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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, 15 July 2015

WOYWW - busy books encore!

Well I can't quite believe a week has passed since I blogged to share all the little creatures sat on my work desk waiting to get together in Ben's busy book. Thanks so much to everyone who dropped by to look at my work and leave lovely comments.

I've been spurred on to keep the project going at a pace and this week my desk has once again been invaded by jungle animals as the busy book pages near completion.

With the main creatures complete, this week I've been focussing on all the tiny creatures which are hiding behind flaps for Ben to discover. Here is a sneaky peak at some of them (just don't tell Ben what you've seen!)

Hiding in the bushes on Zebra's page are a pair of toucans and a snake...

Behind Monkey's ear hides a little ladybird...

Pottering through the long grass away from Lion's view is a little snail...

This little unsuspecting fly will sit on the water lily, where hungry Froggy is waiting for his lunch...

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my latest busy book characters. Stop by soon to see more! I'll try and visit some of your desks today too!

Happy crafting x x x 


  1. I would love to see your Ben interacting with his gorgeous book. My mother made some lovely books like this for her grandchildren when small. I was busy working as a teacher then- NO spare time.Love my life now.Play almost all day, every day!!Heh. Love your little creations!
    Judy xx

    1. Thanks Judy! My mother (Twiglet) has also made some delightful things for Ben, he's a lucky boy with many one-off toys to play with! :-)

  2. Gorgeous make to pay with the little fellow and think of all the magic stories it will create. I love all the hidden details too.
    Jo ( friend of your Mum)

  3. Genius! I love all the details you've incorporated into the design. The zippy mouth on the monkey just made me laugh a lot cos it's brilliant!!
    Don't worry, I won't breathe a word to Ben :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

  4. This is fantastic! What a wonderful heirloom you are creating. You will be sitting there weaving all kind of magical stories with this gift, and what could be better than a gift from mum.
    Hugs, Neet xx 26

  5. Hi Tilly, love all these little details you're adding to the book. It will be a joy for a few years, I'm sure.All that quality time with your little one will be wonderful. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #13 xxx

  6. Oh Ben is going to love this! (I do!) You are so clever! Well done.
    Have a great week,

  7. I don't know how you made a snake cute--but this one is ahhdorable! I also love the toucans and the froggy...your stitching work is beautiful. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #42

  8. Hi Tilly! You see - it will be an heirloom and then Ben will be saying to his little ones...."and my my nanny used to help Mum make all these lovely things for me" ........of course I shall be about 90 then! lol

  9. Ben's busy book is really coming along beautifully. I like how you've put in all the special little extras like the ladybird at the back of the ear. Ben is going to kept busy with this special book. Have a wonderful day. Barb#27 xx

  10. The books looking good Max. I'm sure ben will love hunting for all the hidden extras.
    Annie x

  11. What a brilliant idea! Love all the hidey places and surprises. Keep up the good work and keep sharing with us - it's as good as playing with it ourselves!!!
    Have a good week
    Bishopsmate #50

  12. They are adorable and such fun. Have a good week. Soojay 21#

  13. those critters are so adorable this is such a cool gift book you are creating :)
    ~Stacy #57

  14. Very clever work, Maxine! Clever like your mother :)

    Happy WOYWW, thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x #19

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