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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 July 2016

Needle felting inspiration from the countryside & WOYWW

Morning troops! Welcome to my weekly blog about my journey as a textile artist.

Let's begin by showing you my work desk...

This time last week I was rushing off to get cracking with some wet felted background pieces. Once these had dried I needle felted strands of wool, silk and chiffon using my embellishing machine to create the background greenery for my pictures.

As you can see, I've started to needle felt some flowers and today's job is to free-machine embroider on top and finish with beading and hand embroidery.

Ive also been out and about the Shire this week, peddling my wares and getting inspiration from the wonderful landscape. This time of year the Shropshire countryside is incredibly diverse - from the lush greens I use in my needle-felted sheepy landscapes to softer shades of heather and corn yellow. On my way up to drop more pictures at The Bog Visitor Centre the other day I noticed these lovely soft hay meadow shades and thought I'd have a dabble at incorporating them into my work...

Here's the result...

In amongst all my needle felting I've still made time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life - such as seeing my little man don his swimsuit and frolic about in Shrewsbury's brand new splash park!

Well I've got another busy Wednesday ahead of me today finishing off pieces to sell at Quatt Open Village on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by my blog and do pop across to check out other WOYWWers sharing their desks on What's on your Workdesk Wednesday.

Happy crafting

Max x


  1. Good luck with your sales - saw a dog wearing a jumper that looked like a sheep this week on FB and thought of you. Nice swim suit. Have a good week x Jackie 14

  2. Well, I've never heard of Quatt before - I had to go and look to see where it is! It's an unusual name for an English village, don't you think? I hope the fair goes well and you sell loads. Going on your past performance this year, you'll be making loads more pictures to replenish your stocks! We stayed just down from the Bog Centre last year, it's a beautiful area and you capture it so well in your work :-)
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

  3. Those little sheepy landscapes capture the Shropshire hillside perfectly!

  4. Love the hills translated into you feltings - beautiful.
    Have a good week
    aka Bishopsmate #21

  5. Hi Tilly, those new shades are beautiful, you've really captured the colours. Love those sheep, they are fab. It's great to see Ben enjoying the water, looks like he had a great time. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5 xxx

  6. The dumfing develops every time you do more Max. I'm loving the new colours....keep up the good work and good luck with sales on Saturday.
    Annie x

  7. Hi Max, love your new pieces that you are working on! I would totally say that your Shire soft hay meadow inspirations definitely worked out for you! They are too cute, AS ALWAYS! The newest felting with the bright yellow and purple flowers is lovely!!! Cuteness at the splash pad! Blessings and have a great rest of the week! :) Felicia, #36

  8. Beautiful work! I can see why the countryside is such an inspiration - lovely views. Hope the open village goes well.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K #27

  9. Good luck with selling your work, you sound like you're extremely busy with it. I love your little sheep pictures, they are adorable and I bet they fly off the shelves! Beautiful countryside pics, and I love those soft shades of greens and yellows.
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #19

  10. Love all of your work - the landscapes are beautiful but the little sheep capture my imagination - truly fabulous! Almost as fabulous as your creation in your last picture - your little one enjoying himself in the splash pool.
    Have a good week.
    Hugs, Neet 2 xxx

  11. All so beautiful, love the sheep. BJ#25

  12. I love your felted artwork!

    Greetings, Sofie #45

  13. I love your art. And your little man is adorable. They grow up WAY too fast!
    Have a great day!
    Diane #24

  14. I admire your talent! Wow! I am amazed at what you do. How you can look at the fields color and texture and translate it to making what you made. Thank you for sharing. #46

  15. sorry I'm so late, it's been one of those weeks (Wimbledon, Euro2016, work...) love your felting, and the splash park looks great fun! Helen #1

  16. I am sure I have said it before - amazing work. I had time to post, but not make the rounds til now. donna #34

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