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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, 10 August 2016

Needle felting inspiration from the seaside & WOYWW

Hello folks! Welcome to my regular blog about my textile art, linking up with What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, a weekly artists' showcase.

I didn't post last week as we'd just got back from a mini break in Aberystwyth. More about that later.

Here's my work desk this morning...

More needle felted and embroidered sheep brooches on the go this week. They've been popular online and I have been asked you stock a few shops so I'm increasing the size of my flock!

I'm also working on some more background pieces to use in a series of needle felting demonstrations I'll be doing at Acton Scott Working Farm in the next few weeks. You might remember the farm from a BBC series 'Victorian Farm' a few years ago. More about that another week.

So, to our mini break in Aberystwyth. We had a lovely little family break and I managed to find some inspiration while walking along the coastline.

Look at the colours in these pebbles...

Here's are some wild flowers I found...

Here's how I turned my wild flower findings into a needle felted and embroidered brooch...

Finally, here are a few shots of my happy little man on his hols...

That's all for today folks, thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting

Max x


  1. Beautiful shots from your holidays - I can see those turning up as little pictures before too long! Congrats on getting to demonstrate at Acton Scott, what a great opportunity to show your talents!
    And I loved the pics of Ben with the train, it seems only yesterday that it was our boys (now 23 and 20) that were oohing over steam engines!
    Hugs, LLJ 7 xxx

  2. Saw your little brooches on FB this week. Good luck at Acton Scot I remember going there with a group of school children many years ago I'm sure there is a lot more there now. Have a goos week x Jackie 17

  3. How you translated the flower-inspiration into embroidery is fabulous! I love your work. Happy woyww and a big hug from Holland, Marit #26

  4. Love the colours in those pebble Max and the latest dumfling using the new inspiration. Looks like you all had a fab few days away.
    Annie x

  5. Morning Maxine. Quite a flock you have there now. Congrats that you are getting so many orders and such... but what a lot of extra work it all means. Glad you had such a wonderful time away. The flowers have already proved to be a wonderful inspiration. Love the pebbles. I used a similar picture I took some years ago when I had to produce a finished piece based on geology for my C&G. One day I must post about all that - my finest hours of creativity possibly!!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #23

  6. Your work is beautiful and I love the inspiring photos from your trip. Well done on getting the demo work, that will be fun I'm sure.
    Thanks for the visit earlier, and I hope you have great week,
    Diana #16

  7. Fab photos - especially Ben of course. I love the way your daisy brooch developed. x

  8. How wonderful to be able to translate those pretty photos into pretty brooches. Love them both.
    Have a good week
    aka Bishopsmate #31

  9. LOVE the wild flower brooch. Your flock is growing quite nicely. Looking forward to future posts to see what you create for the farm. Blessings for a great WOYWW and terrific week! LisaDV #28

  10. Hi Tilly, love all your pictures. Gorgeous brooch. How pretty are those pebbles, lovely colours. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #4 xxx

  11. oh, Tilly! love the sheep brooches, the felted flowers and the pebbles - they look so different wet to dry, don't they! Great photos of what looks a lovely family break Helen #1

  12. Absolutely beautiful felting..you are such an inspiration! Elaine no. 40

  13. Love your daisy brooches, not sure which win my vote, daisies or sheep. Both are equally gorgeous.
    Glad you enjoyed a little break but I see you found inspiration so it was an inspired break LOL.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  14. You do beautiful work. You take lovely pictures.
    April #32