Saturday, 13 June 2009


And the winner is.....

Pip refused to play ball with picking a name, but she did grudgingly hold the paper for me to take a picture!

Check back next Friday for another competition to win a handmade purse!


I'm running a new giveaway, with a very cute prize kindly donated by Olly.
She makes amazing little creatures called WOLLIES, who have a magical, fairy tale feel.

Olly was born in Switzerland, and grew up there and in the UK. She is influenced by both the Swiss and English traditions in hand sewn and embroidered crafts.

She started making her first little animals by using recycled material from her old dresses and by 2007, she was regularly making WOLLIES and giving them to friends and family as gifts.

She noticed how much people appreciated the care and work that went into the creation of each individual piece and decided to sell her WOLLIES so that more people could have their own to enjoy.

I caught up with her to find out a bit more about her and the amazing WOLLIES!

- What do you make?

At the moment WOLLIES is mainly fabric brooches, keyrings, purses or toys. I like to think of my WOLLIES as individual little characters with their own personality. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes happy, sometimes mischievous and cheeky, sometimes they are just sweet and pretty.

- How long have you been crafting for?

I started crafting regularly when I was 16. I made all sorts of things for my room, like clips to hold up photos or pretty/trashy boxes. I customized my clothes alot and liked to make things out of old plastic Barbie accessories or other plastic toys, bits and bobs I found in the bottom of my drawers.
Generally, anything that recalled childhood play and imagination appealed to me.

- What is your most and least favourite thing about your craft?

I like it because it gives you alot of freedom. You can endlessly make up new characters and find new colour combinations. The medium of sewing is very versatile - you can create any shape and use all sorts of techniques to render a pattern: beading, embroidery, appliqué, printing, painting etc...

However, it is also quite restrictive and I do find it hard to transfer the character of my WOLLIES into more practical things like bags.

- Who or what inspires you?

Who? Bobby Dazzlers, Victor & Rolf, Annette Messager, Abigail Brown, my other fellow crafters!
What? Nature, Children's stories, Medieval art, Japanese street fashion, Vintage fashion.

- Are there any other crafty things you'd like to try?

Amigurumi (Japanese art of crocheting small animals or toys) and crochet. A step up from my rather basic knowledge of knitting :-S

- Do you have a day job?

Not at the moment, I have just finished my degree, so I'm sending out CVs and crossing my fingers alot.

- Where do you sell your work?

On Folksy mainly. People can also buy WOLLIES off my website and I have a few things on Etsy.

I am doing several fairs over the summer, otherwise I rely on word of mouth alot.

- Do you have a blog?


- Anything else you'd like to tell us?

No that is all. Thanks for reading chappies! Xx


Olly has kindly put one of her WOLLIES up for adoption, so I am looking for someone to give him a new and loving home!

He is a blue afro hedgehog badge called Sniffles and would love to keep you company on your adventures - Olly can vouch that he has very good conversation skills.

He is made with the finest cotton fabric and his beautiful afro hairdo and comb are both made of felt.
A brooch pin is secured to the back so you can pin him anywhere you like. Measures 6 cm x 5.5 cm.

If you would like the chance to become Sniffle's new friend, all you have to do is click here to go to Olly's shop and then leave a comment telling me who your favourite WOLLIE is! (N.B All comments are moderated before posting)

Extra entries for blogging and Tweeting. Please leave an extra comment if you blog/Tweet.

I will pick a winner Saturday 20th June-don't forget to leave an email address if you're not a Blogger, so I can contact you if you win!


theothermousie said...

Oooooh I LOVE Wollies!! I think my favourite piece has to be Nelson Bunny all lovely & yellowy!

Nice to find out a bit more about Olly too xx

Chrissy said...

Ooooh! A wollie giveaway! ~ I'm in love with pearl bunny:

Chrissy said...

Just twittered the giveaway too! That hedgehog is mines mwahahahahah...

Alex said...

Really like the Blue Bear Mascot, so cute!
Alex xXx

Natalie Wilson said...

Aw I love the blue and green sniffles afro hedgehogs! So cute!

Anonymous said...

I love the Russian Mountain Matrioshka!

Anonymous said...

And I tweeted! :)

terri said...

I love this little hedgehog its SO cute!!!! but I also love the cheeky monkey from the rest of the wollies range....

Thanks for the chance to win..


Anonymous said...

My favourite one is the red bear mascott. Simple but terribly cute!



neil said...

Greetings from a fellow folksy, I'd love to enter if i may, woodjewellery

Anonymous said...

pearl bunny is my favourite

Anonymous said...

Aw I love them all but my fav is the peal bunny.

Anonymous said...

Definitely the gothicky-adorable Pearl's eyes are so sad and mysterious, like it's dreaming of faraway places.

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