Giveaway: Bunny seeking kind new home

by Helen on May 16, 2013

Giveaway for Bustle & Sew

 Do you remember my Fuzzypeg softie pattern?  He was such fun to sew that I’ve made another – this time a friendly blue bunny in the softest felted cashmere.  His tummy is Fox Hollow organic cotton, and he has the cutest woolly pompom tail.  But …. he has nobody to love him.  Fuzzy lives here with me, and I don’t have room for another rabbit on my shelf, which means that this little fellow is looking for a kind new home – can you help?

  For the chance to win this little blue bunny please leave a comment below telling me what new softie pattern you’d like to see in the Bustle & Sew softie store.     The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will post worldwide.  The draw will close at midnight BST on Tuesday 21 May.

Good luck everyone!



Mr Fox, Mr Badger, Emily and Oliver …..

by Helen on November 25, 2012

I had hoped to be writing this post while toasting my toes in front of our new woodburning stove.  Sadly this is not the case.  Two very nice builders arrived on Thursday to take out the old fireplace and run a liner up the chimney.  Sounded very simple – what could go wrong?  But … as so often happens in old houses there was a problem.  At the back of a chimney there was an unexpected brick ledge, and then a bend so it was impossible to run the liner through and, after lots of discussion between themselves, the two very nice builders went away again.  Later another builder arrived and, after inspecting our chimney, announced that it would be possible – but would require extra work.  We are booked in again for mid-December and I am still hoping that our stove will be installed in time for Christmas. 

None of this affected the high spirits in our house this morning when my friend Lisa brought her six year old twins around for a Bustle & Sew photo session.  Ben was very pleased to see the twins – especially Emily who is quite happy to tickle his tummy at some length while he lies prostrate on the floor with all four paws waving gently in mid-air.  Oliver and Emily were here to model my Woodland Animals glove puppets – another pattern for the December magazine …. 

Woodland Glove Puppets

 Oliver soon made friends with Mr Fox …. 

Woodland Glove Puppets

 Then Emily and Mr Badger joined in …  

Woodland Glove Puppets

Come on out Emily, we can’t see you!! 

Woodland Creatures Glove Puppets

The session descended into chaos!!

Mouse and Rabbit Finger Puppets

 Order was finally restored when these little finger puppets made an appearance – and just as quickly disappeared, heading off home with the twins!

Patterns for all these puppets will be in the December issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out this Thursday!


Choc(k)s Away!!

by Helen on August 14, 2012

chocs away!!

No – not those kind of chocs!!  Although I think that if I am ever going to appear in front of the video camera (as one or two people have suggested), then those kind of chocs should indeed go away for a very very long time!!  

But before I get around to the real subject of this post, I must take a moment to thank all those lovely people who took the trouble to email me or leave comments about my first ever video tutorial.  It was so kind of you to reassure me that (a) my voice is not really very silly and (b) you thought it was quite useful.  I think I have replied to everyone, but if I’ve missed you, then please let me say a great big “THANK YOU” here.   

Kittens Embroidery

 Also, a big “Thank you” to everyone who commented on Jacqui’s kittens.  If you missed the post, then you can download the free pattern here, and I am pleased to announce that more projects featuring Jacqui’s cute designs will follow in the autumn.

Now, back to Chocks Away!  

Chocks Away: (v)  term used by British pilots in WW2 to indicate that they were ready to take off and therefore required that the blocks placed in front of their plane’s wheels be removed so the plane can take off.  The blocks were placed there originally to stop the plane from rolling away.

And I am pleased to present two little mice pilots all ready to taxi down the runaway and take off!

Mouse and Airplane Sofites

 I am always conscious that maybe I don’t include enough projects to appeal to boys as well as girls, but I am sure that any little boy would love one of these brave aviator mice!  They are easy to make, and I have stitched mine from vintage blanket and other woollen scraps.  The wheels are buttons and the aircraft legs are simply wire wrapped with fabric tape.  I knitted their little aviator scarves from remants of 4 ply yarn.  (I never discard any remants that might be useful!!)

Mouse and Airplane Sofites

The finished planes measure 8″ long and 11″ across the wingspan.  I hope you like them – and the pattern will be included in the September issue of the Bustle & Sew e-zine

PS:  My Rosie and Bear “Around the Year Quilt Book” is now available in print.  You can find it on Amazon: