Little Toy Dogs are hand made, art textile toys, designed by Alice Wood and made in her south London studio.
Alice uses traditional mohair toy-making materials and processes. She creates sewing patterns from her drawings of each breed. The dogs have cotter pin jointed legs, English black glass eyes and are finished by hand with embroidery, fabric dye and decorative elements that make each one unique. The materials are all natural: 100% wool felt and beautiful mohair fur fabric made by Helmbold and Steiff Schulte in Germany. There are only a few surviving textile mills who still make this exclusive fabric. The mohair (sheared from the mohair goat) is looped onto a cotton backing on special looms. It has been used to make the best Teddy Bears and toys for over 100 years.
Alice trained in pattern cutting before studying BA Illustration at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and went on to do an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Little Toy Dogs are heavily influenced by the rich history of European toy making and Alice's own heritage, as a descendent of Flemish weavers. She uses vintage mother of pearl shirt buttons on their collars as a reminder of her family history (her grandmother's surname was Shirt!) and takes great pride in continuing this work.
In 2016 Alice was proud to be selected as a member of the British Toy Makers Guild which represents and encourages the highest standards of craftsmanship and design.