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My name is Lesley and my passions are my children, my garden and crafting (sometimes in the wee small hours).

I wish I could say I have been sewing since I was little but I only came to it by accident a few years ago.

I am a professional chef to trade and on coming to France I stuffed my garden full of way too many herbs to cook with in the hope that some of them might survive. My garden grew, and grew and soon it was apparent that a family of 2 could not eat all that I had planted. I made my first scented bag from a collection of those herbs and I was hooked…..

Since that first simple little bag with heart appliqué, I have made cushion covers, door stops, make-up bags. I have Experimented with free-hand embroidery, knitting, fabric stenciling and felting but always loved the therapeutic nature of…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 8
  • Joined September 30, 2008

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linen, tweed, buttons, European fabrics

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About

My name is Lesley and my passions are my children, my garden and crafting (sometimes in the wee small hours).

I wish I could say I have been sewing since I was little but I only came to it by accident a few years ago.

I am a professional chef to trade and on coming to France I stuffed my garden full of way too many herbs to cook with in the hope that some of them might survive. My garden grew, and grew and soon it was apparent that a family of 2 could not eat all that I had planted. I made my first scented bag from a collection of those herbs and I was hooked…..

Since that first simple little bag with heart appliqué, I have made cushion covers, door stops, make-up bags. I have Experimented with free-hand embroidery, knitting, fabric stenciling and felting but always loved the therapeutic nature of hand-embroidery.

With the arrival of my children, my interest took me down the ‘softie’ route. I just adore the simplicity of the Russian doll shape. I have often thought of adding arms and legs to my dolls but so far have resisted the temptation.

I love linen. Irish linen, Lithuanian linen, Japanese linen….. I love fairytales and Scandinavian design, trailing round junk shops and markets and finding little treasures that might sit in my sewing room for an age until one day I say “I know what this needs”……

I love to imagine a child out there somewhere clutching one of my dolls and strive to create something that will be loved and last right through childhood. I believe toys such as those can’t be complicated, faddy or plastic; they must be “perfect for little hands to hold and hearts to love”.

Someone much more articulate than me recently featured my dolls on their parenting website and wrote:

‘There’s no predicting which toys kids will become hopelessly attached to, but fill their toy baskets with lovely options and your chances are much higher of toting something you both adore everywhere you go.
The new embroidered linen dolls from Leilalou are just what I mean. They are poised to become prized possessions thanks to perfect scale for small hands (each is about 7 inches tall) and sweet little faces with distinct personalities. Plus, since they are hand-stitched in France onto beautiful Irish linen, you will be happy to see them day after day—and pleased to tuck them in at night, and glad to pretend to serve them tea’.

I hope your little ones will be serving tea to Leilalou dolls for many years to come and I hope your children will love them as much as I love making them…

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