Giveaway … free Dormouse Teacosy Draw

Here in Devon I’m feeling a bit Alice in Wonderlandish! My National Trust magazine told me that Disney are creating a new film version of the story and that some of the scenes are being filmed at Antony, a beautiful 18th century house not too far away from here. (Sadly Johnny Depp, who plays the Mad Hatter did not visit Cornwall …) The dreamy image above is taken from the magazine – but my favourite bit was always the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party ….
I always used to feel very sorry for the little dormouse being stuffed into the teapot and just lately have been creating with a dormouse theme, both knitted…..
and applique ….

The teacosy above was one of the working projects for my book which will be published in the spring. In this design the dormouse hasn’t quite made it into the teapot, but is comfortably settled in a rather pretty teacup instead. The cosy is my favourite vintage linen of course and the teacup is appliqued feedsack fabric. The embroidery is really straightforward: straight stitch, lazy daisy and stem stitch.
To thank everyone who’s visited my blog over the last few months I’d like to offer you the chance to win the teacosy above. I won’t ever be making another one and won’t be offering this design for sale, so whoever wins it will receive a real one-off! If you’d like to enter the draw (it’s free of course) then please leave your details in the form at the top of the blog. If you already subscribe to the newsletter then I’ll enter you into the draw automatically. Everyone who enters will receive a free pdf pattern to work the little dormouse.
I’ll close the draw at midnight (GMT) on Valentine’s Day and will let you know the results very quickly afterwards.


carla (

Hi Helen!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love your little mouse!!! Very Sweet!!!! hugs carla


i would love to win!!

i am having a giveaway on my blog
you are invited to enter as well!



Oh Helen, they're so sweet – both the knitted and embroidered versions.
I still love the cat cosy and still plan to make it for my mum. I was hoping to do it for Christmas but ran out of time (of course…)
Thanks for entering me in your draw and for sending the doormouse pattern. Your email made my day!


Oh it is gorgeous, I love all things Alice in Wonderland. I went as the Mad Hatter to my fancy dress 18th Birthday party with a doormouse in my pocket.

They were filming at Antony in September 2008 when I got married in Cornwall and we had our honeymoon nearby. My friend worked on the costumes so I am very excited to see the film.


Hallo Helen! Good morning from Tokyo! Thank you for letting me have a chance to win this pretty cosy. The Tokyo Quilt Fest was last week & we went 3 times!!! My 9 yr old daughter was as excited as me. We snapped loads of pics & had books autographed by Keiko Goke, a very famous quilter.

Surfer Rosa

A lovely and very generous giveaway!
We're staying near Anthony this Summer so shall hopefully be visiting that beautiful house and garden.


Such a sweet tea cosy! As I – still – have not managed to sew one myself I would love to take part in the giveaway. Would you also send it to Germany? I'd be be very proud! Greetings from me to you!


Wow such a beautiful tea cosey. I would love to win and cherish this piece…thanks for the give a way…


Oh, what a lovely giveaway…I would love to be entered.
You are so very talented!



Hi! I just found your blog and I love everything you do…patchwork, knitting, the bags…just everything. And I am DYING waiting for the new 'Alice in Wonderland' Movie to come out! I've been waiting for at least a year-when I first heard about it-and I know that time is going to pass so slowly these last few weeks.

And your knitted doormouse in the teapot is absolutely adorable!

You have a wonderful talent! Thanks for sharing!


So sweet! I'll enter no problem. I'll definitely check out that book in the spring.
Thanks for being so generous.


Oh I love the tea Cosy.. Question though,, Where did you get the linen and would it be avabile in the USA? I need at leas 5 to 7 yards of it. (dont' know the amuont in meters) It would make a very lovely early 1790's Dress, or the undercote and Stays cover. It looks wonderful to work with.


Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Handcraft category today [17 Mar 12:53pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria


Hello. It's Christine in Australia. How can I obtain the doormouse knitting pattern??? It is just adorable.


Sad to have missed the draw the real it’s lovely. Would love to knit the dormouse could I have the pattern.


Hi Vicky – it was an Alan Dart pattern – such a long time ago now – it may still be available on his website.


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