Before announcing the winner of my Valentine Bunnies giveaway, I’d like to thank everybody who entered. The weather here has been so grey and stormy, but I’ve felt so cheerful reading all your lovely comments and dreaming of warmer days to come ….
Rather like my naughty Miss Daisy – seen here snoring gently after a morning’s play with her best friend Lionel. I’m sorry I don’t have a prize for everyone – I so much wish I did. But after working the random number generator I’m pleased to announce the winner is comment number 3 – that’s Kathleen Robertson. Well done Kathleen and as soon as you send me your postal details your prize will be on its way to you! There’s still a chance to win my completed Valentine Bunnies stitchery over on my Facebook page though …..
Just CLICK HERE to pop across and enter.
And finally a quick peek at another project coming in the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine
Hope you like it!
Publication day for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine is drawing closer and I’m busy working on the last project to be included. It’s not a traditional sort of pattern …. I’ve started a new series of articles for the magazine “Making Money Making” and I wanted to show how simple shapes can be used in a variety of ways to give great results that are sure to be popular at craft fairs and online. (I don’t at all mind people selling items they personally have made using my patterns, providing they credit Bustle & Sew with the design). I’ve chosen a basic sitting bunny shape and so far have worked it into four easy (and saleable) projects. There’s a set of three bunnies that would make a great Easter decoration ….
Perhaps a larger bunny with gusset for a novelty cushion? Or why not applique the bunny template to a patchwork base for a more traditional look….
And of course it’s always useful to have a little help when you’re trying to take photos ….
Especially when you don’t want dog hair everywhere! Thanks for your help Daisy, I don’t know how I’d manage without you – a little of your help goes a very long way indeed!
I’m just working on the final bunny idea for this month’s issue – I’m all out of time – but I may include another couple of ideas in the March issue. Here’s the final work in progress …..
Exactly the same template, but much much smaller with a border of spring flowers. The bunny project and the first article in my new series about making to sell will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine – it’s out next week, so not too long to wait!
I so much love dreaming up new patterns and designs, playing with texture and colour to (hopefully) create something that I love – and that I hope others will too! When I’m starting a new project, choosing the colours I am going to work with is possibly the most exciting moment of all. I simply adore tipping out a rainbow of floss onto my workroom table, then picking colours and laying them out to make my final selection. For my little Cupid Bear I had to choose 4 colours for his fur that would work well together, as well as deciding upon those for his balloon and wings:
I must admit I tend to work by eye and choose colours that appeal to me, though when I check back I usually find that my choices do fit within colour wheel theory. However I know through sad experience – and much unpicking – that making the right choices isn’t always an easy process, so last year I put together a few pages that I hoped others might find useful about choosing and using colour…..
If you don’t already have it and would like a copy, then please CLICK HERE for the free download. Sometimes though, colours just seem to come together without my even having to think about it – and this is definitely the case for my next design for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine……
Proving, I think, that woodland works for spring as well as autumn projects. This sleepy little fox is still very much a work in progress, although coming along very nicely indeed. I’m afraid there may be a slight delay in showing you the finished design though, as I won’t be doing a lot of stitching over next few days. This is because the date for the operation on my knee has finally arrived and I’m off to the hospital tomorrow. I shall be so pleased to get it fixed as I’m getting a bit fed up of limping around.
“I didn’t mean to hurt you Mum!”
All of this trouble is thanks to Miss Daisy who, when we were out on a walk, charged into the back of me, knocking me flying. Unfortunately when I returned to earth I landed mainly on my left knee which was already a bit wonky due to an old horse-riding injury). So this will be me for a while …
I’m the one at the end!! Still it will be a good excuse to take it easy for a while!
Wow! Amazingly we’re into 2014 already here at Bustle & Sew!! The January issue is all finished and uploaded ready to be sent out to subscribers later this week – lots of new patterns for Christmas holiday stitching. Just click on the image below to preview of the contents …..
Sadly, the price of my e-magazine must rise in the New Year. From January the cost will be $6.50 per issue for new subscribers. But if you subscribe before the end of the month your rate will be frozen at $5.50 per issue – for as long as your subscription continues. So if you’re thinking about subscribing then please don’t leave it until January or you’ll miss out … just CLICK HERE to learn more.