sleepy fox

Owls, foxes and our new bunny …

by Helen on August 11, 2014

I’ve been very busy over the weekend working on the patterns for the September issue of the magazine, including my first Christmas pattern of the year (catch a glimpse of my penguin over on Instagram).  In September my thoughts begin to turn away from the beach inland towards the woods as the trees begin to shed the first of their leaves and mushrooms and toadstools peek up through the mossy ground. So I thought it would be fun to create a woodland-style tea cosy for the September issue and at first was considering an owl …..


And put together a whole board of owls on Pinterest while I was looking.  There are so many lovely knitted owl tea cosies, but not many that are sewn.  I was nearly decided upon an owl, when I spotted a lovely illustration  …..


From the very talented EvaJuliet’s shop on Etsy.   I did a little bit more searching and discovered that whilst there were lots of beautiful owl cosies, nobody seemed to have created a pattern for fox-lovers.   So yesterday afternoon while the Newfies were sleeping I did a little measuring and cutting, stitching and snipping and came up with ….

A sleepy fox tea cosy!  Perfect to keep my pot lovely and snug during the colder months.  The pattern for my sleepy fox cosy will be in the September issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  Which will also have a bit of a makeover, including the new Bustle & Sew bunny on the cover for the first time……


Isn’t she adorable!  Next month’s issue will also have some extra goodies inside with more to follow over the coming months!  This website is going to be given a new look in September too – with the updated Bustle & Sew bunny and a more modern (though still very cute!) style.  I do hope you’ll like it!

And finally … thank you so much to everyone who sent lovely emails and messages of support to Ben after his operation and sad experience with some very rude people.  Image4

He’s now fully recovered and allowed to go swimming again.  Here he is about to dive in – what could be a nicer start to the day? he thinks.



Taking it easy!

by Helen on January 11, 2014

Thank you so much everyone for all your kind good wishes for my speedy recovery.  I’m feeling very much better today and it’s amazing how much I seem to accomplished while taking it easy – possibly because my two furry friends haven’t been here to distract me!  

I’ve been thinking ahead to the wedding of the century in June while doing some stitching for the bride.  Rosie tells me that the wedding photographers they’ve chosen like to roam around your house on the wedding morning taking loads of informal shots.  I think that’s a lovely idea, but do think that some decorating will be required – after all muddy splashes and paw prints will not make a very good background for these photos.  So I’ve been considering different colour schemes for my kitchen and think I’ve finally decided on a Cath Kidston wallpaper for the “sitting” end where I have an old sofa (that Miss Daisy considers to be hers although it most definitely is not!) and possibly a Susie Watson pink check fabric for the door curtain ….

We now have a Susie Watson shop in Kingsbridge and I love her ethically produced, softly coloured fabrics.  I used a Susie Watson fabric in my latest project for the February Bustle & Sew Magazine.  I’ve really enjoyed sitting with my feet up finishing it off ….

Yes, that’s where the little sleepy fox ended up!  And there’s going to be a sleepy bunny too, but I’m still stitching him.  The clothes cover is lined with a lovely soft pink Susie Watson fabric – from their remnant box  …

And a padded hanger too.  After all I’m going to need a very special “Mother of the Bride” outfit that I’ll need to store very safely before the big day.  This will be just perfect.  

I’ve also used this “taking it easy” time to think about the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and in particular if it would be economically possible for me to offer a paper copy in addition to the electronic version.  The problem, of course, is the cost of printing and distribution, especially as there’s so much colour inside.  I’m hopeful though that I might finally have found a way … I’ll keep you updated.