This Cross-stitch was made for Jocelyn & Laurie as a Christmas and housewarming gift to celebrate moving in to their new home. The lettering was sourced from a fantastic Leisure Arts book'Alphabets Galore'which is great to refer to for any special occasion cross-stitch piece. I hope they hang it above the old antique wooden telephone in their living room, it looked great! (Height - 18cm) (Photographer - Ben Redlich)
This medium sized Classic lady is the lovely 'Ms Audrey Hepburn'. I made her for my friend Tammy for her birthday. I was so inspired after visiting the 'Valentino' exhibition at GOMA I decided to challenge myself to make a tiny version of her wearing the 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' dress. (Height - 25cm)
This is my first 'Seampunk' entry...to be continued. I was so excited to make this soft 'Rubik's Cube' for my brother Aiden's birthday! He loves the challenge of each and every one of these puzzles so I asked him if he would like it to be made finished or mixed up. He said "finished" so I started on it straight away...sewing blanket stitch around each square? I wanted to leave 1 different coloured square on each side just to annoy him but I resisted the urge. (Height - 9cm) ...stay tuned for 'Ludley'!
These are a few Ribbons I bought to use on invitations and other crafty creations. The thin purple one is a french 'Classique' ribbon that I found at a store in Paddington. I had a crazy 'impulse buy' moment and bought the rest of the reel...I spent a little too much.
These are a few old Trimmings I have had stored away for years. I have only just started using some of them on the Softies toys. I really like the coloured one because it reminds me of the cothes I used to wear when I was a child.
This small Softie was made for my niece Rachel May after she had a not so enjoyable dental experience. Hopefully it will encourage her to have a positive dental experience in the future! (Height - 16cm)
This medium sized Softie was pretty quick to make. I hand stitched his face first, attached it to the brown fabric and then the rest was easy! Foo obviously wanted to be part of this particular photo shoot... (Height - 26cm) (Photographer - Ben Redlich)
This medium sized Softie was quite easy to make. The hardest part was sewing the straight stitch evenly from each of the mouth stitches. I managed to find some large rickrack to use for the waves which was perfect! I like the simple design and how effective it is when it's completed. (Height - 25cm)
This is a wooden fan I decorated...also designed for a very special occasion last year. I painted it silver, threaded new purple ribbon through the top and hand beaded the tassel attached to the loop. (Photographer - Toni Snell)
This is a clutch purse with a small piece of purple French Chantilly Lace sewn onto it...also designed for a very special occassion last year. My Aunty kindly hand stitched the lace on for me which was very much appreciated. (Photographer - Toni Snell)
This is a beautiful piece of purple French Chantilly Lace...that was incorporated into a very special dress design last year. I instantly fell in love with it when I found it in a store and just couldn't put it down until I made the decision to purchase a little bit!
This photo was taken just before I gift wrapped the Softies to give to the girls. Within 1 minute of unwrapping them Victor's ear was being chewed and another child had run off with Georgette! That's what toys go through everyday...
Hello, my name is Carmel and I love all things uniquely designed and handmade. A friend of mine gave me a 'Softies' book a few years ago so I decided to give some of the projects a go. I have made a few soft toys from it now so I thought it would be easier to upload photos of them to a Blog to show people what I'm currently working on. I am really inspired by other artists and like discovering their uniquely crafted creations. Happy viewing everyone!
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