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A solution to my sewing envy

by Helen on August 18, 2014

“The main difference between envy and jealousy is that envy is an emotion related to coveting what someone else has, while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.”

Neither envy nor jealousy are attractive emotions  and I must admit I wasn’t too clear on the difference between them until I found the definition above.  Then I realised that jealousy is most frequently exhibited by my rather greedy Newfies. Ben in particular will stare very hard indeed when treats are being given out to make sure he, rather than Miss Daisy, has received the largest, tastiest portion of whatever’s on offer.

But I have not been suffering from jealousy, but rather have been the victim of a nasty case of sewing envy.  Let me explain ….

Earlier in the year I watched, and very much enjoyed, the Great British Sewing Bee.  Above is the winner, Heather, with the object of my sewing envy – her pincushion dog!!  Oooooh, how I envied that dog.  Every episode she would retrieve it from her bag and place it firmly on her work table knowing she’d have everything she needed readily to hand.  I, on the other hand, am always losing my tape measure, finding my needle book is elsewhere and scissors, well let’s not even think about the places they need to be retrieved from.

Over time though, I came to realise that it wasn’t so much Heather’s dog itself I was envious of, rather than the idea that all those essential bits and pieces could be instantly to hand in a practical and easily portable form.  Then, one afternoon, as I was sitting in the summer house drinking (probably about my third cup!)  tea, inspiration came to me …..

My September House pin cushion.  It’s more than just a pin cushion though.  Firmly stuffed with a few beach pebbles weighting the base (Heather’s dog always went down with a satisfying thud), it has a needlebook hidden in its roof as well as pockets for scissors and tape …

And then some room for pins of course ….

And my case of sewing envy is cured!

The pattern for my September House pin cushion will be in the September issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine published on Thursday 28th August.

 

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September’s Projects …

by Helen on August 9, 2014

Just a quick peek ….

The first two projects for the September Magazine xx

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I think everybody loves a pretty pin cushion, and I’m no exception to that rule!

Sometimes it’s nice to use an item that you haven’t made yourself  - there are so many talented makers out there – and as I’ve been hunting for that perfect new addition to my workroom supplies I thought you might like to see some of the delicious designs I’ve discovered online …..

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One: Teacup Pincushion by Coco Rose Textiles (www.cocorosetextiles.blogspot.com)  Two: Cupcake Pin Cushion by CrystalCreates2001, Etsy (www.Etsy.com) Three: Personalised Sewing Machine Pin Cushion by RosieBull Designs, Not on the High Street (www.notonthehighstreet.com)  Four: Jammy Dodger Biscuit Pin Cushion by feltsofancy, Etsy (www.Etsy.comLittle Hedgehog Pin Cushion by the imagination of ladysnail, Not on the Highstreet (www.notonthehighstreet.com

Of course over the years I’ve made many of my own pin cushions, and I think the most popular design ever must be my version of a classic make – the Pin Cushion Mice……

They’re just so cute – and a perfect make to keep kids busy on a rainy afternoon in the summer holidays!  If you haven’t downloaded your free Pin Cushion Mice pattern yet, you’ll find it over on my free patterns page along with lots of other goodies too.

If you do decide to download the Pin Cushion Mice, then you’ll be amongst the first to see my new logo and style – I’m so excited about it!  I’ve just begun the process of updating and revising my patterns ready for my new website coming in September, and thought the Pin Cushion Mice was the perfect pattern to start with.  I do hope you like Bustle & Sew’s new look – I’d love to hear what you think!

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If only ….

by Helen on May 19, 2014

If only our preparations could be completed as quickly as those of the little mouse wedding party …..

Who are all ready for their very special day.  Our blushing mouse bride has a beautiful dress and pearl earrings whilst her groom sports a beautiful pink rose in his buttonhole.  And we mustn’t forget their little bridesmaid, dressed in blue velvet with a lace skirt, who is taking her duties very seriously, holding up the bride’s sparkly veil.

Project in the June issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine (out next week)

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