Betty Babushka… She came to me in a flash of inspiration over two years ago!
Babushkas (or Matryoshkas or Russian Nesting dolls as they’re also known) were suddenly appearing everywhere. I grabbed my sketch pad one day, and quickly threw down a few lines to draw my own version. I’d not long started my business and was looking to create something that would stand out and get noticed. And Betty (as she became known) certainly did that!
Here’s a quick look at her evolution, and some of my favourite images of her! I’m being game here, because it’s also great to see the evolution of my photography skills!
In the early days, all my stitching was done by hand, So the blanket stitching process was laborious! Once I transitioned to machine blanket stitching, I never looked back!
Even still, it turns out that I just couldn’t keep up with the demand for Betty, so I decided something must be done! Betty became my first applique template and pattern!
I recreated my favourite template into a step by step guide with instructions and images to follow as you go.
And now Betty is being enjoyed by many! It’s only early days, but I get such a kick out of seeing what others do with the Betty Pattern; how they put her together and make her their own. If you’d like to have a look at the pattern, you can find it as an instant download here.
I recently participated in another pin cushion showcase and decided to do a ‘hack’ of the Betty template. Using the pattern pieces, I put this together in wool felt. I think she turned out quite well.
It’ll be interesting to see where Betty takes me next!
Happy stitching, Lauren x