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.



Summer Gypsy Cushion Cover

by Helen on July 17, 2013

All finished … 

Summer Gypsy Cushion


My Summer Gypsy patchwork cushion cover – the last project for the August Bustle & Sew Magazine.   


My little tea leaf!

by Helen on July 16, 2013

My little tea tea leaf!

 I brought my sewing out into the summer house yesterday afternoon, planning to work on my final pattern for the August magazine.  So far this month’s patterns have used pale ice cream colours and bleached linens for a very seasidey feel, but for my last pattern I wanted to evoke something of the feeling of English narrow boats with their cheerful paintwork and brightly coloured accessories.  (If you’re not familiar with narrow boats, then you can find out more in the August magazine).  So there are hexagons in a multitude of colours and a scarlet geranium too….

My little tea tea leaf!

Before I sat down  to stitch I noticed that my beautiful (and enormous!) pink hydrangea was coming into bloom, so I wandered over to have a look …

Hydrangea in bloom

 And what did I spot on my (rather scruffy-looking thanks to two sets of very large paws charging around on it) lawn? 

My little tea tea leaf!

 If you didn’t know any better you might think this was just a tatty-looking piece of string.  But this is not the case – look closely and you will see that it is a WHOLE SKEIN of soft aqua-blue embroidery floss.  SOMEONE STOLE IT from my work room!  I wonder who that might have been?

My little tea tea leaf!

 “Not me, mum!  I am a VERY GOOD boy.”  

My little tea tea leaf!

 I think I know a guilty face when I see one! 

My little tea tea leaf!

 “Sorry mum, I just couldn’t help myself!”   Yes .. the naughty Miss Daisy is my little tea leaf.

 (My lovely mother-in-law – a Londoner – introduced me to this term many years ago.  “Tea leaf” is Cockney rhyming slang for thief!).