Crafty sew and sew in Dorset

Welcome to my world of craft!

Chloe Owens’ cushion

I love this photo of one of Chloe Owens’ cushions. I really like quirky interior design – we have two cuckoo clocks in our house – a traditional one and one with a cow that comes out and moos! They always go off at once and generally cause a lot of confusion for visiting guests!



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Hula hamster

This is my little hula hamster that sits on my desk at work. He comes from a collection of hula hamsters designed by Alan Dart. So far I have only made him but will hopefully get round to making him a girlfriend.

I used hairspray on his guitar to keep it stiff.

He currently has a little wooly hat on from the winter!


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Knitted handbag


I love this bag. I knitted it from stitch style bags which has lots of designers, this bag happened to be designed by Claire Garland, the designer of the dolls I like making. It’s knitted in Debbie Bliss Donegal chunky tweed and GGH bel air for the purple trim. I think the bag has grown over the years but that will teach me to carry too much stuff in my hand bag.

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Pretty Crochet Dress

This was one of the first things I ever crocheted!! Talk about learning the hard way!

It did teach me how much quicker and more effective crochet was compared with knitting.

I decided to trim the dress in bright pink ribbon as our daughter is pretty keen on pink and not so keen on green and I had to be sure she would wear it after all that effort!

The pattern comes from Natural crochet for babies and Toddlers by Tina Barrett and I used Bergere de Franc

coton fifty (ref: 20075).

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Bullseye is Jacob’s toy horse which goes with his matching Cowboy (I will put his details up on another day). The horse was made from handspun pure sheep wool (spun by my mother in law) so has a lovely texture to it and made the main all wavy when I unravelled the ply.

They are both from the ‘Dream Toys’ book by Claire Garland.





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Binah Ballerina

Chloe's doll for her Ballet show


I made Binah Ballerina a couple of years ago for our daughter when she had a ballet show.

She still has her in her bed today and luckily the ribbons on her shoes have kept them on her feet!

Binah came from ‘Toys to Sew’ by Claire Garland. I have made lots of the basic dolls from this book and given them as gifts.

I love Claire’s design with large felt eyes and long eye lashes. I will post some of my other dolls on another day.

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Present for my Niece


This was a lovely teddy bear I made for my niece’s first birthday.

She’s from the┬áSirdar Heritage Bear Collection and was made in Snowflake Chunky wool and Sirdar Silky look for the dress.

I have knitted lots of teddies in the past but the snowflake wool was so effective on this bear and gave her a lovely feeling – perfect for a little girl to cuddle.

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Welcome to my new blog about craft! I will be posting photos of all the crafty things I have made over the last 5 and a half years, since my mother in law introduded me to this whole other realm of craft!!

I will also add photos of any on going projects which tend to be a few at a time as I am always to keen to get started on something else that I couldn’t resist buying!!

I love all sorts of craft and have filled our bedroom to bursting with all the kit to have a go at most things. So if you like any of the following then please follow my blog and hopefully be inspired!!

  • Dressmaking (latest acquisition)
  • Home furnishing
  • Tapestry (think Emily Peacock)
  • Cross Stitch
  • Knitting
  • Toy Making (including teddies and dolls)
  • Felt making
  • Jewellery Making
  • Card Making
  • Spinning (not the bicycle type!)

Thanks for looking

Jenny x

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