By Sue Quinn, May 8 2016 11:31AM

We have made the decision not to exhibit at Gardening Scotland this year - despite the fact we have met some lovely people there and definitely enjoyed the show. I am so sorry if this has disappointed any one who was hoping to add a small animal to their collection, but I am hoping that you will be able to visit me at another venue! Thank you to everyone who has supported me there......

It was a hard decision to make, since we have been doing this show for many years but I am finding it hard to keep up with the orders which are piling up! It is a good position to be in and I am delighted that my little guys are going off to new homes.


However, as they are all hand made and I only have one wonderful part time helper I just cant do it all! Especially as I am deep into working on my next book which will be out next Spring.


My poor husband keep muttering about the amount I take with me to these shows and the number of stairs to climb up and down in order to pack the car! However, I am happy to say that I have now replaced my faithful car by a new uptodate model to cope with the next few years of shows.



By Sue Quinn, Apr 24 2016 10:18AM

I am cowering with embarrassment - my last post was before Christmas. How did that happen? Well I know exactly how it happened and sadly there is no excuse.


It is so lovely that the January blues never hit my little studio as there was never a minute to spare to dwell on all the cupboard skeletons. My order book was full and there were lots of other things happening too.



The Winterbearfext in London always comes round faster than I remember and this has to be my favourite bear fair of the year, meeting my collectors and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the day. Lots of bears and other animals go off to new homes with a wave of farewell.


I had thought I would have time to 'play' with my new interests - bookbinding and PMC jewellery. Although it is difficult to devote the time to it I like to feel there is something else creative to do if I feel a bit jaded. I had spent months gathering and saving up for some bookbinding equipment and silver tools only to find that they are all still partially unused. Not to worry though....they definitely will.


The main thing on my mind apart from bear and hedgehog making is my new book. 'How to sew Little Felt Animals' published last year by Search Press has been successful so far and into its third reprint. My next book is well under way so that is exciting. Exciting but scary too - there is so much to do, but my Editor is wonderful and is such an amazing help.


I have always wanted to visit the Knitting and Sitching show that is usually held in London and Harrogate (not to be confused with the ICHF shows in Birmingham etc) It has a reputation of being high quality with some amazing examples of work to be seen and items to buy. (have a peek on their website!) When I heard that there was going to be a brand new one in Edinburgh I was keen to be involved.


As well as a stand (no. B49) where I will be showing my bears and animal creations, I will be teaching classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is only for one hour but the little felt teddy bear head brooch should be easily completed in that time. Hopefully it will give visitors a taste of sewing with my favourite wool felt and be tempted to buy my book!




By Sue Quinn, Nov 7 2015 01:57PM

The mornings are misty and the dew laden cobwebs are looking pretty among the red berries; it must be THAT time of the year when my phone never stops ringing with orders and I am making so many to do lists for the upcoming Christmas shows - Country Living Christmas Fair and Hopetoun House. I love Autumn - I just wish I had more time to enjoy it instead of rushing around helter skelter.


It is a perfect time for my hedgehogs and animals to wear their winter coats and woollies in all those delicious autumnal or festive shades. As usual I am surrounded by piles of fabrics threatening to topple over and trip me up.


For the Country Living Christmas Fair, which is in less than two weeks time (hellllllp), the decision has been made to sew fitted covers for the new folding 1metre tables. Well it was a good idea. Hopefully it still is but I am sure that I have developed a whole new crop of grey hairs trying to get the pattern repeats to match and the lengths right.


I am delighted that one of my hedgies will be in the Christmas Hamper at the Country Living Show.

There are ten nominated Christmas gifts in the hamper and visitors can vote for their favourite for the 'Peoples choice award'. Entries will be put in a draw to win the hamper with all its goodies!


It is good news that my book 'how to sew Little Felt Animals' seems to be selling well so far - I will taking it along to Country Living and I will also take some felt supplies.


By Sue Quinn, Sep 12 2015 04:58PM

Moles
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Brenda
Brenda

Hugglets tomorrow! My suitcases are bulging and squeaking with excitement - well not the cases, but the bears and other animals inside. As for me....well I have to say I am aching all over - I don't think I can stitch another stitch or stuff another stuff. My poor brain feels the same - I cannot think of anything but bears....hedgehogs....animals.... I just hope that I have remembered everything.


Two young moles have hopped in to join the party - not the ones in the image as these have already gone to a wonderful collector in Germany. It is always hard to get a good image of dark fur but you get the general idea!


In February Bernard was adopted, leaving his girlfriend behind so his new owner contacted me to ask if I could bring a young lady for him as he has been looking a little wistful ever since that show. Bernard has seen the picture of his intended and has a little gleam in his eye - I think he will be happy!


There are some lovely bigger hedgehogs dressed in woolly coats or waxed jacket and some little guys - squirrels among them.

By Sue Quinn, Aug 3 2015 10:43AM

I feel like a small animal starting to gather supplies and leaves for the coming Autumn. (How can it be Autumn when we have had had no Summer?) Nearly out of fabric for the tiny dresses I make for the animals, I have been searching again for just the right prints!


So it was time for a visit to my favourite quilt store to see what they have got - walking in with the intention of not spending very much; walking out with a bag stuffed. The problem is that when I walk into a fabric store my pulse speeds up dramatically - I love the smell, the colours and and and......everything. I do try to buy online too but sometimes it is not the same as actually feeling and seeing the cloth.


My shelves at the studio are groaning with cloth....Harris Tweeds, pure wool coatings, Liberty lawns, school uniform, and vintage. To be honest I do need a good sort out but the problem is that once tidied it doesnt stay that way long. When dresses and coats need to be made, piles of cloth have to be rummaged through to get the right one!

Yep, I must be a born gatherer..... it is where to put it all?

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