Thursday, September 13, 2007

Etsy Seller Profile: Ambika of (Into) the Fray


Some crafters truly have an eye for the unique and special. Etsy Seller Ambika, of (Into) the Fray, is one of those people. Regardless of whether she is working with repurposed vintage items or brand new materials, she can combine the elements she has to work with into beautiful one of a kind jewelry items and, as she calls them, "fabric sundries."

Ambika is a Seattle native, who enjoys crafting for (Into) the Fray as a way to escape the mundane. Although her day job subjects her to "cubicle world," she spends her spare time creating items for her Etsy shop. She has learned a variety of different crafts over the course of her life, from knitting and beading, to altering furniture and machine sewing. She began selling her jewelry and sewn items on Etsy about six months ago.

Ambika says that her earrings are among some of her best sellers in her Etsy shop, (Into) the Fray, and it is not surprising that they are. Her designs are elegant in their simplicity, while her wide array of colors and bead materials will appeal to an extensive range of tastes. Whether you prefer subtle, understated colors or bright, flashy hues, Ambika is certain to have earrings to fit your taste. In addition to earrings, she also creates beaded bracelets and necklaces, and braided ribbon bracelets. A number of her necklaces feature vintage pieces as the focal point, like her "Dolores" necklace, with its large, vividly colored flower, which was once a brooch. Some of the necklaces are elaborately beaded, while others are more simple affairs. As with Ambika's earrings, the bracelets and necklaces at (Into) the Fray are also sure to appeal to a variety of tastes.


If you're looking for something made of fabric, Ambika also has this area well covered with diverse choices. Most of the "fabric sundries" are purses or bags of one sort or another. Quite a few of these items are made from repurposed materials--sweaters turned into small purses, or a piece of bright orange vintage fabric sewn into a larger tote bag--the "Autumn Luau Tote." Ambika also makes embellished hoodies, starting with a plain hooded sweatshirt and dressing it up with fabric patches and eyelet lace. In a city like Seattle, where hoodies are widely worn, Ambika's embellished hoodies would allow you to stand out from the crowd.

Whether you are looking for personal decoration or a beautifully crafted practical item, Ambika's Etsy shop, (Into) the Fray, has plenty to offer. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, Ambika is willing to take on custom orders, searching out the perfect fabric or beads to make the item you imagine.

Links:
ambika.etsy.com
thefray.typepad.com

This article was originally published here.

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