Choosing colour and a sleepy Fox

by Helen on January 7, 2014

I so much love dreaming up new patterns and designs, playing with texture and colour to (hopefully) create something that I love – and that I hope others will too!   When I’m starting a new project, choosing the colours I am going to work with is possibly the most exciting moment of all.  I simply adore tipping out a rainbow of floss onto my workroom table, then picking  colours and laying them out to make my final selection. For my little Cupid Bear I had to choose 4 colours for his fur that would work well together, as well as deciding upon those for his balloon and wings: 

I must admit I tend to work by eye and choose colours that appeal to me, though when I check back I usually find that my choices do fit within colour wheel theory.  However I know through sad experience – and much unpicking – that making the right choices isn’t always an easy process, so last year I put together a few pages that I hoped others might find useful about choosing and using colour…..

If you don’t already have it and would like a copy, then please CLICK HERE for the free download.  Sometimes though, colours just seem to come together without my even having to think about it – and this is definitely the case for my next design for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine……

Proving, I think, that woodland works for spring as well as autumn projects.   This sleepy little fox is still very much a work in progress, although coming along very nicely indeed.   I’m afraid there may be a slight delay in showing you the finished design though, as I won’t be doing a lot of stitching over next few days. This is because the date for the operation on my knee has finally arrived and I’m off to the  hospital tomorrow.  I shall be so pleased to get it fixed as I’m getting a bit fed up of limping around.


“I didn’t mean to hurt you Mum!” 

 All of this trouble is  thanks to Miss Daisy who, when we were out on a walk, charged into the back of me, knocking me flying.  Unfortunately when I returned to earth I landed mainly on my left knee which was already a bit wonky due to an old horse-riding injury).  So this will be me for a while …

I’m the one at the end!!  Still it will be a good excuse to take it easy for a while!


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda B January 8, 2014 at 12:38 am

My thoughts and best wishes are with you, and I hope for your speedy recovery. Take care.
XXX Linda


Jan Mishin January 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

Best wishes to you Helen. Hope the operation is successful and you are up and about with your 4 legged kids as soon as possible. Know that you are loved and your talent is appreciated here across the pond in Alaska.


Amanda January 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

Hope all goes well, and that you’ve got lots of hand sewing already lined up and by your favourite seat near the fire.


Julie January 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

Hope the operation is a success. Let us know how it all goes
Julie xxxxxx


Valerie January 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Awwww best wishes to you, Helen, for a speedy recovery! Who’s watching the pups while you’re in the hospital? I know they will miss you! And, you them. Take good care.


Deborah January 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

I am so sorry for your accident. : ( I always heard when life gives you lemon, make lemon ade. Take it easy while you can and give Miss Daisy a scratch behind her ears. Oh, Ben, too.


Hannah January 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

We hope the operation goes well and Daisy and Ben will not be too impatient for their long walks until you are ready.


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