Suraya and Mahliqa have been part of both Yarnporium shows and when I was putting together a list of makers I wanted to invite to be part of Make Joy it was easy to include her on the list. I can’t remember if Suraya approached Yarn in the City or if we approached her, but I remember being blown away by the creativity behind her work and not having ever seen anything like it before, or since.
Suraya is a designer/maker specialising in knitted and crocheted textile jewellery with an eastern vibe. When we first met all those years ago she was producing wire jewellery knitting kits (and still does!), but now her work has exploded to include her signature mixed-media jewellery. These signature pieces feature luxurious hand-dyed yarn by indie dyer faves like Countess Ablaze, Uschitita, Olann, Townhouse Yarns, and Skein Queen. Most pieces are one-of-a-kind, not available online, and all of them are truly something special.
With her eastern heritage, Suraya draws her inspiration from the vintage jewellery styles of India and Persia, incorporating colour using Swarovski crystals, enamelled copper wires, and luxury yarns. Each piece is hand made with much attention to detail and high quality sterling silver, gold-filled and rose-gold filled components are used to finish the pieces. The Mahliqa range includes earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings and brooches.
With Christmas around the corner, Suraya will also be bringing an exclusive selection of festive jewellery, perfect for seasonal gifting. She’ll also have her Swarovski stitchmarker sets along with sterling silver stitchmarker jewellery that can be customised.
If festive bling is what you’re looking for at Make Joy then chances are good you’ll find it! And like all good jewellers and makers, Suraya also does bespoke commissions. Be sure to chat with her at the show for more details!