Softies

Robert, the Red Nose Reindeer!

by Helen on October 1, 2013

There’s only one thing to do on a miserable wet day in October – think of Christmas celebrations to come!  And so I present to you … 

Robert the red nose reindeer!

Robert, the Red Nose Reindeer!  Already snaffled by Rosie for her Christmas decorations this year.  I made Robert from one of my most popular patterns ever – the Fabric Deer Head which you can purchase here if you want to make your own Robert, Richard, Rachel or indeed any other reindeer of your choice!

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Hello Sidney!

by Helen on July 3, 2013

Sidney

Who’s this?

Sidney

 Cute button nose and shiny black eye?

Sidney

 It’s Sidney!!

Sidney

 Hello Sidney!

Sidney

 A very handsome young fellow.

Sidney

 The pattern to make your own Sidney will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  Click here to learn more.

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No walk for Ben

by Helen on June 21, 2013

I decided this was the week to top up my log store ready for the colder weather (which I hope will be a very long time coming!).  Seduced by the promise of cheap summer prices for seasoned logs I ordered a tonne to be delivered to Coombe Leigh yesterday.  The delivery was delayed by the summer traffic and, sadly for Ben, arrived just as we would normally have been setting out for our evening walk …

Delivery of Logs

He was immediately totally fed up and slumped dejectedly in front of the frighteningly large pile of wood.  Daisy, on the other hand, decided to be “helpful” 

Delivery of Logs

 Though at her speed I would still have been stacking logs at midnight!  Especially as she quickly became distracted ….

Delivery of Logs

 By her big brother in playful mood … who promptly stole the piece of wood she had been carrying so proudly!

Delivery of Logs

 Eventually however, with absolutely no help whatsoever from the furry pair, the pile of logs disappeared…..

Delivery of Logs

And my log store is satisfyingly full ….

Delivery of Logs

We shall be nice and toasty this winter!  I am sorry to say that no, Ben didn’t get his evening walk yesterday as I was all worn out after moving those logs – but he had an extra-nice one today.  And last night, while resting from my exertions I finished off my final pattern for the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine …. 

Guardsman George

 Guardsman George!  The first ever rag doll from Bustle & Sew – and the first of a new collection of moppet (old English word for doll) designs coming over the next few months …. 

Guardsman George

Guardsman George has a smart red tunic, limbs that bend, a smiley face and his medal says “H” for “Hero”.  I had been thinking hard for some time about a pattern to mark the birth of the Royal baby due next month.  You may perhaps remember that for the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge I created a Rosie & Bear pattern – with Bear dressed up in a Guardsman’s tunic & busby  …

Royal Wedding  - Rosie & Bear

So the idea of a little Guardsman Moppet came to me – a lovely gift for a boy or girl – whether royal or not!  The pattern for Guardsman George will be in the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine published next week – and I’ll be back with a preview of all the contents at the weekend.  Until then I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of the cover ..

Bustle & Sew Magazine July 2013

 To learn more and subscribe please visit my magazine page

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Flying Pigs … and thank you everyone

by Helen on May 22, 2013

Wow!   Thank you so much everyone who left a comment on my giveaway!   So many of you – and such wonderful softie ideas – I would certainly never have considered a dragon or crocodile – though I have been thinking about a fox for an autumn issue of my magazine.   I will definitely be creating one or two of your suggestions over the coming months.  

For the moment though, I have a confession to make.  I have been away playing – visiting Rosie in Bath – and so I have not yet worked the random number generator and counted down to the winner.  I promise I will do so before Friday, and let you know the lucky recipient of the little blue cashmere bunny who will have to wait on my shelf just a little while longer before setting off to his new home.   

Flying Pigs

Inspired by everyone’s ideas, before I went to Bath, I had a good sort through all my softie patterns to remind myself of my earlier creations… and came across the Angel Pigs softie pattern that I designed for Christmas 2011.  I’d always meant to tweak the pattern slightly and create some Flying Pigs – and now seemed like the perfect time – what do you think?  

Flying Pigs

 I must admit, I think they’re rather cute!  And the little blue pig is standing on a bundle of Cath Kidston fabric I treated myself to whilst in Bath.  I think they’d make a great present – perhaps for a teenager who has actually tidied her room when asked – pigs will definitely be flying if that happens too regularly! 

Flying Pigs

 If you’d like to make your own Flying Pigs, then the Angel Pig pattern works absolutely fine, though I’ll publish the tweaked version in the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  

Back on Friday with the results of the bunny giveaway!

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