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I am a lifelong fabric artist who loves bringing a home to life with quirky, unique and sumptuous pieces of textile art. I learnt my craft from sharing many a happy hour sewing with my talented mother. I particularly like collage, free-machining, needle-felting and creating home furnishings using a combination of machine and hand sewing. I love incorporating vintage and reclaimed fabrics, buttons, beads, jewellery and other items in my work to give them a second chance at being beautiful.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


I've cleared the kitchen table to make room for a dumfing session. I've had several ideas on the go so I've dedicated the day just to dumfing bits and bobs that can be free-machine embroidered or hand-stitched at a later date.

My first dumfing task is to work on a piece of countryside-ish felt.

Eventually this piece will be cut up to make one large picture and three or four smaller dumflings. They will be free-machine embroidered and beaded by hand to create the poppies and foliage.

Next I've produced a piece of cream/ivory dumfing. This is wedding season so I'm producing enough bits to make cards for all my friends and family who are getting married in the next few months. Any surplus will get made into wedding congratulations/thank you/invitation cards to go into my etsy shop or saved for christmas when I'll pimp them up with twinkly bits, star sequins etc for the festive season.

I use snippets of silk, chiffon and vintage lace
 Each snippet is needle-felted to a piece of felt.
I try to create an all-over textured surface with a few more detailed areas using the lace. These can be further embellished with free-machine embroidery at a later stage.

Finally I've made a start on a new batch of pink dumfling babies. I was really cheered on by everyone who liked these miniature whisps of felt, chiffon and silk so I thought I'd get a few more pieces ready to hand-stitch on an evening when the TV is not so good.

Hope you've enjoyed visiting my work desk today. Looks like it's mealtime so best pack away the work desk for now! I really need to get a permanent crafting space sorted don't I?!


  1. Yes you def need a crafting desk Max....I'd be so frustrated if I had to keep clearing my creative mess away at meal times now....and you would find you'd do it more if you could just pick it up and put it down without having to set it up each time.
    A x

  2. I craft on my bed with trays to hold all the bits, so you have my sympathies having to put it all away every day. Looks wonderful - I don't think I'd know where to start, but you obviously do! Keep smiling! Karen T 92 x

  3. It's really good to see you crafting again and making such a good job of it. Those lacy bits and bobs will make fab little wedding dumflings. x

  4. Looks like you had lots of fun! Love the texture!!

  5. Your work looks just lovely..............Just love all the little lace bits and bobs, i also like the background round your blog, very nice ...you seem to have a real eye for all this lovely stuff well done
    jackie 48

  6. Those poppies are just stunning. I never knew you could do so much with dumfing. The white is beautiful.
    Have fun and Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #97

  7. I’m not surprised that your Poppy pictures are popular because they are stunning and the colours so vibrant.
    I love what you’re doing with the shades for Cream and lace. I’m not sure if it was your mum or Annie that made a Horseshoe for me for my Goddaughters wedding a couple of years back and it was along those lines……..everybody loved it.

    Happy Crafting!

  8. Loving what you're doing making all these little bits into beautiful art. They were making them on C&C tv last night but theirs weren't as lovely as yours.

    ** Kate **

  9. Beautiful work, and the lacy bits are gorgeous

  10. So beautiful and delicate....and the poppies are gorgeous! Trish #78

  11. Fabulous work again. I love seeing how you put these together. The addition of lace is a nice touch. WOYWW Hugs from Helen 18

  12. You are so very clever, I just love your work! Need to change the name of your blog to Dumfing Tea Dance...lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :) #50

  13. Oh no, are you crafting on the table then? I bought a table solely for crafting and I don't have a dining table. I figured, you know, priorities. I do so love the dumfings and your piece with the red wildflowers is just fabulous. The wedding pieces are excellent too but too elegant for me.

  14. You dumfling gals amaze me. this is a truly beautiful design when you have finished these big or small pieces. So glad you have joined in WOYWW...love to peep about at unusual designs and this is a very pretty art. Happy Days ahead.

  15. Your dumflings are gorgeous and I am starting to think you 3 are the dumfling Queens. Love the bunting and rosette pic you all know how to put on a lovely celebration.
    Sandra @31

  16. Wow that dumfling is amazing, the poppies are beautiful and the lace layout, gosh I just dont know where to start, beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Eliza #11

  17. It is frustrating having to clear away all the time. I feel your pain as I have to do it myself. Loving all your little dumfed pieces, especially those pretty poppies xx
    Fiona #146

  18. Dumfling! I love it. Thanks for your lovely comment. Wipso and Twiglet are two of my favourite commenters!

  19. Great to see your work in progress. Dumfing is definitely an inbred family skill that you do so well. Thanks for popping in on me. I really enjoyed my face painting session but oh, how I wish she would have kept still!!
    Love JoZarty x

  20. OOO! I need to get me a dumfer! Absolutely lovely.

  21. Your work is fascinating to me, since I've never done anything like it. I'm here from WWDW. Blessings!

  22. Fabulous fabulous fabulous poppy field! I *so* love the dumfing. I'm awfully late for WOYWW, but very glad I made it here!

    Susan #126

  23. Oh wow wow wow I am so loving your creation, I wish I could feel it as I bet the texture is amazing. I read Stitch magazine and am always amazed at these type of pieces. Happy woyww :-) Kerry x

  24. I really like your poppy dumflings!

    Happy Wednesday!

    Zildara #88