Hopefully there are great things to come from them.

I've also been working on two lovely book commissions, one for The Folio Society, which I'll reveal more about soon while the other, for Kyle Books, is now finished. The book's called Chickens: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Keeping Happy, Healthy Hens by Suzie Baldwin and will be in shops from March 2012 (pre-order on Amazon now). I created 20 black and white illustrations for the book and though I can't share too much just yet,  here's a little sneaky peak to be getting on with....

She knows where you live....