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.


Enjoy the little things in life, because they become the most important things….

My children’s world is about enjoying the small things, as they really do become the most important things when you look back. I was saying this to someone during the week, with reference to holidays. One thing our children still talk about is the time we had to eat the picnic out of the booth of our car, because it was raining. They still laugh about and think it was great fun. Now that’s what makes good memories. They become the great days you remember in years to come.

My son finished early this week from his summer camp, so I got to spend time with him on his own. On two of the days we went out to the Phoenix Park. cloudwatchingjuly15 The first day he decided we should do a bit of cloud watching. Try this with your children, you can come up with some amazing scenes, if the clouds are right. We saw a bear, a unicorn, a warrior and a host of different characters. On the second day we decided we would go for a walk, listening along the way to grasshoppers and then my son took off after a butterfly. It’s something you would never dream of doing, as an adult, but children really do make you revert back to being a child again.

chasingbutterfliesjuly15This particular day, there was loads of butterflies. My son couldn’t make up his mind which way to run, as they appeared to be darting every direction in order to unwittingly cause amusing confusion. Which sent us both into a fit of laughterl.

For the next, new embroidered work, I decided I wanted to have fun and use mixed media. I made the little house first. It was in my studio for a while. I just wasn’t sure where I wanted to place it. For me I have to leave some pieces, just sit for a while, move away from them and then come back later. I am really looking forward to developing these further. My daughter decided on the name  ‘Great Days’. Hoping you create great days with you and yours……



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My children’s world


There is joy and wonder, when you see the world through the eyes of your children….

I am really pleased to show you some new work. I have been busy over the past couple of months on a lot of different projects. I set aside time to just play like a child with embroidery and see what came out of it. So I was wondering how to introduce you to this work. What I think works best is over a series of blogs, I will introduce each piece.


A little unsteady, but ready to take off…

what's art without a little heart....It’s been a special time over the past week, as our children had their birthday. So I thought it was fitting to launch my new work around their special day. As it is thanks to them that this selection of work has come about. They are my little interns and love that this business is about our family.

The new work I have produced has taken a lot of time, as anyone knows it’s trial and error. Sometimes a piece works and then sometimes I spend ages on one piece to find that something doesn’t quiet sit right in my eyes. Then it is put away for another day, when I might pull it out again and think yes, I’m ready to go back to it.

When I began this series, I wanted to combine different elements of childhood. My children are writing now, so I thought it would be great to incorporate this into the artwork. This work you see (below) is called  “I give you my heart”. It came about through revisiting “The Big Hearted Giant”. I always liked him and thought the heart could be 3-Dimensional and could be worn by the person. It could be placed back up into the frame when not worn. I also wanted to allow the client the option of giving me fabric that is personal to them.

To be continued

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My children took my heart the minute they were placed into my arms….


Making a Dash for Santa


Scatterpillar Designs are delighted to announce that we will be running two competitions in association with Santa Dash and The Down Syndrome Centre, it’s a fun-filled family charity run.

As a mother, I have always tried to teach my children about healthy eating and keeping fit. Any time I get I bring them out on walks and try (sometimes failing!) to keep treats to a minimum.


Christmas is an ideal time to come together as a family and do something active. It’s also a time for giving. This year, the Santa Dash are giving part of the proceeds from the event to The Down Syndrome Centre. This is a one-of-a-kind event that sees over a thousand Santas dash down Dublin’s Clontarf Strand at 2pm on the 7th of December.

This is what Niamh Dolye, Fundraising and PR coordinator for The Down Syndrome Centre has to say about Santa Dash…

“The Down Syndrome Centre receives no Government support and so events such as Santa Dash are an integral part of our fundraising. Run by IrishFit, Santa Dash is a 5km or 10km run on December 7th at Clontarf Strand. Each participant will don a Santa Suit for the most visually entertaining run in Ireland. There are a number of ways that The Down Syndrome Centre will benefit from this event; we receive a sum from each registration and we are asking people to fundraise for us by registering for a sponsorship pack. There is also a raffle in aid of The Down Syndrome Centre with wonderful prizes donated. We are so grateful to Scatterpillar Designs for sponsoring a prize in this raffle, which we have no doubt will ensure that the raffle is a huge success.”

“As a small Irish company that is pursuing its entrepreneurial dreams through hard work and determination, we are so grateful that Scatterpillar Designs have chosen to support The Down Syndrome Centre.”

For the raffle we have decided at Scatterpillar Designs to run two competitions. One will be run on Scatterpillar Designs facebook page. You will be in with a chance of winning a very special prize of a softie, cushion or embroidery on canvas. Allow Scatterpillar Designs bring your child’s drawing to life. They make very special keepsakes.

You need to click here Scatterpillar Design to like the facebook page and then like and share the post with the blog details to be in with a chance of winning this very special prize. Your name will be entered into the draw.

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The second prize is on the 4th, 5th, 6th of December at Expo you can buy raffle tickets for The Down Syndrome Centre, times and details are on the Santa Dash website. There is a prize of one of the characters from Scatterpillar Designs retail range.

Both prizes will be announced on the 8th Of December.

Santa will be in his grotto down on the beach for all the children to visit. Any child who officially enters and runs the race can visit him and get a free Christmas present and spectators pay just €5. This 5 or 10k Christmas time run is one for the diaries – the event is great fun and a happy and healthy family day out.
Registration: Adults are €25, children are €20 and the registration price includes your Santa outfit.
For more information and to register follow this link 
Date:   2pm –   7th December 2014