A Needle Pulling Thread Summer 2017 Sampler

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This Red and White issue of A Needle Pulling Thread is a beautiful compilation of ideas to commemorate Canada’s very special birthday. Between quilts and knit wear, there are 10 projects created in our patriotic colours, however, project ideas are eternal, once they are suggested you can modify these to suit your favourite colours and decor scheme. 2017 has been for me a year of knitting shawls, it just happened this way, and by synchronicity Cynthia MacDougall designed the Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl for this issue. This is an appropriate culmination to her posts on KNITmuch.com where she reviewed Fibra Natura’s Flax Lace and designed the Knitted Lace Stole for the bridesmaids or mother of the bride, you can get the pattern to it in her "Flax lace yarn makes this exquisite knitted lace stole perfect for weddings" post. In the same vein of exploring the Flax Lace yarn, crochet designer Ruth Forbes designed a delicately textured crocheted tank top that can so easily be dressed up or down, but it will always be very elegant. Finally, follow the journey of one artist who transformed a wedding dress bought at a thrift store into a fairy tale prom dress for her daughter Josephine. Make & Be Happy indeed, enjoy the issue.

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Editor's letter

I state the obvious when I say this is the red

and white issue in honour of Canada's very

special birthday. Since A Needle Pulling Thread

Magazine is read across North America and

in some parts of the world in digital format,

needless to say, feel free to change colours.

Others will want to make the projects in

the same patriotic colours to commemorate

Canada's 150 th Birthday.

I'm thrilled about the knit and crochet wear

in this issue. So perfect for summer and early

fall, nothing too complicated but with enough

detail to keep your interest. These are knitted

and crocheted using light yarns like Red

Heart's Soft Touch, Fibra Natura and Flax Lace

yarns. How perfect for warm or downright hot

weather!

There are two features to highlight and both

are related to weddings. Janine Zeck's A Prom

Dress for Josephine is a feature on how to

transform a wedding dress into a prom dress.

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to work with

what's already available on the wedding dress.

The motto is, work with what you have, and

change what is easiest to change.

The second feature is by Cynthia MacDougall.

You might have seen her yarn review of

Universal Yarns' new Flax Lace on KNITmuch

published in May 2017. Her review included a

swatch knit up in a lace pattern turned into a

ring bearer pillow. From that she went on to

design a stole perfect for the mother of the

bride or bridesmaids. But what's more stunning

is the complementing Horseshoe Wedding Stole

in this issue which completes the set. There are

links to her KNITmuch post if you want to make

this full set.

Lastly, this red and white issue wouldn't be

complete without some redwork and cross

stitch projects created with a little humour and

keeping in mind our patriotic colours.

Enjoy a full year of celebration!

Cheerfully,

MAKE & BE HAPPY

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10 Brampton Sew N Serge

Doreen G. Teasdale

quilting

My Canada! Quilted Runner

14 Cathy McClean

quilting

The Landscape Vest

18 The Quilt Store

Clodah Coker

quilting

Canada 150 Dreams Quilt

22 Lynn Swanson

quilting

Red and White Celebration Quilt

26 Elaine Theriault

quilting

Flight of Fancy Quilt

28 Margaret Sweete

sewing machine embroidery

Celebrate Canada Tuffet

34 Jackie White

quilting

The 9 Patch and the Snowball

48 Cynthia MacDougall

knit together

Joining In

52 Cynthia MacDougall

knitting

Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl

56 Charles Voth

knitting

Knitting with Universe Yarn

60 Red Heart, Jodi Lewanda

knitting

Summer Fun Swing Tank

64 Denise Powell

knitting

Victorian Camisole

68 Jacqueline Grice

knitting

Celebration Tulip Cowl

70 Ruth I. Forbes

crochet

Cupid Choice Camisole

74 Joanne Gatenby

cross stitch

Sarcasm and Wine

82 Maria E. Gollek

cross stitch

Redwork for Canada

86 Nancy Devine

redwork

Redwork Berries Have Historical

Roots

90 Erla Wilson

redwork

Simply Redwork

94 Judith Marquis

smocking

Bluebird Birth Announcement

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3 Editor’s Letter

6 Mark Your Calendars!

6 Advertiser Index

8 Hooked on Books

The latest in needlework books

51 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

98 Business Directory

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special

features

38 Janine Zeck

Prom Dress for Josephine

Artist Review

78 Stasia Ceglarz

Poppies

80 Julie Plotniko

Golden Phoenix

In the Loop

36 Catch the Wave

Canadian Quilters' Association

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

To list your event in this space please call 1.866.969.2678.

Saturday August 26, 2017

Talisman Fibre Arts Studio Yardage Sale!

7 St. Andrew Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1N9

Rain or Shine! Rummage through an excellent

selection of Fabric, Trim and Notions. Lots to

choose from at priced to sell value! Presented

by Talisman Fibre Arts Studio Inc. For more

information email mary-kroetsch-artist@live.ca.

September 16-17, 2017

Harvest of Quilts Show and Sale

Presented by Settler's Village Quilters

Bobcaygeon Curling Club,

49 Mansfield St, Bobcaygeon, Ontario K0M 1A0

Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm. Also featured

will be a Merchants Mall, Demonstrations,

Members Boutique, Quilt Raffle with

refreshments available on site. Admission $5.

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Haus of Stitches Sewing Retreat

St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan

The Retreat offers a peaceful relaxing atmosphere

with large sewing area with tables

and cutting stations for you to work. Product

and technique demos will be held through

out the weekend. Forms and details at

www.hausofstitches.ca or call 1.800.344.6024.

Saturday October 14, 2017, 9am to 5pm

Woodstock Fleece Festival

The Woodstock Fairgrounds,

875 Nellis St, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 4C6

Our annual event invites fibre artists and others to

join together in an atmosphere of appreciation,

learning and camaraderie. ​The show incorporates

workshops and demonstrations from top

instructors. Exhibition booths sell everything

from raw fibre to quality finished goods. It is

also a great place to have lunch! We showcase

spinning, weaving, rughooking, felting, & knitting

with natural fibres. Workshop pre-registration

is available on our website. In addition, we offer

on-going demonstrations and live fibre animal

displays. Admission: Adults: $8; 15 & under Free. For

more info visit www.fleecefestival.com or contact

Catherine Stark at 519.458.8631.

Advertiser Index

85 BF Designs

99 Brother

98 Business Directory

51 Canadian Guild of Knitters

89 Canadian Quilters' Association

33 Coats

67 CreativFestival

85 Crochet Designs by NanaRuth

77 Embroidery Association of Canada

100 Gütermann Creativ

85 Harebrained Happenings

89 Haus of Stitches

89 Lowery Workstands

85 MarNic Designs

73 Mary Maxim

76 Needleworker's Delight

17 Northcott Fabrics

63 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild

02 PFAFF

63 Woolstock Fleece Festival

85 Rypan Designs

06 Sandpiper Creations

07 Unique Knitting & Crochet

13 WonderFil Threads

77 X's & Oh's

Creativ Festival

Since 1988, Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest diy

consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of

sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting,

quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting

& other fibre, textile, needle & paper arts. Offering

up-close-and-personal hands-on instruction at

conference classes and an exhibit hall bursting

with creativity. Whether newbie or seasoned pro,

join others who share your creative passions at this

exceptional interactive experience like no other

where you can discover, learn, try and buy!

Edmonton: Sep 8-9, 2017, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park

Toronto: Oct 26-28, 2017, The International Centre

Calgary: Sep 22-23, 2017, Spruce Meadows Equiplex

Abbotsford: Mar 23-24, 2018, TRADEX

More info: www.creativfestival.ca or 1.855.723.1156.

November 9-11, 2017

The Annual Oshawa Fibre Art Show

Centennial Albert United Church, 19 Rosehill Blvd

(corner of Bond St W), Oshawa, Ontario L1G 5G5

Over 100 original fibre art creations will be on

display and most will be available for purchase.

The artwork is created by several Ontario

fibre artists. Show includes a boutique of gifts

and a supply shop for fibre art creators. Musical

entertainment. 10am-5pm daily, up to 7pm on

November 10 th . Admission is $5.00 per person, and

students get in free! Refreshments will be for sale

throughout the show. For further Information visit

www.annualoshawafibreartshow.com. Any

questions, please email Marilyn Whitbread at

Elegant.Silks@sympatico.ca.

May 31 - June 9, 2018

Saskatchewan Stitches Conference

St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference offers

creative classes with renowned fibre and

needle work artists and attracts participants

from across Canada who love to sew, knit,

quilt and rughook. Forms and details at

www.saskstitches.ca or call 1.800.344.6024.

July 18 - 22, 2018

Embroiderers’ Association of Canada Seminar

BRIDGING STITCHES

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Registration begins Sept 1, 2017. 25+ classes,

challenges, exhibition, prizes, shopping, banquet &

more! Details: eac.ca/seminar2018

Contact: seminar2018@eac.ca

Show Guide Unlimited, the 2016 edition of the

Ontario Show Directory is now available! An

extensive listing of the years best shows including

art and craft (juried and non-juried), needlework,

woodworking, festivals and bazaars throughout

Ontario; also craft show tips, etiquette and

useful planning calendar; available at $24.99 plus

$5.00 S&H. For more info or to order online visit

www.ontarioshowguide.com, or call 1.800.671.2272.

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hooked on books

The T-Shirt Quilt Book

Lindsay Conner and Carla Hegeman Crim

Turn treasured tees into something brand new–a

T-shirt quilt! Capture the memories of a special

time, starting with a quick pillow project or a baby

quilt made from onesies, and work your way up

to bed quilts in multiple sizes. Learn the secrets

to choosing shirts, centering and cutting out

around a logo, working with shirts that are too

small, and interfacing knit fabrics with finesse. You'll

practice your skills with 8 projects ranging from

simple squares to pieced stars and triangles, plus

easy machine-appliquéd motifs. With beginnerfriendly

designs and truly unique layouts to entice

experienced quilters, this essential guide to T-shirt

quilts covers all the bases.

80 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-530-8

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Stitched Sewing Organizers

Aneela Hoey

Celebrate and use your sewing skills with wellknown

and popular designer Aneela Hoey's 15

stylish yet functional patterns for a wide variety of

sewing organizers. Designed to work together, many

of the smaller projects fit into larger ones and can be

made into a coordinating set. Showcase trendy fat

quarters and half-yards or use up odds and ends of

your favorite fabric as you make cute containers for

yourself, to give to your friends, or to bring to swaps!

Even the more challenging patterns can be sewn in

less than a day–perfect for when you need a break

from those more time-consuming projects.

112 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-510-0

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Mary Hertel

Pick your project then pick your block: mix and match

8 super-easy projects with 16 adorable paper-pieced

blocks just for Christmas. Simply follow Mary’s clearly

illustrated instructions to create fun and fresh holiday

blocks. Plus, use her time-saving technique for paper

piecing with less waste to create custom winter decor

ranging from tree skirts and table toppers to gift bags,

mug rugs, pot holders, and more. Sew by number and

watch your image emerge!

56 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-528-5

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Block Genius

Sue Voegtlin

An amazing new quilting book, truly perfect for

quilters of all levels…. With 201 pieced block designs,

each in three different sizes (6”, 9” and 12”) with

sample settings…an exceptional reference tool.” All

the math is done for you!

144 pages, ISBN 978-1-935726-90-6

Fox Chapel Publishing

thomasallen.ca

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Knitted Animal Nursery

Fiona Goble

Everyone loves babies, and everyone loves Fiona

Goble’s wonderful knitted animal designs, so what

could be more loveable than this collection of animal

knits for babies up to three years old? All the animals

have terrific personality and charm, and will be

loved by children and their parents alike. With simple

stitches, full instructions for making up, and clear

photographs to illustrate the details that give each

animal its character, you will be able to knit something

wonderful for the nursery in no time.

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-433-1

Cico Books

thomasallen.ca

Simple Chic Crochet

Susan Ritchie and Karen Miller of Mrs Moon

Susan Ritchie and Karen Miller are the proprietors of

Mrs Moon, an online yarn store, and their mission

is to show you how simple it is to create your own

modern-casual crochet garments, accessories, and

homewares. There are easy-to-hook projects in bulky

yarns that will grow so fast you’ll be finished in a day,

and larger or more intricate items that will take longer,

but are well worth every stitch you hook in to them.

There are pieces that are perfect for beginners to

crochet–such as a chevron throw, a simple beanie, or

a snuggly cowl–and other projects that introduce lacy

and textured stitches so you can expand your skills at

your own pace, and with the help of the techniques

section at the back of the book.

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-426-3

Cico Books

thomasallen.ca


hooked on books

Seasons of Wool Appliqué Folk Art

Rebekah L. Smith

The author of best-selling Wool Appliqué Folk

Art presents a treasure trove of 12 seasonal wool

appliqué projects, with 3 for each season. Her

Americana aesthetic, although very true to early

decorative arts, would look great in many homes

today. Presented in a lovely antique color palette,

these simple and elegant projects include a journal

cover, pillow cover, wallhangings, storage boxes,

table rug, and more, perfect for your home or to give

as gifts. Includes a basics chapter and an updated

chapter on the collection, storage, and use of wool.

96 Pages + pattern pullout, ISBN 978-1-61745-480-6

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Intuitive Color & Design, Updated 2nd Edition

Jean Wells

Jean Wells gives you the assignment of your life: put

away your ruler and use your inner vision to design

and piece spectacular, free-form quilts you'd never

have guessed you could create. In this updated

edition of best-selling Intuitive Color & Design, Jean’s

workshop assignments get your creative juices

flowing, giving you challenges to expand your

quilting horizons. Start by learning to see line and

color; study the nuts and bolts of design; develop

your color work and composition; and when you get

stuck, there’s expert advice on problem solving. You

will never see quiltmaking in the same way again.

112 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-524-7

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5” Squares

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Mind your p’s and q’s... precuts and quilt blocks, that

is! Popular designer Vanessa Goertzen puts charm

squares to the test with 18 projects using precut 5" x

5" squares. Start with fresh, simple blocks and build

your skills to sew versatile snowballs, stars, flying

geese, and more. Using precuts from your stash or

cutting your own charms from scraps or yardage,

you’ll learn tips to take the guesswork out of piecing.

Quilters of all types will fall in love with these quick,

clever, and clean designs!

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-281-0

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Sewing for Babies and Children

Laura Strutt

With simple sewing techniques, beautiful fabrics, and

stunning details, Laura Strutt’s designs are irresistible.

For young babies there’s a jersey romper suit, slouchy

leggings, and a top-knot hat. There’s a gorgeous

Peter Pan collar dress, perfect for parties and special

occasions, denim dungarees for playtimes, and adorable

kimono-style pyjamas to wrap little ones in for

bedtime. Accessories include a hooded towel set to

dry your squeaky-clean infant after their bath, handy

triangle bibs for teething tots, and a delightful rabbit

in a quilted sleeping bag. Whether you’re looking for

a gift for a new baby or want to make unique clothes

for your own child, Laura’s patterns are guaranteed to

stand out from the crowd.

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-423-2

Cico Books

thomasallen.ca

Big Knit Love

Linda Zemba Burhance

Big knitting is fast and fashionable! Big.Knit.Love.

introduces newbies and experienced knitters to

knitting with big needles and bulky, super bulky, and

jumbo yarns with 20 patterns for gorgeous wearables.

Called one of the most important knitting trends

by Lion Brand Yarn, knitting with chunky yarns is

less structured than knitting with standard-sized

needles and yarns, making it perfect for anyone

who wants to make simple yet stylish patterns in no

time. In addition, this stunning collection includes a

comprehensive, photograph-rich section on tools,

materials, and step-by-step techniques, ensuring each

pattern knits up perfectly.

160 pages, ISBN 978-1-63186-451-3

Taunton Press

thomasallen.ca

Crochet Animal Hats

Nicki Trench

Choose from a wide variety of wild and wonderful

animal hat designs; there are hats to keep little babies

cosy, such as the super-cute rabbit and kitten and hats

for toddlers and bigger kids such as the cool penguin,

fierce (but sweet) shark, and the cuddly polar bear.

Most of the hats can be made in a range of sizes so

adults who are young at heart won’t feel left out, and

can have their very own tiger, fox, or wolf hat. Each hat

has easy-to-follow instructions and uses the simplest

of stitches, with clear photographs to help with the

all-important snouts, ears, eyes, noses, and whiskers!

With essential yarn information as well as a helpful

techniques section, you’ll be ready to start crocheting

fun animal hats in no time.

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-428-7

Cico Books

thomasallen.ca

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THREAD LINES

FROM

3WT TO 100WT

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Canada Landscape Vest

Create mirrored fabric and then use it to cut out a simple

vest. I have done this with as little as two fabrics to a

maximum of six, always keeping the sky or the top fabric

the same. To celebrate Canada’s 150 years, I used red

and white with a hint of black leaves, for friends in the

States use red, white and blue fabrics. You can get a very

elegant look using black and gold and for a quick serger

sweatshirt use this technique with fleece and don’t quilt it.

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This is a version of Bargello quilting. It's

much easier and quicker as you don't

need to worry about lining up perfect

points. Working with strips of different

widths and less colors you will get the

look of a city skyline. A great technique

for the first time quilter!


Woodland Haunt • 44” x 64” • By Diane McGregor of Castilleja Cotton

Woodland Haunt by Deborah Edwards gets you in the

Halloween spirit with delightful animals dressed in their

costumes. The featured panel and border stripe are perfect

for this year’s Halloween project. A variety of Colorworks

Premium Solids coordinate with the collection.

Autumn Welcome by Deborah Edwards features popular

woodland animals in a classic Autumn color palette. The

featured border stripe and hexie prints are complemented

by coordinates and blenders with linen overtones.

Autumn’s Row • 48” x 60” • By Sara Lister of Ladeebug Design

View all of Northcott’s holiday and seasonal collections on www.northcott.com

and use the Product Finder tool to locate a shop near you that carries these lines.

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Red and White

Celebration

Lap Quilt

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Flight of Fancy

2 other colorways: Blue Lagoon and Earth

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Panel photos courtesy of Northocott Fabrics

Designed by Deborah Edwards, Flight of Fancy,

the latest addition to Artisan Spirit Shimmer

is stunning and sophisticated! The collection

is offered in three palettes including Autumn,

Earth and Lagoon.

The featured panel and full width ombre are

elegantly depicted and exquisitely detailed.

Complementing the panel and ombre are tossed

butterflies, dragonflies and feathers. Flight of

Fancy was created with the same refinement

and style as in the existing Shimmer patterns.

All of the existing blenders in Shimmer

coordinate seamlessly with Flight of Fancy.

In creating the quilt patterns, the designers

should make full use of the panel and ombre.

As well as incorporating the new designs, they

should use the existing coordinates that are

shown with this group to offer relief from the

busy patterns.


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The 9 Patch

and

the Snowball

There are many ways to

commemorate Canada’s

extra special birthday

this year. Here’s Jackie’s

rendition of a red and

white quilt to celebrate

the occasion.

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Prom Dress for Josephine

My daughter and I watched the 2015 version of the

Cinderella movie. In this version, Cinderella wore

the most magical gown. When we saw the gown, we

simultaneously said, “We should make a dress for prom!”

We considered making the dress from scratch, then

decided that recycling a dress might be a better plan.

Not only would it save us on materials and time, but

it would give new life to one very lucky dress. We

looked for a dress that had an adjustable bodice for

size flexibility, a wide skirt that could be removed and

replaced easily, and a petticoat with large amounts of

crinoline to help puff out the skirt.

By recycling a used dress we estimated a savings of at

least $500 for such a project, plus many hours of labour.

We did not plan on finding a wedding dress, but it was

love at first sight! It had so much possibility. We found

the wedding dress at a thrift store with tags still on. The

original value was $1300, but only cost us $200.

Janine

and

daughter Jojo

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Photos by Jacob G.W. Zeck and Janine Zeck


Double

Horseshoe

W

edding

Shawl

In Great Britain, and some areas

of North America, a horseshoe

is considered a symbol of good

luck. An ornately decorated, fabric

horseshoe is often given to a

bride to carry down the aisle at

her wedding.

This symbol inspired me to create

the Double Horseshoe Wedding

Shawl. It has double the luck,

because not only is it knitted in

the shape of a horseshoe, the lace

pattern in this piece is called the

horseshoe pattern.

In addition to ‘doubling the luck,’

I bordered the shawl with ‘rice’ in

the form of seed stitch.

The challenge for this piece was

‘bending’ the lace into a horseshoe

shape. I achieved it by doubling

number of stitches on a repeat at

intervals around the curve.

The yarn? Universal Yarns Flax

Lace is sumptuous, inasmuch as

linen can be sumptuous. This

is the second piece I’ve made

with this yarn in three months,

and I’m loving it! It’s the perfect

thing for summer wedding

attire, whether you’re a guest,

the mother of the bride or the

bride herself!

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Cynthia's design for the Double Horseshoe

Wedding Shawl started with a swatch for the

featured Fibra Natura Flax Lace yarn which

then became an elegant design element for a

ring bearer pillow. She played with the design,

transforming it into an elegant wrap best suited

for the bridesmaids or the mother of the bride.

Visit KNITmuch.com to get more tips about

knitting with this linen yarn and to get the free

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This photo by Cynthia MacDougall

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Knitting

weaving

felting

spinning

rug hooking

Contact:

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875 Nellis Street

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Diane Ayles

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Victorian

Camisole

Canada’s 150 th

birthday calls

for something

both Victorian

and modern,

in red and

white, of course.

Victorian

camisoles were

undergarments,

but modern

ones are

outerwear. This

camisole has

some interior

shaping to give

it a 'close to the

body' fit and a

slight peplum

effect.

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Cupid’s

Choice

Camisole

Linen is ideal

for summer

wear as, with all

natural fibres,

it breathes and

so, is more

comfortable

for the warm

weather. This

little camisole,

made of light

flax yarn, is

fresh and light

for daytime

wear, yet demure

and elegant

enough for an

evening out.

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Not all little girls are sugar and spice… we’re as

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NEW! Downloadable Patterns!

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Harebrained Happenings is the

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Redwork berries have historical roots

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Redwork is pretty popular right now, and

it’s a perfect illustration of everything old

being new again. Its roots go pretty far

back in the “gentle arts”.

As the Victorian ladies in Europe searched

high and low to decorate their homes, they

adopted Turkey Work from the Americans.

Turkey Red was one of the few floss colors

of the day that was colorfast and readily

available on both sides of the pond. You’ll

find photos of museum pieces of red

stitched samplers, quilt blocks and kitchen

linens. Simply put, red work uses red floss

to trace simple line drawings.

Way back when, it was possible to find

abundant collections of iron-on transfers at

the local five and dime.

Today, there are several websites where

you can find copyright free designs,

covering a range of era and styles – many

have become copyright free because the

companies that produced them have long

since ceased to exist.

Have quick look around the various vintage

embroidery sites on the web and you’ll find

some charming designs.

In a nod to the embroidery designs of

the 40s and 50s, I’ve decided a couple

of berries to decorate your kitchen and

convey your sentiments at the same time.

I love the crisp look of red against readily

available tea towelling from my local fabric

store.

Traditionally, red work embroidery

uses just one or two types of stitches

for the entire piece, making it a perfect

introduction to embroidery for young

artisans.

In this piece, I’ve used split stitch almost

exclusively because I find it easier to be

neater, but you can also use stem stitch for

the outlines, as well as back stitch. French

knots are used for the dots and satin stitch

fills in some of the smaller areas.


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