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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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Someone’s missing …..

by Helen on July 7, 2014

Today we went down to South Milton Sands.  I had some forgotten bits and pieces (including two unopened bottles of champagne – woo hoo!) to pick up from The Barn after the wedding reception, and thought it would be nice to fit in a trip to the beach as well.  The beach was stunning as always, and not at all busy as we were there quite early.  I say we … but someone was missing …..

There was no playing at speedboats – “that’s no fun by yourself” thought Daisy …

And no charging in and out of the waves.  Just a wistful gazing out to sea, hoping her big brother would somehow miraculously appear.  We both missed the big furry one – and he’s not home yet :(

This is because Ben is spending the day at the vet for a couple of minor operations.  His eyes have been very red and itchy and he’s suffered a series of infections – apparently as he’s got older his eyes have become baggier (I can so relate to this!) and his bottom eyelashes are turning inwards irritating his eye.  Luckily this is a minor procedure and the problem can easily be corrected.  But poor Ben is also having a big back tooth extracted – it has cracked and decay has set in.  He has been very quiet for the past few weeks, and although he hasn’t shown any sensitivity in that area I think it is causing him some discomfort.  So he’s going to be very sore when he returns home and Miss Daisy will need to be gentle and considerate until he’s feeling better.

So to take my mind off poor Ben, I decided to assemble the first project for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and began by painting a hoop (something I promised myself I wouldn’t do again for quite some time after we painted nearly a hundred for the wedding!).  Then after binding the bottom part and inserting my embroidery it fitted beautifully snuggly as a lid for one of the Ikea jars left over from the wedding sweet table ….

Useful as well as beautiful (to paraphrase William Morris!).  And it’s sitting on some of the blocks for my new quilt.  I might need to go and piece some more now to occupy myself whilst waiting for the vet to call and tell me it’s time to pick up Ben, who will need a lot of tlc over the next few days.  The pattern for my button jar top, as well as instructions for assembling it into a well-fitting jar lid, will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

 

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A weekend of wedding preparations

by Helen on May 18, 2014

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Busy busy busy and we’re nowhere near ready yet,  just like this little bride to be!

Watch out for the mouse wedding party coming to the June Magazine. xx

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Transferring your Pattern

by Helen on May 8, 2014

One of the questions I’m often asked is the best way to transfer a printed pattern to fabric before starting to stitch.  I’ve tried various methods in the past, but these days I usually perform a daring procedure using my laser printer and heatpress.  I say daring as there’s always the possibility of scorching my fabric, although luckily that happens very infrequently these days and is usually because my attention has wandered and I’m not keeping an eye on the timer.  I wouldn’t recommend this way to others as it isn’t 100% guaranteed.

There are other great ways to transfer your pattern though and so I’ve put together this little mini-guide based on an article I wrote for the Bustle & Sew Magazine around 18 months ago …

Please just CLICK HERE to download your free copy.  

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