Bloom & Grow Giveaway

Yesterday was a lovely day – Rosie and I went along to the bridal shop for her final fitting and her dress is absolutely perfect.  It is the most delicious confection of …. aha – you thought I was going to give the secret away didn’t you?  But no… I promise to show you lots and lots of wedding photos afterwards, but until then the only thing I’m giving away is a Bloom and Grow embroidery kit.

I only had a very limited edition of these available for purchase (I was unable to obtain any more of this fabric), but I did keep just one or two back – until now…..

Yes, I have one of my Bloom and Grow embroidery kits to giveaway to a lucky blog reader.  The kit contains all the ingredients you need to create the “Sound of Music” inspired stitchery above – all you need to add is a hoop and some lovely stitching time.

If you ‘d like the chance to win a Bloom and Grow kit then all you need to do is to leave a comment below.  I’m planning to put together some more Bustle & Sew kits over the summer months and would love to hear your ideas for the first few using some of my designs … would you like more embroidery or perhaps a softie kit?  It would be wonderful if you had any suggestions if you could include them in your comment.

The giveaway is open for the whole of this week, until midnight BST on Friday 20th June.  The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will post worldwide. Good luck everyone!  Sorry giveaway now closed.


  1. Lisa Fenn says:

    Simply gorgeous. It’s simplicity it what makes it sew charming.

  2. Sharon Holmes says:

    Great ideas and lovely items you always cover

  3. Lesley Walker says:

    Hi Helen I would love to win your bloom and grow kit, and it would be great to see more of your embroidery kits too. I hope the weather stays dry and warm for THE wedding. May they be blessed with a long and happy marriage. Best wishes and Blessings

  4. Pat Woolley says:

    Not attempted embroidery but this looks wonderful, I am inspired!

  5. I think softies kits would be great, sometimes it’s hard to get the fabric you like and we love.

  6. Hi
    I would LOVE to be a winner for the Bloom & Grow kit, the finished article looks gorgeous and would look fab in my new ‘maison secondaire’ in France.

    Hope the wedding goes well and the weather favours you; I’m sure the whole day will be a blast.

    Keep up the good work and great newsletters!


  7. Karen Thomas says:

    Love this design, I am also loving your magazine it’s a good read. Thank yu

  8. Jayne Stanton says:

    Love your beautiful projects and so glad I took the plunge and subscribed. Lots of ideas to while away the hours during hospital visits.

  9. Linda Hemphill says:

    Ooooh I could do with one please to cheer up the early cold & rainy winter that’s arrived in Stellenbosch! Have a lovely wedding!!! Brad and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary on 30th June!!! Happy Days xxxx

  10. jane from MA says:

    Helen – thanks for this wonderful giveaway! This is a beautiful kit. I would love to see more of both – embroidery and stuffies. You certainly have the knack to keep up smiling. Glad to have found your cheerful site.

  11. Barbara Webster says:

    Beautiful – I love the vintage style embroidery…so more embroidery please 🙂 x

  12. Jane Dunkley says:

    What a beautiful set. I love the colours, so summery and cheerful. Not much sunshine here today but, hey, if you let that stop you, you would never do anything

  13. Judith Sherren says:

    I love your website and I’m already inspired!

  14. Wow love it

  15. Julie Poulton says:

    What a bright and beautiful kit! I d love to see more of your kits particularly a softie kit I ve never attempted one yet .keep up the good work I m a huge fan so nice to see something different and original but still with a retro feel .julie x

  16. Marcy Mahle says:

    I hope you have beautiful weather, lots of laughter and lots of family and friends on Wedding Day. I would love to see a vintage embroidery kit or embroidery kit with children at the beach.

  17. What a lovely phrase and its something I would like to make for my son’s future wedding as it is how a marriage should be.

    Love to see mouse inspired kits as I like to decorate my gite with mice!

  18. Mag patch says:

    Perfect the way it is. Xo

  19. I hope your ‘weddingwork’ is going oké. You put so much energy in it.
    I like your embroidery designs and most of all the redwork.
    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful giveaway.

  20. GM Helen. Oh, so exciting to have a chance to win such a pretty kit. Lady you really inspire my friend and I. With your plate so full, you still have time for us!!!. We are so excited for you and the upcoming wedding and just can’t wait to see those pics of the wedding. Hoping you have a blessed day of celebration!!!!
    On the idea board of suggestions for kits…how about small kits for small embroideries to add to small projects, like change totes, a shirt sleeve, a pocket apron, a purse pocket on the inside of the purse. Love all your designs…keep inspiring us. Love your blog, thanks for sharing your little corner of the world!

  21. I love to embroider so yes I would love to win this giveaway.
    Enjoy the wedding.

  22. Val Banks says:

    Love this.

  23. Lisa masters says:

    Hi I have just started subscribing to your gorgeous blog – so very pretty! I would love the chance to stitch this lovely embroidery – I’ve never seen anything like it before! I would also love to see a sewing project featuring your two fur babies!

  24. Love that “Bloom and Grow”! The Sound of Music has been my favorite since BEFORE the movie came out and I listened to the Broadway soundtrack on my parents’ recordplayer!
    Best Wishes to the Bride and Groom!

  25. I love your projects. My 7 yr. old granddaughter and I love to spend an afternoon learning new stitches. I would love to see a softie kit offered. We love all the softie’s.

    God Bless!

  26. Would love to win this. Also love to see more sewing kits, anything flowery!

  27. Not even a hint about the dress?! A softie kit would be nice. Esp. one suited for young boys forced to use their action heroes when playing ‘dolls’ with his sisters.

  28. Donna Cutting says:

    I really enjoy your blog and all your patterns. I would love to see a kit for one of your bags or a tea cozy. Maybe with appliqué and embroidery. Love your sunflower you did.

  29. Kirsty Van Acker says:

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  30. I think softie kits would be a great idea. I’d love to make one but it needs such a small amount of fabric that I don’t fancy buying more than I need in case I don’t use it, so a kit would solve that problem. It would also be good if you don’t live near to the shops..

  31. Beatrice Townsend says:

    The beauty of flowers, there is nothing better to lift your spirits . I love your
    kit and would be over the moon if I was lucky enough to win one. If not I shall certainly have a go at making one myself. Keep up your good work, I so look forward to receiving your magazine very month with such wonderful ideas. May the sun shine down on you all on the wedding day which I am sure will be a delight.

  32. Christine douse says:

    Love the kit, colours are lush x

  33. Julia Lovell says:

    What a lovely set! I would like to see more embroidery kits, I’ve just got back into sewing after many years. I used to do a lot of cross stitch samplers but now I’m trying to branch out, but I need patterns and kits as I have no taste when it comes to choosing colours and fabrics! Hope I’m lucky!

  34. Holly Ferguson says:

    I’d love to win one of your kits! I’d also love to see more embroidery. I’m a knitter but would like to learn more skills! Maybe even a kit with highland cows in it! (The best kind of cow, but then I’m biased)


  35. Missy Rodden says:

    I absolutely love your monthly newsletters. I would enjoy seeing more embroidery kits. I love the current kit you are giving and it would look great on the wall of my new sewing room. Good luck with the wedding and I can’t wait to see all the wedding photos!!!

  36. Hazel R. Walker says:

    Love, love, love your most delicate wedding designs for the decorations. Such talent across the “pond” that I enjoy each month. Tell your two precious dogs my Emmie and Duffy (Carins) said a big hello. They love the larger furry dogs to be around.

    Have a great week and so enjoy the wedding. Hazel Walker

  37. Ohhhh I do hope I win! Thank you so much for this opportunity! I cannot wait to see all the photos of your daughter’s wedding and your beautiful ‘wedding’ house. What a magical setting and day it will be! How blessed both you and your daughter are to have each other and such a wonderful relationship…can’t wait till she’s expecting her first child (heehee!).

    I personally love all your woodland animal stuffies and your embroidered birdies. I think I’d love to see some (more) patterns for the bluebird and maybe cardinal and hummingbirds and in stuffies too.

    Thank you so much and have a blessed wedding day! Congratulations to all!

  38. judy danz says:

    I have been following you on facebook for some time now. Love your designs and your posts. Such a wonderful give-away too. Thanks you!

  39. These are very nice. I can see why Rosie snagged it for herself.
    I think it would be nice to see a groundhog softie. It would be the only welcomed one at our home, but I still think it would be cute. We actually have some tunnels in our back yard from these little creatures.

  40. I think your daughters wedding is going to be beautiful. I would love to see some of your softies made into kits. They’re all so fun and I love the fabrics you choose for yours so kits would be great.

  41. I love the embroidery – the colors are great! thank you for the giveaway!

  42. Hi Helen,
    As a novice at embroidery I would love to win and sew your ‘Bloom and Grow’ embroidery kit.
    A small ‘applique kit’ would be good too – your ‘Celebration Cake’ is great. I have been making some small applique cushion covers but I lack your wonderful imagination and just take idea’s from the internet!
    Always look forward to your emails.

  43. jenny coles says:

    i would love to win your embroidery
    i love your newsletter hope the wedding goes well
    your ideas are soooooo lovely
    thank you

  44. Hi Helen, thanks for having the opportunity to win the bloom and grow kit. I love the Sound of music. It would be lovely to have it on my bedroom wall. I love flowers!
    It would be lovely to see some softies, perhaps some sheep or cows? Equally another embroidery kit would be very welcome!

  45. Ali Sweeney says:

    How could I have not found Bustle and Sew before now????? All the paper versions of the magazine are in my amazon basket awaiting payday. I love the kit and all your projects so much.

  46. I’d love to win your win your bloom and grow kit! I love your magazine and projects!! I would love any kits with flowers featured and a bit of embroidery!

    I just made your Summer Gypsy Cushion cover…. you can see it on my blog at
    It is a delight to make!! I loved this project, Helen. Thanks for designing it!!

  47. Love to embroidery, and this is just beautiful. Would love to win!!

  48. A bloomin’ great giveaway – thankyou!

  49. This kit is gorgeous, I’m so into hoop art at the moment. Thanks for offering us a chance to win one. 🙂

  50. Lynnette says:

    It’s a lovely kit…hope I win it! Embroidery is so relaxing, especially in
    summer, so I would love to see more of your designs.

  51. Hi, Bloom and Grow is such a lovely kit. I would probably do it for one of my grand daughters. I would like to see more of the Rosie Posie girls but anything you do is wonderful. What about nursery rhymes? Thanks for a chance at this giveaway.

  52. as a new embroider i enjoy seeing all the ideas and love the tutorial on stitches. you make it all seem so easy and i like it when you say its a little more difficult. only because then i know its not me who cant get it right the first time. but w/your help i can understand how the stitches are done. thank you for the chance to win your bloom and grow kit. thank you!

  53. Simply beautiful, no other words can express it more

  54. Really love your magazine – it’s so pretty and inspiring, as are your newsletter and Flickr pages – thankyou so much. Hope the wedding day is perfect and they have many happy years together.x

  55. I just LOVE this. Fingers crossed. Thank you for the chance!

  56. Hi, congrats on the wedding! I Love your embroidery but l’ll love to see a softie kit too! Have a nice sunday!

  57. Beautiful!! I’d love a chance to win your Bloom & Grow kit! Best wishes for a beautiful wedding!

  58. peggy hendrick says:

    Love the look of embroidery on fabric…you can take a ho-hum piece of fabric and really make it look special with just a few stitches! Thanks for the chance to win.

  59. Gina Snyder says:

    Oh what a lovely design on gorgeous fabric! I’d love to win!


  60. Helen, I think any kit from you would be wonderful. Can’t wait for the next issue of Bustle & Sew. Love the embroidery kit and keeping my fingers crossed to win.

  61. I absolutely love your softies. I would really like if you could put together kits for those. Thanks and thanks for the chance to win this awesome kit.

  62. Caroline says:

    Simplistically stunning, so pretty just love the background fabric cannot go wrong with roses and blossoms

  63. jenny palmer says:

    Hi Helen, I have only just learnt about your site and it is so beautiful. The embroidery is lovely so more please. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the wedding 🙂

  64. What a lovely idea…looks so very vintage and fun to do as well. I have loved hearing all about the wedding plans as they have come along…
    One of my favorites has always been redwork and blackwork as well…
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely kit…something to sew when I sit outside in the evenings with a cup of tea and enjoying the sounds of the birds…

  65. Lu Rae G. Smith says:

    I would love this.

  66. Janice Duncan says:

    Hello Helen, I would love to win your Bloom and Grow kit as I have just moved house and have the perfect spot for it….xx

  67. Lu Rae G. Smith says:

    I would love to win the Bloom and Grow kit. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any embroidery. You have very pretty things to make.

  68. Sonia Day says:

    Hi Helen. I have only just started stitching and I find is so relaxing and therapeutic. Your designs are so inspiring and I just hope that one day my stitching will be just a fraction as good as yours. X

  69. I would love to win this kit, so lovely, Thank you! Have a great summer! JAja

  70. Love everything that appears in Bustle and Sew….not enough hours in the day!

  71. Judith Stainer says:

    I am just doing the daisies in the cup , next on my list are the auriculas, it would be lovely to have the fabric to use with the Bloom and Grow pattern .
    Thank you so much for the magazine I really look forward to it coming.
    best wishes Judith.

  72. Mary Ann Jones says:

    Helen you are the tops. The patterns that you designs cannot be beat.
    The coloring and fabric is perfect. Thank you for all you good ideas
    Will be waiting for the wedding pictures. You certainly have been busy.
    I appreciate your taking the time to keep up with the magazine.
    Redwork is one of my favorite projects.

  73. Bloom and grow kit is very cute. I vote for your clock kit pattern.

  74. I’ve admired your “bloom and grow embroidery” since first seeing it so would love to win a kit. I also love your softies. Looking forward to pics of the wedding!!

  75. Carine DESRE-CROUCH says:

    Inspiring, fresh and lovely! Ideal for home made gifts.

  76. Linda B says:

    I enjoy both embroidery and stuffies and love your kits. I’m a huge fan of Rosie and Bear and always enjoy new patterns regarding them.
    X Linda

  77. Floss Hoskins says:

    It took me a while to decide to subscribe but I am SO glad I chose to do so – you offer inspiration, inspiration and more inspiration! I also feel part of a special community, especially as you share snippets of life in idylic Devon and keep us informed about THE wedding. I share in the excitement of wedding preparations as my God-Daughter marries on 16th August. The Bloom & Grow kit would make a great belated extra wedding gift!

    Keep up the good work, Helen. But for now, enjoy your day as Mother of The Bride and may the happy couple share years of wedded bliss.


  78. I Love Your Embroidery Kits and Love Softies Too!

  79. Edelweiss, Edelweiss
    Every morning you greet me
    Small and white clean and bright
    You look happy to meet me
    Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
    Bloom and grow forever
    Bless my homeland forever. :o)

  80. Loving all the wedding ideas as well as your sewing. Enjoy the day, fingers crossed for glorious sunshine!

  81. Sage Arwen says:

    I would love yo win a Bloom and Grow kit. I love needlework of all kinds.

  82. CAROL ROSE says:

    Hi Helen i have recently become a nana and would love to win this prize for my grand daughters room, i would also like to see some softies so I can make her some. Thanks and take good care if you Carol x

  83. Lisa Antell says:

    Your projects and inspirations are so comforting. They bring back pleasant feelings and memories of people, places and times long gone. Thank you!

  84. So sweet…I would finish it for my grand-daughter’s bedroom. Thank you.

  85. I’m very much into stitchery and embroidery and would love to see more kits like this one.
    What I would love to see in a kit designed by you is something to do with the saying
    use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
    I love that saying and it is very appropriate for the cash strapped times in which we are living at present.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  86. maureen murray says:

    thank you for your generosity
    love your work and would love to win a kit bloom and grow so apt!

  87. Love this embroidery as I love all of your vintage inspired embroidery designs but for future kits my vote would be for the softies. You can never have too many softies!

  88. I am enjoying all the wedding items you have been sharing. Thank you for the giveaway, this would be an added lovely item to remember that special day with….

  89. Bustle & Sew is just one of the best and inspiring magazines on the shelf, love everything about it and it’s design is quite unique. Would love a chance to win Bloom & Grow, it is very cute.

  90. Terri Lester says:

    I would LOVE this Bloom and Grow kit! I have the perfect place for it next to the window that looks out on our flower garden 🙂 Of course, I should probably plant a little Edelweiss first!

  91. Patsie Fear says:

    I have spent many hours whiling away in Vide Greniers here and find lovely things mostly in white, I belong to a sewing group and it would be so lovely to have something to show the ladies in colour. I made Humphrey the dog last week and will be taking it down to show them tomorrow – they love to make things for their grandchildren.

  92. Dear Helen! I would love a kit to make an embroidered tea cosy. Your tea cosies are my absolute favourites and my grand mother LOVED the one I made for her (using one of your patterns).

  93. Linda Fleming says:

    What a wonderful kit!
    I’d love to have it.
    Good Luck to the bride and groom.

  94. Mary Mac says:

    Gorgeous kit and would be so much fun to work on this summer.

  95. That is gorgeous
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  96. I didn’t get to your Etsy show soon enough, so I’d love to win this. Thanks for your generosity.

  97. Natalie wakefield says:

    Your work is an inspiration to me. I would love to be entered in the draw.

  98. superstitches says:

    Love this embroidery pattern. It would be wonderful worked into a wedding present.

  99. I have to say more embroidery love your designs with a vintage edge to them

  100. Annette says:

    Absolutely love your work so bright intricate and unique, love you items you have been kindly sharing for your wedding. Would love to be lucky enough to receive your Bloom & Grow embroidery xx

  101. I absolutely love all your designs. It has given me the inspiration to attempt embroidery especially as I took part in a local church sewing project of sewing parts of my area in which we made an 8ft by 8ft parish sewing wall hanging recently. I have an idea as a project as you have mentioned about a up & coming wedding & my daughter just given birth to my first grandchild to make an embroidery piece with s sweet message & special date as a wonderful keepsake. Keep up with your wonderful work x

  102. Megan Deeprose says:

    I would love to win this kit, your designs are inspired! I love all your embriodery designs, so gentle and evocative of a happy creative life. More embroidery kits would be good and adore the wedding mice too! Wishing your daughter and her partner a long and happy marriage xx

  103. Love your newsletter it’s inspiring , I would love to win the bloom and grow kit . I have enjoyed doing embroidery in the past, I was too late on Esty to purchase one so I’m hoping and fingers crossed that I might be a lucky winner. Hope all goes well for the wedding and you all have a lovely day

  104. Love your colour choices and every little thing you show on the magazine be it embroider or softies. Congrats on the weeding !

  105. Mary Martin says:

    Here in Southern CA we garden all the time! I have an English garden and would love to be able to create a few of these flowers with needle and thread!

  106. Nancy in IN says:

    Love to embroidery. I’m needlepointing a Eagle Scout pic for grandson for when he gets his award.

  107. I would love to give this a go 😀 thank you die the opportunity

  108. I would love to give this a go 😀 thank you for the opportunity

  109. This would be wonderful to make for our 9 weeks old granddaughter, she is a little delight. Thank you so much for involving us in your daughter’s wedding, I hope your day is wonderful. X


  110. Janet Marshall says:

    Yes, I would love to win! Helen, every design is so special. Thanks for sharing, Janet

  111. Hello Helen, Thanks for the chance to enter your lovely giveaway. I like your softies and they are always good as kits, but the one for me is embroidery.

  112. I’d be thrilled to win this kit! I love all your makes, and have been particularly following all your wedding crafts as I’m preparing for my own big day!
    Any kit would be great, and I agree with others who have said that the fabrics you choose are so lovely that a softie kit with the actual fabrics would be fantastic!

    Thanks again for all your hard work x

  113. Julie Lanner says:

    I love embroidery kits and I love the Bloom and grow forever song from the Sound of Music.
    Julie in San Diego

  114. Erica Fletcher says:

    I just cannot wait for all these wedding photo´s, and what a gorgeous giveaway! I´m going to vote for softies

  115. kim bowden says:

    wow that would be good to sit and do in hospital , my husband is having life saving surgery on tuesday , and will be in a long time , I was thinking of taking in one of my quilts to hand finish but they are a bit big , think i might just go through my downloads from you and make up a kit to take with .inspiration comes from all sorts of places thanks for planting that seed ! x

  116. Arletta Freeze says:

    This is a beautiful kit! Anyone would be very lucky to win it! I love Softies as well!

  117. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    What a lovely giveaway! Your design is so fresh and Spring like!

  118. I adore your ideas. The magazine is so beautifully put together. Thank you!

  119. Oh its so gorgeous!! I would love to win this so I could give it
    to my eldest sister for her birthday this year as a thank you
    as shes done something really special for me as im disabled.
    Marg ;0 x

  120. kim bowden says:

    I would love to win something like this , I was thinking of taking a quilt to hand finish when my husband goes for a life saving operation on tuesday , but I think I will now go through my downloads from your online magazine and take something smaller and easier to carry with me ,thankyou this give away planted that little seed of inspiration , could be there for 3 weeks so might do more than one !

  121. I’d love to see a kit for a softie. I love this kit, it’s so beautiful. I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures! I wish the happy couple the best life has to offer. Thank you for the giveaway! Good luck everyone!

  122. Pam Berry says:

    Great giveaway, reading this whilst on holiday walking the south west coastal path, plenty of sewing time when I get home.

  123. I love your work, iam not so great in embroidery but i want to learn iT. Wath i love now is softies making from felt. I dream to have my own little shop on THE internet Some day . Wath i like most of your work are THE softies and THE aplication paintings You make . With THE seagul and THE flowerpots i love most.

    I hope You can read my english.

    With kind reggards, Esther

  124. Helen I love all your work and this is just sew special!! Hope the weather is lovely for the very very special day!!!

    Hugs, Jan

  125. Carol Ann Howson says:

    Very best wishes for the wedding, I hope the sun shines showers of love on the happy couple.

    I love the Sound of Music theme for the embroidery kit, I just wish I was still ’16 going on 17′ !

    Best wishes, Carol Ann

  126. Marjorie Nath says:

    Beautiful kit, lovely materials. I don’t have many people to give softies to and if I kept them I’m afraid that my 3 girls (of the dog persuasion) would find them, but I sure would love to see more embroidery designs and kits.

  127. Oh , I would be thrilled to win this kit , thanks so much for the chance 🙂

  128. Dorothy Matheson says:

    I feel like you could be my sister. Such lovely projects you make. What fun you are going to have at the wedding. I made a shawl for my daughter from mohair that I grew on my own goats and cut and washed and spun then wove into the shawl. That was a long time ago now. I sure enjoyed doing that.

  129. Helen Crowder says:

    It’s truly gorgeous Helen, absolutely lovely and a perfect summer project – inspirational! xx

  130. Hi Helen – would love to win this for my own little blossoms that are blooming and growing. LOVE this little crafty corner of the world 🙂

  131. I would love to win because just like your Rosie my Rachel is getting married in August and I would love to make her one….. Pretty please, love your work xx

  132. Tricia Livingston says:

    I would love to win this or any other of your kits. It would be great to see any of your pieces in kit form but I would really love to see the mice. Thanks for a great magazine, I look forward to it every month.

  133. Pauline says:

    So happy to have a chance to win a kit for this lovely piece. I love the fabric you found and have not had any luck finding anything I like as much so winning the kit would be terrific. Thanks for the opportunity.

  134. Brilliant! I really can’t choose between softies and embroidery as I love them both and yours are especially lovely!

  135. Laura Barratt says:

    I would totally love to win this bloom and grow kit! The song reminds me of my mum as sound of music is her favourite film – I could stitch this as a goft for her!!xx

  136. Heather says:

    I really love this “Bloom & Grow” embroidery and the material is so pretty I would cherish it forever! I really love embroidery so more embroidery inspirations from you would be perfect. Hope everything goes wonderfully for the wedding and that the sun shines brightly on the big day <3 and hugs xx

  137. Lovely! I’m looking to try embroidery and this would inspire me to learn!

  138. annette says:

    Love to make this lovely item for my little farm home in Texas. We run a dog and cat rescue and will make this for silent auction to raise funds for vet bills.

    Annette “Nettie”

  139. I loooooove stuffies. But your embroideries are allways beautiful. So it’s a tough choise.

  140. Barbara Roberts says:

    Beautiful kit as always. Softie kits would be nice to be able to buy! Love your creativity!

  141. I would LOVE to win your beautiful Bloom and Grow kit and when I had finished it I would hang it in my craft room, that overlooks the fields, where it would insprire me to create pretty things and to ‘bloom and grow’ myself……I hope the wedding day is all that you wish for……..x

  142. judi gomes says:

    What a lovely kit – and it’s very kind of you to give us a chance to win it! I’d love to see more kits – especially softie kits as your inspired choice of fabrics really make a difference to the finished item. Good luck with the wedding preparations – wishing you all lots of fun and happiness on the big day. Judi x

  143. I love embroidery and would love to win my first suggestion u do throughout the year to draw several kits kit and Bloom and Grow.
    Everyone is cheering for me …
    Best wishes,

  144. Wow it’s so pretty. Whoever wins is the lucky one.

  145. Ahhh… one of my favorite sings and movies too.

  146. Wendy Cookson says:

    As a Brit living overseas, I love reading about your location and what is going on – I do miss the English countryside! Have a wonderful wedding! Softies are the things I do mostly.

  147. Helen,
    I enjoy all your work. But to be able to have one would be even more special

  148. Susan Lindeman says:

    Oh, summer kits sound like a wonderful idea! Hope I win one 🙂 I’d like to see kits for one of your little hedgehogs and mice. Thanks for all you do for your followers and fans!

  149. This kit is so beautiful. It makes my heart sing!

  150. Heather says:

    P.s. That of course should be love and hugs …. Used the heart symbol but it didn’t come out 🙂

  151. This is absolutely beautiful .It would cheer up my penpal in England and give her the incentive to get better soon.

  152. The Bloom and Grow kit is sooooo beautiful. And that fabric is just lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

  153. Lori Morton says:

    Loooove this Kit!! 🙂 I looooove your stitching projects alot…but think sofite kits are a wonderful idea!!

  154. Chrissie Stewart says:

    This is such a pretty, Spring-y kit! I’d love to win it, Helen!

  155. Cynthia Sliker says:

    Ahh, how lovely! All of your designs have been wonderful, but your fabric selections really make them pop! I love the softies, and make most of them, but the embroideries have a special spot in my heart, and that is what I do every evening! It is nice to have a chance to win, but with sooo many others also trying, I will just be happy for whomever is the lucky gal!!!

  156. I’m partial to the embroidery, especially if it has a vintage look to it. This is a gorgeous kit!

  157. TerriSue says:

    I would love to win this to make up for my son and his beautiful bride-to-be Becca who are getting married in November. I think I could get it done even though I’m making the veil by hand, embroidering and making the ring bearers pillow, making the garter by hand and embroidering something special on it, and then making the wedding cake and the grooms cake. I would like to give them something they could display in their home. Thank you for the chance.

  158. Just what’s needed to brighten up winter here in the southern hemisphere; looks beautiful and alive 🙂

  159. I love it!!!!

  160. Mandy lockey says:

    I would love to win one of your kits, I find your ideas a patterns inspirational
    Hoping I will win:)
    Good luck everyone

  161. Charlene McCullough says:

    I love the fabric you chose for the Bloom and Grow kit. It adds to to simplicity of the phrase. Just beautiful. I read your blog always and subscribe to you magazine, which by the way I dearly love. I would really love to win thee kit. Thanks for the chance.

  162. Lyn Smith says:

    Love your Bloom & Grow embroidery & would love to win the kit. Thanks for the chance. I think both lots of kits would be great. I love embroidery & I love softies so really can’t choose between them.

  163. Brenda B says:

    Would love to win this beautiful kit. Wishing you and your daughter a wonderful wedding. Can’t wait to see the pictures….

  164. You have wonderful taste and great ideas!

  165. Would love softie kits! Of course, any kits are nice! 😉 Thank you for sharing with us.

  166. Chris Smith says:

    I’m new to your blog and website. Think it is wonderful. Embroidery softies would be the best of both!

  167. Denise Gebign says:

    Wow Helen you have outdone yourself…this kit is absolutely lovely!! Thanks for all your inspiration!!

  168. It`s a charming kit and the winner will be very lucky. I enjoy embroidery and would like to get back to doing more of it. Enjoy the last minute run up to the wedding.

  169. I just love receiving your magazines and weekly emails. I noticed how beautiful the Bloom & Grow is in the last magazine and thought I would love to make that. My mother taught me to embroider along with other needley and sewey things and I am now rediscovering (obsessing might be a more accurate word) those things, especially embroidery. Any kit you come up with I’m sure I will love.

  170. I think a Florence flamingo or toadstool pincushion kit would be great!

  171. Oh Helen , you do such wonderful designs.Iam not much into embroidery but you have inspired me! Would LOve to have a chance at one of your designs

  172. Regena Fickes says:

    I am praying for lovely wedding weather. How precious to want an handmade wedding! I would love more embroidery patterns.
    Thank you for the chance to win this lovely kit.

  173. Jane Riggs says:

    Absolutely lovely. I enjoy your embroidery projects.

  174. Nancye Aitken says:

    Hi Helen,This is a beautiful pattern,but most of your patterns are gorgeous!!

  175. What a lovely idea. All the best for the big day and I hope all goes well as I’m sure it will with all of the preparation that has been going on.

  176. stephanie bergeron says:

    How lovely! I am an equal opportunity crafter–Or I just can’t make up my mind! I love anything pretty and fun and this kit sure is all that and more!! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win one. 🙂

  177. It is just glorious

  178. Delcia Rosenow says:

    Love the quote! My mother-in-law loved The Sound Of Music and I remember it from the movie. Thanks for a chance to win.

  179. Carol Putnam says:

    Oh,Helen, I so love all that you do. I’d love to win this stitchery giveaway. I’m a quilter and do a lot of embroidery. Your work is exquisite! Have a delightful time with the wedding.

  180. This is just blooming marvellous! Now if only you could grow me more spare time to sit and sew that would be lovely! Fingers crossed I’m lucky x

  181. chrishanthi sehkar says:

    Love your creativity !

  182. Linda Rielly says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to possibly win this wonderful piece of embroidery, Bloom and grow. More embroidery would be nice and also softies. As I could not possibly find the fabrics that you get. They are so beautiful…

  183. Hi Helen I would love to win your special prize – I am new to embroidery so a kit would be a fabulous way of being introduced to this wonderful craft. Sounds like your wedding plans are now gearing up – I know you will all have a wonderful day.
    Fingers crossed that I am the lucky person to win your wonderful prize.

  184. Maggiemarl says:

    Such a beautiful idea! Love your vintage patterns. Living in Devon, it’s lovely to feel “local” to your great, inspiring magazine. Hope the sun shines for your very, very special and joyous day, especially after all your hard work. Blessings to you all

  185. Jodie Macauley says:

    I love your little animals, so I would love to see a little kit for the mouse or perhaps the deer in time for Christmas? ooh keeping fingers & eyes crossed. Jx

  186. Beccy Black says:

    Such a pretty kit, I would love to win it!

  187. bello!!!!! e anche l’idea è molto bella come tutto quello che trovo nella rivista

  188. Dear Helen,

    I have just discovered your site and blog and within hours it seems, there is a give away. I love hand embroidery and spend too much of my spare time doing it, at the expense of the cleaning, tidying, washing … I am inspired, by your patterns and ideas to try my hand at appliqué now, but in the meantime would love to practise my skills on the Bloom and Grow kit #Edelweiss rules!
    Great to have discovered you – thank you for your inspiration and hope the big day goes well.
    Have a great week from a sunny Barcelona!

  189. your embroidery kit is fabulous; i love tthe background fabric you found!!!! i prefer embroidery kits to softie kits and enjoy a mix of embroidery and applique 🙂 thank you for the beautiful give away!

  190. Lesley Jenkins says:

    Only found you a couple of months ago loving everythjng just need more
    time. Would love to make up one of your kits fingers crossed,

  191. I love your work and the Bloom and Grow Quilt is just the thing to brighten up our dreary winter here in Australia. Thank you for the give away and the opportunity to win this kit. 🙂

  192. Susan Worrallo says:

    I would love the chance to win, I think a softie giveaway in the future would be great as the materials you use are sometimes hard to find a close enough match to re-create the look you have designed.

  193. Jan Kelley says:

    Hi Helen, What an absolutely beautiful little kit, I love your beautiful creations. You inspire me to challenge myself, as I have only just started to hand embroider. I would be thrilled to win your Lovely Bloom and Grow Kit.
    Thank you for all the inspiration.

  194. Susan smith says:

    Gorgeous design – love it.

  195. Julia Jones says:

    I have only just found your website today, and how lovely it is. I am returning to sewing after many years of absence, and am in the process of acquiring fabrics at present, I seem to have a rather long list of things I want to try – isn’t it always the way.

  196. I love this kit and would definitely be delighted to win it in the giveaway. Would vote too for more embroidery kits, they provide such a great opportunity to personalise and adapt the patterns

  197. amazing offer.gorgeous colours.would love to get the chance to make it.
    Would like to see softie kits of birds and woodland animals.Think kits are a great idea to let you try something out.Good luck for the wedding.

  198. Bonjour Helen 🙂
    I would love to win one of your beautiful kits. I wish you all the best for the wedding and hope you will post a few pictures and share you happiness with your readers!

  199. More embroidery. You do amazing work. Thank you for your free patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

  200. Sew dang cute:)

  201. A super cute embroidery pattern. And you can’t go wrong with a Sound of Music quote 🙂 Ever since I showed my son a picture of your two big dogs, he wants to get his own Newfie!

  202. Always so inspiring!! Thanks Helen…it’s so lovely!

  203. Alison Hogben says:

    You always have beautiful projects that are always so inspiring. 🙂

  204. This is very beautiful. I would love some more kits of Ben & Daisy, love them almost as much as my own Newf Fergus. x

  205. Hi Helen. I would love to win one of your kits. The items that you produce are such high quality and very professionally made. I love to see your finished products. I think that maybe it would be an idea to alternate your “giveaways ” !!! Hope your wedding went well x

  206. yvonne kerr says:

    Hello Helen, I love your Bloom and Grow embroidery, especially the different styles of letters and would love to win a kit, the fabric is perfect. Last Christmas, I made a fabric book cover for my granddaughter and embroidered Bloom and be happy. Always look forward to receiving your magazine, you are so very inspiring. I would love it if you could at some stage include a full alphabet to embroider and perhaps a cute vintage style kitten embroidery design. Looking forward to seeing the wedding pics, have a lovely day.

  207. Linda Earnest says:

    Oh, I’m hoping Ben (or Daisy) picks my name as the winner of the Bloom and Grow giveaway. I love your designs and purchased the corgis with the banner pattern which I made into a pillow for my daughter who is a proud corgi owner!

  208. Jessica D says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for all that you do!!

  209. I love to make knit toys. A small knit toy kit would be lovely!

  210. Rita Butt says:

    Hello Helen. Love your blog. I am just getting back into embroidery and trying my hand at embroidery again on many of my projects. LOVE your stuff and free patterns. I would love to receive one of your kits. Thank you.

  211. Joanne Wessel says:

    I would love to win this stitchery….I always sang “Edelweiss” to my two oldest grandchildren at bedtime, and now I am singing it to my youngest 3 year old granddaughter as she snuggles down for bed. It is such a beautiful song, and your stitchery just brings it to life. Thank you for sharing it!

  212. I would love to win this kit. I would HAVE to watch the movie while i worked!
    although as a subscriber I DO have so much to be getting on with already, good luck everyone!

  213. I would love to win this kit. I love embroidery.

  214. Diana Nordman says:

    You always have such lovely ideas. I’ve enjoyed all of them since I started taking your magazine. Keep those lovelies coming.

  215. Natalie Baca says:

    I so enjoy you magazine & Blog. So much inspiration!!!

  216. So beautiful Helen, thank you for the chance to win 😀 x

  217. John Hutchens says:

    very nice thanks for the chance to win

  218. As a newcomer to Bustle & Sew I would like to say how I look forward to receiving the book every month. To receive other e mails as well comes as a lovely surprise.
    The embroidery kit looks so pretty.

    All good wishes from my part of sunny Devon.

  219. Marie McNeil says:

    ♡♡♡Just beautiful!♡♡♡ I would love to win this wonderful kit as I have just discovered the joys of sewing again through your beautiful magazine. I have bought every back issue I can find via Amazon and am simply in love!

  220. Michelle Wright says:

    The simplicity of the statement is beautiful. I’d like to see more softie kits.

  221. Sarah Smith says:

    I love reading your magazine and your blog. I really love seeing pictures of the historical architecture from the areas around England (and of course your two beautiful furry friends). I love all of your patterns, so I am excited to see what is next for your magazine and giveaways! Thank you for sharing, and thank you, for offering this gorgeous kit as a giveaway!

  222. Wow!! Znalazłam te cudowne książki / miesięczniki na Amazon i tak tu trafiłam.
    Jestem zauroczona ♥
    Dołączam do grona podglądaczy i obserwatorów.
    Będę wiernym czytelnikiem .
    Nieśmiało zapisuję się też w kolejkę po ten cudowny giveaway 🙂

  223. Gina Emily says:

    I love your website and reading all the comments from around the world!
    How awesome the web is!
    I’m looking forward to winning the embroidery kit, and promise to post a picture of the completed embroidery with a personal twist.

    Thank you,

  224. I found your site just recently and have been inspired to try quite a few new projects( much to the delight of my 3 granddaughters).I love the Bloom And Grow kit and who ever wins this will,I am sure be delighted with it. May your daughter’s wedding be truly a day to remember and may they both Bloom and Grow together as man and wife. Looking forward to seeing all the wedding photos. I have been ordering your magazine from Amazon as I do like to hold a book in my hand from time to time. Have a nice day.

  225. Sherry Kane says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful giveaway

  226. Tracey - guineapiggirlwirral says:

    When I saw this pattern this pattern my stomach gave a little flip. The Edelweiss song from the Sound of Music has always held a very special place in my heart. It is such a poignant part of the film, and was the tune played by a beautiful soft bunny soother I bought for my baby. Whether I win the kit or not I will be making this beautiful embroidery.

    I would love to see some softie kits for your give-aways, but if the embroidery kits are this beautiful it really doesn’t matter.

    Keep up the good work Helen. It was lovely to see one of your projects in a recent magazine I bought. It was like spotting a friend’s picture. I wanted to point you out and say “I know who that is” to anyone who would listen 🙂

  227. Fabulous giveaway Helen!
    More embroidery please

  228. I would love to see more embroidery kits. They are so lovely.

  229. Jeanette Schafer says:

    I would love to win the Bloom and Grow Kit as I think it is so pretty and would be lovely to make for my son and his partner who are expecting their first baby in September.

  230. Beautiful kit! If I win this, it’s going in my daughters’ room. Thanks! I would like to see more embroidery from you!

  231. Nikki Pacheco Theard says:

    I love the sweet vintage embroidery kit, certainly would be lovely to sit and embroider as summer’s heat makes all our days so darn hot.

  232. I am exploring new embroidery sites every week and just found this page. I hope I win!

  233. Joyanne Tollis says:

    I’ve just purchased your lovebirds pattern and can’t wait to get started. Inspirational website.

  234. I have never done any embroidery but seeing this has made me want to have a go. The school holidays start soon so it would be lovely to sit in the garden listening to the birds and learning a new craft. 🙂

  235. Elizabeth Wallace says:

    I love this. It is just beautiful

  236. Linda Stanley says:

    Hi Helen
    Absolutely love your e magazine after recently finding you via Amazon. Although I constantly sew and quilt having my own purpose built space, after reading your blogs I started to pick up on embroidery again after many years,. I found your simple but effective designs inspiring and easy to follow though I do put my own spin on them. I recently finished your sailor design on two cushions, one for dad for Fathers Day as dad used to be a sailor. Loving your wedding ideas, makes me wish I was planning one too, such lovely ideas, your daughter is very lucky to have you!

  237. Belinda Bentley says:

    So happy to discover bustle and sew. Truely inspired but what project is going to be first? X

  238. Christine says:

    Hi Helen, I would love to be in with a chance of winning the Bloom and Grow kit. I love so much of what you do and really enjoy the newsletter each month. Hope everything goes well on THE BIG DAY and the sun shines for you. X

  239. This would be lovely for my friends baby room 😀

  240. I don’t usually like kits, there’s always something I want to change, but yours is wonderful.

  241. what beautiful kit I absolutely love it

  242. barbara woods says:


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