About Just Sew Helen
Welcome & thank you for visiting Just Sew Helen.
I'm Helen Baker, founder, designer, production & manufacturing manager, book keeper & customer service manager of Just Sew Helen!
I design & create applique and hand embroidery sentiments to commemorate a special event, mark a milestone in someones life or to remember a loved one. I recreate cherished fabric into a practical keepsake or bereavement gift, such as a memory cushion or bear.
I'm a happily married mother of 2, step mom of 2 & step nanny of 4.
In my day job I'm a midwife, caring for high risk pregnancies, but in my spare time I'm developing and expanding Just Sew Helen, an online resource and e-shop for hand sewn, framed applique & embroidered sentiments plus bespoke gifts & keepsakes created from loved ones cherished fabric items.
I have always sewn and was taught by my mother as a little girl, working alongside her making clothes for my teddies whilst mom worked from home taking in dressmaking orders. Over the years I have made items for my home and clothes for myself, and more recently returned to applique & hand embroidery.
As a result of personal illness in 2012 when I underwent surgery and radiation treatment for thyroid cancer I, now more than ever, am focusing on doing what I enjoy to develop a business that will hopefully benefit others, as well as fulfill my stitching side.
After a really sad few months when I lost my mother to ovarian cancer and also the parents of some close friends, I wanted to develop personal keepsake items that will allow loved ones clothes to be recreated into a useful item or a framed sentiment. I make no secret that I wouldn't wear my own mother's clothes but wish to keep some items in another way, for example cushions, memory bears or applique sentiments.
As a midwife, I have been in the privileged position as life begins following the birth of a baby and there is an abundance of gifts & keepsakes available to celebrate this wonderful occasion. More recently, & from personal experience, I have found it difficult to find just the right gift to send to friends following the death of some one close, hence I started designing and making my own.
In support of Ovarian Cancer, the silent cancer that doesn't present it self often until the advanced stages, I am donating £1.00 from every sale to Target Ovarian Cancer - a leading charity in research and support.
In any spare time I have, which isn't much, I love spending time with my family & friends including weekends at our mobile home in Wales where we go walking, cycling and spending lazy days in the countryside.