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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, 22 February 2017

Felted seascape & other new designs & WOYWW

Hello folks, welcome to my arty little blog. Today I'm going to share a few of the best bits from my workdesk this week. It's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday so once you've read my blog, check out more WOYWWers sharing their work today at Julia's Stamping Ground.

I've been working on lots of new designs and ideas to develop my work over the past few weeks. Here's my work desk today.

Keen-eyed WOYWW  readers might spot that this is actually Twiglet's (my mum's) workdesk - I've poached the desk while Benjamin has a nanny day. Im having a 'finishing off bits' kinda day today. By popular demand I've got chains to match my sheep pendants so I'll be spending the day stringing up a few ready to sell.

So back to those new designs and ideas...
These violets are the outcome of my desire to use up each and every scrap of felt. Making sheep brooches and pendants results in lots of little trimmings, which I've saved. I dug out the purple and green shades to make this.

Next up is a little beach scene...

I actually make this a few months ago after a trip to the North Wales coast but it's sat in a drawer as I thought a coastal scene wasn't very 'Shropshire-ish' for my local stockists (Shropshire being a large landlocked county!). Anyway, I put it on Instagram and Twitter and people loved it so I'm now working on new designs to add to the seaside range.

Finally I had some waste strips of wet felted and free motion embroidered landscape pieces which didn't make the cut in my sheep production process. I decided to use them as backgrounds for miniature flower/hedgerow scenes. Here they are, along with my latest sheepy landscapes. I don't know whether you can tell from my work, but I'm feeling Spring is on the way!

Thanks for stopping by my work desk. See you again soon I hope :-)

Happy crafting

Max x

21 comments:

  1. Morning Maxine. These are great. Love the seaside one. The perspective is lovely. Well done. Enjoy your finishing up day!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #6

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  2. Everything is lovely Maxine but I must say I adore the sheep. I don't do cute at all but these really do draw me in.
    I shared your seascape on my facebook page the other day, it is beautiful as are the flowers on the photo above. You really have talent.
    Hugs, Neet 8 xx

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  3. I love stopping by your desk. In a sea of card making, your felt masterpieces shine out to me! I love it all, the sheep, the seaside, flowers. They are all very yummy to look at! Have a great week - EmbroidRage #2 x

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  4. It's all so inspirational! I love all your work and think that the seascapes are a great addition - no wonder you're having to work hard to restock, they must be selling like hot cakes. Well done! And good for Nanny Twiglet too, she's a star :-D
    Hugs, LLJ 13 xxxx

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  5. Wow, I'm amazed by the landscapes that can be created using felting. It isn't a craft that I've tried, but I love your work. Happy WOYWW Sarah #23

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  6. I really love the new designs Max. I'm sure a few brighter days inspires us all. Keep up the good work.
    Hugs,
    Annie x

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  7. Hi Maxine, Its always a pleasure to come and look at your work. Always so beautiful, and fun too. The coastal scene is gorgeous, I'm not at all surprised it's been so popular. Hedgerows and flowers sound awesome. Have a great week, hugs, Shaz#5 xxx

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  8. Hi Maxine, lovely post as usual. I'm definitely feeling the spring vibe after looking at your photos. The violet piece is beautiful - a great way to use up the tiny bits, as are your little flower/hedgerow pieces. Have a good week. Elizabeth x #35

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  9. Your felted landscapes are awesome! I've tried felting, it was fun, but not really my cup of tea. Now I have a bunch of felting tools just sitting around! But you work wonders with felting! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #37

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  10. Your felting talent is amazing. I love the scenes and those sheep are so cute.
    April#27

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  11. Beautiful new things and such cute sheeps.

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  12. Hi Maxine,
    Oh, I'm feeling the sheep!! You'll have to email information about a necklace please. I'd be interested in purchasing one if you'll post to the United States. Also, love the landscapes too. I find felting to be so interesting but I'm afraid to try it.

    You'll find my email on my sidebar.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (35)

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  13. Beautiful, beautiful work. I love the beach one. Reminds me of all those lovely walks we took last summer. The sheep one reminds me of Mum and my trip to Scotland - sheep everywhere there.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sharon K #31

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  14. I think people in Shropshire would yearn for some seaside! it is gorgeous!! Everything is gorgeous! Helen #1

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  15. Lovely work Maxine and yes you definitely brought spring to the day
    Lynn x 25

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  16. A lady turned up at our sewing class a few weeks ago and said she did felting. Unfortunately she was on holiday and didn't have any materials with here but promised to send us all more info on it. Now having seen your work I know a little of what she was talking about.You have created some beautiful work.

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  17. Fascinating. I thought you had a large piece of lettuce on the desk at first! You might as well be speaking in tongues to me really, but I love love love it all! Nice chains for the pendants. i am excited that you're working on seascapes and florals too!

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  18. Beautiful Seascape super work. BJ#10

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