Tales from the shed

  • Hair tutorial for Clara

    For some of you who have purchased a Clara Doll Kit with the wool hair, you may be wondering how to go about attaching hair. So I have put together...
  • Boudoir Dolls

    When I first started thinking about how I wanted to make cloth dolls I began looking back to the Boudoir dolls of the 1920’s and 30’s.  They were made for decoration and not for play although I suspect quite a lot of playing did go on!
  • BlytheCon UK 2019

    Blythecon Bristol feels ages ago now, but I had such a great day as ever at Blythecon events. Mainly it is such a lovely occasion to meet up with people who you’ve talked too online, and connect with customers, but also to be inspired by the creativity of so many makers.
  • Meet the Moshlings

    Many of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen the Moshlings appear from time to time but I thought it would be a nice idea to introduce in a blog post. 
  • The Shrimpton dress

    When I first started collecting Blythes I was aware that they first appeared in 1972 and it got me wondering about the look of that year.  It was s...
  • Emily - My first Cloth doll

    I recently introduced you to Galatea, the doll I’ve had the longest, so now I want to show you Emily who is the first cloth doll I ever made.   I ...
  • Anne of Green Gables

    Revisiting Anne of Green Gables (again)
  • Galatea - the doll I've had the longest

    I first set eyes on Galatea (or one just like) her when I was seven years old.  My father was an engineer in the Royal Airforce and the whole family had been posted to Cyprus.  I saw the doll on a stand in one of those little tourist shops dressed in traditional costume. 
  • Summertime in Cornwall

    “So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in t...