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Launching my new website

Launching my new website!

Launching my new website

Finally launching my new website!

After all the great work my Virtual Assistant did, I’ve been flat out launching a different website and am now getting back to AbfabDesigns.com.

Yes! It’s time!

There’s still a lot to be done, adding new photos, new hand-painted silk and other items, updating the new blog on a regular basis, but I thought I should give it all a kick start TODAY and then I’ll be able to start on Phase 2 :-)

Let me know what you think of my new website!

Travel Troll Dolls

Handpainted Silk Travel Troll Dolls

Travel Troll Dolls

The Travel Troll Dolls started as a little idea germinating in the far recesses of my ever-busy brain racing with lots of new ideas :-)

I have lived in five countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Greece, France) and travelled to many, many more, so the thought of having a little lucky Travel Troll to tuck into my bag seemed like a good idea.

The design came from brain to my pencil and then onto paper, and within 24 hours I had created my first happy little Travel Trolls.

Each Travel Troll Doll is unique, and is hand-drawn by me – Teena Hughes – the silk artist.

You will receive a signed Certificate of Authenticity/Birth Certificate for your very own Travel Troll Doll with its own name.


  • Each Travel Troll Doll with be unique, and will be the same size as all the others, but will be painted differently. There is no need to choose – you will receive a named unique Travel Troll Doll.
  • Approx 8″/20cm high. Approx 1″/2.5cm thick.
  • Padding: toy fiberfill.
  • Machine wash with care, place inside a lingerie wash bag to protect the doll.

Ready to order? $US35.00 each + shipping

If you’d like to order several items, there is a Flat Rate shipping fee of $US15.00 per order.

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The Life of a Travel Troll Doll – from idea to delivery :-)

First sketch of the Travel Troll Doll by Teena HughesThe Travel Troll Dolls are drawn on silk, then handpainted by Teena Hughes Handpainted silk Travel Troll Dolls by Teena Hughes

How the Travel Troll Dolls are born

After I put my ideas on paper, I need to transfer them to the silk; here are the steps required.

  • I buy white silk, and stretch the silk onto large wooden frames.
  • If the design needs to be drawn on the silk, I do that with the outliner and let it dry.
  • I then apply the silk dyes by painting with a small paintbrush, as though I was creating a painting on paper or canvas.
  • It does take a long time but the process is so wonderful and I do enjoy it very much.
  • Once the silk dyes have dried, the silk is carefully wrapped in white cotton and placed inside a specially-made silk steaming machine for several hours.
  • After washing and drying, the silk is made cut out and sewn into Travel Troll Dolls (wearable art/clothing, interior design items like cushion covers, room dividers and paintings).

I can express my ‘joie de vivre‘ (joy of life) when I’m painting and listening to French music – I go into another world where all the colours are much brighter and the world is truly marvellous :-) Do you like my travel troll dolls? Would you like one for yourself, or a friend?

AbfabDesigns New Mannequin

AbfabDesigns New Mannequin!

AbfabDesigns New Mannequin wearing handpainted silk by Teena HughesI am so excited to let you know of the arrival of AbfabDesigns new mannequin!

I picked her up yesterday and as soon as we got home I had to put one of my handpainted silk tops on (with some added bling) – she looks gorgeous and has a certain air of “je ne sais quoi” (“I’m not sure what”) about her.

I have yet to choose a name (feel free to send in suggestions!)

Here’s the first photo I’ve taken of her – she will feature on my new website and I can’t wait to take more photos! Woohoo! This is a day to remember!!

So please welcome my first AbfabDesigns Mannequin!

In this photo she’s wearing one of my textile designs on handpainted silk twill in turquoise blue, lime green, purple and white.