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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, 25 May 2016

WOYWW - Needle felted daisies, sheep and mixed media explorations

Hello there! Welcome to my round up of my fabric art activities. Firstly, can I say Happy 7th What's on your Workdesk Wednesday!! For those who don't knnow, WOYWW is a weekly round up of artist's workdesks and has been running now for seven years!

Here's my workdesk this morning...

You can see a needle felted card I've just finished for a customer who wanted something a bit special for her daughter's wedding anniversary.

Also on the desk is a handful of sheepy sunset needle felted pictures, some sheep poppy fields and some bluebell and daisy pictures all ready to mount.

If you visited me last week you'd have seen I was preparing for a fair. Well it went brilliantly! The event had been organised to raise funds for the Harry Johnson Trust, a local children's cancer charity set up in memory of Harry, who died aged seven in 2014. The event included a Boden party and lots of lovely craft and gift stalls. Hopefully the brilliant turnout meant lots of funds were raised for the charity. Here was my stall...
After a busy week, what better way to relax than by participating in a workshop. On Saturday I spent a brilliant day on a mixed media course run by Tina Gilmore, mixed media artist at her studio in Montgomery. I learnt lots of new techniques and loved pouring over Tina's marvelous stash of vintage and antique papers and ephemera. I decided to make some pieces of artwork for Ben's bedroom. Here are the results...

Here's a snapshot of the process...

Ben certainly appreciated them and took no time at all in deciding where they should be displayed!
That's all this week folks! Thanks for stopping by. Catch up with other WOYWWers at Lunch Lady Jan's blog.

Happy crafting!

Max x


  1. Happy 7th WOYWW, lovely gal! I'm so pleased you joined in the desky madness because it means I can drool over your amazing creations. I love all your work but the sheepy ones call to me (must be my Welsh blood!) I'm so pleased that your stall went brilliantly and I love the artwork you made at the workshop, so clever. I love Montgomery, it's a funky little town...I think I went in the Indigo Moon shop last year!
    Hugs, LLJ xxx

  2. Lovely creations as usual. It's been wonderful seeing all your stuff since I joined WOYWW. Thanks for sharing. Happy Birthday x Jackie #31

  3. So glad your fair went well - I'm not surprised though, your work is beautiful. I love Tina Gilmore's work and your collages are beautiful, how lucky to go to one of her workshops, and how lovely that Ben is so appreciative - an artist in the making!
    Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by mine,
    Diana #22

  4. All your little felted pieces are gorgeous and the mixed media canvas are stunning. Looks like Ben is following along with the talent. I might be your swapee... shall send an email and check.
    sandra de @37

    1. I think you're right, you're my swapee. Mum (Twiglet) says she's already sending her ATC to you so I'll bob it in with hers. Thanks for stopping by x

  5. I'm so glad the fair went well. Your felt work is absolutely stunning so no surprise really.

    Lovely to see little Ben 'helping'.

    I am determined to visit everyone. I have dedicated today to WOYWW. (a freezer meal for hubby I'm afraid!)

    Happy 7th WOYWW anniversary

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  7. Hi Tilly, it warms my heart to see people working with textiles and your needle felting is brilliant. You asked about the name stamp but it's not a stamp I'm afraid, it's a watermark/transparent image. A friend made it for me and I know she did it using Craft Artist 2, hope that might help. Happy 7th woyww anniversary and have a great week, Angela x 30

  8. Oh what a fab post with all your crafty wonderful stuff! So glad you joined in with WOYWW - it's great to have another textile worker in the gang and I am always so proud of all the work my little girl makes!! xxx

  9. I love Tina Gilmore even though I am happily married. I'm visiting again later in the year and we are staying with her and Gav. Such a fabulous place. I love the shop and Tina's workspace.
    Am I drooling ? Yes haha
    Lynn 15 X
    Ps I got a fabulous roller shutter cabinet from them when I went on the Jessie Chorley workshop

  10. your felting is just beautiful, love the sheep!! Hope the sale made loads of money for such a good cause. Helen #11

  11. Thanks for the details, hope you don't mind but I removed my email details above as we have now been in touch. Will post the ATC to you this week.

  12. So glad the fair went went. Your work looks gorgeous! Wish I could have gone so I could have bought one of your pieces. Sounds like you had a great day on your mixed media course and your pieces look gorgeous.

    Happy WOYWW anniversary
    Sharon K #45

  13. Glad that the Fair went well for you - it certainly should your work is so beautiful. Mixed media pieces are fab as well.
    Thank you for visiting me,
    Happy WOYWW 7th Anniversary Anne x #25

  14. Hi Tilly, so pleased the craft fair went well. Love seeing your felted pictures every week. Great job on the pics for Bens room.Have a great week, Happy Anniversary, Hugs, Shaz #8 xx

  15. I am just drooling over those felted ATCs!! They are gorgeous. Hope they did raise a lot of money at the fair. Happy Anniversary!! Cindy #48 xx

  16. Wow...those felted pieces are beautiful. The course looks very interesting too. Elaine no. 33

  17. Oh my! Such gorgeous needle felting! Glad that the sale went well! The workshop looks great and love that Ben had a plan! Chrisx 55

  18. What fabulous felting projects and the canvases you created for Ben are just too sweet! Happy 7th WOYWW Anniversary! Scrapbook Lynne Mizera, WOYWW#58

  19. I love Ben decorating his room!
    Happy anniversary!!
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #2

  20. Your needle felting is gorgeous!
    And lovely artwork for Ben's room!
    Happy 7th Woyww Anniversary.
    RosA # 29

  21. I would have been by sooner, but not long after I linked at Jan's, thunderstorms knocked my power out. To make matters worse, my internet is having a meltdown, and I have to reboot after nearly every person I visit. But I still hope to visit everyone this weekend.

    Goodness. You make some simply GORGEOUS felted beauties. I'm super impressed, and love the one for the wedding gift. So nice when people pay you for your expertise, isn't it? Happy 7th Anniversary from # 5.

  22. Your felting is so impressive. I love those flowers. Happy WOYWW for the 7th year.
    April #40