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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Holiday Craft Patterns

This pattern pack includes instructions and pattern pieces to create three holiday patterns.  Create a plush spider for Halloween, a turkey pillow for Thanksgiving and a burlap snowman for Christmas!
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holiday pattern pack

Thursday, 8 September 2016

London Mudlark finds

from the River Thames - decorated, ornate Georgian buttons, buckles, knife handles, spoons, cuff links, seal matrix, etc.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Garden Visitor


Help our hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are endangered, and could be extinct as early as 2020. At this time of year they are foraging for extra food and putting on fat reserves for winter hibernation, so are on the hunt for pests to eat. But they need a foraging range of one to two miles to sustain them and are hampered in this by our fences, which cut them off from hunting grounds. Quercus has worked a hedgehog doorway into one of its woven fence panels. Fit one and get all your neighbours to do the same (quercusfencing.co.uk).

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Monday, 25 July 2016

New Giant Plush Caterpillar Pattern from Sew Cute Patterns. Great kids room or nursery room decor!

Caterpillar pattern includes pattern pieces and instructions to create a giant plush caterpillar and his cute hat.  As pictured, 63" long.  Each body part is 7" and you can add as many body parts as you'd like to make him even longer!  Pattern also includes letter templates so you can personalize it with the child's name or other message!  Makes the perfect handmade gift. 

Caterpillar is made from fleece fabric.  Hat is made from felt fabric.

Caterpillar pattern available at:

caterpillar pattern


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Textiles Course with the OCA

I have just started a textiles course with the Open College of The Arts, so my vintage and art and craft online shops are taking a back seat at the moment.

I've just completed the first section of the first part of the course, which involved choosing items for a still life composition, and then drawing them using lots of different inks, pencils, paints, chalks, charcoal, pictures in thread etc The point being to practise making marks that represent how the objects look and feel rather than trying to capture an exact likeness.

Here are a few of my attempts:-

 More of my artwork and written work can be found on my learning log blog here.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Custom Teddy Bear

Send me the link to the fabric you would like to use for your teddy bear and I'll purchase the fabric and use it to sew your teddy bear.  All fabric types are appropriate but flannel cotton and fleece work best because of their softness.  You are also more than welcome to send me the fabric you would like me to use to create your bear.  Once your order is placed, I will send you the address for where to mail the materials.

Teddy bear is 10" tall when finished.

A good source of fabric is Joann's fabrics but you're welcome to choose from any fabric site: http://www.joann.com/fabric/flannel-fabric/

Please allow 7-10 days to process your order.  I will need to order the fabric and create the teddy when the fabric arrives.  Once the fabric arrives, it generally only takes about one day to create it.

If you have any questions before or after purchase, please feel free to contact me. I am always happy to help.

3 day 1/2 price sale

All my items are 1/2 price for the next 3 days so grab yourself some bargins


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Edinburgh College Of Art Degree Show: 2016

I visited this degree show at the ECA last Saturday. It is really inspiring to see the work of so many young artists, textile and jewellery designers, illustrators and product designers. I recently started a part-time correspondence degree in Textiles, so it was good to see what my 'bricks and mortar' compatriots were doing.

Here are some images from the visit:-

Student Li Wanshu demonstrates the phosphorescent qualities of her jewellery to Margaret, a fellow study visit student from The Open College of The Arts. Li's jewellery collection is based on deep sea creatures. It is made from beads, tubes, nylon, luminous paints, etc and moved about as the wearer moves. My favourite collection in the jewellery section!

 These sculptures are all made from aluminium foil and made me think of corals and fungi formations.

 Costumes for performance arts: this one resembles a bird, with the tweedy fabric cut into feather-like texture.

If you would like to see more images of the show, please visit my learning log blog.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Cat Sewing Pattern with Children's story!

This adorable cat plushie pattern includes the story of Thimbles, the giant attack cat.  Read the story and sew the characters!  Sew your own giant attack cat in your child's favorite color.

Plush kitty is 22" when finished and made from fleece fabric.  Her little mouse friends are 5 1/2" and made from felt fabric.

Patterns also available to make her other fish and bird friends from the story too.

Click here to read the story of Thimbles the cat!

Giant attack cat with mouse pattern available at:




Giant attack cat with mouse, fish and bird patterns available at:




cat plush pattern, cat sewing pattern, short stories for kidscat plush pattern, cat sewing pattern, short stories for kids

cat plush pattern, cat sewing pattern, short stories for kids

cat plush pattern, cat sewing pattern, short stories for kids

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Spring Fling 2016 - Dumfries and Galloway Open Studios Event

We had a great day yesterday visiting some of the open studios in the Spring Fling event. Rob, Brock and I went to Kirkcudbright: "The Artists' Town" where we saw lots of small studios in the WASPS collective. Then went on to Heather M Nisbet's lovely studio, where we made a purchase!

Here are some images from the day:-

 Morag Mcpherson Textiles

 Lizzie Farey
 Colour Rosie
 Heather M Nisbet's studio with preparatory sketches on the walls

Excellent morning coffee and, later, sandwiches for lunch were at the Solway Tide Cafe, which has a garden to sit in at the back, with a colourful mural to admire, and lovely planting. Handy if, like us, you have a dog in tow.

Spring Fling is on until 30 May - so you still have a day and a half to get out there and enjoy the event!

If you are interested in a bit more detail, I wrote another article about some of the works of these artists here.