Mr Boney Maloney

NOT a bug or creepy crawly although it can be said to be a little creepy. A friend of mine sent me a photo of a hair clip with a skeletal hand on it and asked if I could create something similar out of fabric and beads. I took up the challenge…..and here it is.

The hand was originally constructed of wire for the fingers which I then added fabric, wadding and organza too. The fingers are bendable so that whatever position on the head, this is placed in, the fingers can be arranged to look the best they can. There are glass and petite antique beads on the felt covered sinamay fascinator base and tiny beads sewn onto the veiling as well.

It’s modelled on my almost life size doll’s head ‘Lady Persephone’ or Persie to me.

Monsieur Beetle

I’m going to gush now. This was my favourite make. It still is. Everything about this creation makes me feel incredibly proud, from the beetle to the dung ball. I know it’s an odd subject but once I’d done the beetle I got so carried away with the whole setting.

The dung ball was so much fun to make!


I know that on my facebook page, this is one of the most popular bugs. I’ve lots of great feedback from some lovely people who think it’s lovely. And it is. But when I look at it now, I can see so many mistakes, the wings are again, tatty and it just doesn’t look right. However, the colours are beautiful and I even stunned myself with the lily pad which only took me 40 minutes. Imagine what I could have done if I’d really worked at it.

A Sting in the Tail

I’m not sure what inspired me to make a scorpion although once I’d worked through the preliminary sketches I knew that I would enjoy making this one. It was the curve of the tail that I was drawn to and I knew that it would sit on the head in such a way that would definitely stand out!


This is my first creepy crawly that has been added to a hair clip. I went for a wasp because of the colours, vivid black and gold stripes and I loved the idea of him floating above the head. He’s made from a mixture of felt and cotton with a black soft netting covering his body.

This was very much a trial and error creation. I tinkered with the organza wings and while I am still very pleased with how they turned out, it’s only by looking at my later winged beasties, that I realise how tatty they look. But that could be said to be part of the charm I suppose.

I love wire, this black memory wire gives the wasp mobility and I love how it can be altered  in relation to the head.