Intro to Art Journaling Workshop


Today was the Intro to Art Journaling Workshop hosted by Dizzydollylou. It was a lovely couple of hours. The ladies, all veteran crafters, were on top form and set to making mini-journals with vigour. There was glue and cake, pretty papers, cake, lovely silken thread, cookies and lots of chatter about fur-babies.  Did I mention the cake? Homemade by Tams!  Dizzydolly plied us with copious cups of coffee and tea. The atmosphere was most convivial and very conducive to Makery. And by golly what Makery they accomplished.

SONY DSCSarah and Emma made mini-journals covered in fabric, with a lovely button fastening. Tams made a collaged cover of torn vintage book papers. (And I cunningly forgot to take a photo of it, so I’ll have to wait for her to send me one.) They’re meeting again tomorrow to finish them off and maybe make some journaling cards. I wish I could be there too!???????????????????????????????

Important Dates for your Diary

  • Art Unequalled 3rd-5th May - If you live local to Bury St Edmunds, you really MUST drop in to  in the Atheneum. It’s a fantastic craft fair, with really really talented people selling their work and demonstrating their skill.  Dizzydollylou will be there with her gorgeous felt and silver. And also Emma Sadler, who was at my workshop today. She’s an amazing art photographer. You should go and look and like her FB page immediately so that you don’t miss out on any of her Don’t Look Down series. It’s breathtakingly good.
  • Needle Felting For Beginners with Dizzydollylou May 16th here at my home. Still places available! Don’t leave it too late to book.
  • May Summer School for Kids: Journey to the River Sea 26th-30th May designed and run by me.  I’m especially excited about this. It’s going to be a brilliant week of adventure through reading, art and craft. Aimed at children aged 8-12. Get in touch for more details because places will be limited.
  • Coptic Bookbinding  5thJuly designed and run by me at Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds. Call Mandy to book a place. 01284 701101.

So… heaps of opportunity to get involved with the Makery. Don’t miss out!




IMG_0219After almost a whole week of digital creativity in trying to get the new website set up (and making many, many a mistake!) I needed to get my hands dirty this evening. Loving the air drying clay. Love is like a butterfly! These are going to be little plates for keeping trinkets in. Keep a look out for the big website launch in the next few days. There’s sure to be a giveaway! Night night!

Featured Artist: Dizzydollylou

lou's felt

Dizzydollylou is a local artist who hails from Cambridgeshire. I met her about a year ago and loved her immediately because she was wearing my favourite shade of green and had also dressed her angelic daughter in the same colour. No, it’s not a sound method for scouting out new friends and acquaintances but this time it worked like a charm. So she’s my featured artist for this week.

Dizzydollylou works in wool and in silver. Getting to know her felted work has been a huge lesson in texture and colour. Her felted pictures are best described as sumptuous. Exquisitely composed, they draw the eye deeper into the story she is telling in her wool. The processes of felting intrigues me. It’s spectacular to be able to take sheep fluff and craft it into something so full of personality. She’s handy with the needlefelting, but for me her wet-felting is just out of this world.

lou sheep

It’s hard to pick my favourite, but perhaps it’s these sheep. I love the way the two on the left are cuddled together. I can hear them baaaing gently to one another.



lou dove

Although there’s this dove sitting among the blossoms. Can’t you hear her cooing? That’s my favourite too.  And the one with the poppies which takes me away to Flanders … And the one with the sand-dollar … And the one with the rain over the fields which isn’t quite finished yet. They’re all my favourite.

And then, just when you think she couldn’t get any more talented, you find out Dizzydollylou also works in silver. And not your run of the mill, spoldge-your-fingerprint-here-that-will-be-seventy-quid-please silver, either. Her silver work is quirky and unusual (not unlike the lady herself!). And she does capture fingerprints, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that she does it with an elegance that I haven’t seen from other fingerprinting outfits. I’ve even overcome my personal dislike of silver jewellery and am all set to order the finger prints of my own little cherubs as a keepsake.

lou physalis

But where her work really comes into its own is when she lets her imagination run free. lou toadstoolUnique is not even the word. From the delicate filigree of a silver physalis seed pod to the humour and merriment of her little whimsical creatures, I find her creations captivating. And in a market that is saturated, it’s refreshing to come across an artist who isn’t afraid to step away from the typical and share her tiny silver fantasies with the world.

lou bird













I’m not getting along terribly well with this young lady. Something about the cream paper that means her skin is sallow. Usually I would use white paper to draw a face. I’ve not practised getting skin tone right on a coloured background. I’ve gone off her entirely. Looking forward to tomorrow’s class though. Better get back to making goody bags!



traveller journal


Made from a lovely soft piece of leather I found for 20p in a recycle shop, lined with quilting fabric and fastened with a leather thong. This is my prototype re-fillable journal. I plan to make many! And then to design beautiful notebooks, diaries, calendars and pages to fill them. I’m happy with:

  • the colour scheme
  • the fold-over function to protect the page edge
  • the macrame knotted accents

I’m unhappy with:

  • the stability of the lining – it will need additional stitching
  • the thickness of the thongs which close the journal – it’s too fiddly
  • the corners of the leather – need to be rounded to look more “finished”
  • the length of the second inner thong  - it needs to be wider in order to hole a second signature

Additionally I’d like to add some or all of the following features:

  • inner pen or brush holder
  • inner pocket
  • book mark
  • spine adornments – charms or some such

Let me know what you think!


Fabrics that will melt nicely. Sandwiched together with Bonda-web. Covered with a layer of chiffon. Awaiting some serious stitchery before I take a soldering iron to it. Hopefully a project for the Easter hols, when it can be done outdoors in the spring sunshine without causing asphyxia to my nearest and dearest.

Many thanks to Susan Lenz for her wonderful tutorial