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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, 6 January 2016

WOYWW - feeling sheepish

Hello all, welcome to my first post of 2016! If this is your first visit to my blog, this is my weekly WOYWW (What's on your workdesk Wednesday) post giving you a snapshot of what I'm working on at the moment.

So here's my workdesk today...

You can see I've started the new year with some dumfing (needle-felting). For New Year's Eve we stayed with friends at a sheep farm in Powys. A walk around the farm on New Year's day inspired me to work on some new 'sheepy' ideas in needle-felting and embroidery.

These are waiting for a bit of hand stitching to give some foreground detail...

Here's a close-up of the finished one...

I guess my toddler, Ben, is hoping I'll needle-felt some cows next as 'mooooo' is his word of the moment (although he also uses this to refer to moon and balloon).

Also on my workdesk is the second of two pairs of fleeces onto which I need to sew the hand embroidered logos I've made for my in laws' gardening business. Here's the first pair I completed earlier this week...

Getting four hand-stitched logos to look as close to identical as possible has been quite a labour of love!

Well that's all for this week. I've got to get cracking this afternoon with my latest customer order, another personalised picture - 'L is for...'  with a hand embroidered lion.

Thank you for visiting my blog :-)

Happy crafting,

Max x


  1. Great sheep. I now understand a bit more since my foray into needle felting with the mouse a few weeks ago. Good luck with the lion x. Jackie 26

  2. Loving your sheep and your handy work. Take care Zo xx 42

  3. It must be so interesting to be able to make fabric creations for your home! The sheep picture is so pretty and peaceful looking. I bet your in-laws really appreciate your talent and hard work.

    Suzanne #50

  4. Wow your sheep are beautiful. What a wonderful craft. Well done with the logos too. You have started the year well. Wishing you and your family a very happy 2016. Barbxx #28

  5. I love your dumfing! The details you've bought out in the foreground are just perfect!
    I think your logos look very professional - a job to be proud of.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday and the rest of the week,
    Bubbles #47

  6. Love the sheep dumfing!! truly beautiful. Enjoy the weeek; don't work too hard. Helen 3

  7. Hi Tilly, you make lovely dumfings - love your sheep and the hand embroidered details are perfect. At first sight, I thought the logos were machine sown - they look identical from here :) Have a great week. Elizabeth x #59

  8. I like those! I bought a needle felting kit at the end of last year but haven't got around to doing it yet. Another thing to add to the list lol

  9. Hi Tilly, love the needle felted sheep pic! Awesome. You could do Ben a picture of a cow holding a balloon, with a moon in the sky, lol.Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #8xxx

  10. I love your sheep dumfings! The logos look so professional-sure to impress! Chrisx #38

  11. Those little sheepy pics look even better in real life. We need to find a good source for frames!! x

  12. Gorgeous felted pieces, love them. Wishing you a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela 32x

  13. What beautiful dumfing! Love how you make these pictures.
    Have a good week
    Bishopsmate #53

  14. I was wondering if you have a tutorial for your method? I would love to learn how to make landscapes the way you do.