Inspiration can come from all sorts of places, from the obvious to the less so. Below is my latest work in progress – a Little Red Riding Hood embroidery design for the January issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ….
No prizes for guessing who was the model – and inspiration – for the “not-very-scary-
woof ” sorry, WOLF! But inspiration also can be found in all sorts of strange and much less obvious places…. Rosie sent me a picture of her Christmas manicure…..
And I thought …. “I love the clean, simple shape of that reindeer head.” Then I thought…… “he would look great as a machine embroidery/applique project!”
So now I am proud to present to you my next Bustle & Sew Christmas gift ……
My Christmas Reindeer Tote Bag!
A good-sized, sturdy tote that’s quick and simple to make – and perfect for carrying home all your Christmas Shopping! If you’d like to make your own Christmas Reindeer Tote Bag then just CLICK HERE to download the free pattern.
Oh … and I nearly forgot to mention …. for this week only, I am offering a 25% discount on all orders that include a pattern from my Christmas Shop. Just enter code XMAS25 at checkout to claim your discount!
Coming next week – and I do hope you like it! There are seven Bustle & Sew projects (all those shown above) – some vintage patterns as well – articles and features, plus subscribers’ bonuses – free printable Christmas bunting and the opportunity to purchase either (or both!) of my quilting e-books at half-price too!
And of course, as always, the end of the month is the very best time to subscribe as you’ll receive the October issue straight away (containing the projects above) followed by the November issue with all the projects above and your discount codes to purchase my e-books at half-price next Thursday (25th October). So don’t delay – snap up a subscription today!! CLICK HERE to learn more and subscribe.
I had a wonderful time at the Nostalgic Mix Fair in Totnes on Saturday. This is always a great day with a very friendly atmosphere, organised to perfection by Lesley of This n That - thanks Lesley for such an enjoyable event! I took lots and lots of samples – and very nearly sold out! Here’s my stall at the beginning of the day:
You may recognise some of the patterns from the last few months’ issues of the Bustle & Sew ezine. It’s a great opportunity to empty my cupboard – though I love some projects too much to part with them! If you’d like to see more images of the fair and some of the other beautiful stalls piled high with goodies, then just pop over to my friend Sal’s blog – that’s Sal’s Snippets. I’m afraid I wasn’t very well organised so didn’t manage to get around the hall with my camera – but Sal’s pictures are brilliant – and yes, I did sample some of the wonderful cakes on offer in the tea rooms!
If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll see a little goose softie – in a woolly hat! I have revised and added to my original Little Geese Softies pattern to include woolly hats and scarves. The geese up at Coleridge Farm popped their heads over the wall to say “Hello” while Ben and I were out and about a couple of weeks ago ….
They were very interested in us, but not completely sure that we were harmless. And I thought – wouldn’t they look great in hats and scarves!! And then I thought ….
If you’d like to make your own, you’ll find the pattern in my Christmas store. Both the little softies above found new homes on Saturday. And finally … having mentioned the large black furry one, and realising that I haven’t posted his photo for quite some time, here is a totally unrelated picture of him out on our walk today. It was very windy, hence the slicked back fur-style!!
Aren’t they cute? My friend Jacqui is a very talented illustrator who really doesn’t enjoy sewing, although I have been telling her for ages that I think her artwork would make wonderful embroidery patterns. At last I have persuaded her to create a simply adorable design for us – I really enjoyed stitching it. The kittens and mother cat are in shades of brown with little pink noses and tiny green French knots for their eyes. And if you’d like to stitch them for yourselves, then here’s the design ….
Just click on the image above to view and download a larger version from Flickr. If you’d like more designs from Jacqui, then please could you leave a comment below to let us both know… we have plans for some more – but only if enough people like them!!
And finally …….. a special early bird offer if you purchase my Rosie & Bear “Around the Year Quilt Book” this week ….