Steampunk Keys Pattern

Introducing the second pattern in the Steampunk series. Crossed Keys features two vintage style keys in two sizes. Use the small pattern and enlarge with a photocopier to your desired size, or utilise the large design and get started now.

Remember to add the needle-turn applique instructions to your shopping cart as well if you would like extra instructions to help you use this pattern.


Husqvarna / Viking Accessories

Sorry for the lull. There will be a few more patterns released very soon. In the meantime I'd like to draw your attention to some pre-loved Husqvarna/Viking accessories you could pick up for less than half price.

There is a Machine Insert for a Horn Sewing Cabinet to enable you to do flatbed sewing. Usually these are approximately $80, but due to a few minor scratches I'm letting this go for AU$20.

There is also a Buttonhole Sensor Foot and Utility Foot B for a Husqvarna/Viking Machine. These usually retail for $120 and $25 respectively, but I'm selling these as new feet for AU$60 and AU$10.

Shipping together is cheaper. Buy all three items for AU$100 including postage anywhere in the world - this is a saving of between AU$5-20 depending on your address. Email me to arrange the special price.


Steampunk Pattern

There is a set of Steampunk silhouette designs on the horizon. This is the first - a Fleur De Lis. Best known as the stylised lily from many French heraldic crests, its history and romanticism lends itself well to Steampunk.

The Fleur De Lis pattern is available in the shop right now. The set will contain either 9 or 12 designs which I will release over the course of making a quilt with these designs.

Add the needle-turn applique instructions to your shopping cart as well if you would like extra instructions to help you use this pattern.

What is Steampunk? It is a relatively new branch of science fiction and speculative fiction. It is the imagining of an alternate history where we think what would today be like, if technology had continued its focus on steam power and clockwork rather than advances into electricity. It usually borrows heavily from Victorian era clothing and aesthetics including the colours, textures (wood, brass) and technology.

Find out more and take a look at some photos of some talented Steampunk artisans in their costumes on my other blog - The Quilted Hen.

PS. The photo in the navigation bar (at the top of the blog) is a hint of some of the upcoming designs.


Hoot! It's Woodland Owl

Everyone loves owls right? This is a design I completed several months ago, but I wanted to make sure I was able to provide some good instructions for needle-turn applique as well.

Introducing the woodland owl: He has a lot of love to give so that is why his heart is so big! This guy started as a small sketch in my art journal and was made into a 16" cushion. I loved getting whimsical and picking a couple of unusual colours. Who has ever seen a pink and blue owl??

You can find the pattern with two size options in the shop now. If you would like to adopt the owl in the photos he is also available to buy as a one of a kind original.

Writing out the instructions for needle-turn applique meant that I had to sew up a little demonstration piece, so this week there is a second pattern available and this one is FREE! The instructions are based around what works for me and everyone has their own preferences, but I believe this is a good starting point for beginners and will have you stitching with confidence in no time.

The free pattern is a simple 6" x 4" butterfly who can be sewn up in a variety of ways. Download him by adding the needle-turn applique instructions to your shopping cart and checking out.


Key Cosy Pattern

Hi everyone. I'm pleased to announce a new pattern has just been added.

I had this idea on the bus while patting my pocket for the 20th time to check my keys were still there. I've been downsizing my handbag and now only take my purse to work with me. I'm very happy that my mobile phone fits inside my purse making it a compact little unit to carry, however what to do with my keys...?

The idea for a key holder or key cosy apparently isn't a new one, however I do hope you'll enjoy my designs. First up is a little house, perfect for your house key! I have a list of about 30 other design ideas which I hope to make as nice little afternoon projects over the coming months.

You can find the house key cosy in the shop. While making the pattern I ended up making two cosys so I'm offering one for sale as well if you'd like a Happy Bobbin original. Prototype Two is up for sale, though being a prototype doesn't mean he is inferior! He was made to test out the pattern and he turned out great! I'm keeping the first one for now - my very first with all the little errors only I will notice.

Enjoy, and have a great week!
And as always, let me know if you have any problems with the site by sending me an email!


Problems Resolved

Thanks for the support so far and a very special thanks to those of you who provided some super feedback. Of course with any grand opening comes minor teething problems. I've swapped the Paypal gateway I was using. We're still using Paypal, but it should work 100% now!

If you ordered something and haven't received it please let me know and I'll sort it out for you. I check my email regularly so send me a note and I'll get back to you ASAP.

I've also added a little FAQ explaining how to get your download straight away. Your pattern is available as soon as you complete your purchase - no waiting for emails. It's all automatic!


Grand Opening!

Welcome to the beginning of the start of my dreams. It has taken me a long time and many late nights to get to this point and I have a sketchbook full of ideas with not enough hours in the day to stitch up all of them so far.

This is a very humble kind of beginning but I hope you will share this with me as I am pleased to announce the opening of my online store.

It is a humble start because at the moment there is only one lonely little e-pattern but I have a few more that are just waiting for me to finish off the PDFs.

The first pattern to be listed in my little shop is a sweet chicken purse. This tiny purse would be perfect for small change, business cards or a little make-up bag and also great for children! The pattern is electronic, which means that as soon as you have completed your payment you may download the pattern and get started!

The two prototypes which I made up to test the pattern are also up for sale if you would like a Happy Bobbin original. The purses are fully lined with cute fabric and are made from 100% cotton. They are one of a kind items so grab them quick!

Lastly a FREE design to celebrate this beginning. This little red space invader is a pieced quilt block. I've made mine into a wall hanging for my front door which I shall have to share with you all as soon as I've got the binding onto it.

If you have any problems ordering or downloading your patterns please let me know. I'm checking my email regularly so the only time you won't get a reply within an hour or quicker is if I'm asleep!