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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, 8 June 2016

WOYWW - "There's needle felting Jim, but not as we know it"

Hello there folks, welcome to my weekly blog about all things textile art - part of What's on your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW). The keen eyed regulars will have noted my absence last week - the inmates of Tilly Tea Dance Towers all came down with a bug.

I'm back on form now though so here's my workdesk for you this morning...

I'm trialling some new ideas again and this time I've moved away from my usual garden / hedgerow scenes to try something a little different.

It's needle felting, but not as I know it (ok, the Star Trek script robbing ends there!)

These have been assembled using cream and grey pre-felt, vintage lace, lilac wool roving and pale pink chiffon. These have been layered and felted down then hand embroidery, beads and buttons have been added on top.

Not sure what they'll be - either tiny pictures or brooches.

I guess I'm channeling inspiration from my newly redecorated sitting room, which is grey and lilac (and totally lovely - big thanks to Twiglet for shortening curtains and making blinds!). You can get an idea of the new decor in this photo of Benjamin's workdesk, a new addition to the sitting room. Perhaps he'll be joining in WOYWW one day soon!

Also on my workdesk are three fabulous ATCs I have received from the WOYWW anniversary swap. Thank you very much Kyla, Sandra Dee and Sylvia - your work is beautiful and each so different.

Kyla also sent me some lovely crafty goodies which I will endeavour to use to create something pretty to share with you at a later date.

I've really enjoyed the ATC swap this year and I'm determined to make a few more to swap next year (that's 358 days I've got to get my act together!)

Right that's all for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed reading.

Happy crafting

Max x


  1. Some lovely more items you have made. I am hoping to blog my latest fabric make this weekend (but time does run out I find!!).

    Glad you liked the ATC. I cut the swallow out of metal and dyed it with inks, a good way of using old metal tubes up as they tend to be a lovely golden colour inside so have a natural warmth to them.

  2. Hi Tilly, lovely soft colours in your new pieces. I'm not normally a pastel person, (really? Who'd have guessed?), but a pink/blue/purple blend always gets my attention.Lolled at the 358 days remark, I always think that, and generally end up doing them in the week before the swap, or two weeks, if I'm lucky! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #9 xx

  3. Love the soft pastels. These are gorgeous. Have fun creating! Happy Wednesday! LisaDV #35

  4. Your new creations are just beautiful the colours really lend themselves to the pretty scene. So pleased you like the ATC. Yours arrived and I am absolutely thrilled to have such a stunning piece of Tilly Tea Dance felted art. Thank you :)
    Sandra de @13

  5. Ooh, your new pieces are just beautiful - such lovely soft, delicate colours, and I love the little additions of embroidery and buttons - so, so sweet. Thank you so much for stopping by earlier and I'm glad you are all over your bugs now.
    Diana #24

  6. That's just what I like about the ATC swap - we see lots of different techniques and all so far from what we do. Brilliant. Your new design is fab. I have some little inchie pendants for you to work with too!!

  7. Lovely, nice tidy work desk.

    Lilian B #36

  8. There's buttons on the starboard side 😃 (To continue the Star Trek theme!) Am loving the new colour scheme of your crafting and living room, very pretty and fresh 💖💖
    I'm glad you're all better now, families are great for sharing everything, huh?!
    Hugs, LLJ xxx

  9. Loving your new felting ideas! The colors are so soothing and I love adding the buttons for the extra cuteness! So glad things are looking up in the "sickies" department! That's never fun! Blessings to you, Felicia #50

  10. What a beautiful felting colour combination! I can see where you were inspired. Those curtains are gorgeous!
    Happy WOYWW!

  11. oh wow, your felting is fabulous! glad you are feeling better this week. Helen #18

  12. Beautiful felting. Great colours. Sorry to hear you weren't well. Hopefully you're on the mend now.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K #4

  13. Gorgeous felting, love it. Pleased to hear you're feeling better. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 26

  14. Cute needle felting!
    Have a great day.
    Diane - WOYWW #2

  15. The embroidery/felting is just gorgeous!
    Love the new curtains too.
    Happy belated WOYWW!
    Tertia #46

  16. Hope everyone is feeling better. Spring bugs are the worst! Haven't been by in a while. Thanks for letting me pop in. Creative Blessings! Kelly #37

  17. Love the work and the work desk

    Lilian B #26

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