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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, 22 July 2015

WOYWW - Busy book...the final furlong

Morning all!

Although my busy book has begun to feel a little like The NeverEnding Story, this week the project has entered the final furlong and I can, at last, see the finishing line.

Metaphors aside, here's my workdesk right now...

All my pages are virtually complete. Just a few final tweeks (and the all important quality control) to do then the pages will be ready to be finished with some lovely orange stripy bias binding I'm making.

The last page to be completed this week has been Giraffe and friends...

I'm pleased with Giraffe and his sunset page. Giraffe's neck is stiffened and fastened with a button which enables him to reach up to the high branches near Owl and reach down to the water and bushes where a pair of mice are hiding.

As the project reaches completion I'm torn over what to sew next. My head is buzzing with ideas for more busy books but I really should crack on with some needle-felting. It's been a while since I did any needle-felting and, as I promised myself I'd make a serious go of selling my work and running courses when my maternity leave ends in August, I really should drag out the wools and make an effort! But then I've just bought some really lovely robot fabric that I'm sure Ben would love....

Hope you've enjoyed catching up with my sewing activities this week. I'll swing by a few desks later.

Happy crafting x


  1. Giraffe is my favourite, I think. Call in for more sewing advice!! lol x

  2. You could always have one of these books on the go on the side M. It is just fabulous and will be admired by many I am sure, but the main reason is for your little one to enjoy - and enjoy he will.
    Hugs & Thanks for sharing.
    Neet xx 8

  3. Fabulous busy book - I think you're very clever, Cheers and enjoy your week RobynO#9

  4. Love all these images you've shared of your book. So much little detail, its an amazing interactive book that will give hours of fun.Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xxx

  5. You've got a butterfly craft mind!! lol....I know JUST what that's like. I'm forever flitting from one project to another, especially when I know I have something specific to be getting on with. I'm a terror for being tied down to something.....can't stick to recipes or instructions either :-)
    Whatever you make, it'll be fabulous. You're a very talented artist!
    Hugs, LLJ 4 xx

  6. I can see Ben enjoying as many happy hours playing with the finished book as you've spent making it Max.....love it.
    Annie x

  7. It's great to see the progress. You really are so clever and full of great ideas. It will surely end up being a treasured family heirloom. It hardly sounds as if you'll have time for going back to work ... Have a great week. Barb#29 xx

  8. It's fab. I have no idea how you come up with all the ideas, but oh my, its a right old piece of brilliance and I've no doubt will be used a million times.and make a great heirloom!

  9. The crafting talents are overflowing in your family. What a beautiful book it is going to be and very well loved I'm sure. Thanks for your kind comment onn my card :-)

    Fiona #35

  10. The book is looking so gorgeous, such a fabulous gift. So pleased you like the card, I think it will lend itself to all kinds of celebrations. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x28

  11. Wow, what a wonderful, bright cheerful book! Hope you get over the final hurdle soon... lol! Helen 2

  12. Adorable! I love the bright cheerful colours and the quizzical look on the owl's face! It's a fantastic idea making the neck flexible with the button - very clever! Hope you have a great week, and thanks for stopping by earlier,
    Diana #25

  13. Oooooh I just adore hat giraffe, he is soooooo cute, I love giraffes, and this so clever in the diferent poses, super uber cute!!!
    Had to smile at your comment on my blog of Ben being a social butterfly .. :)
    Happy WOYWW, thanks for popping over, Shaz in Oz.x #20

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  14. Wow! This is such an amazing project and obviously well worth the time and effort you've put into it.

  15. This book has been coming along beautifully. Have you thought about marketing the pattern for these? I think making them to seel would be cost prohibitive but the patterns might be something to think about. Creative Blessings! Kelly #57