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crochet crush : Lalylala, the best amigurumi dolls on the block!

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Have you met Dirk the Dragon and his friends? They are the most adorable group of colourful crochet characters you could ever hope to meet! I am just a little bit in love with Dirk right now :)

crochet crush : lalylala, the best amigurumi dolls on the block! | Emma Lamb

This collection of fabulous and whimsical crochet creatures are from the imagination of graphic and textile designer Lydia Tresselt based in Munich, Germany.


"Hello there, my name is Lydia - some call me Laly...

I like the smell of thunderstorms in summer, snail shells, to burst bubble wrap, chocolate & vanilla ice cream and being barefoot in the meadow. In my opinion duct tape is a really important invention. I'm reading books while walking and appreciate to take a stroll in the wood searching mushrooms. Lalylala is the stage for my addiction in crafting - especially crochet and knitting stuff."


The most wonderful thing is that these aren't just objects to buy, no! Lydia has created patterns for each and everyone one of her unique amigurumi doll designs and they are available for you to buy so that you can create your own whimsical creature! How fab is that!? I can crochet my own Dirk to be my bestest friend ever... *ahem* ...after Spanner and my Man of course! Yay! Check out Lalylala's beautiful website to see who is waiting to be crocheted or take a peek at one of her online shops - Etsy, Dawanda or Ravelry - to buy a pattern.

crochet crush : lalylala, the best amigurumi dolls on the block! | Emma Lamb
All images: Lalylala

Once you have bought and downloaded your first Lalylala design be sure to check out Lydia's blog for a special Easter freebie where she shows you how to adapt her basic doll design and create the most adorable Easter rabbit ever! She's called Rita, isn't she gorgeous!?

So tell me, who would you choose to be your bestest friend ever? Yeah, I guess you could also make these for someone else too and I am sure your kids would love Dirk or one of his pals to be their bestest friends too... but you know, priorities!

Oh yes, and if you need a little inspiration be sure to check out the Lalylala crocheters gallery on Pinterest. There are some seriously cute creations on there as well as a few interesting customisations. Happy browsing!

Emma, x

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creature feature : Sweet Bestiary

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Sweet Bestiary - Art dolls, puppets, figurines and miniatures made by Flor Panichelli. | Emma Lamb

Have you heard of Sweet Bestiary? This collection of adorable and exquisitely handmade miniature fairytale creatures is by the incredibly talented Flor Panichelli. As a fellow Etsian I have admired Flor's work for years now and with every new collection or shop update I find myself in awe of her tiny creations.


It's the effortless way in which she fills each and every creature with her sense of wonder, whimsy and joyful imagination that I find totally enviable. Not only that but her skill and creative process is breathtaking! Each tiny beast (less than two inches tall!) is individually hand sculpted from paper clay before being meticulously hand painted. Flor's incredible attention to detail renders me almost speechless every time! Aren't they gorgeous!?

Sweet Bestiary - Art dolls, puppets, figurines and miniatures made by Flor Panichelli. | Emma Lamb
All images: Sweet Bestiary // shop - blog - facebook

As well as her Antler girls, Bunnyraffes, Moustache men, super cute Halloween miniatures and Victorian bunnies (almost her entire collection then!) my favourites are Flor's adorable costumed boys. Being a huge Studio Ghibli fan, Totoro boy is at the very top of my wish list. I love him so much!

Emma, x

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good reads : Craftydermy, book review

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Craftydermy: a crafty take on taxydermy | Emma Lamb
Craftydermy: a crafty take on taxydermy | Emma Lamb

A couple of weeks ago my sweet friend Kirsty, who you all know from A Wooden Tree, dropped me a wee email to tell me about this fun new craft book she contributed a project to - Craftydermy.

The idea of 'craftydermy' was originally dreamt up by gallery owner Tracey Benton (who runs Atelier in Devon, UK) with a little help from textile artist Amelia Fever (who has a project for a faux tiger skin rug featured in the book). The first exhibition ran in the summer of 2011 after Tracey invited a host of British designer makers to reinterpret the idea of traditional Victorian taxidermy. The show was a success and thanks to press coverage the lovely Ziggy Hanaor (Cicada Books), who had already been pondering the idea of book about faux taxidermy, found the perfect material for this book.

Craftydermy: a crafty take on taxydermy, Felt Wolf Headress by A Wooden Tree / Kirsty Anderson | Emma Lamb

There are a total of nineteen cute and quirky 'craftydermy' projects in this lovely wee book covering all skill levels and an array of techniques. You can crochet a sheep's head to mount on your wall, applique a flock of flying ducks, sew your own bearfeet slippers, wire wrap a little bird, stitch a tiger rug, knit a fox fur, weave a highland cow, embroider a squirrel cushion or cut, glue and stick your own fabulous wolf headdress! The latter is by my dear friend Kirsty and is pictured above, love it! Click here for a closer look at the contents page with a full list of projects and their designers.

As well as Kirsty's wolf headdress I've pictured some of my other favourites below: Antonia Eckersley's Crocheted Sheep, Clare Nicolson's Fabric Flying Ducks, Hayley Dix's Wire Bird, The Bellweather's Cross-stitched Stag, Louise Harries' Woven Highland Cow (fantastic, made me laugh out loud when I turned the page to see this one!) and Emma Cocker's Charles Fox (which reminds me of one of my favourite films, Fantastic Mr Fox).

Although I haven't tried any of the projects yet they seem well written and easy to follow. When I have a little more time on my hands I'd love to give Antonia Eckersley's sheep head a go, I am sure that will be a really interesting project to work on!

Craftydermy: a crafty take on taxydermy | Emma Lamb
Craftydermy: a crafty take on taxydermy | Emma Lamb

As well as being a hugely fun and interesting wee craft book, the actual book itself is a beautiful object to admire. It's around A5 in size, has a soft cover and the most delicious 'papery' pages - much like those of a Selvedge magazine or Toast catalogue and has the same smell too, I love that smell! I love the faux-bois cover with the cut out to reveal Charles Fox, a sweet touch. Ian Tillotson's photography throughout perfectly captures the sense of nostalgia the concept of traditional Victorian taxidermy evokes but with a modern day irreverent sense of fun, exactly what this book is all about. The finishing touch is the beautiful vintage typewriter font used for the title and throughout the book on the contents page and every leading project page. Overall it's a very welcome addition to my bookshelf!

Craftydermy: a crafty take on taxydermy | Emma Lamb
All images: Emma Lamb

Oh and lastly, if you're going to be in or around Devon between 2nd July and 31st August you will be able to see a selection of projects from this book on display at the Atelier gallery. If not you can visit the Craftydermy online shop to find some beautiful makes from some of the designers featured in the book. I am head over heels for Kirsty's blushing Mr Stag... *swoon*

Emma, x

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designer maker : animals with attitude, Nameless Wonders by Karen Suzuki

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OMG! I've been itching to tell you guys all about Karen Suzuki's incredible hand stitched creatures since I spotted them at Edinburgh's West End Fair during the festival. As soon as I spotted her wee stall I made a bee-line for her Nameless Wonders...

Animals with attitude: just a small collection of Karen Suzuki's nameless wonders... fabulous!
All images: Karen Suzuki / Nameless Wonders

I think I babbled on at Karen for way too long telling her how gorgeous her creations were. The stitching, the patching, the fabric... all perfectly combined with such energy, passion and a bucket full of humour to boot (just take a peek at her despicable Scottish seagull with it's bag of poo, ready to strike any unsuspecting passer by!) On the day I was having a very hard time deciding which Nameless Wonder was my absolute fave, but after much mooching around their Facebook page George the Spaniel is coming a close second to Karen's charming foxes!


"I’m inspired by old toys – especially my own (why grow up?) – and the wonderful animals, particularly cats, that I’ve found in Japan, made from scraps of kimono fabric; also by the amazing work of Louise Bourgeois. I’m completely led by the physicality of materials and can’t resist the urge to try out new combinations of materials and making techniques to see what will happen. Every piece of work throws up a host of new questions and ideas, so my mind is always on a dozen projects at once."

Animals with attitude: just a small collection of Karen Suzuki's nameless wonders... fabulous!
All images: Karen Suzuki / Nameless Wonders

For more info about Karen and her fabulous animals with attitude (who hail from Glasgow, Scotland) please do take a peek around some of her sites: Website, Etsy, Folksy, DaWanda, Facebook.

Emma, x

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designer maker : grrl + dog

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vintage fabric softies by grrl + dog | Emma Lamb

Occasionally I stumble upon an Etsy shop and immediately and completely fall head over heels for the gorgeous goodies therein. When this happens I suddenly go all secretive and kinda jealous. I love the items so much but worry about favouriting them or the lovely shop, just in case someone else comes along and buys up all those gorgeous goodies and then artist suddenly decides they don't want to make said goodies anymore and I will never get to see such beauty again! Yeah, I know that's a daft and messed up way of thinking! That's why today I am (reluctantly) sharing grrl + dog's stunning vintage fabric softies. Denise Litchfield's is the incredible talent and stitchery obsessed artist behind grrl + dog, who crafts these beautiful softies...


"I adore vintage fabric and buttons. I hoard old lace. My hand embroidered primitive softies emerge from the 1930's and 1940's using rescued fabric and feedsack.
Over many hours of hand stitching, they tell me stories of who they were.. running in open fields, gathering daisies or stirring a pot while the kettle whisltes softly. They speak of a time when things were honest and made to last."


Denise then stitches and patches these stories into new characters that have their own wee story to tell... I love that! In fact , just love everything about them ~ the embroidery, vintage fabric combinations, gorgeous colours, their shapes and faces and even the way they have been photographed and styled.

vintage fabric softies by grrl + dog | Emma Lamb

In addition to her Etsy shop, grrl + dog also has a great website and blog where you can find out more about these vintage fabric softies and Denise's guerrilla knitting... :)

Wishing you all a sunny day,
Emma, x

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