Meet the Maker: Minis by Vane

It’s time to introduce you to the first “Maker” from the July Magazine, the super-talented Vanessa Salazar of Minis by Vane.  Vanessa is a Spaniard living in England who makes gorgeous felt softies from her home in London and injects her own personality into each one.


Vanessa told us that she started making her adorable little softies  totally by chance! One day she took a pencil and started to draw, and without really thinking about it drew a sketch of a beautiful bunny that she thought would make a sweet and perfect teddy. From there she started to design the pattern using bits of felt, fabric and thread. She really liked the result and showed it to her husband,  friends and shared it on social media too.  It proved to be really popular and so her business was born.


This lion is just so adorable!  You can find more of Vanessa’s work over in her Etsy shop or keep in touch on her Facebook page.    Thanks so much for featuring in the July issue Vanessa!


The July magazine was sent out to all subscribers on Thursday morning as usual. However I have had a few people contact me saying their magazine hadn’t arrived and  I’m wondering if there might have been a problem somewhere.  If you’re a subscriber and haven’t seen yours yet then please do email me and I’ll happily send you a new link.

And finally, it seems to have been a very long time indeed since I had a new pattern to show you.  I haven’t had a lot of time for stitching over the past couple of weeks, though I did make sure  I had a hand embroidery project underway for those odd few moments when I had time to relax and unwind a little.  The project was quite a large one – a companion to my White Rabbit hoop that featured in the June Magazine celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  This hoop brings the story up to date with a quote from the Disney film of the same name …..


Again I used a large quilting hoop and duck egg blue linen, together with many of the same colour flosses to ensure continuity and that the two hoops really do look as though they belong together.  The pink centre is an applique circle and, though I don’t think you’ll be able to see properly in this image, it’s surrounded by a border of Pekinese stitch.  I’ve tried to give it a lighter, spikier, mid-century sort of feel as opposed to the more solid, Victorian type flowers in the rabbit hoop.  I do hope you like it and the pattern will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

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