Scatterpillar Designs little family featured in The Irish Country Magazine

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Custom made portraits

Scatterpillar Designs little family of dolls was mentioned in The Irish Country magazine . So it’s nice to be nice and say a huge thank you to the editor Jennifer Stevens and her team.

Textile dolls handmade from children's drawings

Custom Made Family Dolls

They gave the Custom Made Family Dolls a lovely write up in their magazine. All you have to do is order them here . You can send a drawing of you mum, dad or all of you as a family. You can also send us a photograph and I can work from this.

Scatterpillar Designs article in the Irish Country Magazine

I got a chance last night after putting the kiddos to bed to sit down armed with a cup of tea to have a read of the Irish Country Magazine. When I looked inside the magazine I seen the Farmers Journal mentioned as it’s published in the same place. I grew up in kildare and for the first 10 years of my life I lived in a thatched cottage belong to my grandfather. He used to buy the Farmers Journal and I do remember as a child looking at it.

There are some really great articles to keep you sipping your tea for an hour or two. I especially loved reading about Tammy Darcy from Waterford, who was bullied as a teenager. She decided to set up The Shona Project a website and workshop that provides a survival kit for teenage girls. Teenagers need a safe haven to help them and nurture their potential and The Shona Project seems to be doing just that.

Check out Deirdre O’ Kane looking amazing on the front cover and inside speaking to Jennifer Stevens about moving back home to Ireland from london.

The Irish Country Magazine have just launched “Irish made by Irish Country Magazine Awards”.  They want to find the makers, creators and craftspeople that make buying Irish so great. Every product  featured in the magazine that is made in Ireland has a stamp beside it including our family dolls. It sounds very exciting, so do have a look.





Happy Mother’s Day from one Mum to another ….

Happy Mother’s Day from one mum to another for our giveaway of a portrait made from your child’s drawing. Thanks for sending in your drawings to us. We printed them off and put them into a box. One of the kids took the special drawing from the box. The one choosen is…..

Joanna Kamińska-Wujek .

Drawing by Joanna’s eldest son.

Joanna sent in a drawing by her oldest son who is taking after his mother I think. Joanna is a fellow artist who goes under the name of Jokamin and we met each other at the Glucksman Gallery at their Christmas craft fair. As it so happens she is having an exhibition down in Pana Bread Bakery in Cork. So if your around the area and want to bring home a beautiful painting along with some bread head over.

I hope you like what I decided to do with your eldest son’s drawing Joanna. I decided to use some hand embroidery and mixed it with some machine embroidery to create a textile sculpture.

Close up of Hand Embroidery


For me the drawing starts to dictate sometimes what to do. In this case I wanted to try out a couple of different techniques and have some fun with the whole process.

Going over the hand embroidery with some machine embroidery

Here is the whole process photographed. I really loved the freedom of working on this portrait and turning it into a textile sculpture.

Mother's day portait

The cheeks and the mouth are all hand embroidered

It all started to take shape with the hair. I used a coiling technique and added little hearts to the end of the hair.

Coiling technique

Coiling technique which I used for the hair.

Mother's day portrait

Adding some fabric for the clothes using applique.

Close up of the butterfly

Close up of a the little butterfly perched on her shoulder.

Mothers day detail of portrait

Detail of portrait

Mother's day portriat

Finished portrait of a mother as a textile sculpture.

I hope you like it and I decided to add embroidered text to the piece ” Happiness is like a butterfly”


Happiness is like a butterfly qoute

Happiness is like

Happiness is like qoute machine embroidery

Mothers day

Mother’s day the fished piece. Textile sculpture

If you would like a commissioned portrait please get in touch. You have the choice of sending a drawing or sending a photograph and I will create a textile sculpture just for you. Send it to here

Also check out our family collection.


Draw your mother’s portrait for Mother’s day giveaway

Draw your mother’s portrait for Mother’s Day giveaway and allow us turn it into a softie cushion here at Scatterpillar Designs for Mother’s day. Maybe picture as your super human hero or whatever comes into your mind at the time. Send your drawings to

This is  also for the dads spend some time with your little ones being creative.  Take a photograph of mum or print a photograph and have the photograph on the table. Grab the paper, crayons, markers, paint whatever comes to hand and have some fun drawing.

It also can be educational have a look at how other artists draw portraits such as Picasso his cubist style using shapes. You can talk about the different shapes  and what shapes they can see within peoples faces. Have your child draw out the different shapes, colour in shapes, cut them out and make face collages.

Picasso Pablo (dit), Ruiz Picasso Pablo (1881-1973). Paris, musÈe Picasso. MP166.

Paul Klee is a particular favourite of mine, who taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1921 to 1926.

The first objective is to have lots of creative fun with them drawing. they are lots of different ideas that spring from a child’s mind once they sit down to draw. So I am really looking forward to the results.

All you have to do is

Please note this giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by either facebook or  Instagram and by entering you are over 18+ and agree to all the terms and conditions set forth in Instagram and Facebook. Looking forward to seeing all the creativity and have fun creating.

 Family portraits

Family Portraits of us, even though my son wanted blonde hair in this one ….

One lucky winner will have their portrait of their mum made into a selfie cushion. The competition closes on Wednesday 15th of March 9pm GMT. Open worldwide. Decision is final


Personalised soft toy created from birthday boy’s drawing

One very happy face, was followed today by a very happy birthday boy. I love working on commissions, as you never know what you are going to be presented with. It’s all one big surprise for me and for the child at the end of the process.

The character that I brought to life this time had a big grin literally from ear to ear…



My children loved his eyes. Whilst sewing, I wasn’t sure what way I was going to sew the eyes, whether to work it freestyle machine or applique. But it reminded me of the children’s story from Hans Christian Andersen called The Tinder box.

may161closeupofeyewmIn the story the soldier meets three dogs and each one has huge eyes. One dog has eyes as big as windmills. 

I received a picture this morning of the birthday boy with his creation. His mum said he had a very happy face and was grinning from ear to ear, just like his character.


If you would like a similar commission just click on this link to see all our personalised gifts in our Gallery.  You can choose from a soft toy, cushion or framed artwork. You can send your child’s drawing through our order form here or send me a message on our facebook page.

We also have a range of softies, cushions and framed work that are from my own kids imagination, which can be bought in our online shop. Payment is by paypal, just contact me directly by email

Looking forward to seeing more characters brought to life….