Issue 136 May 2022



May is one of the most beautiful months here in the English countryside. Spring is in full flight, as indeed are the birds, butterflies and bees enjoying the warmth of the spring sunshine as new life emerges all around us. Those iconic emblems of summer, the swallows, have returned and are busy seeking out suitable places to raise their families whist blossoms and blooms are everywhere.

This month’s edition has a very spring-like feel I think with several projects ideal for taking outside for some al fresco stitching, as well as seasonal recipes, garden notes and more besides. I particularly enjoyed learning more about May Morris – William’s daughter – having previously been woefully ignorant of her contribution to the world of embroidery and textile design.

The Bustle & Sew Magazine is the work of just one woman, Helen Grimes, the founder of and creative force behind the Bustle & Sew bunny. So if you’re expecting a glossy high-street, high-budget publication, stuffed with adverts and promotions, then this probably isn’t the magazine for you. But if you’re looking for quirky, unusual and fun sewing projects, all with Helen’s unique style, and enjoy filling your home with beautiful ideas, then you’re sure to love the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  And we also include lots of other articles and features – seasonal recipes, craft ideas, poetry corner and much more besides, all celebrating life here in the English countryside.

Don’t forget, you are free to sell items you personally have made from Bustle & Sew patterns. All the templates are included at full size, so there’s no awkward re-sizing – no fiddling around with photocopiers or hanging around at printing shops – you can start creating straight away! I don’t mind if you personally want to make items to sell from my patterns, but you are not licensed to go into mass production.

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