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Pink, pretty and cutting up curtains …..

by Helen on April 15, 2014

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who left such lovely comments about my mice – and my disappointment, it was so kind of you all.   I’m going to be doing some more projects for that publisher and the editor has been in touch about my picture, so fingers crossed all will be well next time!  I was also touched that one or two people said they’d know my work anywhere and wondered if that might be because I try to make all my softies look nice and kind and cheerful?  

At the moment I have a few of my bunnies from last month’s magazine scattered around the house all ready for Easter …

Spot the little chap on my kitchen windowsill, looking very comfortably settled next to my lovely pink roses( a bargain from Tesco!).  My sewing tin heaped with hexies has just crept into the corner of this picture (there’s a tiny bit peeping out from behind the hen jelly mould) and I hope to be able to show you my completed hexie project very soon indeed.  It’s been a bit of a slow sew – lots of lovely handstitching which I’ve really enjoyed.  I do try to include all sorts of projects and something for everyone in the magazine each month, so I’ve also put some embellished tea towels into the May issue ….

Featuring simple machine applique they’re really quick and easy to make – and would be a great make-to-sell if you’re having a stall at a fete or fair this summer.  These are for Rosie though as I’ve used up some of the scraps from her wedding fabrics, so she and Dan can think happy wedding thoughts even while they’re washing up!  

The boxes next to the kettle are part of my wedding preparations too. They’re holding some sweet pea seeds I’m germinating for Rosie’s wedding garden, whilst the tea pots on my pink chair are destined for the tea tables at her reception, they’ll look so pretty filled with flowers.  But even with all the wedding preparations I’ve managed to squeeze in a little sewing just for me ….

I’m still keeping to easy patterns whilst I practise my half-remembered dress-making skills.  This top was made from Indygo Junction’s Perfect Pullover pattern.  It was soooooo simple – I’d totally recommend it to beginners or less confident dress-makers.  I’m not sure if I went a bit over the top with my recycling though – I made my version from part of an old curtain, a thrifted pillowcase and some leftover Laura Ashley scraps from Rosie’s childhood.  Can I really go out dressed in an old curtain and half a pillowcase I wonder? 

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And the winner is ….

by Helen on February 7, 2014

Before announcing the winner of my Valentine Bunnies giveaway, I’d like to thank everybody who entered.  The weather here has been so grey and stormy, but I’ve felt so cheerful reading all your lovely comments and dreaming of warmer days to come ….

Rather like my naughty Miss Daisy – seen here snoring gently after a morning’s play with her best friend Lionel.  I’m sorry I don’t have a prize for everyone – I so much wish I did.  But after working the random number generator I’m pleased to announce the winner is comment number 3 – that’s Kathleen Robertson.  Well done Kathleen and as soon as you send me your postal details your prize will be on its way to you!  There’s still a chance to win my completed Valentine Bunnies stitchery over on my Facebook page though …..

Just CLICK HERE to pop across and enter.  

And finally a quick peek at another project coming in the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine

Hope you like it!

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Publication day for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine is drawing closer and I’m busy working on the last project to be included.  It’s not a traditional sort of pattern …. I’ve started a new series of articles for the magazine “Making Money Making” and I wanted to show how simple shapes can be used in a variety of ways to give great results that are sure to be popular at craft fairs and online.  (I don’t at all mind people selling items they personally have made using my patterns, providing they credit Bustle & Sew with the design).  I’ve chosen a basic sitting bunny shape and so far have worked it into four easy (and saleable) projects.  There’s a set of three bunnies that would make a great Easter decoration ….

Perhaps a larger bunny with gusset for a novelty cushion? Or why not applique the bunny template to a patchwork base for a more traditional look….

And of course it’s always useful to have a little help when you’re trying to take photos ….

Especially when you don’t want dog hair everywhere!  Thanks for your help Daisy, I don’t know how I’d manage without you – a little of your help goes a very long way indeed!

I’m just working on the final bunny idea for this month’s issue – I’m all out of time – but I may include another couple of ideas in the March issue.  Here’s the final work in progress …..

Exactly the same template, but much much smaller with a border of spring flowers.  The bunny project and the first article in my new series about making to sell will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine – it’s out next week, so not too long to wait!

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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.

Daisy

“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!

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