Sunday, 31 August 2014

Fox In The Rose Garden

Foxes are back!

I promised more foxes and here they are!

 Antique Pink Polka Dot On Cream and Pink Roses Bouquets
 I used antique Pink Gutterman Thread  Col.473 for the satin stitch.

 And If you like a Vintage look and bright colours, a Red Fox version.
 The background Fabric is a Petrol Blue, Green, Grey difficult to describe shade.I live the tiny flecks of yellow in this.
 I used an oily swampy green to top-stitch. Here the fabric looks more blue.

To see more about foxes, see Coral Fox and Tulips
 and Mint Fox

and Pink Fox

And something more summery

These are so cute! The hearts are red and normally I would not put them together with pink but I am hoping it worked ok here.

Have a great Sunday!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Burlap, Strawberries and Cream

I promised to show you what I have been working on.

There is a surprise coming soon, a tutorial I wrote about making the baskets to be shared with a wonderful fabric shop...more on this soon.

Here is what I have been making

 Burlap basket with dusky pink polka dot cotton. I lined the pockets with burlap, which made ironing a crisp edge on the seam tricky, but they are very strong.

 I added interfacing to the burlap and zig zag-ed all the edges to make sure it does not fray. Sewing the thick layer near the handles was a challenge.
I have never tried this handle before. I am quite pleased how it worked out...and how psychedelic the dots look here!
 I made some more little caddies. At 5" at the base, these are hard to box the corners and hard to iron. Nice cute size for toiletries though.

I just love the strawberries!

 Sun Bonnet Girl
We recently made a very long car trip and when I was taking my turn being the passenger, I sketched a few of these bonnet girls. When I came to make the applique, I came up with the idea of the scalloped edge to her top. She is made from 100% wool felt which is thick stable to work with.
I thought it may be too tricky to satin stitch neatly, so I left it and stitched a straight line above, to make it look like a frilly ruffle on those dresses you see women wearing in Westerns. I love watching them on Saturday afternoons as a child. 

 This fabric is so cute. I want to make the hen and the flower pot into appliques next time. It is a line look cotton by John Louden. I like a few things from their collection and this fabric was a pleasure to work with.

What have you been doing this Bank Holiday weekend?

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday Stash 24th August 2014

Fabric Fabric Fabric!

I have added all these to my Stash!

Soft romantic vintage floral in pink and roses bouquet in blue. 

 An antique pink polka dot

And mint cupcakes!

Strawberries! I thought this may work well with the Burlap I have

Bright Pink- can never go wrong with this one
 and mint
 and coral

Here is the coral with grey.
Too busy to write more, have been sewing all day and hopefully will have some new things to show tomorrow.

xo xo

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Stash- 10th August 2014

I have been buying LOTS of fabric this week and other supplies.
a few things have arrived

 Amazing birds and butterflies in duck egg. This is a curtain fabric from Clarke and Clarke, an English firm who make amazing upholstery and curtain cottons. The quality is fabulous and it comes in 150cm width.

I find it works really well for my fabric baskets and is more hard-wearing.

 A lovely soft roses bouquet quilting cotton. 
I love the sweet design of the pink background, how it looks like lace doilies.

 Another Clarke and Clarke curtain fabric, dotty in yellow. It looks a bit more lime here, but in reality is is a soft powdery yellow.
 I have made fabric baskets with the reverse of this fabric, Dotty Taupe with Pocket Teddy. I am very excited to be using this option called Natural, pale cream with mocha cappuccino dots.

 Here they are all together.
These are hair pins! They work wonderfully in keeping thick fabrics together, the kind of thickness that gets distorted by pins and even bends them. They cost under £1.00 for 20, so they are much cheaper than long quilting pins. The spring is quite strong and they are super quick to attach and remove as you go.

I have been busy with orders from the shop, but managed to make one new thing: a burlap storage container set. There is a square one to be used for general "stuff" and a tall and narrow one, the size of a coffee cup, to use as a pen stand.

Burlap was easy to work with and zig zaging the edges was fairly quick. It made me sneeze a lot at first because loose fibres were coming off, but a squirt of spray starch solved that problem and gave it a nice crisp looking finish. This is pre-washes burlap so the weave is dense.


I have put a brooch on the bow, to make it removable. I really like how these turned out, I think I will make some for myself.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Have a great week.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Stash 3rd August 2014 with Molli Sparkles

It has been a busy week with lots of fabric basket sewing.

I did find a little time to buy some new fabric.

They are all pink.

My favourite is this bonnet girls print linen look cotton. The pattern is multi-directional which is great as my fussy cutting skills are still primitive.

This vintage look roses bouquet is very sweet and the green gives it some sparkle 

A piece of pre-washed burlap. never worked with this before. I am thinking definitely interfacing or zig zaging all the edges.

A nice antique pink check (plaid) on cream background

Have a good week! 

Linking up with the amazing:

Friday, 1 August 2014

Handmade by eva rose is changing it's logo

Hello friends,
Handmade by eva rose is approaching it's first birthday and is getting better.
I have been working on a new logo for the blog and etsy shop, to be revealed shortly.
It is still my "baby" and everything is designed and executed by me, that is probably why it has taken me so long to make the new logo.
Watch out for the big reveal this Sunday.
See you then

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Teddy Bear Pillow and Patchwork Birds

I had this white polar fleece sitting untouched for a few weeks and after watching a documentary about polar bears had a eureka moment.

 I tried a peek-a-boo aka reverse applique for the first time and worked really well with the slight stretch in the fleece.

I used wool felt for the eyes and nose because I was too impatient to embroider them
 The ears are another new technique- the inner part was cut smaller than the outer- I even managed to fussy cut the pattern, so that both ears have a "space flower" at the centre.
Yes, just the right size for a little cuddle

 The back is so soft...

UPDATE!!!! Monday 28/7/14- I showed this to my boyfriend who commented how it is all wonky and no one would want this... So after I got over the "How dare you say the teddy is wonky?, he is so cute... " I thought I could rise to the challenge and make a better one!
So the kawaii teddy has had the seam reaper treatment and it's face will adorn a fabric basket, after it undergoes a few modifications (plumping enhancements with stuffing and a little trim of excess fabric all round, a little operation to straighten his nose and possible a new eye shape- it sounds like he has gone for facelift and fillers- LOL).

But the pillow will be made again, I have been working on a new improved shape for an hour this a.m. and made a pattern. The shape is more square with rounded edged and has more height. It is ready to be cut after I finish work tonight. I hope to have something to show you later this week.

 This is the polar bear teddy- eyes and nose embroidered

 They look cute together- like Mr and Mrs Bear
Somehow this is more of a boyish looking teddy.

Last week I bought a sewing book which was a bit of a disaster, but there was one project in there I really liked: Birds

 A fantastic way to use up all those scraps of fabric I have been collecting
 and all those odd buttons and ribbons
hand holding 4 birds

4 birds
 Having little hands helped when turning the tail and wings
pastel fabric birds

These are the pastel floral ones and also did a couple in retro red

fabric bird in red
 Loveheart sweets, mmm!
fabric bird ornament
 Thee have felt beaks and an eight point star eye
red winged bird

fabric bird ornament
 It just fits so cosily my palm
red and floral

So, it was a very productive weekend!

Have a lovely Sunday and a great week friends.