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Mouse Poll – Update

UPDATE – Wednesday 14th March 19:42

Hello again and thank you to everyone who helped me out with the mouse poll at the end of this post.

Most people seemed to think that I should try both magnets and brooches – although individual votes suggested magnets were more popular. I have a craft fair on Saturday so I think I’ll try magnets with the ones I’ve prepared so far.

There were some suggestions to make bookmarks. I’ve been investigating sourcing those giant paperclip bookmarks that have a metal pad to affix the decoration to but I’m having real trouble finding a UK supplier – if anyone knows one I’d love to hear. Blooming Felt do them but at £4.50 each I think I’d be looking for a different solution! There are quite a few overseas Etsy sellers who have them so I might have to go for that option. I liked your idea Baye, of having an extra long tail with a cute bow at the end!

I really liked the idea of using them as applique items to fabric notebook covers. I’ve started making purses and fabric baskets with applique bits on so I might try some with mice too.

As promised I’ve done one of those Random Number Generator thingy’s to pick a name from those of you who commented and the winner is

I will message you Aunty Joan so you can send me your address and I’ll pop the little brown mouse magnet on my noticeboard pic in the post for you. Thank you.


Hello 🙂 This week I’ve been making some freemotion embroidered mice to the same design as my doorstop ‘Door-mice’. They’re about 2.5″ in height and hold a little string tail to emulate the Door-mice who hold their cord tails.

Could you help me with a quick poll. I can’t decide whether to make them into magnets for fridge/notice boards, or should I make them into brooches? Or maybe a few of each. I’d welcome any other ideas you think might work too if you wouldn’t mind leaving me a quick comment. Here are a few pics…

Little mice with a Door-Mouse

Mice for finishing

Finished Mice

Mouse as a brooch

Mouse as a magnet

Thank you for your time and help…

If you have a personal preference – please say in the comments and I’ll pick a name out of a hat by midweek (14th March) and send someone their choice 🙂


Freemotion Embroidery Fun

I’ve been spending some time recently trying out a bit more freemotion machine embroidery, it’s very absorbing. I’ve found that the double-sided iron on interface really helps alot – it means that you don’t have to contend with the fabric layers slipping. I’m quite enjoying practicing my machine writing too. I bought a book a little while ago that has lots of useful tips on applique and freemotion embroidery along with some really lovely projects too – definitely worth investing in a copy if you’re just starting out with this kind of sewing. It’s called Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman.

So here’s a small selection of what I’ve been doing…

I thought I’d try a little fabric portrait of my favourite sock gardener, Alan Pitchfork. Here he is with his very own ‘Alan’ purse!

This is a padded mat about 7″ square to use for standing hot things on, this is for my sister so I hope she doesn’t look at this before I send it to her! I tried a bit of freemotion writing on this one…

And then a few mini fabric baskets with teacups, apples & pears and cakes…

I think I might make some of the padded mats for myself – maybe in coaster sizes – I could do with replacing my current ones, and these were very easy to make – I used the method from the Scandinavian Stitches book. The fabrics for the images were from a mixed pack of 5″ squares from Stitch Me Lane on Folksy – she has lots of gorgeous stuff to choose from.

I’d love to see what freemotion embroidery projects others have been working on so feel free to leave blog links. Thanks for looking. 🙂

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