Just bought 'Go to sleep Jessie!' by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. Such a beautiful little story... and if you look carefully, you'll see a little grey Willowynn fox hiding throughout the pages (thank you Freya!).
Arts Northern Rivers are hosting a fantastic pop up gallery space in Lismore this month displaying some beautiful local artwork (including some of mine). I'll be running a workshop called 'Soft Sculpture Creation' at the space on Saturday 22 August.
I'll be sharing some soft toy design and construction techniques, and helping you to transform a drawing into a three dimensional hand-stitched fabric shape.
Click here for more info or to book your spot.
Well it took me months and months to get this finished but finally the sewing pattern for my bunny doll (and bear) is ready for you to download. It's full of easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos and is the perfect project for the advanced beginner sewer wanting to tackle a slightly more complicated soft toy project that includes darts and gussets.
Some hand and machine sewing experience is recommended but really, I think anyone could give this one a go...and you get a cute little friend at the end of it.
I can't wait to see how you go...please just ask if you have any questions and I'd love to see photos of your finished bunnies or bears.
My fist royal doll is finished. She's wearing a little copper crown made for me by Maike of Maike Browning Jewellery and her dress is made from elderberry-dyed silk (also given to me by Maike - you can read about our exchange on my blog here).
This one set off for North Carolina this morning...
Friday night. In my little room listening to frogs and night birds, twisting wire into owl legs... you can see the finished product here.
A rare photo of me... making stuff in my sewing room. This is where I spend most of my days and it's my favourite room in this old house.
I'm busy working on a new sewing pattern and tutorial explaining how to make my bunny dolls. It will (hopefully) be available for you to download very soon. So excited...
*Update: My Willowynn bunny and bear sewing pattern is now available here.
The weather these last few days has been absolutely perfect. Beautiful blue skies, cool-but-sunny mornings... makes me want to be outside all day.
This lovely photo of us in our veggie garden was taken by the very talented Natalie McComas for Frankie Magazine.
This is one of the nicest gifts anyone has ever given me...
It's called 'Willowynn's table' by Danish artist Theresa Maria Jessing from Sort Lakrids.
As well as being an illustrator, Theresa also appears alongside her husband Frank in their own television series, Bonderøven which documents their self sufficient life in the Danish country side.
Theresa and I met last year via Instagram and have been sending each other pieces of our work ever since.
A beautiful little package from across the seas arrived this week, all the way from the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
Little copper crowns made for me by Maike (Maike Browning jewellery). We've never met but decided to do a swap; some of our work and a collection of treasures from our parts of the world...
Maike sent me these beautiful little crowns (for something I have brewing), some coral and tiny shells from her beach, ribbons, elderberry-dyed silk, postcards and a beautiful letter written on handmade paper.
A wonderful experience I will never forget.
(I'm wearing one of the crowns as a ring to remind me of Maike).
You can see more of Maike's beautiful jewellery here.
There's a pan of watercolours, brushes, a jar and watercolour paper in a cardboard box in my workroom, which my little boys use whenever they feel like it.
Beautiful little paintings keep appearing...
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and emails regarding my dolls.
There is now a listing in my online shop for made-to-order Willowynn dolls...
I was a bit hesitant to do this as I'm pretty slow and it's just me stitching these and I have a lot of orders to finish as it is...but if you're happy to wait a few weeks (or months!), I'm happy to make a doll for you :)
This is my Grandma doll. Her jumper is made from one of my old skirts...in fact her dress is also made from one of my old skirts. This one has gone to Denmark.
This is where I used to sit and sew... 5 years ago I think.
My youngest was a baby and we lived on a mountain in a clearing in the rainforest. It's called Mt Nebo and is where I grew up. Sometimes we'd hear a dingo howling right outside our bedroom window...and you had to shout to be heard over the sound of frogs on summer nights. Just going through old pics and remembering.
I made this little doll as a custom order for a little girl with brown hair and a love of fairy tales. Her cloak is removable and she has a choice between two different skirts.
You can see the details here.
My last order for this year has been wrapped and posted (phew!). Time for a little rest now I think...but before I disappear into my holidays (children, reading books, making new clothes, swimming in the ocean, painting the bathroom)...I just wanted to say thank you for making the first year of Willowynn so, so amazing. It's because of your support that I've been able to follow my dreams. I have a head full of ideas for things to make in the new year and I can't wait to start.
I wish you happy and safe holidays...
I used to make bags. I used to be Red tree designs.
Maybe I still do make bags. I haven't decided.
This is one I made for my friend last week...
I love the special (and weird looking) ornaments on my Christmas tree. My little boys have been making theirs and I made these...
Then I made some more... I actually can't stop making them now :)
I think I'll make a sewing pattern for them. Do you make your own ornaments or Christmas decorations? Feel free to share a link in the comments below. I'd love to see...
My little boy asked if we could make a decoration to hang above his bed...so we made this.
We made it by tearing up old egg cartons (for some reason I can't bring myself to through away egg cartons...) and dropping the bits into dye pots (just food colouring and water). Then we left them to dry in the sun. They really look like little flowers...
Then we made them into garlands using a large needle and strong thread and hung them from a stick...
I got the idea after seeing this post about a window display made from egg cartons at Anthropologie on the Lovely Wren blog.
Have you made anything lovely from egg cartons you'd like to share?
I have just had the best time making this, my first proper barn owl (with legs, claws and wings). He is a commission piece so I'll have to say good bye to him this afternoon. I love making new pieces...looking at illustrations in books, sketching, thinking, planning, experimenting and that feeling you get when something all of a sudden looks just how you imagined :)
Working on something new this week. I'm trying to make an owl with legs, claws, wings and a tail (my other owls are much more simple) and it's turning out to be a bit of a challenge! I'm having a lovely time though. Will show you what it looks like when I'm done.
With a woollen cloak to rug up against the cold, she is in her best forest-wandering dress.
She is made from discarded cotton remnants and wears a mauve silk dress hand-stitched from fabric that reminds me of moth wings. Her grey-blue wool hooded cloak is made from an old woollen blanket...all little scraps I've been saving for something special. She'll be available to purchase here.
At last... my moth sewing pattern is finally ready for the world...
It's super detailed with step by step instructions and photos and is a lovely project to use those beautiful scraps of fabric you’ve been saving for something special.
It's available to download now in my online shop here. I can't wait to see all of your handmade moths (or butterflies)!
Here they are! A set of Willowynn postcards professionally printed on recycled card with a beautiful soft, matt finish. They come with envelopes too...so you can write private messages to your friends
So happy with the way these turned out.
*New updated Willowynn postcards available here.
Hello and welcome...
My name is Margeaux Davis and I make cloth dolls, soft sculptures and sewing patterns. I also dabble in the odd bit of illustration.