Craft Your Way To Better Mental Health

As many of you may know I am a firm believer in this philosophy and Amy Jakob from Hope The Black Dog is a testament to this. Read her article and how crafts help her deal with depression and anxiety here at:

£1 from every sale in her Etsy shop:  hopetheblackdog is donated to MIND who is a proud charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, which is led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

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Painting by  Cathy Malchiodi  a wonderful advocate for art therapy.


One of my favourites


One of my favourites designs which, unexpectedly, turned out exactly as I had planned first time.
Have a lovely weekend and make the most of the sunshine because next week is going to be…..brrrr! ❄️ Time to unpack those furry knickers girls; have you never heard the saying, “ne’er cast a clout till May is out”?

Didn’t They Do Well!!!

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Didn’t they do well! Great afternoon, great company and great results. Each one different and with its own personality; just one of the many joys of handmade crafts. Everyone attending was a first time needle felter and one a first time ever crafter!

Thank you to Anna at Blacksmith Shop Crafts and everyone who attended for a lovely afternoon of tea, chat and, best of all, creativity. It’s amazing what you can achieve once you get to it so don’t put off opening those craft boxes and kits any longer!

Looking forward to a return visit in May. 

Road Trip

Fuzzies ready for tomorrow’s road trip and I’m looking forward to this years first workshop at blacksmithshopcrafts It will be lovely to have some ‘human’ contact for a change and introduce some new faces to this great craft. The fuzzies only agreed to come when I told them about Anna’s fabulous cakes 🍰Next workshop 20th May at the same venue but only 3 of the 10 spaces left. Have a lovely weekend. 

Rainbow Sheep

Sharing some colour to match the mood of the glorious sunshine we are having in Lincolnshire ☀️ Have a lovely weekend and happy felting. Psst! Just open the box and get started on that felting kit; you know, the one that you have had for weeks…What’s the worst that could happen 🙃

New! ‘Rustic Robin’ Needle Felting Kit

New kit ready.  I know I shouldn’t have favourites and should love all the fuzzies just the same but I can’t help it… I have put this on as an introductory offer for Mother’s Day and Easter and, even better, you get to make two Robins from one kit because there is zero chance of you parting with the first one!


New Workshop Date

Herdwick Sheep Needle Felting Workshop

For Beginners And Improvers


Saturday, May 20th, 12-4, Foggathorpe, Blacksmith Shop Crafts  01757 288541

Spend the afternoon with me at blacksmithshopcrafts learning how to make one of these gorgeous needle felted Herdys (follow the link to book).

This workshop is tailored for complete beginners or those just wanting to improve their needle felting technique.
The afternoon will be relaxed and informal with one to one tuition, a guarantee of tea, cake, banter and a beautiful ‘Herdy’ to take home. All materials will be provided. Cost £45; gift vouchers available.

Close to York, Leeds, Hull, Beverley and North Lincolnshire, this lovely venue is set in a renovated 19th century blacksmith’s forge and, I can personally vouch for Anna’s delicious cakes and wonderful hospitality.

I will be hopefully be adding more dates as and when time allows.

Please contact Anna at: blacksmithshopcrafts 01757 288541

Come On Spring…

Come on Spring! We’re ready and waiting…

Life size Mountain/Winter Hare. Their colour changes to suit the season. This one is mid change heading towards its Spring/Summer brown.

#handmade #mountainhare #needlefeltedsculpture

Life size Mountain/Winter Hare