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A very clever softie in a very silly post!

by Helen on April 9, 2014

This morning as I sat at my table sewing my new top, my eye was caught by a tiny movement in the corner of my workroom ….

Who could it be?  No, not the French hens .. nor the lovebirds …  But wait – I see –  what is my little fox in a frock doing?  Let’s look a little closer ….

She’s taught herself to embroider.  What a clever fox!  What beautiful neat work!

Especially as she only has felt paws!  Well done Miss Fox.  Her vintage bluebird pattern is from an old pattern sheet with half a dozen different bluebird designs and I’ll include it in the May magazine as well as the pattern for Miss Fox.  

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Fox in a Frock and my Easter sale

by Helen on April 6, 2014

I do enjoy making softies, which means that there’s a softie pattern in almost every issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine (I have to limit myself to just one!).  I’m busy working on the May issue now, and as an antidote to all those Easter bunnies and chicks (lovely though they are) I thought I’d create a fox.  But not your ordinary, everyday sort of fox – oh no – my little lady is a fox in a frock!

I had so much fun making her – and my overlocker came in very handy for gathering the skirt of her frock – though it’s easy to do with long machine stitching of course – I just enjoy playing with my new toy!  I’ve given her nice stripey laces on her black boots and embroidered dainty flowers on her little felt collar.  She’s actually quite a large softie for me – though very slender – measuring around 15″ tall.  Her arms and legs are jointed with strong thread and buttons so move quite freely…

Here she is nonchalantly perched on the edge of my ribbons box, casually swinging one elegantly booted paw!  You’ll find her pattern in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – once all those spring lambs are safely out of the way!  But at the moment we’re still eagerly anticipating Easter – though chocolate is likely to be severely limited here at Coombe Leigh as wedding day diets are underway! So as a different sort of treat, I’m having a egg-stremely good (groan!) good sale here at Bustle & Sew …..

There’s 40% off everything in my store (except magazine subscriptions) until Easter, so if you were thinking of stocking up on a few projects for some holiday stitching, now is a great time to shop.  Just CLICK HERE to visit the Bustle & Sew store and don’t forget to enter code “EASTERBUNNY” at checkout to receive your egg-stra special discount. xx

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Christmas Video and hat pulling!

by Helen on December 3, 2013

When I first began Bustle & Sew I had absolutely no idea how many different skills I would have to learn over the years.  Although I could already sew and embroider of course, my skills  have developed tremendously and I’ve learned so much from other keen stitchers who so generously share their knowledge online.  But sadly running a (very) small business isn’t just about sewing …. I’ve become reasonably proficient in photoshop, which I really enjoy and have discovered the easiest and most fun ever desktop publishing package – a vital tool as the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine has developed and hopefully improved over the last 35 issues.  I don’t think I’ll ever really get to grips with the book keeping side of things and I positively hate admin, so I’m not nearly as well organised as I should be.  Time management is another issue – with two furry friends who’d rather be on the beach than sitting watching me work!

Now the latest skill I’m trying is video production.  I’ve come a bit late to this as my erratic rural internet connection has made both uploading and viewing videos somewhat problematic.  However …. Mr Fox: Wish Upon a Star was such fun to make, I decided to persevere and am now proud to present my first-ever Christmas promotional video …. 

 Featuring lots of Bustle & Sew patterns from my Christmas store.  Now I’ve been bitten by the video bug expect more …. Daisy’s first Christmas might be a good subject, though they were both very naughty about their Christmas hats …

A rare moment of co-operation as each tried to pull the other’s hat off!  Stronger elastic for Christmas Day I think!

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Furry Fox & Marching Elephants

by Helen on November 24, 2013

Having a bit of a busy weekend with Rosie – we’re pressing ahead with wedding preparations and this weekend visited two florists in Totnes, Emma Vowles and Blue Geranium (the image below is a Blue Geranium bridal bouquet – isn’t it beautiful!)

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 But before Rosie decides, we will return for a proper planned appointment with each florist, before which we need to work out our exact requirements, bouquet, buttonholes, table arrangements ……. so much to think about!  But nice though.  Rosie has an app on her phone now that’s counting down to the big day – to the nearest second – so we know exactly how much time we have.  Table runners and napkins after Christmas – lots of sewing for me!

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a little less sewing this week as I’ve been working hard on my Furry Mr Fox tutorial  and I’m delighted to be able to say that my video tutorial is finished – well, actually my two video tutes as I’ve broken it into two 10 minute sessions.  

Furry Mr Fox Video Tutorial

 If you’re not a subscriber, then the pattern and tutorial for Mr Fox will be available to purchase after the December Magazine is published on Thursday.  For Bustle & Sew Magazine readers, the links to the video tutorials will be included in your December issue.

Wish upon a Star: Mr Fox

But as well as looking forward – I am planning lots more videos & extra stuff for magazine subscribers next year – sometimes it’s fun to look back too.  I received an email last week asking about my Marching Elephants pattern.  This design, based on an old childhood colouring book page, was one of my earliest, so I dug it out, dusted it off, updated and improved the pattern instructions …..

Marching Elephants

 And if you’d like to make your own Marching Elephants (I think they look a bit Christmassy – maybe I’ll make a Christmas version too?)  then please just CLICK HERE to download the free pdf file. 

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