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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, 16 September 2015

WOYWW - Deck the Halls with...Hungry Caterpillars

Welcome to another What's on your Workdesk Wednesday!

With only three days left until Ben's birthday party my desk has been taken over by all things hungry caterpillar!

I've made bunting and pom poms to decorate the party pad (a.k.a Nanny and Grandad's house). I've done triangular bunting, rectangular bunting and chevron shaped bunting. I am now suffering from bunting maker's finger. What is this hideous blight I hear you say???! Well it is when you chop away so furiously with stiff pinking sheers that you wear a layer of skin off the middle finger of your right hand. Mum blames it on me being a left-hander!

Nanny (Twiglet) has made a fab banner which she is no doubt showcasing over on her blog.

Not much dumfing (needle-felting) has happened this week. I've mainly been trying to find mounts and frames for my latest work.

As anticipated, virtually none of my mounts and frames fit the pictures I've dumfed!! The difficulty is that dumfing and free-machine embroidery both tend to make a piece of work shrink, so what you start with is not what you finish up with! I think I need another sortie to Ikea to track down some suitable frames...

Once mounted, all my new pieces will be going into my Etsy shop.

It's a short but sweet post this week, lots more birthday bits and bobs to finish. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I'll hopefully swing by some other WOYWWers today too.

Happy crafting x


  1. The bunting is going to look fab - I hope you show us when it's in situ - I'm a bit of a bunting fan! The poppies and pansies look lovely mounted and framed, I've never thought of going to Ikea for frames, I always use The Range, but I'm going to give them a try as they are probably easier to get to for me. Thanks for your earlier visit - hope the party goes well and is worth the bunting maker's finger!!
    Diana #22

  2. Aw - rest that finger and I will cook your tea tonight!! Fab blog post Max - so colourful. x Jo

  3. Ethel two du fed pictures look fabulous as does the bunting etc for your Bens birthday.
    Gosh, what a yummy mummy you are. Lucky Ben.,
    Hugs, Neet 7 xx

  4. Stop right there. Just the mention of making bunting and pom poms makes me happy! It all looks so sweet and festive too. Sandy Leigh #40

  5. Loving the bunting! Your dumfing looks so lovely. Anne x #34

  6. Awwww, I love the Hungry Caterpillar theme for the party, it's so cute :-). Hope the party goes well!
    Your dumfing pieces are so beautiful, I adore the poppies but the pansies are my favourite. They were my mum's favourite flower too :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 12 xxx

  7. I love all the hungry caterpillar bits and bobs Max and really hope Ben has a lovely party. The latest dumfed pics look fab too....good luck in getting frames.
    Annie x

  8. Ohmyword, your hungry caterpillar efforts are going to create such wonderful memories. I'm not surprised you've got bunting makers finger! It's going to look so fab!
    Love the dumfing pictures, I hope IKEA can accommodate you. Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Your party decorations are great - The Hungry Caterpillar is a great theme for the party. I love the felted pictures, especially the poppies, one of my favourite flowers. (Sorry for the late visit - I've been having internet issues)
    Bernice #25

  10. ah glad I popped back a week late Max, thanks for popping over last week and yes, very late returning it :D however wonderful work all around.. adore your dumpfing!
    Shaz in Oz.x

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