The Crafty Owl Studio shop and courses are up and running again.  All sessions are run in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

With A Little Help From My Friends


As I am still ‘laid up’ following my knee replacement I have had to cancel all the courses I had booked at the studio. Thankfully a few of my very talented friends kindly agreed to run the sessions I had arranged to run at the shop.

Maxine ran the first one, teaching a group of ladies how to make hand embroidered brooches. Here are some pictures of the results at the end of the day – quite impressive !!



The following session was ‘Felt Christmas Decorations’ which Wyn ran, I don’t have any photos of this session.

Jackie and Carol were in charge when it came to the ‘Proddy Hedgehog Doorstops’. The hedgehogs were made using the proddy rag rug technique, and with some lovely pure wool tweed fabrics. Here are the results of this course …


… oh, so cute !!!

The following week Jackie and Carol ran the ‘Raggy Wreath’ course. This is one we have run every Christmas since The Fabbadashery opened and it is still as popular. Here are the results of the course ….


….. just gorgeous, wouldn’t look out of place in Harrods Christmas display !

Another event I was unfortunately unable to attend was a day course Kev and I had been asked to run for the Airedale Embroiderers Guild in Keighley. We had been booked to run a ‘Print and Stitch’ day with this lovely group, but asked if they would mind if it was more print than stitch ! They were very happy to have a day focussing on making their own lino cut blocks which they used to print onto fabric and card. They also learned how to make monoprints and enhanced some prints with metallic embossing. Kev took a variety of stitched examples with him to show some of the techniques they could use to embellish their prints with stitch, buttons and beading.



The following week he ran a similar day course at The Fabbadashery, with people making prints to use as cards or on fabric to be further embellished. Thankfully my trusty sidekick and right hand woman, Ella, has been holding the fort and helping out with all the sessions while I’ve not been able to work. She is an absolute star and things would not run half as smoothly without her !

Here are some of the results from the day …..



So, I have been keeping busy stitching and reading while I’ve this enforced rest. I’ve read several Bronte related books, many textile and embroidery related books, and another on Neolithic Rock Carvings – another of my interests.

Stitching wise I have completed two more Canvaswork pieces as samples for the course we are running in the New Year, a phone case and a needlecase to go along with the glasses case I had already made ….



There are places still available on this course at present, and also on the ‘Make Your Own Mini-Me’ course – make a little doll replica of yourself or someone else. You would probably have time to make a few of these during the day course ….



I have also been making a few Christmas presents, as usual. One of my favourites this time is for Beckie, who I don’t think looks at this blog, so I’ll show you what I’ve made this ‘Game of Thrones’ crazy girl !!


Yes, it’s Daenaerys Targaryon Stormborn Khalisi Mother of Dragons (or something like that !),  I also made her a dragon to keep her company !


Hope she likes them ! Have a very happy Christmas, and all the best for the New Year, Love Annie x