Sunday 29 January 2017

New Harris Tweed Necklaces!

Over in my Etsy Shop I've just added some new additions! During the cold snap I've been really looking forward to Spring and with that in mind, my latest Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces are inspired by Spring gardens. The bright blue, pale pink and lilac Harris Tweed necklaces are embellished with tiny pieces of colourful upcycled fabric, hand stitched onto the tweed in gold thread- they remind me of gardens in bloom! The mini embroidery hoops are strung on a 24" silver plated chain and hang at approx. 12".

As with all of the pieces in my Etsy Shop, these necklaces arrived package in a beautifully hand decorated gift box, so they are ideal for gifting or as a lovely treat for yourself. 

If you'd like to have a closer look, take a peek into my Etsy Shop here. Have a fab day all!

Friday 27 January 2017

Bead Embellished Gloves How To

It's been a colder than normal January in the UK. I'm so looking forward to Spring-  I can't remember the last morning I woke up and there wasn't a frost and below freezing temperatures!

However, although I'm not a fan of the cold, I really love Winter clothes- big knitted jumpers, cosy coats, hats and gloves. I'm never without a pair of gloves at this time of year and this gave me the idea for this How To. Why not add some sparkle to your Winter wardrobe with my How To for bead embellished gloves? Stay warm and happy making!

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Louise Dawson Design In Mollie Makes Magazine

If you follow me on social media you will know that in December I was lucky enough to have my Fair Isle necklaces featured in Mollie Makes Magazine! Things got so hectic towards the end of last year that I didn't get a chance to share it with you here, so thank you for letting me share with you today. I was so happy, it was an ambition realised and it completely made my year. Thank you so much Mollie Makes!

Sunday 15 January 2017

My 2016 In Photos

Happy new year to you all! I took some time off from the blog over the festive period and for the first half of January, but I've been busy beavering away behind the scenes. I hope 2016 was good to you all and wishing you a fab 2017. Today I thought I'd share with you my crafty 2016 in photo form...

In January I started working on new Fair Isle necklace designs and had a lot of fun playing with colour and beautiful Shetland wool. I hit the ground running with new Fair Isle designs and custom orders

I shared this How To for hand coloured, embroidered gift tags

I had a lot of fum knitting the very cute Tiny Clanger for my niece!


In February I launched a collection of Fair Isle brooches

My How To in February was for these sweet Valentines biscuits


In March, Mr Writer went away to work in Korea for 4,5 weeks and I missed him a lot. Looking at these photos bought it all back! I tried to keep busy, making a new Fair Isle brooch collection (squares!) and getting out and about with family and friends

Walking by the water in my home town

I had a great time visiting The Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia with a friend. The knitted food competition was amazing!

I shared this How To for an Easter Bunny sweetie jar

And this How To for a patchwork Mother's Day card


In April we both had a week off and enjoyed the emerging Spring, getting out and about for lots of walks

Hyde Hall in Essex in Bloom

Walking along the front at Frinton-On-Sea, which is a special place for us

Lovely Nelson in the Spring sunshine!

More Fair Isle designs in progress


In May I launched a new collection of Fair Isle necklaces

And spent as much time as possible outside in the garden

Celebrating a colleagues birthday at the day job with beautifully colourful cakes!


In June I took two weeks off, which is something that I hadn't done for years. By this time, Summer was really in full swing and it was very hot

I visited the stunning Wisley Gardens in Surrey- I would really recommend a vist, it's such a beautiful place

We also visited Brighton, which is somewhere I've always wanted to visit.It wasn't such a hot and sunny day, but we checked out the pier, drank some lovely wine, had some great food and even squeezed in a visit to Choccywocckydoodah for some treats!

I finished the Tilly and The Buttons pajama bottoms that had been on my to do list for a long time

I also made a new Harris Tweed button brooch collection

and started a granny square crochet blanket

My friend had also bought me an afternoon tea voucher in a vintage cafe so we went along and had a wonderful afternoon


In July I launched my Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces

It was still very hot and Mr Writer was searching for Pokemon, so we enjoyed lots of walks by the water. A great excuse for an ice cream!

My home town


We were so lucky to have a beautiful Summer in 2016. I made the most of it, working in the garden and walking in the park

In late July and through to August, I was thinking ahead to Christmas and making new work for Christmas craft fairs


In September, The Minories in Colchester started stocking my Harris Tweed mini embroidery hoop necklaces

I worked hard making new Fair Isle necklaces for winter fairs

We visited the beautiful Ulting Wick gardens and enjoyed the last of the Summer sunshine. Looking at this blog post got me looking forward to Summer!

Catching the last of the sun in the garden

The weather started to turn and we took a trip to London to visit the Sky Garden- the views across the city were amazing!

I was chuffed to bits that my Fair Isle necklaces were featured in Simply Knitting magazine!


In October I started to get extremely busy preparing for the Christmas season ahead, making new pieces for my Etsy Shop and to sell at craft fairs. Things got a bit hectic from here on in!

I was delighted that my work was featured in the UK Handmade Showcase

I had a lot of fun designing and making knitted pumpkins for this How To

I ran an Alice In Wonderland themed jewellery making workshop for a charity event and had a fab evening


November got really really busy! I was so happy to take part in The Renegade Fair at The Old Truman Brewery in London

As well as the Bust Christmas Craftacular in London

I was thrilled to be interviewed for Homemaker magazine, which came out on my birthday!

For my birthday we headed off on the Eurostar to Bruges, which is a place that Mr Writer and I have always wanted to visit. Look out for a blog post about our trip soon- what a pretty place


In December, life was still very hectic and I didn't get the chance to blog very much.

However, I made some new pieces, like these Harris Tweed purses. Look out for these, I'll be making some more to add to my Etsy Shop soon

I shared this How To for upcycled fabric Christmas gift tags

I was thrilled to bits that an ambition of mine was realised in December, when my Fair Isle necklaces were featured in Mollie Makes magazine! It completely made my year

So that was 2016! Have you posted about your 2016? I'd love to see, share you links in the comments

I'm looking forward to new challenges this year and I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Wishing you all a brilliant 2017!