We’re all very excited here at Bustle & Sew (well, that is to say I am very excited while Townie Husband and Ben are trying to appear as if they are!) as I am embarking upon a collaboration with US artist Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven to bring you a global first !!
Nakisha is a Seattle artist who has been making animal art since her earliest memory.Born in California and growing up on a tree farm in rural New York State, her childhood was filled with art and animals. “Dog” was her first word and her teen years were spent riding her beloved horse, Fox. Her creative parents encouraged her first two passions, art and nature, which she continues to focus on today.
She sells her work on Etsy as Bluedogrose, which is how I came to find her – I fell in love with some of her beautiful images and contacted her to ask if she’d be willing for me to create an embroidery pattern from one of them. Not only did she say “yes,” she created a new image of a Little Stitching Rabbit especially for magazine readers, which is included in the current issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. (even my typing is excited about this!!)
In the autumn Bustle & Sew will be offering five more Nakisha embroidery patterns, all featuring her trademark rabbit. This is the global first – as Nakisha has never offered her designs as embroidery patterns before. I’m thrilled to be working with her, and as rabbits are one of my favourite creatures (although I’ve never owned one myself, I have been friends with one or two), I thought that to while away the time will you’re waiting for Nakisha’s new patterns, you might perhaps enjoy this little bunny embroidery …
Just click on the image above for a (slightly) larger version of the design. If you’d like to be informed when the Nakisha at Bustle & Sew patterns are released, then please do subscribe to my newsletter – where you’ll receive all the latest news, plus extra free patterns and special offers. You’ll see the form in the right-hand side bar of this blog.