I think it’s time I reminded people that I do parties! That’s right, why have a boring party, when you and your friends can learn to make sock monsters instead? I can do children’s parties (generally over 9’s only, but I can be flexible, so get in touch) and grown up parties.  They’re much the same, but I’ve found the grown up parties tend to involve more wine 🙂  Also hen parties, stag parties (you know you want to), and whatever-other-parties. Parties!  I will bring all the materials, including worksheets, and remain on hand to teach and talk you through every stage of making your very own sock monster. It’s amazing fun, and your guests will love you for it.

Creativity with socks - the best party fun ever

Creativity with socks – the best party fun ever

I also run workshops, for schools, community groups, festivals, anything you like really.  I can teach monster-making, or other sewing skills, or a creative tie-in with something you’re already doing (an example of this was a ‘Make Do and Mend’ workshop I ran with a class of Y4s, to complement their studies of life on the ‘home front’ during WWII). Please see my Workshops page for further details, and/or get in touch via the contact page.

Sock-monster-making workshop at 'Festival at the Edge' storytelling festival

Sock-monster-making workshop at ‘Festival at the Edge’ storytelling festival

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Hey everybody, I’m having a sale

I’ve been attempting to tidy up, and come to the conclusion that it’s time to just have a big old clear out. So, head on over to my Etsy shop, and you’ll find lots of wonderful, handmade goodness at knock-down, everything-must-go prices. How can you resist Dr Dashing? DrDashing

How can you get through Christmas without this calming, wizardly advice? Dumbledore stitching

YOU CAN’T. Buy handmade this Christmas – for someone else, or just for you 🙂

Christmas is very exciting, and although I’m running a little late this year (hectic autumn), I have actually started listing some Christmas stuff in the shop.  Go on, go take a look, you might see something you like!  Folksy or Etsy, it’s up to you which one you visit.

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There will be more listings soon, so keep checking back.  Handmade gifts are much more special, you know that.  If there’s anything you don’t see, but would like, get in touch and I’ll see what I can do.  Custom cross-stitch, embroidery or sock monster.  Or how about a personalised tree decoration? Whatever you choose (or don’t choose), have a fun time browsing for presents (you can buy something for me if you like).

It’s a crazy old place isn’t it, this internet?  I’ve just put three more monsters into my Etsy.com shop,

Rainbow Sock Chicken!

and relisted a few fabric-y stitchy things too.

Rainbow ribbon coasters

You may want to go take a peek.  Tell your friends, too, I’m sure they’ll thank you.  I mean, there’s only so much LOLcats you can take in one day, even if it is a Friday.  Ooh, speaking of which, it isn’t just ANY Friday, it’s a fifth Friday – not many months have those, y’know.  So if you feel like some more stitchy fun, head on over to Mr XStitch, where they’re having a Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness.  Books, stitchings, and a craft swap!  I’ve already signed up for the swap, so I’m excited.

Thwarted actress. Expect hysterics.

Whatever you choose to do with your Friday, make sure it’s fun, OK?

All quiet on the creative front.  I’ve been a busy bee with Other Things, as expounded on my Disobedient Child blog, but I have finally gotten round to tidying up my storage area.  One day I’ll have a proper studio, or at least a workroom, and then I can pretend to be a Proper Artist, but until then I’ll just shuffle boxes around in the corner of my bedroom, and tell myself that putting labels on them is just as professionally fulfilling. Anyhoo, I found an awesome sock lurking in my Crate of Sockness (a bit like a Heart of Darkness.  But not very.), and after some Picky Miss Jiggery Pokery (and yes that is a technical term) it became…. this!

monster

He so happy!  He can make you so happy, too.  I have no idea what his name is; he won’t tell me.  But anyway, I can’t keep him here, I don’t even have a proper studio, so I’ve put his lovely cuddly self up for adoption.  He’s not on Etsy or Folksy yet, because of camera problems, but he really wants a new home by Christmas.  Studio not a requirement.  UPDATE: He is! He is on Etsy! Still The Nameless One, though.


Such a wee cutie! Well, so you’d think.
Doesn’t like raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, or bright copper kettles, or warm woollen mittens. Does like sharp objects and the colour black. You win some you lose some, eh?

Now available in my Etsy shop, along with a host of other cuddlies. Go on, go take a peek! They all need homes you know.


Just to let everyone know, at very short notice (oops), that Picky Miss will be at the Craft Candy mini this Saturday (9th). 1-5pm at Bungalows and Bears, Division Street, Sheffield.

There will be monsters and stitchings and the chance to create your own stitched bunting carriage for the Fair Fares Now craftivist action.

See you there!