A very quick post indeed as this afternoon I’m bit busy with my Mr Fox “How to Stitch Fur” video tutorial for the December Magazine. But this morning I popped into Dartmouth for coffee with friends and while we were enjoying a stroll around the narrow twisty lanes I happened to glance into a shop window and saw…… THIS!!
Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a little fox. Now this little fox had one special dream that he held tight to his heart and did nothing about while he waited and waited and waited for it to come true. But one day he met a very wise old owl who told him that it’s no good just waiting and hoping for your dreams – you have to make them happen.
So one starry, snowy night, the little fox chose a very bright and shiny star. Then he sat for a long time on a nice fat comfy toadstool and gazed at this star very hard indeed while he wished for some help to make his dream come true …..
And the very next day he saw an advert for embroidery classes. He instantly enrolled and carefully practised his stitches every day. Now his dream really has come true …..
He can embroider beautifully!
A very silly story!! But my fox is all finished and ready for the December Bustle & Sew Magazine. And in the magazine, as well as the pattern for Mr Fox, I am including a link to a new video tutorial that will show readers how to stitch him – especially the shading of his fur. The second picture of my fox is another lovely illustration from Flapdoodledesigns that’s destined to feature on the cover of a new collection of Bustle & Sew patterns – the Woodland Collection that’s coming very soon.
I can hardly believe that Christmas Day is behind us now! So much anticipation, preparation and general excitement and then – the day was gone in a flash! Townie Husband ate lots of roast potatoes (too many to count!), I am ashamed to report that I was rather greedy with Rosie’s home-baked mince pies, whilst Rosie and Ben were observed snuggled down in a corner together scoffing chocolate Santas (Ben’s were doggie-chocs of course). There was laughter and fun, a little (but not very serious) bickering, and a good time was generally agreed to have been had by all.
During the holiday period between Christmas and New Year I have always loved to sit down with a sewing project – this year I’m hoping to make some progress on my rather neglected snowflake door curtain – but that’s not anywhere near ready to show yet. So I thought this might be a good moment to share instead my Patchwork Pup tutorial, created from a selection of vintage and new Liberty fabric from their new Liberty Lifestyle Collection.
Liberty fabrics are so quintessentially English – and their new craft range works really well with their vintage designs too as the more vibrantly coloured craft fabrics beautifully complement the more muted tones of their vintage patterns.
The pup’s body is created from a cheat’s version of pieced hexagons – all machined onto a firm cotton base creating a nice strong fabric for your softie. My finished puppy measured about 10″ long, but the pattern can easily be re-sized if you wish. If you’d like the free tutorial then please just just CLICK HERE to download the pdf file.
I have butterflies in my insides … I was feeling very brave when I uploaded this, but now I’m not quite so certain. But anyway (deep breath) here goes …..
I want to introduce to you my first-ever video tutorial. It’s an explanation of the way I go about freestyle machine embroidery – and uses the tea cosy above as the learning project. Before I recorded it I had no idea my voice sounded like that and I’m not at all sure that I like it. Ben makes a much better video subject than me, but sadly he is unable to (a) sew and (b) talk. So there was really no alternative. It’s in two parts ….
Tutorial Part One
Tutorial Part Two
Please let me know if you like it – it’s quite long (hence the two parts) as I wanted to include everything I could think of so that it would be useful to someone who’d never tried this before, as well as those who just want to pick up some handy hints. Fingers crossed!!