Monday, 4 July 2016

Alice in Wonderland Adventures Greetings Card

A totally adventurous and awesome welcome awaits you in our latest blog addition, live from the top of Tigerlily Towers... we are  going to slide down the rabbit hole again, but we have armed ourselves with soft magical Alice style cushions, to soften our way over the bumps!

In today's post I wanted to share with you the re-invented/upgraded version of the already popular Alice Greetings card.

Here is the original.

Following on from that, I wanted to change the style of Alice's Skirt to fit more efficiently, so with a little re-shaping and re-sizing we finally go there. The key difference between the two cards is that it is stitched and stitched to the card itself.

So without further delay here is the updated version which I think is fresher and more contemporary. What do you think?



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Monday, 27 June 2016

Mr Frost the Needle Felted Snowman

Wonderfully warm and fully felted welcomes to this some what frosty edition of the TM blog.

Although we are far, far away from Christmas I know all too well we creatives like to be well organised and well planned with our Christmas projects. This is why I tend to start my Christmas Makes in June/July.

Well on this Frosty edition of the TM blog I thought it would be appropriate to introduce you to another new character Mr Frost a needle felted sculpture.

Mr Frost like Pennie Penguin has been made with wool fiber and a single felting needle. Mr Frosts design came about a desire to create something a little different in snowman terms as there are many needle felted snowmen around of a similar style.

There are lots of hanging snowmen for the tree, so I felt it was time to create something a little different that could be more of an eye catching stand alone table decoration or just a lovely ornament to have on your mantle.

Like Pennie Penguin Mr Frost did not come to life until his eyes we set in, so I can reassure you once again that Mr Frost was harmed during his creation and he would not have felt a thing!

Without further delay I give you Mr Frost.




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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Mad Hatters Greeting Card

Well "we are all mad here!" Especially when we haven't had our daily dose of tea and cake! Wonderfully mad and cakey welcomes to you all. 

Another adventurous edition of the TM blog

As we are having a bit of an Alice theme I simply couldn't get away without sharing the latest version of the Mad Hatters greetings card. 

As with all the previous Alice inspired projects this one too has had a bit of stitchery, pokery added to it. Though Sadly you can,t see it too well in the picture, I chose black thread, but up close and personal it gives it a nice textured edging. 

Need we say more other than Ta Dah!!! 


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Monday, 20 June 2016

National Wool Museum Wales

Well lovely felt folk, today I thought I would talk WOOL, The National Wool Museum of Wool in Wales to be precise. I was lucky enough to visit this museum back in Easter with one of my bestes and it was absolutely fascinating to learn the long Welsh Wool heritage within Wales and how significant it was back in its hey day. 

According to the National Wool Museum of Wales, Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales's industries. The picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry, earning the nickname 'The Huddersfield of Wales'. Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, shirts and shawls, blankets and bedcovers, woollen stockings and socks were all made here, and sold in the surrounding countryside - and to the rest of the world. Sheep shearing was the social highlight of the year on the farms of Wales. Sheared in one piece, the fleeces were rolled out and then folded correctly to make sorting easier in the mill. 
The sorting process was vital as different sheep produce different quality of wool, resulting in different produce like clothing, carpets and blankets, while the quality of wool varies depending on the part of the sheep’s body it comes from. The fleece is put through a willower to untangle the wool, removing impurities such as dust and sand, disentangling it on a roller with metal teeth to create a soft, fluffy mass of fibres. Some of the larger mills in Wales scoured the wool before willowing. The most common method, until the 1930s, was to immerse raw wool in a solution consisting of one part human urine, one part water.
Up until around 1850, natural colours were used to dye wool, with three stages when it could occur: when it was still a fleece, in threads ready for weaving, or after the cloth had been woven.
So perhaps I should get on and show you some of the highlights of the museum itself!











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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Princess & The Pea

Welcome to another adventurous edition of the Tigerlily Makes Blog. As many of you know I have a great thirst and passion for traditional and imaginative fairy-tales. None more so that the likes of Alice in Wonderland, Narnia and many of the Grim Brothers fairy-tales to name but a few.

I am greatly inspired by their originality and the fact that many of these original fairy tales are still being enjoyed today, some 150 years on is testament to their to creative process.

So today I am sharing something extra special and something I am really proud of.

Introducing Princess & The Pea handmade hand felted and  & needle embellished bed and dressing table. This bed has been made up of several felted sheets that have been individually needle embellished and machine embroidered. each mattress has been machine stitched and stuffed using a safe and approved filling.

The bed base is an old dolls house bed that I pulled apart and reconfigured, whilst breathing new life into it with a paint effect.

The collection isn't complete yet, so watch this space as I add the princess and a miniature clothed mannequin. To get to this stage it took about a week to make.

This is just part of a whole collection of themed fairy-tale inspired designs.

My plan with this design is to create a min how to booklet in an easy to follow format so that you can try this yourself at home.

For now though its time to reveal the star attraction.




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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Lily the Lamb Tea Towel Collection

We are talking Lily the Lamb today on the TM blog, specifically Tea Towels. 

As you know I have been developing and growing my Lily the Lamb range for some time and what started out as my logo and a little black and white needle felted lamb has blossomed into a growing range of unique characters that translate in to pretty surface patterns for fabric, tea towels, colouring books, mirrors, magnets and so much more. 

The first collection of tea towels has been made up and they will be available in my Etsy store very soon. 

They are extremely high quality not only in print but in material and have full care labels attached. 

They will retail around £10 and are produced right here in the UK. The tea towels are printed and then sent to me to machine finish. 

They will be available from September and will be available for pre order at the end of August.







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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Time for Tea & Cake Felt Wall Art

Well you guessed it lovely felt folk, its another wonderfully adventurous edition of the TM blog.

We had a bumpy ride down the rabbit hole last time so we thought we would come straight through the looking glass this time.

Today's blog is a follow on from the Alice in Wonderland inspired Wall Art. Time for Tea & Cake wall art/decor is also a re-invention from the original which can be seen below.



Again this cake theme started life on a greetings card and then translated to a shadow frame.

Like the Alice frame, proportional this was not sitting right with me and I felt, if you pardon the pun, there was just a little something missing. As I had already re-invented the Alice Frame I was pretty confident that I could make this work for the cake and will be testing out on the mad hatter design too. Add in some decorative stitching to the front and viola its been reborn! Again fitting a playing card from my own personal collection of memorabilia... and I have a lot... just seemed to give it that something extra.

So here it is, what do you think?


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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Finished Makes From Our Fabulous Felt Slipper Course

It is will great excitement I bring you today's blog post, live from the top of Tigerlily Towers!

You may remember our slipper course from last month and the great fun we all had making our slippers, well luckily I can now share some makes from that day.


Laurie had never felted before, but wanted to learn how to felt as she has her very own flock of sheep! Yes her very own flock of sheep. Laurie and her husband have a farm in Staffordshire as well as having another day job on top. Keeping sheep on their farm meant that the fleece was generally going to waste and so Laurie put her thinking cap on as to how to best utilise this. Laurie came on the course having never done any wet felting before, she had dabbled in needle felting but not wet felting. I think I shall let Laurie's slipper do the talking and you can see you for yourself what beautiful things can be achieved in felt, having not had any previous experience.


Laurie's Finished Slipper - there is another to match! 

Another lady that came on the course was the lovely Amanda a very experienced and accomplished crafter. Amanda had wanted to make slippers for such a long time and had even had a go at felting some before she came on the course, but felt (if you pardon the pun) that they weren't quite right. So after a few emails, Amanda decided to book on the course and the results are fabulous. Amanda chose a beautiful colour combination and has finished them with suede slipper soles. 

Amanda's Slippers

Thank yo so much to both ladies for letting me share your wonderful creations on my blog. It was a great fun day and I am delighted you have found a new craft. 


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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lily the Lamb - Lily the Pink Handmade Cushion

Welcome to a very lamby edition of the TM blog, live for Lamb HQ. 

Originating from Wales and having a steep Welsh family heritage, I have always love the great outdoors. I have also had a life long passion for all things woolly in particular sheep, spending nearly all of my child hood holidays in Welsh Wales, we spent a lot of time in the mountains, Beacons and on many walks. Feeding the sheep was one of mine and my brothers favorite past times.

So its no surprise really that these lamby designs have come to fruition.

Lily the Pink was one of the very first repeat designs to evolve and I just couldn't wait to get her onto fabric.

Once the fabric arrived and was itching to get making and am absolutely thrilled with how the design works with sewn projects.

take a look for yourself.





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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Louis the Lamb - Room Decor/Wall Art

Louis Lamb has come to play and Louis Lamb wants to say, "my new wall art is fantastic and a great one for the boys". 

Once again I found myself printing of Louis Lamb patterns onto superior quality and designing a dungarees template, that was inspired by a pair of Micky Mouse dungarees my son wore when he was a baby. 

I wanted to create a unique shape for dungarees as boys room decor can be a bit hit and miss as can boys clothing. 

Here it is, I think this is a great way to bring some art to a baby boys bedroom. 
                                                                                                                                                                                               
                 All of the new room decor designs are available in my Etsy store.

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