Inside you’ll discover some help and advice on topics ranging from the right thread and fabric, hooping up, caring for your work and transferring your design. You’ll also discover a stitch glossary with diagrams, pictures from Jacqui, and clear instructions to help you master some of the most commonly found embroidery stitches.
Please share it as much as you want – that’s if you like it enough to want to share – I do hope you will. I’m also planning on making it available as a “proper” book through Amazon – sadly that can’t be free – and I’ll let you know when it’s available.
You can read it online above – or just CLICK HERE to download the pdf file- it’s absolutely free with love from me to you.
First of all – thank you so much everyone who left such kind and generous comments about my quilt as you go project – now christened the Countryside Quilt. Since Christmas everyone who has visited Coombe Leigh has been taken upstairs to admire it – and without exception they have all said how much they like the colours and how they would never have thought of putting them together, although it does in fact conform very closely to colour wheel theory. So I thought maybe I’d write down a few hints and tips on using and combining colours in case anybody might find it interesting and/or useful perhaps?
If you’d like it, then it’s free to download, just CLICK HERE or on the image above for the free pdf file. And finally … here’s a peek at the first project for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine… “Birds on a Wire”
Lots of colour here! And a great way to display children’s artwork, postcards, fabric samples or anything at all that can be pegged to a line!
If you’d like to learn more about my magazine and take advantage of my special $1 trial offer (must end soon), then please CLICK HERE.
I can hardly believe that Christmas Day is behind us now! So much anticipation, preparation and general excitement and then – the day was gone in a flash! Townie Husband ate lots of roast potatoes (too many to count!), I am ashamed to report that I was rather greedy with Rosie’s home-baked mince pies, whilst Rosie and Ben were observed snuggled down in a corner together scoffing chocolate Santas (Ben’s were doggie-chocs of course). There was laughter and fun, a little (but not very serious) bickering, and a good time was generally agreed to have been had by all.
During the holiday period between Christmas and New Year I have always loved to sit down with a sewing project – this year I’m hoping to make some progress on my rather neglected snowflake door curtain – but that’s not anywhere near ready to show yet. So I thought this might be a good moment to share instead my Patchwork Pup tutorial, created from a selection of vintage and new Liberty fabric from their new Liberty Lifestyle Collection.
Liberty fabrics are so quintessentially English – and their new craft range works really well with their vintage designs too as the more vibrantly coloured craft fabrics beautifully complement the more muted tones of their vintage patterns.
The pup’s body is created from a cheat’s version of pieced hexagons – all machined onto a firm cotton base creating a nice strong fabric for your softie. My finished puppy measured about 10″ long, but the pattern can easily be re-sized if you wish. If you’d like the free tutorial then please just just CLICK HERE to download the pdf file.
This is Podge, the baby hedgehog softie. Hello, Podge!
And here’s her big brother Hodge with their cousins, Horace and Humphrey. The pattern for Hodge will be in the November Issue of the Bustle & Sew ezine.
The really easy pattern to make Podge is can be found on my Free Patterns Page. If you like her, and would enjoy receiving more free patterns, tutorials and special discounts, then you might like to consider to subscribing to my free newsletter. You can join using the form in the right hand sidebar. (It’s free, safe – and I promise NEVER to share your details with anyone else. I also promise you’ll receive special offers, free patterns and all the Bustle & Sew news before anyone else)
And where are those naughty little hedgehogs heading off to? Just click on the video link below to find out!
PS No newfies were woken during the making of this video!!