Monday, 27 April 2015

Granny Square Wedding Blanket

Over the last 9 months to a year a group of ladies from Church have been working on a granny square blanket to give to a young couple getting married next weekend.  Last Sunday I had the pleasure of presenting it to them.

I am so grateful to all of the ladies involved.  They did a great job and I think the blanket is beautiful and very fitting for a wedding blanket.  We added hearts and owls (as they are into owls and other birds too).

I chose colours that represented spring, in particular wisteria.

A great place to look for colour inspiration is

Friday, 10 April 2015

Felting tops have arrived...

So excited today as my new felting tops have arrived from Adelaide Walker.

Lovely tops just waiting for some felting!

 I have recently discovered the beauty of needle felting.  It is great fun and very addictive to do.  So far I have been using Merino tops but as I have been enjoying making dogs, I wanted to try tops with some more texture and depth.

I have gone for Manx Loaghtan top in fawn, Jacob top in black, Shetland top in mid grey and Scoured white curly kid mohair (this one is going on my wire haired fox terrier "Bob").


Adelaide Walker have been great.  My parcel arrived very promptly and well parcelled.  I will definitely be ordering again.  You can find them on

Can't wait to get felting.

Hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Welcome Back ....

So good of you to drop in again on this beautiful sunny morning.  I thought I might introduce myself,  I'm Bobbin and Bodkin and I love creating.  I live in a 1970's style house in a little village in Somerset with my family, my dog Milo ( a miniature Schnauzer ) and two stick insects called Log and Long.
Milo toasting himself!

During school time I serve school dinners at a local village school but my real dream is to spend my work days sewing, crocheting and needle felting in my conservatory studio with Milo toasting himself in the sun!  Another dream is to own a VW Campervan or a vintage Caravan but I think that may need to stay a dream for a little bit longer!

I have been reading a lot about living simply and it is really speaking to me right now.  One thing that I have been wanting to have a go at is growing fruit and veg in our back garden.  It may go horribly wrong but I guess you don't know until you try.  My biggest worry is Mr Slug!  I don't believe in slug pellets as I love hedgehogs, frogs and toads too much and so will have to find alternative ways of managing things.  Any ideas, I would love to hear them.

Come on little seeds!

At the moment I am working towards my table at the Devon Bear Festival being held at Newton Abbot Racecourse on  Sunday 19th April.  This festival is run by Sarah and Steve from Kingswear Bears in Kingswear, Devon and features new, artist and antique bears, together with fabrics, patterns and all you need to start creating your own teddy bears.  More details can be found from

I will leave you with a quote from Kung Fu Panda:

"There is a saying - Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery but today is a gift, that is why it is called the Present."

Enjoy today.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Adventure has begun.......

Welcome to my first blog post....I feel rather like an artist sitting in front of a blank canvas right now.   It is both scary and exciting at the same time.  Please pop back and watch as this blog unfolds  with sewing, crochet, needle felting as well as tales from my first veg patch!