Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Biddy and Isa Softies in Patchwork and Stitching Magazine

I was delighted to get this month's patchwork and Stitching Magazine (Vol 14 No 3).  My pattern for Biddy and Isa is on the cover.

This was a project I loved making.  It was inspired by two of my great-Aunts (Biddy - really Carol and Isa).  These two ladies are wonderfully full of fun.  I spent a lot of time with them when I was younger. They are cheeky and always got the best out of life.  The clothes for the doll were based on those cute little dresses and bloomers I know both wore as kids many years ago.

I love their names. They are so out of fashion now but are really inviting.

I made this doll to bring a smile to the face.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bear Hugs Hangers in Handmade Magazine this month

This month's Handmade Magazine features my pattern Three Bears Hanger Hugs on the front cover.  This is a project I designed especially for children's cupboards.  I used to love having special children only hangers for my clothes when I was a child. They made me feel special, like my clothes were really wonderful, and given my age, the hangers made me look after my clothes better.

Now I'm all grown up and a mum, I thought it would be nice to make some special hangers for my daughter as well.  This was the inspiration for Bear Hanger Hugs.

The design of these hangers is simple - a bears face and paws that seem to reach out to you.  Because I made bears, there had to be three (naturally - I remember my childrens' stories).

The pattern is fun to make up.  It's nice to work with felt and blanket stitch.  I hope you enjoy this pattern too.