The Lovely ‘Cia’ with Bert and Ernie

At last I can show you the lovely ‘Cia’ , commissioned by Cia’s mother Jeanette as a present for Christmas. As soon as Jeanette sent me a photo of Cia , I knew she would make a great Polly, I loved her vintage style using bright floral patterns, a denim or knitted jacket, boots, a fabulous floppy rimmed, purple felt hat and a must have knitted flower on her jacket.

A beautiful picture of Cia showing a purple felt hat


Cia with her two cats, Bert and Ernie

I wanted to find a piece of fabric for Cias dress that was bright, fun and floral and as though itwas meant  to be, I found this wonderful fat quarter in a local fabric shop, it was the only piece and it was perfect. With the amount of different colours within the fabric it meant that Jeanette could choose from a large range of wool colours for the rest of the outfit.

For Cia long brown wavy hair, I managed to pull apart single strands of wool, for each strand out came three finer wavy strands, this worked perfectly to achieve the texture of  her hair. To complete her outfit Cia had a smart pair of leather boots and my biggest challenge, a floppy rimmed hat.

All Pollies come with accessories or pets of choice, in this case Cia had her two loveable cats, Bert and Ernie, like Cia they were also made from wire, but oversewn with wool until the body shape forms. Finally to finish a book of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

I always appreciate feedback after a Polly has arrived or has been received as a gift and I would like to thank Jeanette for a really kind words and for letting me know how much Cia loved her mini me.

showing Cia s hair and purple felt hat


Having her leather boots sewn on



sitting comfortably with Bert and Ernie


In her new home



A Little Catch Up – Nurse Gabby

You may have notice my lack of posting recently, lots of things have been happening in my private life and the blog has gone a tad by the way side. I have made a few Pollies since the last post and unless you have been following on the Polly Facebook page you won’t have seen them. So in the following week I hope to post five of them. Today I’m starting with Nurse Gabby.


Gabby and her head of glorious curls!

Nurse Gabby was a commission  as a thank you present for a district nurse. Her Dress had to be regulation blue and she had to wear her trademark pink fob watch. Gabby hair was a wonderful mix of curly mohair and two different types of alpaca wool. She had to wear thick black tights and sensible black shoes which were made from felt.

Gabby when standing is 32cm high.

The little pink watch

The little pink watch

Nurse Gabby On her first aid tin

Nurse Gabby On her first aid tin

Pink Pat With Cody & My Naughty Little Sister (Max) with Rosie Baby!


I’ve been really looking forward to posting these two lovely ladies, they were Christmas present commissions and now that the big day is over and they have been given to their new owners, I can safely release them on the blog.


Pink glasses, scarf.bag and hair for Pink Pat


Max and Rosie Baby


Pats pink hair with pink bows to match


A heart pendant and a top with sparkles

Back In November, I was contacted by Tracy from  to ask about a commission of her mum and sister, well I couldn’t wait. After asking Tracy to send me photos and give me as much detail as possible about her mum and sister, she came back to me with the most fantastic details. Max has a  dog called Rosie Baby who has a love of carrots, this led  me to making two felted carrots for Maxs coat pocket, also Max has recently been to France , carries a holdall and her shoes should be Converse style or wellies for walking Rosie Baby. As for Tracy’s mum Pat, the Polly had to have lots of pink and sparkles and maybe some bling, definitely a pair of fun boots or shoes but best of all, pink hair with pink ribbons and pink glasses.  Fantastic, I had great fun looking around the haberdashery departments for pink and blingy sparkles.

Pink Pat  loves her  black Bichon dog called Cody which I made and tucked under her arm, but sadly I didn’t take a photo of her with him before I sent them off to their new home.

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Pink Pat

Pink Pat looking glamorous


Some must have crazy boots and diamonds for her pink cord bag


A carrot in her pocket for Rosie Baby and an extra one in her holdall


Her pretty holdall with a FR badge from her recent trip to France


Waiting to go to their new homes


The making process, deciding on clothes and colours


Finishing Pats padded black coat

The Paisley Pedlar


Paisley Pedlar

This is  the very talented Gill who writes the brilliantly funny, informative and creative blog – Paisley Pedlar

and Facebook page –

I first met my friend Gill  a year ago on a screen printing course. On the first morning , from her portfolio folder, she produced the most amazing pencil portrait drawings  and I quickly shoved my basic ‘peas in a pod’ picture back in my bag!

Lots of cups of tea and cake later and great trips to exhibitions, sewing shows and fabric shops, its time to wish Gill

  Happy Birthday!


Red glasses and brooch

So here’s her ‘special day’ Polly, named after her blog.  I know Gill loves her camera, always wears a brooch and loves writing her blog.  Hope you like her Gill!


With her favourite red camera and book


Brooches for different days


Gill with her Paisley Pedlar notepad


A profile shot

Victoria’s Sponge


Victoria and her strawberry sponge

Victoria has had a good day baking!  Maybe she has used a little too much baking powder in her strawberry sponge cake,  but she is very proud of it!

Victoria’s show stopping cake, is made from felt and is 6cm in height. The strawberries are wet felted using Merino wool with seeds and leaves hand sewn for detailing. Victoria is looking very pretty in a vintage style fabric dress . The cotton fabric  I have used, is a particular favourite of mine, called ‘Petals’.  It is from the V&A  shop 


Victoria showing off her apron and cake tray


Tea party shoes

 in London.  It is an early 19th century design taken from a patchwork coverlet .  Victoria’s apron and cake tray are made from an old linen napkin and tray mat purchased from Phoebe’s at a local village vintage fair

Finished off with a pair of pretty, painted blue shoes and her hair tied up with a pearl button hairslide, Victoria is ready to face her tea party guests.

Victoria, when standing is 33cm high from her blue painted shoes to the top of her black tweed hair, she can also be gently put into a sitting position, if space is limited.

  I  will soon be saying ‘Farewell’ to Victoria as she goes off to her new home.


Side angle showing Victoria’s hair-do and cake


Looking pretty


Standing with her cake