In issue 65 of Love Patchwork and Quilting you will find the templates and all the instructions you’ll need to make my pretty kitty soft plush toy! I’d love to see your makes, so do post them to Instagram or Twitter and let me see them! Tag me, thewhistlingcowgirl, so I can see them! You have a choice of two designs, either standing or sitting, and you can use up fabric scraps to make the adorable little flower collars. Here’s a couple of pictures of the ones I made for the magazine. I really loved making them and I hope you do too!
I was so excited the other day to go and seek out and buy issue 64 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine…which features my project to make your own fuzzy llama! You’ll find a materials guide, photos and step by step instructions to make this super cute soft toy for yourself. I made two versions for this feature; a cuddly, cream woolly version and a pale pink, long haired one. Which is your favourite? If you do make one, and you’re on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, please do post a picture and tag me! Search me out using, ‘The Whistling Cowgirl’ or @whistlincowgirl on Twitter. Meantime, here’s a couple of snaps of the issue….
I’ve been thinking I need to pay this site some attention. It does tend to get neglected in favour of my online shops, for instance. And so I think it needs to serve a different purpose, rather than feeling somehow like a kind of add on, an old friend you keep feeling bad about neglecting, when you’re really fond of them, actually. I think we need a new look, at least, and some serious thought put into what is needed from the site. So over the summer I’m going to brew up some ideas and see what I can come up with! In the meantime, here’s a pretty picture or two, and the promise of something just a little bit exciting coming up very soon!
See you back here soon, I hope! Lucy x
I’ve been busy making some new goodies that I’m going to be taking to next week’s Christmas Fair at Shrewsbury High School (this year on the prep school site, Old Roman Road, 5pm-8pm on Friday 24th November). I can’t quite believe that we’re here again, that Christmas is just weeks away! It’s unbelievable. Anyway, here’s a quick peek at my new felt swan decorations. Available in white, pink and blue, these are entirely sewn by hand, with pretty beads, white netting and hand cut gold crowns. They have proved rather time-consuming, but are really quite nice to make. I always enjoy a break from the sewing machine to get back to some old-fashioned hand sewing. Here’s a pic! I’ll also shortly be listing some of these in my Etsy and Folksy online shops. Adieu for now!
Hello again at last! And apologies for the lack of posts of late. It’s easy to get swept up in life and, online-wise, also be distracted by social media and neglect your actual website! I’m here today to remind you it’s Made in Shropshire in Shrewsbury town square this Saturday 8th July. It’s my first outing there this year and I’m really looking forward to it! Lots of colourful loveliness to show you! See you there! As usual, 9am-5pm.
Don’t forget to make a visit this weekend to Brompton Cookery School’s first ever artisan Christmas market. Come along and meet the wonderful makers and purveyors of high quality food, arts and crafts! It’s on Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th of December, between the highly civilised hours of 12 and 6pm on both days. Free parking and lots of refreshments to enjoy. I have a bundle of new things on offer, so do come and say hello! Here’s a link to the school’s website, for directions and information – https://www.bromptoncookeryschool.co.uk/
Tomorrow I am happy to be attending this fun event in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It’s at the Wightman Theatre, next door to Carluccio’s, off The Square in Shrewsbury. Doors open at 11am and the event runs until 4pm. Lots of lovely children’s clothes, local pop up shops and craft stalls, activities for children, cakes, lemonade and splendid raffle prizes….including my own friendly fleece fox! Hope to see you at this worthwhile and fun-filled day!
Don’t let the cold snap put you off our lovely fair tomorrow, in the main Square in Shrewsbury town centre…..9am-5pm. I have new things to show you, including little plush elephants now in the softest cuddly plush, in pastel shades just perfect for spring; opal mint, lavender and cucumber….They look adorable and feel just amazing. Some nods towards Valentine’s Day, including cards and hearts and ideas for Easter and Mother’s Day too. So if you’re about, then do come and see!
To get you in the romantic mood, here’s a vintage fabric elephant – in pink. Happy Valentine’s!