Sunday, February 24, 2013


Pippa was sick last week so I took her to the vet.  On the window ledge in the vet's consulting room I saw a soft sculpture of a sleepy cat - which motivated me to try one of my own.  Here he is.......I think of this as a work-in-progress as I'm sure with each attempt the pattern will improve.

Made from black mohair and white Sassy longpile velvet . The inner ears are pink Ultrasuede.  His face and muzzle are have been needlesculpted and hand-shaded.  Nose is black plastic and the eyes hand embroidered.     

Nugget is unjointed and can't move.  His embroidered eyes don't open......he's sleeping remember!

Nugget is 6cms long

Nugget is very tired.  He sleeps all day long curled up in a tight little ball.

Sometimes he sleeps in boxes ...or lids of boxes

A really tired little fella.

                                           He sleeps with Pippa

he sleeps with Lily

loves mum's Ugg boot

                        happily curled up in a warm palm....or a shoe                         

                              in fact he just sleeps any and every where!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jamal, the one-humped camel

With the last of my longpile Sassy cashmere I eked out one more camel.   Here is Jamal.  I wanted to create a long caravan of camels..... but they appear to be popular and I have only one left!

Jamal is a lovely solid camel and stands well on his knobbly-kneed, two-toed legs.  Good squarish shape as he measures 10,5 cms wide and 10,5 cms high.

Long mohair strands have been rooted into his neck to make him look a bit scraggly.

The hoof pads, inner ears, inner mouth and eyebrows / eye- sockets have been created out of thin Ultrasuede.

Jamal has black sooty eyelashes sweeping out from the corners of his German glass black eyes.

All other facial detail work has been achieved by needle and scissor sculpting  and hand shading. I spend ages needle sculpting the camels as I must see that profile with the long upper lip ......which gives them the 'cute' factor.

 I created his bridle rope from Ultrasuede and his camel blanket was designed and created to fit him exactly.  Colourful, colour-fast embroidery threads and a couple of antique beads and he was good to go.  Hope you like him.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Please meet my newest puppy.  Although she was created from the original St. Bernard pattern that I designed for my granddaughter Erin...... one can see how different the two pups  are.  It goes to show that each creation is a genuine 'One-of-a-kind', and that no two will look exactly alike.   In fact I think Hoochie looks more like a spaniel.........but nevertheless!  She has her keg of brandy so she remains a rescue dog.

same fabric, same pattern.......completely different result!


                        Being so tiny has its advantages.......I can fit in boxes

or be a keyboard companion

ooh lookThat's me

A perfect pocket pal

When friends come to visit, then its time to play a bit of rough-and-tumble