bluebirds

Thought for the day …

by Helen on May 6, 2014

I love this old quote, and if you looked around at my house now, you’d realise I take it very much to heart!  The pattern to stitch your own Bluebird Clock  (whether or not you’re avoiding your own housework!) will be included in the June issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine It includes the last of my vintage bluebird transfers and a couple of ladybirds have sneaked in too.

And thank you to everyone who responded to my query about kits – I will definitely have a few available for my Bloom and Grow design next month and will keep you posted….

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Vintage Bluebirds for you

by Helen on April 26, 2014

Earlier this month I was enjoying a particularly satisfying rummage in my inherited box of vintage embroidery transfers when I discovered a lovely sheet of bluebirds.  “Aha!” I thought, perfect for some spring projects, and in fact I went on to use them twice in the May magazine. You may have spotted  Miss Mabel Fox embroidering them ….

and they also appeared on my Sunshine Sweetheart Pouch ….

Then Rosie saw – and fell in love with – them and asked for an embroidered pendant……

Today I selected my floss (always an exciting moment!) …

And began on my first project for the June issue of the Magazine – which will feature more of these little bluebirds …..

If you’d like to stitch a couple of these vintage bluebird designs then here they are ….

Vintage Bluebirds

 Please just click on the image above and you’ll be taken to my Flickr account where you can download a larger, printable version.  

Hope you like them! 

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Some hexie loveliness …

by Helen on April 19, 2014

I’ve really enjoyed my hexies project using up all the lovely tiny scraps of fabric in my box that are too small for anything else.  I have cut and stitched over a hundred little hexies to create a lovely little pouch for toiletries.  And there’s more .. some vintage stitchery too.  I thought very hard about this, and as my pouch is likely to be used at the beginning and end of the day, combined the phrases “Good morning sunshine” and “Goodnight sweetheart” with some beautiful vintage bluebirds.

When photographing my pouch I decided that I needed some little models to enhance the pictures, and chose the French Hens for the morning side of the pouch, and Lovebirds for the evening.  

They all gathered round to receive some words of advice from Mr & Mrs Mouse who, after all, were professionally photographed for their cover appearance not so very long ago.  Then first it was the turn of the French Hens …..

Who did rather well.  The Lovebirds were a little nervous, but quickly got into the swing of things ….

Though Mrs Lovebird got so excited she nearly fell off her perch!  The pattern for my Sunshine Sweetheart pouch (as well as a little more about English paper piecing) will be in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out on Thursday.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to tell you – it was soooo funny!  I was sitting on the sofa handstitching my hexagons – or was I tacking them to the papers – I can’t quite remember.  Anyway, I threaded my needle and held it up in front of me to straighten out the thread when …. along came that naughty Miss Daisy – caught the end of thread in her flubbery mouth and sucked it – right out of my needle and down to goodness knows where – it vanished completely into her insides!  I was left threadless – and speechless too.

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