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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, 27 July 2016

Petunia the Sheep - Needle felted brooches & WOYWW

Good morning dear reader! Thanks for stopping by my work desk to see what I'm up to today.

Here's my work desk this morning...

Tools at the ready for work in progress, lots of finished pieces of work to pack away and a delivery of gorgeous hand-dyed wool felt.

Keen-eyed regulars will notice I've been absent from the regular 'What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday' circuit for the last fortnight. I've no excuse other than being snowed under with making and events. Poor excuse huh?!

Well I'm hoping that my little wooly friends here will secure your forgiveness for my tardy blogging! I've been working on new design ideas and these are some of them...

They're all individually named (well who wouldn't name their sheep brooches?)

Here's Petunia...

Here's Matilda...

The rest of the flock can be seen here.

I've also mounted some abstract flowers in needle felting and hand embroidery which I made several weeks ago. 

I've got my hands on these perfect frames but, alas, the well known Swedish furniture retailer has decided to discontinue these frames in the UK so I'm now on the hunt for an alternative for future creations. 

Finally, we've had lots of fun in the sun here at Tilly Tea Dance towers...

Thats all for this week folks! Thanks for stopping by, pop back again won't you?

Happy crafting

Max x


  1. Lol, I love your sheepy badges, they're great fun! And I love the abstract flowers, the sort tones are just gorgeous.
    Your cool dude made me smile too :-D
    Hugs, LLJ 3 xx

  2. Sort tones?? I meant soft, of course!

  3. Great looking desk, projects and pix - your hand dyed wool looks brilliant

    Happy WOYWW


  4. You know just how much I love your latest creation Max but I have to say your little cool dude in his shades has stolen the show today. Have fun x Annie x

  5. I love your creations, they are fantastic. I have dabbled with felting but would really like to get more into it. Your sheep brooches are beautiful and I love that they all have a name.
    Have a good week.
    Hugs Lisax #22

  6. The little brooches are lovely but the abstract flowers are what calls out to me. Beautiful colours. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Fiona #11

  7. Oh I love the brooches so cute! Take care Zo xx 27

  8. Hi Tilly, those sheep brooches are so lovely. You are right, they have to have names! You could make them into fridge magnets as well, they would be so sweet. Do you have The Range stores anywhere near you? They always have a great frame selection. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #24 xxx

  9. The little sheep brooches are delightful and I love the embroidery panels too - such pretty soft colours.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Diana #20

  10. So glad that your business is flourishing! It's exciting to see your new ideas and to wonder where it will take you next! x

  11. Max, you deserve all the accolades that you can get for your amazing talent and craftiness! You CONTINUE to come up with GORGEOUS creativity and I, for one, LOVE your newest creations! Those guys are awesome! Tooooo cute!! I am so glad your business is doing so well, what a blessing! I know it will continue!! I think its a wonderful excuse for your tardiness! LOLOL That sweet boy is so cute! Thanks for sharing your new creations with us this week! Blessings

  12. Wow what stunning work!! Just gorgeous. soojay 13

  13. Your felting is awesome! LUV it. Thanks for the visit. Peg R #8

  14. oh wow, what fabulous felting! Love the sunglasses! Helen #1

  15. A cool dude indeeed!!! :-) Your brooches and pictures are fabulous, Anne x #16

  16. Gorgeous felting, your little sheep are lovely too. Wishing you a happy woyww, Angela 14

    1. Thank you SO Much for your comments on my blog.I howled too when I found those cartoons! How's the coffee intake? Threaded any machines lately!! Sewing has kept me sane throughout renovations., I follow your blog and love your felting.I used to do a lot, but gotten out of the way of it for a while.I still have my felting machine.,I think it needs new needles though!

  17. love your sheep! hugs donna #40

  18. LOVE, LOVE your sheep brooches and think it's totally brilliant that you've named them. Bummer about those frames. They are perfect, so I hope you can find something just as perfect. Blessings, LisaDV #35

  19. Fantastic sheep and how frustrating when a supplier stops stocking something like the frames....the works sometimes has OK ones.

  20. Your sheep are really super cute!

  21. Wow, that's a handsome guy on your last photo.
    Love your brooches, so pretty and the pictures too. Isn't it annoying when you find something and the source dries up? I used to love the foot soak crystals they did - now why discontinue a popular line?Hugs, and thanks for the visit to mine earlier
    Neet 5 xx