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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, 7 October 2015

WOYWW - Needle-felting inspiration from sunny climes

Morning everyone, Happy 'What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday'! Forgive my absence last week, we were in Portugal taking Ben on his first foreign holiday. More about that later.

After trawling through three loads of holiday washing, I've found a little time for some needle-felting this week.

I've been looking through all my photos of the many 'dumflings' I've produced over recent years while I've been adding a new gallery to this blog and have been inspired to rustle up some more background pieces.

Here they are...

During our holiday in Portugal I found lots of inspiration and new ideas for my needle-felting. Here are a few of my pics. I think some of these will make good subjects for needle-felting, hand embroidery and beading - especially the Hibiscus.

Heres my first attempt at needle-felted hibiscus. Hopefully this range will make use of some of the wild pink roving mum has got in her stash!

Obviously most of my holiday was consumed by watching Benjamin enjoy his first foreign jolly. Having flown on aeroplanes previously where small children made raucously loud (largely unwelcome) noises, I was slightly anxious about the flight, hence the busy book I made a couple of months ago. I needn't have worried - he was a star during both flights! We read lots, looked out of the window, he ate and slept and the three hour flights both went by in the blink of an eye. I think he really enjoyed himself, don't you?

Hopefully I'll have more needle-felting to share with you next week. Thanks for stopping by. I'll swing by some desks shortly. If you've reached my blog by happy accident and are wondering what WOYWW is all about, pop across to Julia's Stamping Ground to meet dozens of other crafters from across the globe who come together every Wednesday to share what they've been up to.

Happy crafting x


  1. Thanks for the photo share - what a delightful family you are and my, how that young man has grown.
    Love your hibiscus - those will be a hit! Will be watching for your progress as you build up your stash for sale.
    Hugs, Neet 5 xx

  2. The latest dumfing looks fab Max....keep up the good work.
    Annie x #6

  3. As a newbie I've found your blog very interesting since I too have an interest in textiles. I have never done needle felting but I taught wet felting for years. Must have a go - but what it a dumfling? Jackie x

  4. Glad you had a good time; my experience is that if your child is happy, then so are you! Fab that you were florally inspired, and I love the dumfed hibiscus..great great idea!

  5. He is such a cute, happy guy - er and so is Ben!!! Love the new dumfing gallery - great idea.

  6. Lovely holiday pics! You all obviously had a great time :-). I love the pics of the Hibiscus flower and didn't the image transfer well to the dumfing? I'm off to check out that link you posted!
    Hugs, LLJ 10 xxx

  7. Your flower felting is fabulous.
    It's the colours that I love.
    Lynn 12

  8. Pretty pretty felting, and your trip sounds as if it was lovely!

    Happy woyww to you,
    :)trisha, #52
    with a diy desk redo,
    but not the workdesk!

  9. I love the felting with the hibiscus! That's one of my favorite flowers!

    Greetings, Sofie #51

  10. Great photos, both of your holiday and your hibiscus felting. hope you managed to enjoy the holiday as much as Ben! Helen #1