“The Little Brown Dog workshop - handmade and hand painted decorations, peg dolls and personalised gifts for special days.”
The Little Brown Dog Workshop is a small studio based in the steeply wooded Churnet Valley in the Staffordshire Peak District. My style is a mixture of Scandinavian and primitive folk art with a modern twist. You might find garlands of wooden hearts and fabric, rag wreaths, stitched book covers and hand made decorations as well as lots of very small people. Many designs are inspired by nature and things made miniature.
The space overflows with fabric, beads, ribbon, threads, pegs, wood and bits of stuff. But as many of the folk art-inspired products are rather tiny, even small pieces of stuff come in pretty handy. Most things I make include drawing or painting, fabric, wood and embellishment, using a mixture of upcycled, new and vintage materials.
A love of childrens illustration, micro nature, and the inability to lose a child-like hope that communities of tiny creatures might exist in the undergrowth mean that peg dolls have a special charm. From chunky, American style people pegs in felted and embroidered coats, to Christmas angels and elves, to elongated traditional dolly pegs with teeny, tiny heads and modern craft peggies - they are all here at some point.
The range of peg dolls now includes supplies, kits and painted seasonal decorations through to ready-made one-of-a-kind dolls, and custom dolls for special occasions. There are peg decorating workshops (soon there will even be a dedicated studio space) and peg-doll parties that come to you if you are in the North Staffordshire or Peak District area.
Whilst the quick workshop sessions gleefully take advantage of every glue and sticky tape shortcut known to man, the custom dolls are sanded, painted and varnished in maddening, multiple, time-consuming layers and dressed in hand sewn and beaded clothes. I hope they will make people smile and be keepsakes for many years.
Custom items, wedding cake toppers and festive keepsakes are a speciality and commissions are welcome.
Thanks for visiting!
Best wishes, Susan
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