Sunday, 11 December 2011

Sew Festive....and a Winner!

 This weekend I have been shopping and sewing....lots of Christmas presents have been gathered ready to wrap, and there is some secret sewing under way....... but first i must make an announcement.......
                                         ....the winner of the Woodland Winter Giveaway is.........
                                                               Apple Blossom Barn
                                                         
....congratulations to Denise, and if you would like to email me your address (my email is on the sidebar there) your parcel will soon be winging it's way to your pretty home........
i would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, i loved reading your sweet comments and finding lots of different blogs to enjoy, and hearing from old blog friends too of course....i wish i could send a gift to you all....but i will be holding regular giveaways in 2012...so good luck in the next one!

.....And now for a little festive sewing......a while ago i showed you some lovely Liberty fabrics....

....i like to use Liberty tana lawn in small amounts and this little gift bag was a perfect project for that...
 ........i used it to bind the top edges of the thick pure wool felt bag.....and made some yo yo's too.....
 .....and here it is in this month's Sew magazine, with a redwork cross stitch bird design appliqued on the front as well.......
 .....and here is a matching Christmas tag i made too, using bright beads for an extra festive feel.....you can find more ideas at Sew magazine here.......
.....this Scandinavian style applique Christmas stocking was made for my book Simple Sewn Gifts, and i loved sewing it....the fabrics were from a delightful little bundle that one of my daughters brought me back from a college trip to Amsterdam,...so it was lovely to use them in this special project.....here it is hanging on my mantlepiece at the moment, with the candles lit and everything cosy.....
Thank you for visiting me here today...wishing you a wonderful week and warm and happy times...back soon with lots of Christmassy pictures xxxxxx 

31 comments:

moonstruckcreations said...

Lovely cheery photos!

Congrats to the giveaway winner!

Helenxx

crafts@home said...

Your Christmas Creations are truly delightful, I'm particularly fond of the red and white stocking... and the reindeer, congratulations to the winner of your festive giveaway
Sue Xxx

gill said...

Congratulations to Denise!
I love your Christmassy redwork

Teje said...

Helen, I love your Christmas stocking! It is so beautiful and unique! I guess I love Scandinavian style! Also your grey felt hearts are wonderful! Great to see your crafts again in the magazine!
Have a lovely weeke! x Teje

DearHelenHartman said...

Well, we both know all Helens are creatures of extraordinary taste and talent, but you certainly have me beat in the sewing department. What a gorgeous stocking! If I tried I might be able to mend a sock!

Annie said...

Congratulations to the winner :D

Love the stocking Helen, I think red and white is my favourite Christmas combo.

Людмила said...

Очень милая корзинка,нпоминает далекое детсво и ощущения праздника,когда пахнет мандаринами и елкой.

Country Rabbit said...

congrats to the winner x lovely stocking xxxx

angelasweby said...

Congratulations to the very lucky winner. What a lovely Christmas package.
What a pretty red felt bag. I love the tag too. Attractive and quick projects like these are very welcome at this time of year.
Angela xx

Lori ann said...

beautiful beautiful work helen, it is always such a treat to visit here and see what you've been up to. wish i could see that magazine although sometimes i am lucky and can find imported magazines at our local bookshop.
congratulations to the VERY lucky winner!!

Small Things said...

Helen! Bellísimo tu blog!! Trabajos, estampados y colores maravillosos!!
Saludos desde Argentina!

Mia said...

Lovely Christmassy items again, Helen, I especially love the Scandinavian style-stocking, just lovely! Oh and big congratulation to Denise, she'll love her giweaway prize, it is wonderful!

Happy day!

Yours,
Mia

by Teresa said...

Congrats to the winner.. lucky! Love your red bag and the yo-yos! I saw a woman who made a yoyo garland and hung it across her fireplace mantel.. very cute!
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greenrabbitdesigns said...

Congrats to the very lucky Denise!
Beautiful Christmassy makes Helen especially the stocking.
Vivienne x

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Congrats to Denise. Beautiful Christmas stocking and it looks great on the mantelpiece.

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Your contribution to the SEW magazine look just lovely! You must be very happy and proud :-)

Congratulations to Denise for winning your beautiful giveaway!

Wish you a happy new week!

Madelief x

Jane said...

Congratulations Denise, what a lucky lady. Your festive makes are stunning Helen and your work in the magazine is a treat, you should be very proud.
Have a great week ahead,
Jane x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Helen, Lucky Denise! Love the red yo-yo bag. I love the real 100% wool felt, it makes for such a substantial sturdy bag. The photos in the mags. are always so well done, I just don't know how you can get it all done. Congratulations on jobs so well done. Have a Merry week, xoRobin❤

Frances said...

Denise is a lucky lady...congratulations to you.

Helen, you are a wonderfully inventive and creative lady... I will keep a look out on NYC's international newsstands for Sew magazine.

Meanwhile,let me just say again how much I do love seeing examples of your artistry! xo

Simone said...

Congratulations to the winner! You are so creative Helen and it must be a pleasure to work with such wonderful fabrics. I like the idea of using just a small piece of a favourite fabric to enhance a design. have a lovely week doing lots of Christmassy things! x

Gill Smith said...

What a lucky Lady to win such a lovely gift! Lovely Christmassy post Helen,,,warms the heart, and helps get you in the mood. Look forward to seeing more of your cosy home.Gill xx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Congrats to the winner, that is one lucky lady :-) Love your new creations and that liberty print is gorgeous! They have one called Esme and Imogen, I really must buy some for my girls :-)

Apple Blossom Barn said...

What a wonderful surprise, thank you so much Helen, I am really looking forward to receiving the prize,I will absolutely love it and thank you to all the lovely bloggers for their good wishes and congratulations,

Merry Christmas to all

I will do a lovely blog post to show off my prize goodies!

Bee happy said...

I have a surprise for you, check out my blog :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

delia hornbook said...

aahhh what gorgeous makes ;-) Love the stocking and those yo yo's are adorable. Congratulations to Denise. Have a lovely week, dee x

millefeuilles said...

Hello dear Helen,

Just a cheery note to let you know I have linked to your blog aGaIn to celebrate Making Winter Week! ;-)

Have a beautiful Advent,

Stephanie

harmony and rosie said...

I love red and white any time of the year but even more so at Christmas. Love that stocking, Helen.

Kate x

koralee said...

I adore Liberty fabrics and your creations are always so lovely.
Your stocking is adorable...thanks for sharing. xoxoxo HUgs

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your winner is very fortunate. Gorgeous projects in these photos, especially the stocking! I hope you're enjoying the Christmas season.
-Karen ❄

Naturally Carol said...

Congratulations to the winner..you have made a lot of us just a little bit envious! Helen, your latest Christmas sewing is so fresh and festive..loving it all.

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Hi, Helen! So cute ornaments You made! SUPER CUTE :O)Congratulations to the lucky winner! Love all your inspirations :o)"COOL!"-said my daughter 13 y.o.
***Merry Christmas***
Warm wishes and hugs from Russia to You and all you Family
Natasha & Fam