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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!

 

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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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Vintage Bluebirds for you

by Helen on April 26, 2014

Earlier this month I was enjoying a particularly satisfying rummage in my inherited box of vintage embroidery transfers when I discovered a lovely sheet of bluebirds.  “Aha!” I thought, perfect for some spring projects, and in fact I went on to use them twice in the May magazine. You may have spotted  Miss Mabel Fox embroidering them ….

and they also appeared on my Sunshine Sweetheart Pouch ….

Then Rosie saw – and fell in love with – them and asked for an embroidered pendant……

Today I selected my floss (always an exciting moment!) …

And began on my first project for the June issue of the Magazine – which will feature more of these little bluebirds …..

If you’d like to stitch a couple of these vintage bluebird designs then here they are ….

Vintage Bluebirds

 Please just click on the image above and you’ll be taken to my Flickr account where you can download a larger, printable version.  

Hope you like them! 

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A very clever softie in a very silly post!

by Helen on April 9, 2014

This morning as I sat at my table sewing my new top, my eye was caught by a tiny movement in the corner of my workroom ….

Who could it be?  No, not the French hens .. nor the lovebirds …  But wait – I see –  what is my little fox in a frock doing?  Let’s look a little closer ….

She’s taught herself to embroider.  What a clever fox!  What beautiful neat work!

Especially as she only has felt paws!  Well done Miss Fox.  Her vintage bluebird pattern is from an old pattern sheet with half a dozen different bluebird designs and I’ll include it in the May magazine as well as the pattern for Miss Fox.  

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