A new Humphrey for you

by Helen on February 15, 2014

Phew …. it’s been a busy few days what with one thing and another!  I’ve been working hard on a couple of commissioned designs as well as the March magazine, so haven’t been around much online recently.  But here I am now with a new updated Humphrey pattern.  

Humphrey was one of  my original free patterns – based on a vintage design from my own childhood.  I’ve updated that old pattern and included some a few tips on how to stop fabrics fraying when hand stitching your softies.  If a softie’s quite plain I sometimes feel felt can be a bit (whisper it) boring so it’s nice to use a patterned fabric, though you do have to deal with the fraying issue. I thought Humphrey needed this patterned treatment  which in his case has acted a bit like a face-lift!  He now looks a lot younger than his age recreated in a lovely vibrant pink check …..

If you’d like to make your own Humphrey, please just CLICK HERE to download your updated free pattern.

I’ve had to keep Humphrey – and his friend, the famous super-model(!) Sidney well out of Daisy’s reach while taking their pictures.  I think she is becoming rather jealous that they take all my attention while I’m sewing them …….

Wonder what she’s thinking!  

She enjoyed her walk today though – the first time for ages that we’ve enjoyed a bright sunny morning – perfect for a longer excursion.  But the bridlepath was blocked by a fallen tree – a casualty of the recent gales.  

We approached the problem in various – but very typical – ways.  I stood back – assessed the situation, measured by eye and decided I could clamber over the tree through a gap in the branches.  Ben used his enormous strength to force a hole then shoulder his way through the lower branches, whilst Daisy – oh dear – couldn’t wait to follow her brother through the hole he’d made but  twirled round and round in mad excitement, then made a flying leap, became stuck in the tangle of ivy festooning the trunk and had to be rescued.  Silly puppy!  Then home for a little stitching on another project for the March magazine….

A vintage illustration from “The Rosie Posie Book” by Anne Anderson. I’m really enjoying stitching this – it makes me think of summer days to come and I hope subscribers will love it too.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

RMW February 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Have you considered doing one of those “supermodel” calendars every year? You seem to know so many. :-)


Helen February 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Definitely a thought hehe!! xx


RMW February 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I just meant that you regularly take photos of those cuddly posers (either dark and fluffy or hand stitched), you might as well make a calendar with some that do/don’t make it onto the blog. :-) Many stitchers would likely prefer one like that than one from their favorite plumber, car insurance agent or city council representative………. It could even be the type that people could print up themselves, or that you could print just one or a million at a time, depending on the needs of the person. :-) Just an idea. :-)


Helen February 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Yes, I know I live with two super-models – well they think they are anyway – Daisy in particular sits up straight and holds her head at a cute angle when the camera comes out!! They do feature in my free printable calendar along with lots of my other favourite projects from the year gone by – if you haven’t got yours yet you can download it from the button in the right-hand sidebar. xx


RMW February 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hahaha, I have been visiting this blog for a while and never noticed! Probably because usually ads that annoy me are stuffed there on blogs (not the bloggers fault) so I just ignore the sides…..

And by supermodels I also meant Humphrey, Sidney and those posers also. :-)

Lorrie February 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Humphrey’s update makes him look so dapper.


Diana February 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Hi Helen,
I love hearing of Ben and Daisy’s latest escapades and the picture of Miss Daisy looking at the mouse is gorgeous – her face is so expressive. She is absolutely adorable (and Ben is, too, of course, but in a more ‘handsome’ way).
As usual I can’t wait for the next issue of Bustle and Sew; it looks fantastic! You are just ‘sew’ clever, Helen.


Helen February 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Aw, thanks Diana, so pleased you’re enjoying Bustle and Sew xx


Julie February 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

Do you know I had a Humphrey, well actually I had a Delia, very similar in shape to Humphrey!
Julie xxxxxxx


Jill February 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

Great pattern, have just started sewing so will give it a try! Have pinned!


Kitty February 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

What a wonderful site. There is such happiness here. I love your stories and all your designs. I also love the whimsy and joy you provide.


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