My new Willowynn postcards have just arrived and I'm so pleased with them. They're printed on recycled Matte card and look so soft and dreamy. I'll be listing them in my online store in sets very soon.
June has been a very busy month for me. I've been working on some new designs, new sewing patterns and creatures. These three (above) will be available in my online store from 10am (Sydney time) Monday 26th June.
My fox is made from an old (and very vibrant) orange woollen blanket. The other guy is kind of a wombat/bear blend... I'm actually not sure what he is but I like him. I'll just call him a wombat... and then there is a platypus. There's more about him in my last blog post... what a journey.
I've spent ages trying to perfect my platypus soft toy so that I can offer a sewing pattern with instructions on how to make one. The body is pretty straight forward but the feet and bill have really challenged me. I think I've finally figured it out now and I'm really happy with the way it's turned out, so I should have the pattern ready for you to download very soon. I hope you like it.
I've finally made myself a doll to keep. I think I'll call her Fern. Sometimes I feel sad letting go of something I've put so much of myself into - so I've decided to hold on to this one. I've painted a moody forest inside an old drawer, like a diorama - I'll keep her there.
Hello. I just wanted to let you know that I'll have three new cloth dolls available to purchase via my online shop from 10am (Sydney daylight savings time), Thursday 30th March. There are some more photos below.
My son needed a platypus (and this photo of me making it) for something at school. It took me several prototypes to get the shape you see here and there are still things I'd change... but I'm thinking of maybe offering it as a sewing pattern. Would you make a platypus? They're pretty fantastic creatures.
Here are some more detailed photos of the four little dolls I will be listing in my online store from 10am (Sydney time), on Tuesday 28th February. They are priced from AUD$320 + shipping.
...and here are the little boots.
Here's a pic of all four of the dolls that I've been working on these last few weeks.
This little group will be listed in my online store from 10am (Sydney time), on Tuesday 28th February.
My little Willowynn stamp isn't small enough for these tiny legs, so I hand-draw my label with my ultra fine waterproof pen.
Four new cloth dolls (and two pairs of mushrooms) will be available to purchase via my online store from 10am (Sydney time) Thursday 15 December. Each doll comes with her own cloak, handmade cardboard gift box and certificate of authenticity. Prices start at AUD$280 + postage.
There are four little cloth dolls on my work table, that are almost finished. I'm just making some finishing touches to their cloaks and little boots. All four dolls will be available to purchase via my online shop from 10am (Sydney daylight savings time), Thursday 15th December. I'll also have two pairs of my mushroom hanging ornaments available to purchase online from Thursday as well.
Next week is the start of six weeks of school holidays here so I'll be slowing down on the sewing front while my children are at home. We'll be camping and painting mostly...
I hope to have a new collection of work available by early February... maybe some large animals this time.
Wishing you happy and safe holidays,
Oh my goodness... Country Style magazine, here in Australia, have just published a heart-burstingly lovely article about me, my work, house, kids, world... in their December issue (in stores now). Above is one of the photos taken by photographer, Mark Roper. You can actually see a snippet of it on their website (here) along with a little video of me (made by Hattie Morgan) babbling about what I do for a living. The magazine is available to buy online or in newsagents and supermarkets from tomorrow. Hooray!
Would you like to make these little hanging ornaments? I've put together a sewing pattern for them which is now available to download via my online shop... and if you'd like to give the embroidery a go, I've included instructions and hand-drawn diagrams for that as well. These ornaments make great little presents, and not just for Christmas trees... enjoy!
...and my fox and wolf toy sewing pattern is also now available to download. Phew... these ones took me ages. Thanks for waiting so nicely.
Thanks so much guys! Lots of hanging mushrooms (and fox and bunny dolls) in the post. It might not look like it, but that's a lot of work boxed up right there and it's such a great feeling to see them all finished and heading out into the world. Dolls, owls and whales next...
This is where I work every day... my favourite room in this tiny old house. My boys like it in here too as this is where the buttons, scissors, string and good pens are. Right now I'm working on some owls, whales and four new dolls which will available via my online shop soon.
My messy table is filled with work that I hope to have available via my online store over the next few weeks.
It's been one of those lovely steamy afternoons with the sound of thunder in the distance...
So it turns out the fox toy sewing pattern I'm working on also makes a little wolf. My fox and wolf PDF sewing pattern will be ready for you to download via my online store early November 2016, along with a pattern for my fabric hanging ornaments.
Really looking forward to making dolls again soon (this is one from a while ago). I've had to focus on some other things lately which has shown me how happy I am making stuff. Feeling very grateful for all that I have and all that is possible.
My new letter-pressed 'certificate of authenticity' cards printed by Jo and Andy from Olive and the Volcano just arrived...and I'm over the moon... and thank you Nettie (Ginger Blue Graphics) for helping me with the design!
I've been working on a new design for a little fox doll using the basic shape of my bunny and bear dolls. This is what I have so far...
His face is longer and more pointy, he has a tail and I've given him a white ruff and belly. I'm planning to make this into a sewing pattern which will hopefully be available by the end of September.
This particular fox is made from scraps from old woollen blankets and stuffed with organic corn fibre fill.
Some mushroom hanging ornaments on my work table this week. I'm trying to get some sets of these ready for Christmas.
I love it when the perfect material for what I need happens to be rubbish... like the plastic from old milk bottles.
Hi! Just letting you know I'll have two new dolls, an owl and a whale available via my online store from Wednesday 10 August, 10am (Sydney time - EDST). Best wishes, Margeaux
I've never properly introduced myself... being a bit shy is no excuse. You are all so lovely to me and I thought it was time I said hello and stopped hiding.
So hello! I'm Margeaux and I make cloth dolls and creatures. I love old things and the rain and am terrified of magpies. I am a mother to two little boys and used to be a park ranger. My dream is to one day see the Northern Lights.
It's so lovely to interact with you all. Thank you for your support and encouraging words. It really means so much to me.