‘May Blossom’ is the range of sewing patterns by Simone Gooding.
These patterns are available in hardcopy from your favourite quilt or craft store, or via instant PDF download here, or through my Etsy store.
My whole creative journey is based around using natural, organic materials wherever I can. I love to work with felt, yarns and cloth that are as close to nature as possible. I have been using 100% wool hand dyed felt for many years now and all my creatures are made with this element as the core ingredient. The delicate palate of the hand-dyed felt colours has a beautiful softness and a reality to it. This helps to bring my creatures to life, rather than being too bold, cold and uniform causing the creatures to take on a ‘cartoon’ like feel, which is not what my design heart is about.
My desire has always been to use naturally produced materials, and to create creatures who bring a smile to the face of others. I hope to make you feel like there is a story to be told behind every rabbit, squirrel or bear, and a big dose of cute! thrown into the mix.
I think essentially imaginary worlds from the books I read as a child like Mabel Lucie Atwell books and Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge and Peter Rabbit would have the biggest influence on the ideas that come to me. Another major influence is the natural world – woodland, trees, streams and gardens and all the creatures you just might find there if you look hard enough and sit still and quiet for long enough.
I have a huge desire to create real and true with an element of magical and fantastical, the idea that those mice just might share a pot of tea by the stream under the oak tree gets my imagination flying.