A former firefighter who had to give up her job when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease has sewn up a new career.
Leanne Owen, 44, has turned to creating spectacular fabric deer heads and has turned what started out as a hobby into a new business – called Faux Doe Creations.
Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in November 2011, Leanne has been an avid fundraiser, including completing a sky dive.
However, her new venture came about by a chance encounter. She said: “One of the things I do to fundraise is car boot sales, and I was selling some fabric to a young lady and she said she was going to have a go at making a fabric stag head.
“I had a look at them online and they were like soft toys, but I liked the idea of making a more realistic head with fabric.”
Leanne said her first attempt was “hideous”, but she has now developed a pattern and began making the heads for family and friends.
“They were buying them from me and I’ve sold a few to friends of friends, and someone suggested I could make a little business of it.”
Each doe head takes Leanne about 20 hours to make, and she’s also made foxes, hares and dogs.
She said: “It probably takes me longer than someone able-bodied, and I can only sew for so long before it starts getting painful. But I really enjoy doing it and it makes it that much more special to me.
“I was devastated to give up my old job, but my life now is still fulfilling, and it’s an important message to get across.”
Visit www.fauxdoecreations to find out more.