Earlier this week I blogged about my little vintage bunny who is now finished and added to a stripey vintage ticking cushion. His pattern, together with LOTS of photographs and details of how to embroider his fur, will be in the March Bustle & Sew Magazine.
But I digress ….. what I really wanted to tell you (more about the bunny later) was that last month I drove down to Devon to discuss a partnering arrangement with Ame of Sew & So. I haven’t agreed to anything like this before, as I’m totally picky about who I work with. It’s so important to me that everything to do with Bustle & Sew is both of a high standard and also nice and “friendly” if that makes sense? Bustle & Sew isn’t a big commercial company, we’re just a mother and daughter team who adore stitching and love to share with others who have the same passion for needle and thread. I would hate to lose the personal connection with so many fellow enthusiasts as I’ve “met” so many lovely people and made lots of new friends over the years.
Sew & So have been one of the companies I’ve used for many years – their customer service is amazing, and my orders have always arrived within a couple of days – without exception.
They are a long-established British craft company who also put their customers right at the heart of their business, and Ame and I hit it off straight away. Lots has been happening behind the scenes and they’re now stocking a small selection of Bustle & Sew embroidery patterns, and we’re hoping to expand the range in future to include all kinds of goodies. I’ll be sure to let you know when these become available. Meanwhile, if you’re in the UK, do click on the image above to pop over and check out at their range of products – there’s so much to look at – including their large range of cross stitch designs – which brings me rather neatly to my second departure, and a return to my vintage bunny.
Chatting to Ame (over a coffee and some rather nice pastries) about Sew & So’s range of cross stitch patterns has inspired me to return to that world – one which I haven’t visited for many years, and so the March Magazine will bring Bustle & Sew’s first ever cross stitch pattern …
Still very much a work in progress, you can probably tell that it is in fact my little vintage bunny again – this time I’ve taken the outline shape and filled it with a geometric pattern. I’m intrigued by the possibility of combining cross stitch and freehand embroidery. I plan to develop some of my ideas in forthcoming issues and hope you’ll enjoy this new departure for Bustle & Sew!