7th Feb

It doesn’t seem five minutes since my last blog, so much for me getting to grips with technology and keeping up to date!! Well the Manchester show I was making the Daisy doll kits for was a huge success. Visitors increased and seemed to be enjoying the varied stands and exhibits. A lady I met at the show the previous year sent a package just before Christmas containing flowers that had been hand crocheted knowing I used them. I was incredibly touched by her kindness. The sewing machine is working overtime as I prepare for the Creative Stitches and Hobby Crafts show in Glasgow. This is at the SECC from the 6th-9th March and I shall be demonstrating how I use an embellishing machine. I just hope the needles last the four days, anyone who has a machine will know what I mean. To make my stand look different I have been sewing rabbit dolls and angels trying to make each one different. I drew the pattern pieces for the rabbit doll onto scraps of calico. Then thought I had transferred all the designs onto paper. A few hours later the test rabbit was finished and I was happy, until I tried to find the pattern piece for the body. Gone! No matter how I tried it was impossible to match the original. Needless to say I was more careful with the angel doll.
My shed will be finished in a few weeks, the rain preventing the final coat of paint being applied. I am hoping to run some courses during the summer. So if anyone is interested in a particular technique please get in touch.

Doll Kits

I am currently working on Daisy doll kits. Each kit contains instructions and materials to create your own doll.

The Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft Show

Helen McKenna, textile artist

helenmckennasews.co.uk

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I work with creative textiles and vintage fabrics. I make quite an eclectic collection of items including handmade dolls and I also do dress making. This is my hobby – I work part time and it is something I do because I love doing it!

Why did you choose to attend the show this year?

So that more people could see my work and it gave me the chance to run workshops.

Do you think show is beneficial for amateur crafters to attend?

I think so. After all, I’m an amateur and I think the show is good as it’s very varied and there is so much going on for people to see and try.

And finally, what’s your favourite way to be crafty?

My favourite way to be crafty has to be working with vintage fabrics and making patchworks, like the patchwork hearts that I make.