I thought you might like a sneak preview peek at the cover of June’s magazine ….
There’s lots in there this month, and I do hope you will like it. It’s published on Thursday 30th May, so a little while to go yet – and a chance for me to add a few final finishing touches!
Meanwhile, whilst you’re waiting for the 30th, you might like to pop across to Celtic Thistle Stitches where Fiona is hosting a blog hop “It’s for the Birds” - and a giveaway of some bird themed Bustle & Sew patterns. Do be sure to check out the rest of her blog too while you’re there, she has some lovely tutorials and lots more to look at too!
I know that today is Mother’s Day in the United States. Here in the UK we enjoyed our Mother’s Day back in March – but I’ve decided to celebrate all over again! And because it’s not really Mother’s Day here, my gift is for all my free newsletter readers – whether you’re a mother or not! It’s a copy of my Bustle & Sew Magazine…..
If you’re a newsletter reader, then just go to your free patterns library page on my website and you’ll be able to download your copy there. If you’re not already a reader and would like to receive this magazine, then all you need to do is join using the form in the right hand sidebar. You’ll then receive a link to the free patterns library – as well as more goodies over the coming weeks. (And don’t worry, I never share your email address with anyone else).
Happy Mother’s Day!
You may think from the title of this post that I am talking about Daisy – and her love of stealing my footwear! She doesn’t damage it – just lies quietly and sucks on the laces – which are then of course all soggy and horrible when I retrieve my boots or plimsolls from her determined grasp. But in fact I am talking about the snaffler-in-chief – my daughter Rosie! She and her boyfriend Dan are here for the Bank Holiday weekend and, as always Rosie has been having a good rummage through my cupboard! I wouldn’t let her snaffle my Great British picnic blanket (pattern in June issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine) – I have visions of myself using it on sunny summer afternoons …
And anyway, she already has the patchwork one I made for her last month! She did however manage to acquire another June issue project – my Naughty Kitten wip pouch …
Arguing very persuasively that it would be absolutely perfect for carrying her crochet around with her …..
I had envisaged carrying my embroidery around in it, but she’s right, it will work well for crochet too. I’ll simply have to make myself another! Then Rosie noticed my current work in progress ….
Some candy pink satin stitch roses destined to form the border for a small mirror – another pattern for the June issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine . She has reserved the finished article, assuring me that it will be perfect to sit on the chest of drawers in her bedroom. I think next time she comes I will have to hide all my stitching from her!!
The snaffler-in-chief and me!!
I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my blackwork butterfly over the weekend….
And have discovered that once I get into a sort of stitching rhythm, then the work just flows. It’s really very satisfying to see the intricate-looking black and white patterns beginning to cover my butterfly wings. Though being me, there’s just a touch of colour …
Lime green markings in satin stitch on the wings. That’s why I’ve accented the spots on the pattern with marker pen – so that it will show through my patterning and help me position the satin stitch spots correctly. I have revised my plans for this piece slightly – it will still be framed in lime green patchwork, but will be a picture rather than a cushion as I’m planning to experiment with turkey knots for his body – I’d love him to have a solid fluffy body to contrast with the lacy effect of his blackwork wings. Not sure if it will work yet – will keep you posted!
To me blackwork feels like very “grown-up” embroidery, so unusually for me, I have a second project on the go – a real contrast to my butterfly – though also for the June issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – let me introduce to you – “Nelly in the Sky with Diamonds!”
A little bit of “Simple Stitchery” fun! There’s some simple stitchery in this month’s issue as well – and I’m also giving away my printable birthday bunting to subscribers in honour of Ben’s birthday this week …..
And, as always, the end of the month is a really good time to subscribe as you’ll receive the current issue – and the Stitcher’s Companion – immediately, followed by the May issue and birthday bunting on Thursday when the magazine’s published. To learn more and subscribe, just CLICK HERE – oh, and your first month’s subscription is just $1! Bargain time!