girls alright

Yes I have been poorly with germs so hence no posts for a couple of weeks, but Im back. One upside of being sofa bound was doing lots of crochet. I have been super excited about the workshop coming up on the 6th and trying out my design for little winter cottages (hanging decoration).

I was searching through some old photos and came across some early stitchy creations, its weird to think how far I have come in 3 years!

Here I am with my two in the k20 gallery in Dusseldorf nearly 3 years ago when I first felt that it could be possible to become an artist. I had all but given up on my dreams.

crochet a go go!

Im currently constructing a piece made from different textures and fabrics and crocheting them together. This will form part of the body of work I am doing for ‘Touch’ which is art on the autistic spectrum.



All the pieces are being designed to be touched and explored with the hands as well as the eyes. This was born out of the frustration of my autistic son going to exhibitions and not being allowed to touch anything. My son is under-sensed and seeks sensory experiences, its an important part of how he experiences the world around him, this can be the same for other people with a sensory impairment, learning difficulty or alike.

I totally understand that if artists work was handled all the time it would be inappropriate but not if the work is designed to be touched, smelt and in Joel’s case even tasted?

Joel making felt.

filling up fast!!!

Places for the textile workshop at Southsea’s very own Edwardian playhouse ‘The Kings Theater (click on link to book) are filling up fast. So why not come and spend the day hanging out in this amazing building making stuff, listening to music, eating cake and drinking tea. Whats not to love?

The theme is ‘Kitschmas’ you know a kitsch Christmas? So check out the Heather Bailey ‘Yo Yo Garland’ we will be stitching our very own yo yo’s to adorn the garland as well as other multi coloured beauties, think vintage fabrics, candy colours and winter brights!

Its not your traditional white and reds but it will compliment traditional style with a vintage country style twist!

Sale on Etsy


Im having a wee pre-Christmas sale on Etsy, the knit kit is now half price!

As well as a reduced rabbit (sound bizarre) and the fabric covered notebooks are reduced too!

Remember I am still taking orders for Christmas so drop me line if you have a request, it could be anything. A Squirrel listening to hip hop stuffed toy to bunting exclaiming that you love pizza!

Coastal craft collective

For a while now I have felt its important that makers/crafters should come together to share skills, socialise and learn from each other. The south coast has a huge variety of artists and makers who are working away so it would be nice to get to know you. If you would be up for forming an alliance then please leave a comment or email me I can arrange a venue for monthly meet ups and workshops.


This could include;




the list is endless, but if you have a DIY attitude and a love of sharing then get in touch!


afternoon tea?

So tomorrow I open my home at 1.30pm for afternoon tea, cake and craft!

Come and get some great ideas for crafty Christmas makes, how to recycle that old cushion or jumper and general chit chat and lovliness.

Click on the image above to check out Lilley’s etsy shop, the image is part of a 3 set of postcards

Saturday 6th November, 1-30pm at 26 Ruskin Road, Southsea.

Im very excited, there will be few bits to purchase but mostly I will be taking orders for Christmas (all orders will be ready by mid December for delivery/collection).

If you would like to make an order from the list below please email

  • fabric mouse £3.00
  • patchwork cushion £10.00
  • large bunny £15.00
  • med bunny £9.00
  • set of 3 ‘stitchmas’ decorations £6.00
  • large kilner jar filled with buttons,fabric and ribbons for craft projects/gift £12.00
  • fabric covered notebook medium £8.50
  • custom bunting per metre £8.00

Images are available and will be posted soon!

Merry Sewing tralalla lala

Christmas sewing at the Kings

When: Monday 6th December

10.00 – 3.oopm

Where: The Kings Theatre

Cost: £30 (this includes all material, lunch and tea and cake)

Come and join Ooh la Lapin for a festive sewing treat. Spend all day hanging out in the beautiful Edwardian theater in the Irving Room complete with chandeliers and stained glass windows. With fabric ,skills and sewing machines at your disposal learn how to craft some beautiful Christmas decorations.These will be for your home as well as making a stunning garland which will be hung in the dress circle promenade of the Theatre.  Our group garland will then be hung every year in Theatre for generations to admire as they attend the theatrical festivities.

You will also leave with your own beautiful decoration and be treated to festive cupcakes from

Sophies CupCakes in the dress circle bar.

The day is limited to 10 places so booking is essential, please contact the Kings Box Office on

023 92828282

I really hope to make this day a great success and will be thrilled to have a full class!