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Lots of hand stitching

by Helen on January 13, 2014

I am still taking it easy, though my knee feels so much better already.  Ben and Daisy are home now, and doing their best to persuade me to venture into the great outdoors.  We did manage a short walk together, just along the road  this morning, but friends are coming to give them “proper” walks for the rest of this week until I have my stitches out.  It’s so grey and muddy outside, it’s no hardship to cosy up on the sofa in my workroom and bask in the very pink glow of my new rug from IKEA (a treat to myself last time I visited Rosie in Bristol)…..

And enjoy some hand stitching – I have plenty of wedding projects to be getting on with!  I think I’ve made enough little mice now ….

(from my Pincushion Mouse pattern on the free patterns page) They are a very mischievous collection who are partying among the jars Rosie’s collected for her sweet table.  I’m also busy embroidering guest names for the place settings – to be matched with lovely pastel floral fabrics and mounted in small hoops …

Only 60 more to go!!  But luckily I have a new little friend to keep me company – look who’s perching on my sewing machine …

A little lovebird – I think he’s looking for his sweetheart – another handstitching project for me!  

The lovebird pattern will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine.  There’s beginning to be a bit of a romantic theme developing – but then it is Valentine’s Day next month. 

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Softies – not just for Christmas!

by Helen on December 1, 2013

Bustle & Sew Softies

I’m already looking beyond Christmas makes – to the next issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – unbelievably that’s January 2014!  But the fun (and the softie-making) won’t stop when Christmas is over – here’s a sneak preview of the first pattern for the January issue ….

Mouselet

 Here is Fred, looking a little forlorn.  He is still waiting for (1) his outfit and (2) his beloved – I have a bit of a Fred and Ginger moment going on here in honour of Strictly – watch out for developments!!

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Seeking kind new home …..

by Helen on November 22, 2013

Baby Reindeer Giveaway

 Could you give little Holly a home this Christmas?  Keep an eye on my Facebook page to find out how.

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Rosie Paws and Sparkle Reindeer

by Helen on November 16, 2013

I sometimes feel as though I’m running on the spot when it comes to Christmas presents.  I love to give handmade gifts to my family and, as well as sewing, I enjoy knitting too.  

I’ve knitted for Rosie since before she was born(!), all kinds of jumpers, cardigans, hats and scarves, and even now she tells me there’s nothing like some hand-knitted paw-covers to cheer her day.  So when I found a lovely pattern called Cathy Rose Mitts from Sandra Paul  (she features them on her blog here)  I felt sure Rosie would appreciate discovering them under the tree this Christmas.

They don’t take much yarn, so I uncovered some I had leftover  from an earlier project, and set to work.  It’s a great little pattern and I was delighted with the results.  So delighted in fact, that I kept them on the chest in my bedroom where I could gaze at them in satisfaction.  But, as my mum always used to say, “Pride goes before a fall.”  And because I was proud of my work and enjoyed looking at them – I forgot to hide them before Rosie came to stay.  She spotted them and loved them too!

Rosie Paws

Put them on …. and took them away with her!  So now I am back to the beginning again.  I have another idea for Miss Rosie, but this time I’m keeping my work well under wraps.  Rosie is a major snaffler of my work and on her last visit as well as these little mittens, my Baby Owls Draught Excluder found its way into her car and home to Bristol with her…. 

Owls Draught Excluder

 But she won’t be allowed to snaffle my latest pattern for the Bustle & Sew Magazine – my Sparkle Reindeer!

Sparkle Reindeer

 Some easy applique, vintage buttons and LED battery-operated Christmas lights – cool to the touch and with the bulbs poked through holes in the fabric/board – these really are sparkle reindeer!

Sparkle Reindeer

 It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at Coombe Leigh – and the December Magazine is shaping up to be a very festive issue indeed! 

Sparkle Reindeer

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