Lots of hand stitching

I am still taking it easy, though my knee feels so much better already.  Ben and Daisy are home now, and doing their best to persuade me to venture into the great outdoors.  We did manage a short walk together, just along the road  this morning, but friends are coming to give them “proper” walks for the rest of this week until I have my stitches out.  It’s so grey and muddy outside, it’s no hardship to cosy up on the sofa in my workroom and bask in the very pink glow of my new rug from IKEA (a treat to myself last time I visited Rosie in Bristol)…..

And enjoy some hand stitching – I have plenty of wedding projects to be getting on with!  I think I’ve made enough little mice now ….

(from my Pincushion Mouse pattern on the free patterns page) They are a very mischievous collection who are partying among the jars Rosie’s collected for her sweet table.  I’m also busy embroidering guest names for the place settings – to be matched with lovely pastel floral fabrics and mounted in small hoops …

Only 60 more to go!!  But luckily I have a new little friend to keep me company – look who’s perching on my sewing machine …

A little lovebird – I think he’s looking for his sweetheart – another handstitching project for me!  

The lovebird pattern will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine.  There’s beginning to be a bit of a romantic theme developing – but then it is Valentine’s Day next month. 


This is my first time to comment on your blog! I love your wonderful little bird and I’m writing to tell you I love those little mice! I downloaded your free pattern and went to town making them. I have a post up and would love for you to come and see mine. At first I couldn’t find your blog, I had pinned your little mice, but couldn’t even find the pin. A reader of my blog had pinned it too and sent your link back to me. So…long story short, I went and updated my post to give you credit and thank you for being so generous to share your talent and patterns with us. I blog at Note Songs and here is the post with the little darling mice:


Thank you again and be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉


Hi Shelia, thanks so much for your kind comments and your mice are beautiful, so pleased you enjoyed making them. xxxx


Hi( as new subscriber to your magazine ) Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying both reading your articles and using the fab patterns . Have just found your blog too … Looking forward to the Feb issue . Hope your back on your feet soon but make good use of the stitching time ,something all use sewists seem to lack xx


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