Keeping Busy and a new pattern collection

I may have been a little quiet here on the blog lately, but I have been keeping very busy!  As well as being a very proud new grandma(!) I’ve been spending lots of time cosied up on the sofa indulging my love of hand embroidery.  I have the embroidery part of two projects finished for next month’s magazine and they’re pinned to the board in my workroom to keep them out of harm’s way until I get around to assembling them …blog01

(apologies for the poor quality of the photos – it has been so dark here all day, and has hardly stopped raining once!).  The first project – at the top of the board is the promised design for cat lovers.  I’ve been enjoying the new BBC tv series Dickensian and so I chose a quote from the great man “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” to incorporate into my banner. That’s why the Carpe Diem Banner is hanging there too – I need to remind myself of the best way to put everything together!

Beneath are two parts of a single project – a dream catcher.  I’ve seen lots of these around, but never attempted one myself, being much more comfortable with embroidery than weaving!  But then I thought, why couldn’t there be an embroidered dream catcher? And now there is!  There are little metallic beads on the main design as well as a floral element.  This will be mounted in a hoop with the four satin stitched feathers attached at the bottom on nice cord or ribbon.  Maybe a few beads too?  I’m not quite sure yet.

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I’m fairly confident now my idea is going to work, but I couldn’t tell without working the embroidery first!  My final successfully completed project this week is our new 2016 Spring Pattern Collection

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Featuring 12 of my favourite designs for spring stitching.  I loved putting this collection together, such an antedote to the persistent grey gloomy days we’ve been experiencing here in Somerset.  I’ve listed it in the Bustle & Sew store at a special introductory price of $12.50 (it will usually be $25), so please just CLICK HERE if you’d like to find out more.

PS it’s also available in paperback form from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

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Congratulations and many blessings for your new grandbaby! I love your new patterns, especially the dream catcher…It’s so creative!

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Thanks Linda – indeed it will! I am so fed up of wet muddy walks and continuous washing of dog towels! Never mind, we’re past the shortest day now so spring is not too far around the corner. xx

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We’ve been enjoying the Dickensian series too. Love the embroideries, love the way you have displayed them as well, might just pinch that idea with a few pieces of my own I have found.
Julie xxxxx

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There’s been a lot of criticism of it I know, but like you I think it’s great to imagine the characters’ other lives. xx

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