Taking photographs of projects is always fraught. I live with the Marx Brothers. Revenge will be mine! xx
Hi everyone, I got the reindeer done! This pattern is replacing the Rudy’s Gang pattern. These little reindeer measure 18in high and come with removable overalls and pinafore. I’ve made them from 100% wool felt (which is GORGEOUS to sew with) but they can also be made from cotton fabrics. I would highly recommend sewing with a high quality wool felt, your softies will thank you for it, they will look wonderful! You can get your very own gorgeous felt from Two Blue Birdies. No affils, just great wool felt!
To celebrate, the “Merry Little Reindeer” PDF pattern is only THREE DOLLARS until I go to bed tonight. Then the price goes back to normal. You’ve got about five hours everyone… get on in. Please share and spread the word. You will find the PDF pattern here.
The pattern is available in printed format too.
Wouldn’t you prefer these guys sitting on your shelf? They are perfect Christmas presents for the little people in your life.
Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone, I’m working extra long days getting the first two projects ready for the publishers. We’ve had some great news this week too, my all time favourite family member and Uncle has finished his intensive cancer treatment and is home. He feels awful and is too sick to eat but it’s over and he can concentrate on being well again. Got to go and get dinner before one of us turns cannibal. Love to all, toni xx
Hello everyone, can it really be Friday already? The week has flown by and I find myself wishing I could make time stand still for just a little while.
There is so much happening here at Red Boots. Did any of you notice the business name change come through? I still have the rights to The Red Boot Quilt Company but there have been a few problems with a business that has a very similar name, so last month I successfully applied for the new business name “Me and My Red Boots”. The new business name will slowly replace the old one as we find the time to update everything.
Have you ever sewn with 100% wool felt? OMG. Seriously Oh My God. After years of only being able to buy synthetic or lower quality wool felt I got my little sticky fingers on some of the good stuff. A chorus of angels sang! This stuff is amazing, it sews beautifully and completely and utterly outdoes cotton in the softie making stakes.
I purchased mine from an Aussie store called “Two Blue Birdies“. They have a fantastic range of colours and the felt is truly splendid. Don’t you love the word “splendid”, it makes me feel like saying “splendid old bean” *giggle*. I’ve been watching far too many British TV series while stitching lately *giggle*.
Expect to pay more for the good quality felt, it is expensive, but it’s worth saving your pocket-money to buy it. It makes a huge difference to the finished softie, you get smooth seams, it’s easier to stuff, the depth of colour is simply splendid, and the finished product looks amazing! I’m hoping to stock this felt sometime (early) next year.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working hard on the first project for the book. The Book – eeeeeek! One project down and only 19 to go :0]
I’ve also been working on the Little Brown Bears, and Kit & Holly the Reindeer. The Little Bears pattern will replace all current bear patterns, and Kit & Holly will replace the Rudy’s Gang pattern. I wanted to have them finished and uploaded tonight but despite stitching ’til midnight all week I ran out of time. I’m hoping early next week.
I’ve drawn the winners for the September Birthday Club. The $25 e-gift voucher goes to Cora Brown, and the extra winners (to celebrate Spud’s birthday) are Christin Mueller and Dorothy Holt. Congratulations! I’ll be in touch shortly. You can sign up for the Birthday Club by following this link.
Thank you to everyone who entered the ‘name the bear’ competition last week, and for your patience waiting for the draw :0] I will draw the winner’s later tonight and let you know who won a copy of the new pattern.
Well I’ve run out of steam and I’m starving. I’ve had a shoulder of pork in the oven for the past four and a half hours, the smell is wonderful and the pork should fall off the bone when it’s done. I marinaded it in maple syrup and herbs and spices. Yummy! Have a wonderful weekend everyone, toni xx
It’s super busy here at Red Boots. There are big changes coming. Lots of old patterns are being retired, and they will be replaced with newbies or updated versions.
Little Brown Bear (and his soon-to-be Sister) will be keeping me company along the way. Sewing with 100% wool felt makes such a big difference to the finished softie. Oh how I love it.
The Little Brown Bears (pattern) will come with removable clothing, and as always, will be easy to sew. At this point I think it will be ready mid-next week.
The first project for the book is half-way done *yay* and I might be able to show you some sneaky peaks soon. It has been a marathon stitching session. One down only 19 projects to go! *insert slightly mad, panicky giggle here*
Thank you everyone for volunteering to test and proof read patterns. I very much appreciate it. If I haven’t replied to your email, please accept my apologies. I received so many emails about testing the patterns that I simply lost track of the ones I replied to. Never fear your name has been added to my database and I’ll be in contact when I have everything ready to go.
Happy Thursday, toni xx
Hi everyone, the Pandas in Pajamas pattern is up on the website! yay! I’ve put the PDF pattern up for the special introductory price of $4 – for this weekend only. You can find it on the website here.
The pandas are approx. 20in tall and the pajamas come with an option for short or long trousers; and short or long sleeves on the top. The pj’s are removable.
Enjoy your weekend everyone, toni xx