Saturday, February 02, 2013

English Rose Cottage.

This little fabric  house is for a swap which has just been completed. As my partner is in Australia I wanted the house to represent a typical English thatch cottage. I am lucky enough to live in a part of the country where thatched houses/cottages are in abundance.
I used a tagbook/mini album house shape to draw round as my template for the base and cut two out from pale pink  felt. I raided my stash for all the rest of the items. The thatch is made from thick hessian which I only had a small square of but by careful cutting I managed to do the front and back roofs and even had a small piece over to thatch the bird house! I forgot to take a photo until I had nearly finished the front of the house .
The photo below shows the front of the house and the back with a little bit of  garden. The climbing rose bush has over ninety french knots embroidered on depicting the roses on the front!

Here you can see the finished house which has been lightly padded to give a bit of depth.
I found a poem by Patience Strong that I thought matched my little house perfectly so printed it out onto a tag and enclosed it in the parcel which is now on its way to my partner Mandy.

Entering into the following:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts : Anything Goes.
Crafty Cats: Anything but Square.
Fairy Tale challenges: Sewing real or faux
Pixies crafty Workshop: Use your snippets.
Tuesday Alchemy: Anything Goes.
Crafty Creations: Anything but a card.



  1. Whoa....I'm speachless ...what a piece of definitively have a lot of patienceHave a wonderful weekend.
    XXX Margreet

  2. Mummmmmmmmmmmy. This is really pretty. A little bit bigger and heavier and it would be perfect as a sweet doorstop! xx

  3. Oh wow, your little house is stunning, what a gorgeous gift to send. Those French knots must of taken you an age, they were something l never managed to achieve!

    Have a great weekend xx

  4. Goodness, this is so pretty. What a sweet little house...your idea of the hessian was perfect for the rook and the tiny little details you even added on the back make it even more sweet!

  5. Oooooooh Mrs A - how totally fabulous! Such detail and beautifully made - both front and back, love it!!

    As you say, aren't we lucky living here :)

    Hugs, and hope the chook in the cupboard is behaving. Did you see me ostrich yesterday? I think that's what tickled me so much - thinking about that huge egg!!

    Hugs, Di xx

  6. Hi Mrs A

    What a wonderful make

    Fabulous use of your snippets. It is beautiful front and back with so much detail.

    Your swapping partner is going to love it!! I know I do.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  7. What a gorgeous creation and the sentiment is so perfect too..
    Thanks for sharing this with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

  8. That is too pretty for words... I love it xxx

  9. Awwwwwwwwwwww Wow Mrs A where does your talents stop this is absolutely gorgeous xx

  10. Wow - totally stunning and beautiful. Love the hessian thatch and all the tiny embroidered roses. The padding gives a lovely effect too - your partner should be delighted. Hope you're both well xxx

  11. The cottage is beautiful. Your swap partner will be so pleased. You are so talented.
    Ali x

  12. Oh I love your cottage! It looks like you had so much work creating it with all that little details you have stitched. Wonderfull! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

  13. This little pink cottage is uber cute. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  14. Simply darling! You did a wonderful job on the little house. ; )

  15. Das ist ja ein tolles Haus.Gefällt mir gut.
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Fairy tale Challenge.LG Jenny

  16. Absolutely stunning and fabulous.

  17. I love this little cottage - such a clever idea and so pretty! x Jo

  18. This is just so delightful....really worth all the work that you can see went into it.

  19. Oh this is so adorable! What a lovely gift for your swap partner.
    Would look fantastic on a cushion cover too don't you think?
    FAB work as usual xx

  20. What an utterly, utterly charming little cottage. It is my lifelong dream to be able to live in a thatched roof cottage, and this project tickles that dream! I know how much work goes into embroidery, and it's clear that you love the craft. Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!

  21. Hi Mrs A

    Would you like some of those heart dies cutting and sent to you - can do!! Selection of colours OK? Just let me know. and any preferences. Each pass of the die gives you the two hearts I interlinked plus a solid one from the centre. Gives me an excuse to play instead of do housework or cook mushy meals for the invalid!!

    Hugs, Di xx

  22. wow a gorgeous and fun creation love the colours pinks my fav thank so much for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ hugs sassyxxxx

  23. Gorgeous and stunning, what a fab design..x

  24. Oh that is adorable! So much work too! Thanks for playing with CCC last week!


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