Wednesday, 4 November 2015


 Just a little bit of crafty activity from the sewing room today.
My free evenings have been spent knitting "parts" for dollies.
I loved the little characters on "Fluttterby Patch" so I bought the patterns and started knitting. Well, Like everything else I pick up - it's addictive!

 I have already given one away and she has been named Daisy and is already a firm favourite.

In a spare afternoon I made my friend a quilted table runner for Christmas - well she had it all cut ready to sew - I just quilted through random ivy leaves with gold thread and put binding around it.

We have had a busy week because Maxine was contacted by someone wanting to buy some of her beautiful needle felted pictures so we had to get a few mounted and framed and then set up a little exhibition in my dining room. Here are a couple of them...

Check out "Tilly Tea Dance" if you want to see more. She sold four so, I think she needs to get a few of them on her Etsy site now, in time for the Christmas rush!

And lastly, as I was in Watson and Thorntons fabric shop on Monday somehow I felt the urge to stock up on my fat quarters!! ( Something sounds a bit weird there but I am sure you know what I mean!!)

Just a tip for anyone sewing metallic thread - these needles help to stop the thread from breaking. Also they have a humongous eye so they are easy to thread - a tip for short sighted old dears like me!!)

Well that's it for this week.
It was lovely to see the photos of all our WOYWW buddies at the crop last Saturday - and so good to see that smiley pic of Shaz looking so well too.

Have a great week and thanks for dropping in.

x Jo


Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, I understand about the urge in Watson and Thornton!!! You were quite restrained, I think....good tip about the needles. I use The Force to thread my machine in dim light these days :-)
Love the little dolly sweet!
Hugs, LLJ 18 xxx

Annie said... you needed more fabric. I'm sure it grabbed you like a magnet though :-) Have fun sewing.
Annie x

glitterandglue said...

What a busy lady you have been this week, Jo. Cute little dolls, a gorgeous table runner, and those pictures of Maxine's are beautiful. Well done. Thanks for the needle tip!! Have a great week.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

Robyn Oliver said...

Oh my Jo those dollies are just gorgeous, I'll have to see if I can knit some for my grand daughters. What a lovely Christmas runner, like that fabric and the quilting is just enough. More beautiful work from Maxine too. Enjoy your week RobynO#28

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Those little people look so funny waiting to be assembled! Lovely table runner and amazing needle felting! The look marvellous in their frames. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #31

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Lovely photos once again. You sure keep busy with fun projects. Thanks for the needle tip. I just bought metallic thread for a Christmas project, so tomorrow I go to the city and I can look for the needles. Didn't know about that.
I LOVE the felted photos. Hope she sells a lot for the holidays. Fun to have a pasttime and a way to make some money too. Enjoy a lovely week

Jackie Mackay said...

It seems when the clocks go back I get the knitting needles out - love the dollies - wish I had grandchildren to do stuff for. :-( Jackie 14 x

butterfliecrafter said...

well done on the sales and those puppets are just adorable. butterfliecrafter #12

Diana Taylor said...

Cute little dolly - I'm sure she'll be well loved and well played with! I love the Christmas table runner - the fabric is gorgeous and your quilting is just perfect on it. Hope you have a great week,
Diana #26

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Jo,

I'm famous for buying fat quarters and I don't even sew! I really need to get my sewing machine out and do something with my growing stash!!!

The felted pieces are amazing; they look wonderful framed. I agree, she definitely needs to put some in her etsy shop!

I'm not joining in on WOYWW but wanted to see what everyone is doing.


Sofie Vandersmissen said...

You have been very busy!

Greetings, Sofie #11

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Stocky fat quarters? You? Never. The dollies are fab. I'm sure Ben would like one too...perhaps in the Shrewsbury Town colours? Thanks for your help with my customer viewing, I'm sure the lighting and calm ambience of your dining room helped to bag a sale!

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Twiglet, love the dollies, and that table runner you quilted is lovely.I shall be off to see Tilley in a minute, so happy for her.Have a great week, hugs, Shaz #7xxx

Anne said...

Such lovely makes on your blog Jo. You and Maxine are so clever.Sorry I'm late - went out for lunch and was much longer than I expected- good though. Anne x #27

Lisca Meijer said...

Oooh! I love those dollies! So sweet.
And the Christmas runner is beautiful. Simple but effective as they say.
I love fat quarters. I wish I could get them here. I have just bought a little book with patterns to sew all sorts of bags. I'm going to go to the market where they sell dress fabric and buy some fabric. Cotton is difficult to find, but I will see what they have.
Have a good week,

Neet said...

Those knitted dolls are wonderful, they look so good all sat there in a row. No wonder you got addicted.
Love the table runner, love green and white together like that so crisp and clean and as for the pictures from Maxine, fabulous. Hope she does well with them.
Hugs, Neet 8 xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

What wonderful makes. Take care Zo xx 32

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That table runner is very stylish and the knitted dollies so cute. Great news that the felted pictures are selling well. I'm not at all surprised. Thanks for stopping by. I'm still catching up!

Fiona #51

Anonymous said...

Dear Jo, what utterly adorable dolls! The table runner is beautiful, as well. Happy WOYWW, happy crafting, and thanks for your visit. ~ Laura #57

Nikki C said...

The runner is perfect for the holidays and the dollies are adorable those little wool pictures are brilliant I'm sure they sell just as quickly as she can post email up hugs Nikki 10