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Sunday, July 17, 2011

SPOTLIGHT - Salley Mavor

Welcome to our new feature 'Spotlight' where we hope to show you something:


some special things that catch our eye, make us feel good, and make us want to try it, too!

Given that I love paper, fabric, embroidery, travel, a good story/book, good food served in a relaxing way, music and spending time with my kids and family, I thought I would have a hard time coming up with an opener for Spotlight.

I'm happy to say that inspiration struck and I've chosen

Salley Mavor
and her amazing embroidered felt fairies, dolls and fabric relief pictures.

Salley Mavor is the creator of (her website), (her blog) and several beautiful books, including 'Felt Wee Folk' (a how-to book so you can make some of the things above for starters), 'Pocketful of Posies', and 'The Hollyhock Wall' among others.

Salley's work is amazing in so many ways: the perfection of her embroidery, the exquisite detail everywhere and the warm colors, the rich textures she creates. I would love to sit and watch her as she works through the process of just one of her fabric relief pictures - sketching out the scene, gathering her materials: the felts, embroidery floss, buttons, beads, pieces of wood and other materials that capture the atmosphere and then patiently sewing all of those tiny stitches and adding the ornamentation, piecing together something beautiful and special. Truly awe-inspiring.

To get a real appreciation of her work, she has a whole series of close-ups that are stunning. Here are some links with a sneak peek here:

Have a lot of fun looking through Salley's website and blog! And her books will keep you fascinated, inspired and busy for days on end. Enjoy!

17 July 2011