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Well, Hugglets was a big success as usual. Well done to Glenn and Irene. The organisation was fantastic and everyone had a lovely day. I had my two best friends Maureen and Anita with me for the day, Anita helping behind the stand and Maureen busy taking lots of photos. Thanks, you two, you were both a great support.  It was so nice to meet new collectors and have a chat. Some of my bears, hedgehogs and elephants found new homes and I met the lovely Sally Thomas who is opening a brand new bear shop in Kettering in November and she asked me about selling some of my bears and elephants in her shop. So a few of my creations are now excitedly waiting with her for the grand opening. Good luck Sally….


Hugglets preview

Well I think I am nearly ready for Hugglets. The bears, bunnies, hedgehogs and elephants are ready to go. My stall is planned, and lots of business cards printed. Very soon the bears will be added to my bears for adoption page so you can get more details. If any of you want a lovely day out on Sunday 8th September why not treat yourself to a day in London at Kensington Town Hall for the Hugglets Teddies 2013 festival. Come and meet the bears and have a hug. I will be in Hall 1, Stand 30. For more details pop along to the Hugglets website

But here are some of the bears etc I will be taking with me


Hugglets preview

Hope to see you there

Mohair/needle felted hedgehog Class


Dates for the mohair/needle felted hedgehog class have now been decided.

Saturday 29th June
Sunday 7th July
Saturday 14th September

Cost  including all materials £30

If you would like to book please either contact me on 07790783559 or Swanstitch on 01304 366915




Mohair Bear Making Classes

The May, June and August mohair bear making classes are all now fully booked. If you would like to put your name down for a class, I am happy to arrange another date if I get enough people. Contact me on 07790783559 or on facebook or contact Anita at Swanstitch or 01304 366915.

The mohair/needlefelted hedgehog class dates are now being arranged. Let us know (as above) if you would like to book. Or leave a comment on the blog.

Thanks for looking….




Classes updated

I have now listed all the mohair bear making workshops and mohair/needle felted hedgehog workshop dates up to the end of September in my events calendar. These are getting booked up fast but I can add more dates if neccessary. If you would like to book for any of these either contact me direct or message me on facebook or contact the shop  I have also listed the May needle felting class dates.

Be great to hear any comments you have for the website or the facebook page…

Little Hedgehog

It seems like everything I am making lately is for a present for someone but I love giving and making people happy.

My lovely friend Maureen told me a while ago that she absolutely loves hedgehogs. They are her favourite. So, one day when I was looking for mohair fabric for my bears, I spotted this fantastic hedgehog mohair, and decided there and then that I would have a go at making her one. I bought a small piece and got really excited when it arrived as it looked exactly like hedgehog prickles. I didn’t have time to make her the hedgehog for Christmas but decided to make it for her birthday which happens to be Easter Sunday this year.

I drew out a rough picture of how I thought he should look and separated it into pattern pieces for  prickles and white mohair. It looked really odd. Especially the white bit. More like a sea lion. But I decided to cut it and sew it anyway. It worked! I couldnt wait to stuff him and add his needle felted face and feet. And little hedgie (as I have been calling him) was soon born. I realised, when he was finished that the pattern needed tweaking slightly for future hedgehogs but I was happy with my first attempt.

I made a little box for him to sit in instead of wrapping him and gave him to Maureen yesterday.


Maureen was absolutely thrilled with him and text me this morning to tell me again that she loved him to bits. She took him along to my needle felting class last night and he got a very good reaction from everyone. I have already had requests to teach a hedgehog class so look out for details in the near future if you are interested.

I made her birthday card too which was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. For anyone who hasn’t yet seen the wonders of Pinterest you should really give it a go. It is an online website where, if you see anything you like you pin it onto a board of your own. Why not sign up and follow me. I can do all the hard work for you then, of finding all these wonderful things, then you just need to repin them from me. Give it a go but beware,  it’s addictive. Handmade bithday cardThanks for reading xx