Thursday, July 24, 2008


When I made my own monster bag I'd blended enough yellow wool to make two, so here's Herbert. I'd planned on giving her frizzy hair, adorned with ribbons. However, once her face was constructed I discovered that she was in fact a he, and Herbert (as he's now been named) did not want to wear ribbons or have frizzy hair! He's gone into the shop this afternoon, along with a batch of nest rings. I'm loving the bird's nests and moments ago had a flash of inspiration for some nest this space!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Ball

The Ball was fantastic!! It was held in a marquee in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral (7 hour coach journey!), and amazingly for the UK the sun was shining, so we had Champagne out on the lawn to start off with, then a lovely meal and more Champagne, and then a lot of dancing. I didn't take my camera to the ball, as it's a bit on the bulky side, so here are some pictures of us at the hotel. I was really worried that the dress was a little on the short side, but it was a bargain £19.99 from TK Maxx and it was made of silk chiffon! I'm not normally drawn to yellow, but just fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it, don't suppose I'll ever wear it again :(

The morning after we were up early and went to walk around the Cathedral before catching the coach home. It really is a beautiful place.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Monster Bags

Here are my most recent little monsters:

Rupert - SOLD

Elsie - in the shop

and Darcy!

I've made Darcy for myself. I'm going to a ball at the weekend and I've made her to match my outfit, I'll take a picture of the whole outfit later. I was going to make a felt dress for the ball (one which I'd started on the Charlotte Buch course), but I decided it might be a bit to warm, besides it needs lining and there has been too much going on here with school about to finish (plus we're having a new bathroon fitted at long last). So I made this bag instead, and a flower brooch to match Darcy's.

Here are some rings I have been working on too, I can't seem to stop making nests!! They're in the shop now.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Woolfest was fantastic! For those of you who don't live in the UK, it's an annual two day festival of wool held at Cockermouth in the Lake District. They have stands for everything relating to wool, so there is spinning, knitting, felting, traditional wool crafts from across Europe and animals. Each stand is made up of one or more sheep pens, so here's my sheep pen....

The monster bags really helped catch peoples attention as the walked past, but also I was giving felted flower demonstrations (as I was selling kits). It was totally crazy, I'd have a crowd of people watching, then after I'd finished someone would always say, 'oh, I missed the beginning can you do it again', so I was demonstrating constantly! Here's a pile of flowers which were made over the two days, they're in my studio waiting to be turned into brooches.

My Mum and Auntie were helping me out again (a big Thank You to them), so I managed to have a good look around. Here are some of the very cute animals that were on display.....

and here are some of my purchases....more buttons!

I also bought some lopi and Norwegian wool which is waiting to be needle felted into brooches.

One of the best things about woolfest is meeting other fibre enthusiasts, as I mostly sell on the Internet it's so nice to meet customers face to face, and a few previous customers and blog readers came and introduced themselves which was lovely.

So in conclusion I'll definitely be there again next year!!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Look what I got in the post!

Woolfest coming soon, just wanted to show you this. I ordered it from etsy for my niece's birthday, isn't it cute! And I got a little mini matchbox note book and sweet felt lolly as freebies. Please take a look at her shop, her works fantastic and so well made.... Look Mama Made It

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Charlotte Buch Course

Now I'm back from woolfest and have a bit more time on my hands I'm hoping to catch up on my blog entries. The woolfest was fantastic, but I'll save that for another day. Today I want to share with you some of the clothes that I made at the Charlotte Buch 4 day workshop I attended a few weeks ago. Her work is amazing and she is such a fantastic teacher, I learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of her courses I highly recommend it. So here's what I made....

A reversible backless waistcoat, great for summer evenings.

and a skirt, this is waiting to be lined then I'll model it for you!

I also made a dress for a ball I'm going to in a few weeks time, but it's not finished yet, I'll do a show and tell later when I have done the finishing touches. Quite a few people made jackets, which looked fantastic, here's a few that were finished....