A pair of lovebirds ….

by Helen on June 20, 2014

No – not Rosie and Dan – though the BIG DAY is now only a week away.  These are different lovebirds.  I’ve been busy making new bunting for my kitchen, digging deep into my stash and finding fabrics that I’d completely forgotten about, one of which was this large remnant of Nina Campbell Perroquet acquired from the remnants bin at a furnishings shop sale.  Some of the lovely painterly roses and parrots went into my bunting, but I couldn’t bear to cut up this pair of lovebirds…..

And then I had an idea.  I’ve recently discovered the joys of embroidering on printed fabric.  No, that’s not quite true, I’ve always enjoyed embroidering on printed fabric – but have recently begun to really incorporate the fabric design into my stitching rather than simply working over it.  My Bloom and Grow pattern in last month’s magazine is an example of this idea …

And so I thought I’d turn these two lovebirds into a little gift for the happy couple.  Other than the text I didn’t draw up a pattern, but simply indicated with my erasable pen where I wanted to stitch and dived in …..

Bullion stitch roses with Anchor variegated floss – loads of fun!

From reading the comments on my giveaway (closes tonight, but there’s still time to enter if you’d like the chance to win a Bloom & Grow kit) I think others have enjoyed stitching on printed fabric too. I think that my first two kits – coming in the late summer/early autumn are therefore likely to be an embroidery kit with printed fabric and a softie.  I can’t decide which softie yet, though I’m leaning towards a Humphrey – if anyone has any strong opinions then please do let me know. The softie kits will be available in limited runs only as I will need to source the perfect fabrics – usually vintage or recycled – which by their very nature aren’t available in large quantities.

But I’m getting over-excited and ahead of myself, so here to finish is the completed Lovebirds Hoop ….

I hope they like it!




Out and about again!

by Helen on January 19, 2014

YIPPEEEE!!  Stitches out – and now I am officially mobile again.  My knee still feels a bit stiff and sore, but so much better than it was.  I think any remaining tenderness is due to the operation and will disappear in time – as long as that naughty Miss Daisy doesn’t knock me over again, or I take a tumble on some of the incredibly slippery mud we seem to specialise in at this time of year.  I’ve bought myself a nice walking pole to help in the mud and have threatened her ladyship that if she’s bad I’ll poke her with the pointed end – not that she cares – not one little bit!  (she knows I’d never really do such a thing) 

Our first walk together for nearly two weeks was around the woods, and during the first 10 minutes Daisy managed to (1) fall in the stream (2) become helplessly entangled in brambles and (3) cover herself and their friends’ mum in mud …

Teddy is a labrador who lurves Daisy (although he has been neutered) but Daisy only wants to play.  They’re both about the same age and there’s not too much difference in size (Daisy is a small newfie), so they have huge fun romping around while Ben and Rosie (the little springer spaniel) are a bit older and much more dignified!  At last the rain has stopped and the skies were blue with just a few puffy clouds …

And I was delighted to see the hazel catkins lining the path along the sides of the woods….

The days are slowly but steadily growing a little longer now – and whilst it’s still winter, there’s a definite feeling that spring is not too far around the corner – both inside and out!!  The baby daffodils on my table are just coming into bloom (though the ones outside are just fat green spikes) ..

And love is in the air … the jackdaw family have returned and are busy laying claim to the nesting holes in the back of my house.  The February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine has a springlike feel too.  The pattern for the lovebirds (above) is included – a lovely make for Valentine’s day – as are these bunnies …..

They’re part of my new series of articles “Making Money Making” – some help and advice for those wishing to make to sell over the coming months as the craft fair season gets underway again.  These bunnies would be a lovely easy make for any Easter Fairs – and I’ve some ideas for different things you can do with the basic bunny shape.  All this and much more will be in the February 2014 issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine published on Thursday 30th.  If you’d like to learn more, then please just CLICK HERE.