Wow!! I think this was the best giveaway ever! I have the most amazingly inventive and imaginative readers – thank you so much for all your suggestions for naming my little green bear. I only wish I could give everyone a prize. Sadly I can’t – so I visited the random number generator website, entered my numbers and pressed the button …. and the winner is ……
Helen Jane – and the little green bear now has a name as well as a new home for Easter – his name will be “Moss”. Well done to Helen Jane (I have emailed you) and thank you to everyone else who entered. The pattern to make your own little bear just like Moss will be in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out on Thursday 28th.
And if you are still looking for a cute softie friend to join your family this Easter, then I still have two little knitted bunnies seeking a kind new home …… Blossom and Poppy (at either end of the line up) still need kind new homes …. you can find them listed in my Etsy shop.
My friend Jacqui – this is her ….
is an amazingly talented designer and illustrator – but also ridiculously camera-shy!! You may remember that Jacqui and I have collaborated on a range of Sewflapdoodle patterns for Bustle & Sew – my all-time favourite is the one she created for her little dog Lionel and Ben ….
And now Jacqui is setting out on a new venture – her own online shop offering her artwork as printables – there will be bunting, cards, invitations, (all can be personalised) as well as her very own paper doll designs. Her shop isn’t quite ready yet, but in the meantime she’s giving away her printable St Patrick’s Day bunting and placecards when you join her free newsletter….
If you’d like Jacqui’s St Patrick’s Day bunting, then please just click on the image above to join her newsletter (she promises never to share your email address with anyone else) and your free printables will be sent to you straight away.
You might meet a little black baby bear!! At least that’s what everyone has been calling that naughty Miss Daisy. Ben is feeling much better now, and the simple expedient of removing his collar has stopped her pulling and twisting his neck. I don’t think he’s very likely to run away while we’re out, and if we did become separated (1) everybody round here knows who he is and where he lives; and (2) he is micro-chipped.
Meanwhile, as well as black baby bears, here at Coombe Leigh we have other colours too …..
A new pattern for the April Bustle & Sew Magazine. I’ve never created a bear softie before as there are so many wonderful bear-makers and designs out there – but these little creatures are, I think, some of the easiest to make you’ll find. Once I’d worked out the pattern pieces and sewn the trial version, each bear took me about 2 1/2 hours – and they’d be wonderful little gifts for special people. They’re not jointed so their limbs don’t move, but for me simplicity was everything – as well as cute appeal of course! There’s a bit of a bear theme developing for the April issue … I’ve also finished a new and very simple stitchery also featuring bears ….
This little couple have launched their sky lantern (balloon) for a lifetime’s luck and hope that their happiness will last forever. This is a really simple design and would be great for a beginner – or just a couple of hours stitching for the more experienced. I do hope you like them both.