Puffin Patchwork is a small handmade textile business which I run from my home in Dingle, South West Ireland. I make fabric art, ornaments and accessories, all hand stitched to my own designs.
My small workspace is filled with colourful scraps of fabric, which I have collected over the years, and I also use many shades of wool-mix felt and lots of tiny buttons. My products are characterised by neat and intricate stitching, quality and attention to detail. I love putting together colours and patterns to make my own quirky versions of birds, boats, flowers and animals, and take inspiration from the seashore, hills and mountains of the surrounding landscape.
I grew up on the Isles of Scilly, South west England, and took up sewing at an early age, teaching myself to make dolls' clothes and soft toys. I was selling my work by the time I left school. Island life teaches adaptability, and soon I was making clothes for myself, wedding dresses for friends, and soft furnishings for the island cottages, as well as repairing everything from fishermen's waterproofs to evening dresses.
I moved from the Isles of Scilly to Ireland in 2000, and began making applique pictures inspired by the colourful buildings, dramatic scenery and wildlife of the Dingle Peninsula. I named my business Puffin Patchwork - puffins being a symbol of my two homes on the edge of the Atlantic.
More recently I've developed my range of felt ornaments, which have become popular in my Etsy shop.
These days I sew Christmas ornaments all year round, alongside other ornaments and accessories. I love working from home, creating things to add colour and charm to other people's homes.
You can contact me - Sylvia - at firstname.lastname@example.org