February the 9th saw us listening to Maxine Smith from Tilly Tea Dances about her textile journey and her felting process.
Maxine likes to use natural fibres and nature themes in her work. She has been stitching since the age of 3 and by age 12 was making free machine embroidery cards (we were impressed). For a long time she worked in the charity sector but once her son was born she needed a job that could fit with being a full time mum and so Tilly Tea Dances was born. It has gone from strength to strength and now she is at capacity supplying 14 shops as well as running workshops.
Maxine explained that she likes doing felting as it is accessible to people of all abilities and levels of experience. She uses thin layers (because she is not making wearable items) and the process isn't as long and hard as traditional felting.
some lovely pieces typical of what would go in her Etsy shop.
This was a lovely upbeat lecture full of great detail. Thanks to Maxine for being so generous in sharing her knowledge and talent with us, We are now looking forward to the workshop.