Issue 140 September 2022



I especially love this time of year as summer fades into autumn, the children return to school and the
mornings are golden and misty, echoing to the sound of the migrating geese flying over our house. I love working with an autumnal palette of threads too, reflecting the colours I see in the countryside all around me now. The hedgerows are festooned with hips, haws and berries and, following our dry hot summer, the trees are already beginning to change colour as I write this in the last week of August.

There’s plenty to enjoy within the covers this month, and I must admit there are two of my favourite
patterns of all time – the two little sleeping mice and the lovely sleeping bobbin owl (there seems to be a bit of a theme going on here, perhaps I’m looking forward to snuggling down for a sleep in front of the
wood burning stove as autumn progresses! We also take a little look at lotus silk, one of the most
expensive fibres in the world, and celebrate the harvest in our kitchen and recipe section.

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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