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Pinch or fold a quick crease into a piece of fabric to mark centre points,seam lines, end points of stitching and so on…easy, quick and simple to

remove if you change your mind!

Tips for Stitchers

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March sees the beginning of spring, with the

vernal equinox falling on the 21st. Although thedays will soon be longer than the nights, thatdoesn’t necessarily mean the weather will bewarm and kind, as the first 20 days do still afterall belong to winter. For farmers though it isthe sowing season and in the Christian churchMarch is largely dominated by Lent and theapproach of Easter. Spring flowers such asprimroses, daffodils and crocuses areappearing in hedges and gardens, whilst formany birds and animals March is the beginningof the breeding season, with the behaviour ofone particular species at this time giving riseto the saying “mad as a March hare.”

It was only when these were discontinued thatthe day became one on which young peopleworking away from home, especially those indomestic service, would return to visit theirmothers, traditionally bearing a gift of Simnelcake. This is a rich fruit cake filled anddecorated with marzipan. Eleven balls ofmarzipan on the top represent the Apostlesminus Judas Iscariot.

March 1st is St David’s Day - the patron saintof Wales. Customs associated with this dayinclude the wearing of one of the nationalsymbols of Wales, either a leek or a daffodil.These days, it has to be said, we prefer thedaffodil for fairly obvious reasons! St David’sDay is marked by people of Welsh descentacross the world. Male voice choirs giveconcerts, traditional Welsh dishes such ascawl (broth and meat) and bara brith (speckledbread) are eaten and Welsh song, dance andpoetry are celebrated.

In the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides were

the 15th day of March, May, July and October

and the 13th day of other months. It is the Idesof March however that are best known at theday in 44 BC when Julius Caesar wasassassinated by a group of conspirators ledby Marcus Brutus who stabbed him in theSenate House in Rome. Shakespearefamously gave Caesar’s dying words as “Et tuBrute” (You too Brutus) as his treacherousfriend also drove a dagger into his chest.

And finally - on a happier note - this mostaction-packed of months also brings us St

Patrick’s Day on the 17th. This is a publicholiday in Ireland and is celebrated worldwideby people of Irish descent. Festivities includeparades, parties and marching bands.

In the UK we celebrateMothering Sunday onthe fourth Sunday inLent. Originally thisfestival had nothing todo with mothers, butwas originally markedby processions to themother church of thediocese.

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Be HappyHoop Art

Since stitching this hoop I simplycan’t get the old Bob Marley songout of my head!

This is a fun way to show off yourdifferent stitches, including bullionstitch, French knots, stem stitch,detached chain stitch, satin stitchback stitch and straight stitch. Thetwo sides of the design are workedin exactly the same way. It isn’t abeginner’s project, but as long asyou’ve mastered these stitches it’snot difficult, so an intermediatelevel project.

Shown mounted in 7” hoop.

Materials● 10” square cream cotton, linen or

cotton/linen suitable for embroidery

● DMC stranded cotton floss in colours 155,310, 704, 726, 747, 839, 967, 3341,3706, 3740, 3819 and 4095


Use two strands of floss throughout exceptwhere otherwise specified. Need to brush up on your stitches? CLICK

HERE to download my free stitch primer“Simple Stitchery”

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Look!a lovely idea

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Fed up of losing your page? Keep yourfavourite book dog ear free with this fabulousfabric bookmark by the lovely Sedef fromDown Grapevine Lane.Image & Tutorial: www.downgrapevinelane.com

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“I have always lovedcreativity since I was asmall child, it was whereI felt the happiest and

most inspired”

talks to us about freehand embroidery,tangled threads and how she started her business,

Meet theMaker

In 2012 Sarah started Little PipDesigns from her home in NorthDevon. She creates lovinglyhandmade textile gifts andaccessories, combining beautifulapplique with freehand machineembroidery.

I have always loved creativity since I wasa small child, it was where I felt thehappiest and most inspired. Afterschool I decided to wanted to study Artand Design full time at college. Overthose two years we were given a widerange of projects in different areas fromgraphics, fine art to crafts andphotography. But the projects I lovedthe most were those that included lotsof fabric, drawing and making. Aftercollege I moved away from North Devonto study a BA (hons) in Fashion &Textiles in Taunton at Somerset Collegeof Arts and Technology. In my final yearI concentrated on just making my owncollection of fabrics without developingit in to clothes through digital andscreen printing. It was an amazing threeyears and made me grow as an artistand person more than I may haverealised at the time.

In 2009 after graduating from mydegree,I moved back home to NorthDevon and started working withchildren at a school, after-school cluband holiday club. This included workingat mainstream schools and a specialneeds school, often helping in the artcorner and encouraging their creativity.I decided I wanted to apply to teachertraining to become a primary artteacher. Unfortunately at this time Istarted to become frequently unwelland no longer had enough energy to domy jobs. Following on from this this Ihad to have three lots of surgery andcountless treatments which left mefeeling unable to do much. However Ihave never been the type of person tosit around, feel sorry for myself and giveup. I started drawing, sewing, readingand dreamt of what I could do now andso was born ‘Little Pip Designs’ inOctober 2012. I believe everythinghappens for a reason and sometimeslife has a different plan for you than theone you intended but that’s notnecessarily a bad thing, it’s sometimesan amazing thing. I got the nicknamePip whilst at university and respond tomore than my real name sometimes, itfelt right to include this in my businessname.

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A Change in the Year ….

It is the first mild day of March:Each minute sweeter than before,

The redbreast sings from the tall larchThat stands beside our door.

There is a blessing in the air,Which seems a sense of joy

to yieldTo the bare trees, and

mountains bare;And grass in the green field.

William Wordsworth

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Penelope &Peanut Softies

I don’t know what it is about babyelephants that makes them quiteso cute, but Penelope and Peanuthave it in trunkfuls(!)

Standing just under 5” tall andmeasuring around 8 ½” from trunkto tip of tail every home has roomfor a Penelope - or Peanut! They’rereally easy to make from either felt(choose a nice quality wool-blend),vintage blanket (like my pair) oreven old felted knitwear. Then justadd some contrast fabric to theirears and finish with a nice twine tail.

The perfect pachyderm!

Materials● 8” x 14” felt/vintage blanket/felted knitwear

or other non-fray fabric for main body

● 6” square contrast felt for under gusset(optional - if you want to make the gusset inthe same fabric as the body then there willbe enough in the large rectangle of fabricabove)

● 4” x 6” printed cotton fabric for ears

● 3” twine for tail

● 2 small spherical black beads for eyes

● Toy stuffing

● Stranded cotton floss or cotton perle threadfor seams

● Black thread


The seams are sewn by hand using cross stitchto make a decorative finish. To do this usethree strands of cotton floss. Place your pieceswrong sides together and join along edges withhalf-cross stitch. Then work back the otherway to complete the stitch. This will give you anice strong seam that will not come unravelled ifone thread is broken.

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> 125 ml Double cream

> 2 1/2 tablespoons Unsalted butter> 1 teaspoon Maldon salt> 150 grams Caster sugar> 2 tablespoons Golden syrup> 2 tablespoons Water

> 350 grams Self-raising flour> 1 1/2 teaspoons Bicarbonate ofsoda> 3/4 teaspoon Maldon Salt> 200 grams Unsalted butter>140 grams Soft dark brown Mus-covado sugar> 140 grams Caster sugar> 2 Large eggs> 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract> 300 grams Mars bars roughlychopped> 100 grams Milk chocolate,(roughly chopped)> 3 tablespoons Salted CaramelSauce

Mars BarStuffed Salted


> In a small pan over a low heat melt the butter in thecream along with the salt and remove from the heat.Add the vanilla extract and leave to cool, set aside.

> In a large pan add the sugar, golden syrup andwater. Gently heat until amber in colour, reduce theheat even more so then add the cream mixturewhisking whilst doing so. Remove from the heat andtransfer to a sterilized jar.

> Pre-heat the oven to 190C,170C(fan),350F andbutter a 9 x 13 inch baking tin. Line the bottom withparchment paper and butter this too. Set to oneside.

> Add to the a medium bowl the flour, bicarbonateof soda, salt and give everything a little stir. Set toone side.

> In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment mixtogether the butter, light brown muscovado sugarand caster sugar on medium speed until you have asmooth, creamy, fluffy mixture. This should take 5-8

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WoodlandCushion Covers

In the past I’ve always associatedwoodland-themed patterns with theautumn, but then I startedwondering why we shouldn’t enjoythem in the spring months too. Sohere are two delightful younganimals - a fox cub and young deerworked in easy raw-edge machineapplique.

The animal patterns are thenreverse appliqued onto ginghampanels and decorated with springblossoms - perfect!

My covers were made to fit 16”cushion pads, but they could easilybe resized if you wished.

MaterialsFor each cushion you will need

● ½ yard medium-weight gingham fabric,

● 13” square cream background fabric

● scraps of printed cotton in blue, green andpink for applique

● Cream, black and dark grey/green sewingthread

● Scraps of black and light pink felt

● Stranded cotton floss in cream, blue, pinkand black

● Embroidery foot for your sewing machine

● Bondaweb

In addition for the fox applique you will need:

● 9” x 6” reddish brown felt

● 5” x 3” cream felt for muzzle

● 5” x 4” light coloured fabric/felt for chest

In addition for the deer applique you will need:

● 9” x 6 1/2” light brown felt

● 4” square light brown fabric/felt for antlers

● 4 ½” x 3 ½” printed cotton fabric for muzzle

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In the final instalment of our shortseries looking at the best of Britishdesign-led businesses, we’redelighted this month to featureVanessa Arbuthnott. Vanessa isone of my favourite home textiledesigners and I’ve had her lovelysunshiney egg and feather patterncurtains hanging at my bedroomwindow for the last decade!

Vanessa started her business on herkitchen table 14 years ago. For thefirst few months she worked afterher four children (now aged from 8to 14 years) were tucked up andbefore they came down in themorning, cutting all the samples withher pinking shears and rolling outthe first orders on a table tennistable! After some very luckycoverage in Country Livingmagazine and the SaturdayTelegraph followed by a CountryLiving Fair, business took off andshe’s never looked back.

Vanessa has remained the soledesigner for her home furnishingsrange which gives her products a

strong and individual look. Shealways prints onto cloth that iseco-friendly or organic, that iswoven especially for her in Scotland.This is because non organic cottonis the world’s dirtiest crop to growas it relies on the heavy use ofpesticides which are hazardous tohuman and animal health. For herrugs and stair runners she hasworked with a small family-run millin Solva, Wales – the last mill inWales to weave rugs!

She hasn’t always been a designerthough, training as a nurse and ateacher before marrying Nicholas,an architect, and having fourchildren. Together they converted acow byre in the Cotswolds and,unable to afford curtains, Vanessahad to create her own fabrics. Shediscovered a hitherto unsuspectedtalent for design and found screenprinting and block printing liberatingand enriching. Even nicer, and muchto her surprise, her friends startedusing the designs in their ownhomes. Based in the EnglishCotswolds, the countryside around

We spoke to about interior design,home furnishings and how she started her business 14

years ago on her kitchen table

“Always try tothink outside

the box!”

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her home and business forms thesetting for her life and is hugelyinfluential in the look of her fabricsand wall coverings which she feelsreflect a basic and rustic way ofliving.

To date Vanessa has created 13collections, all inspired by herpassion for natural forms andorganic shapes. Her signaturepalette is one of gentle, mutedcolours which include teal, pigeon,spinach, buttercup, limestone,reindeer, clay, damson, duck egg,stone, raspberry, mushroom,cornflower, cool, straw and lettuce,and many more beautiful hues. Allthe more remarkable consideringthat when we asked Vanessa whatwas the hardest thing she’d ever

done in business she told us thatit was “achieving the best qualityprint possible in the colours I wantfrom the fabric printers…acontinuous challenge!”

It’s not just fans like myself whoadore her designs, as VanessaArbuthnott has been recognisedby the design industry, winningGold and Silver prizes for bestfabric and wallpaper designs at theHouse and Garden Awards andthe House Beautiful Awards at theScience Museum! And yet it allbegan in such a small way, backin the converted cow byre, allbecause Vanessa took advantageof the opportunity to slip some ofher own fabric into a friend’sinterior shots – which were picked

up by other magazines setting herfirmly on the path to success.

And her advice to otherentrepreneurs? Firstly make sureyou have a really good, well pricedand unique product, that youwould buy yourself. But it’s nogood having a wonderful productthat nobody knows about sosecondly try to think outside thebox of how you can put yourself onthe map, so that an opportunity tolaunch or grow your business willcome your way.

Be sure to pop over to Vanessa’swebsite

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Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricingHandmade ItemsChloe McGenn

I don't think people will pay that

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Easter EggTree

Materials● 20” square neutral coloured fabric

● 20” x 4” check fabric for the “tablecloth”

● 7” square white felt

● 2” x 5” pale yellow felt

● 6” x 4” printed cotton fabric for stripes onthe jug

● 3” square bunny coloured felt

● Mix of brown felt and fabric for the twigs -or if you don’t want to cut out such long

thin shapes then I think they’d also looknice worked in crewel or tapestry wool.

● Green felt in two shades for leaves

● Assorted pastel coloured buttons (½” orsmaller)

● Five x 2” squares printed fabric for eggs

● Bondaweb

● Embroidery foot for your sewing machine

● Stranded cotton floss in green, pink, lightblue and colours to work with yourprinted egg fabrics.

● 16” quilting hoop.

I hope you like the first of this year’sEaster patterns. We’ve alwaysenjoyed an Easter tree in our houseand I thought it would be fun tomake a version in a giant 16”quilting hoop to display over theholiday period.

The applique is very simple, and I’vedecorated my tree with some of myfavourite vintage fabrics cut into theshape of Easter eggs of course!

Nearer the time, when I unearth mybox of decorations I’m thinking ofpinning some felt bunnies, chicksand more to the branches of myapplique tree for a lovely 3D effect.

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> Yarn – we used Rico EssentialsCotton DK in Candy Pink (12)

> 4mm Crochet Hook

> Embroidery Hoop – 7 inch

All Crochet Stitches are UK. If you are new to Crochet Ihave linked each stitch to a handy diagram over on Learnto Knit.

1. Create a slip knot on your crochet hook and slip stitchonto the hoop.

2. Double Crochet (DC) into the hoop. To do this put yourhook into the hoop, hook the yarn through (from the backto the front). You will now have two strands of yarn on yourhook. Yarn over the hook and pull through both strands ofyarn. That’s your first DC completed.

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Small ThingsHoop

Materials● 10” square cotton, linen or cotton/linen

suitable for embroidery - I used ½”gingham check from Clarke & Clarke

● DMC stranded cotton floss in colours310, 472, 598, 726, 819, 907, 931, 937,3706, 3740, 3845, 4120


● Use two strands of floss throughout.

Prefer watching to reading?

Check out my small (but growing) series ofembroidery stitch video shorts over on the

Bustle & Sew website.

I have always thought this quotefrom Mother Theresa capturesmotherhood perfectly. After all,isn’t this what being a mum is allabout? So I decided to stitch herwords, together with a Mason jarof beautiful blooms in plenty oftime for Mothering Sunday which

here in the UK falls on 15th Marchthis year.

My stitching is displayed in a plain7” hoop, but I wish I could crochetas I think it would look evenprettier framed by the crochetversion from The Homemakery onthe previous pages.

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“I truly love the craft -the oodles of stitches, thefeeling of stretching fabric

onto a hoop... Oh. So.Much. Joy.”

talks to us about embroidery, teenytiny hoops and how she started her business,

Meet theMaker

Sonia Lyne started Dandelynefrom her home in Melbourne,Australia back in 2011. Shecreates wearable minatureembroidery hoop necklaces &brooches as well as gorgeousfamily portraits.

When did I first fall in love with thishandicraft? I learnt to embroiderunder the expertise of a beautifulwoman named Mrs Mulrooney, whenI was 7. I attended a small rural schooland on a Friday afternoon all of thegirls would head to the library tomaster the basics of embroidery ongingham squares. And thus a flamewas ignited.

I am now a “passionate” embroiderer.So passionate in fact, I haveembroidery floss coming out of mypores and I look like one big fluffydandelion! No, not really but I trulylove the craft - the oodles of stitches,the feeling of stretching the fabric ontoa hoop... Oh. So. Much. Joy.

I took up a needle and hoop again in2011. I chose to design and stitch myfirst family portrait; my family’s. Thelittle flame that was ignited so manyyears ago suddenly became anenormous, crazy bushfire! I foundmyself daydreaming not only aboutsimple embroidery projects but alsoabout small, teeny tiny embroideryhoops. To quote the film “Robots”,"See a need, fill a need”. I thought if Iwanted tiny projects and tiny hoopsthere must be others who wantedthese too. And so Dandelyne began…and I feel I am now exactly where I amsupposed to be.

It would most definitely be my firstfamily portrait. It hangs by our frontdoor. Not only does it make me smile,and giggle each time I see it, it alsoreminds me of the beginning and howfar I have come with Dandelyne.

If you ask my friends about craftingdisasters they may say that my houseis decorated with many of them!

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Bunny EggCosy

As the days grow longer and thewarmer weather approaches, mynext-door neighbour’s hens startlaying again, lovely big brownspeckledy eggs with rich goldenyolks, perfect for enjoying withsoldiers for breakfast - or toast atteatime.

When I have boiled eggs I alwayshave two - somehow one justdoesn’t make a “proper” meal. Andwhat could be nicer than a cute littlespring bunny to keep my secondegg nice and cosy while I’m tuckinginto the first?

Materials● 10” square printed cotton fabric (quilting

weight cotton works well)

● Scrap of contrast cotton fabric for insideof ears

● Two ¼” buttons for ears

● 3” x 6” wool blend felt for cosy lining

● 1 small pompom for tail

● Stranded cotton floss in pink and black

● Toy stuffing

● Sewing machine

MethodUse ¼” seam allowance

● Cut out all pieces as directed on template(given full size)

● Place your two main body pieces rightsides together and machine stitch aroundthe rabbit’s body leaving the bottom edgeopen. Clip at curves and trim awayexcess fabric at the rabbit’s nose

● Place your two lining pieces right sidestogether and machine stitch around longcurved edge, leaving a 2” gap at the topfor turning.

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