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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, 27 April 2016

WOYWW - Woolfest!

Hello all! Welcome to my blog, where I share a sneak peek of my desk to mark 'Whats on your Workdesk Wednesday'.

So here's my workdesk this morning...

It's a busy old desk this week as I'm trying to fulfil a growing order book while also trying to fit in a dabble with the fabulous new fibres I picked up at Woolfest this weekend.

"What's Woolfest?" I hear you say. Well, it's the nickname for Wonderwool Wales, a festival of Welsh wool and fibres held annually in Builth Wells. Mum and I took Ben along on Sunday and a brilliant day was had indeed. Three halls full of wool, silk, felt and fuzz provided a great opportunity to spend my birthday pennies and was a feast for a textile artist's eyes! Benjamin enjoyed his first encounter with rare breed sheep - Black Wensleydale and Blue Leicester I'm reliably informed - and some lovely angora rabbits.

Here are all the goodies I brought back...
I'm very pleased with my haul and am looking forward to being able to find time to try out some new designs to incorporate some of it.

Also this week I squeezed in another photography session, this time to turn some of my latest work into prints. Here are the ones I chose...

Well that's all for today folks, hope you've enjoyed hearing all about my week.

Happy crafting,

Max x


  1. My oh my you look and sound busy. Craft on and happy WOYWW. Susanne #38

  2. OOooo - a wonderful day out. I'd have loved it, too! I just so enjoy dabbling my fingers in wool and yarn and threads.... You have some great pieces there, Maxine - well done. Trust you soon have the opportunity to try out some of those gorgeous new threads and tops.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #2

  3. Yes it was a good day out wasn't it. I hope those printed cards look as good as the originals - they should fly off the shelves too. x

  4. The Woolfest sounds wonderful, and you've got a great looking pile of stash there. I really love the images of your work you've chosen for prints - they are all absolutely beautiful and I bet they'll go just as quickly as the woolly ones!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #22

  5. I have been trying to get to Wonderwool Wales for years - it is just the wrong time of month for me as we have tewo birthdays and are always tied up with those :-) one day though! beautiful goodies on your desk. Anne x ~56

  6. That sounds like a wonderful place to visit! It looks like it would be a fun place to reach out and touch - that's what the pictures make me want to do. What a wonderful lot of new stash you acquired. Love all that you have going on at your desk!

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #46

  7. Oh this looks so fun. I love things like this. First off I've been MIA for a while but BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Loved what your mother made for you. Peeped about a bit on other posts I've missed and love your commissioning designs and that pretty Brouch.
    If you are doing ATC's I'd love to exchange with you. Will mail mine with what I send to Annie. Have a wonderful fun week. Hoping your weather is Sunshine and Warmth. Wanting ours to be that way too but....not so today.

  8. ooh, what a wonderful day that looks! your pile of goodies you acquired is pretty gorgeous too! Thanks for stopping by already, and taking time to look at the journal pages, too. Helen #1

  9. Great goodies and fun. I love the daisies you made.

    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #36

  10. The Woolfest sounds really good. I bet you had a hay day (well, wool day). Ben has grown since the last photo I saw of him. Gosh, it goes so quick.
    Your large pile of goodies looks fab. I would go and feel every time I walk past. lol.
    I love the images you have chosen for the printed cards. Are they going to be like postcards? or business cards?
    That looks like a fun stamp. Is it out of the folder on the left? Cartoon characters?
    No, we don't show floors, only desks so don't worry.
    Thanks for visiting,
    Happy WOYWW,
    Have a good week too,

  11. Sounds like a great day and love the goodies you bought. Have a great week and happy woyww, Angela x 21

  12. Progress on the dumfing front looks good Max....keep it up :-)Glad you found a good use for your birthday pennies....bet you were really stuck for choice there :-)
    Annie x

  13. Oh wow, Woolfest looked amazing - I think your haul looks very colourful! Have fun playing with it :-). I'm glad you're making prints from your work, I think the sheepy ones would make great cards/notelets!
    Hugs, LLJ 16 xxx

  14. Woolfest sounds great! Love your pictures - glad you are having success with your business venture.
    Hugs & Thanks for the visit to my blog- Neet 3 xx