A Needle Pulling Thread Issue 46 Sampler

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Welcome to another exciting issue as we explore so many stitches together. We begin two series you don't want to miss: The Beauty of Texture, and Thoughtful Soles. The Beauty of Texture explores the evolution of smocking in what today is referred to as fabric manipulation. Written by Judith Marquis, Part 1 explains this concept in depth offering how-to charts and showing how smocking is featured in trendy decor items. Now you can make your own trendy accessories. The Thoughtful Soles series is a collection of witty socks designed literally to tickle your funny bone, starting with Dark Mushrooms Socks. We also take a look at the old art form of Paper Embroidery, the old is new again? We have two paper embroidery projects that spell 'love'. Last but not least, the projects in this issue from quilts to shawls to needle rolls have all been expressed with brilliant colour as inspired by the colours and nature of lovebirds. Enjoy the issue.

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Editor's letter

Nothing is new in the world of the needle arts

except for the tools we use, improved fibres, fabric

and the creation of new ones. What has happened

however, is the evolution of the needle arts

through the years, and I’m not even tapping into

the fashion industry here. Traditional Quilting to

Modern Quilting is one quick and recent example.

Let’s look at smocking as we remember it most

clearly in this age: a lovely way to decorate

garments by joining fabric pleats using parallel

stitches, very popular in the last century. This

kind of fabric manipulation, or smocking, has

been around for at least 500 years. I say this ‘type’

because any time we sew, quilt, or embroider etc.,

we manipulate fabric.

Although smocking isn't quite at the leading

edge of crafting currently, the technique is a hot

trend today when applied to home décor items,

including furniture, and garments strolled on

the fashion runways. Have you noticed? Discover

more about this topic in Part 1 of The Beauty

of Texture by Judith Marquis and see how to

transform plain fabric into a trendy decorative

item in your home.

So looking ahead on the future of the needle

arts, I like to think the techniques we enjoy today

will evolve, since thinking of a world without the

needle arts is unimaginable for me at this time.

An old form of embroidery that’s resurfacing

again is paper embroidery. When I embroider,

I prefer fabric, but stitches and threads shine

even when placed on paper! See more about

this form of embroidery in Jo Gatenby’s feature,

Exploring Paper Embroidery which includes

two projects, Paper Heart and Kindred Spirits.

Another series you won’t want to miss

beginning in this issue is Thoughtful Soles

Series by knitter Lorraine Thompson. Lorraine

makes socks fun by incorporating zany

‘thoughts’ as part of the colour work to tickle

your funny bone. See the first pair of socks in

the series, Dark Mushrooms.

As you browse this colourful issue, you might

wonder what's up with the birds? The answer is

quite simple, the projects were inspired by the

beauty, colour palette and loving nature of

Lovebirds

Cheerfully,

MAKE & BE HAPPY

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10 Cathy McClean

quilting

Tree of Life Photo Frame

16 Lynn Swanson

quilting

Funky Lovebirds Bolster Pillow

20 Jackie White

quilting

Show Me Love Banner

24 Kerrin Brookes

quilting

Wedding Memories Wallhanging

28 Elaine Theriault

quilting

Flash of Flamingo Quilt

30 Olesya Lebedenko

sewing

Dreaming of Spring Cushion Cover

36 That Sewing Place, Sharon Fenlon

sewing

Olyfun Purse

44 Cynthia MacDougall

knit together

Joining In Part 3

48 Charles Voth

knitting

Adding a picot edging to a lace shawl

50 Lorraine Thompson

knitting

Thoughtful Soles Series

Dark Mushrooms Socks

54 Jacqueline Grice

knitting

Allegra Sunset Shawl

56 Denise Powell

knitting

Lovebirds Fingerless Gloves

58 Red Heart, Jodi Lewanda

knitting

My Darling Yoke Tunic

62 Ruth I. Forbes

crochet

Crochet Photo Frames

68 Jo Gatenby

cross stitch

Exploring Paper Embroidery

76 Maria E. Gollek

cross stitch

Love

80 Iryna Varabei

cross stitch

Love & Cherish

84 Kim Beamish

cross stitch

Lovebirds Needle Roll

94 Dawn Liu-Smyth

rug hooking

Hooking a Colourful Basket Topper

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3 Editor’s Letter

6 Mark Your Calendars!

6 Advertiser Index

8 Hooked on Books

The latest in needlework books

46 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

98 Business Directory

In the Loop

42 2018 Quilted Postcard Challenge

Canadian Quilters' Association

Artist Review

40 Donna Funnell

Indian Splendor

66 Sue Baker

Harriet and Basil

Special Feature

88 The Beauty of Texture Part 1

Judith Marquis

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

To list your event in this space please call 1.866.969.2678.

March 4, 2018

11 th Annual Celebration of Arts & Crafts

Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, County of

Simcoe, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2

Local Guilds and Artisans demonstrate a variety of

mediums and techniques. Try out the techniques.

Retail vendors offer hard-to-find craft supplies.

Free Admission. Goodie Bags for first 200 visitors.

For further Information: www.simcoecrafts.ca

March 23 - 24, 2018

Quilt Fever 2018

Neilson Park Creative Centre

56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9C 1V7

Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild show and sale - multiple

galleries of amazing quilts you won’t want to miss!

Activities include pick-to-win, daily draws and prizes,

Members' Boutique, Tea Room and Merchants Mall.

10am-5pm daily - $8.00 admission

For further Information: www.QuiltFever.ca

Email: info@etobicokequiltersguild.com

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

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join others who share your creative passions at this

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Edmonton: Sep 7-8, 2018, Millennium Place, Sherwood Park

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Toronto: Oct 11-13, 2018, The International Centre

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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 & Exhibition

BRIDGING STITCHES

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Registration closes March 1, 2018. 25+ classes,

challenges, exhibition, prizes, shopping, banquet

& more! Join us, the Members' Exhibition is open

to the public. Details: eac.ca/seminar2018

Contact: seminar2018@eac.ca

Show Guide Unlimited, the 2018 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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9 events

9 new products

9 free patterns

9 blogs

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Advertiser Index

79 BF Designs

99 Brother

98 Business Directory

47 Canadian Guild of Knitters

35 Canadian Quilters' Association

23 Coats

15 CreativFestival

79 Crochet Designs by NanaRuth

75 Embroidery Association of Canada

100 Gütermann Creativ

79 Harebrained Happenings

65 Haus of Stitches

97 Heartfelt Fibre Arts

02 Husqvarna Viking

35 KNITmuch

65 Lowery Workstands

79 MarNic Designs

53 Mary Maxim

77 Needleworker's Delight

97 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild

35 QUILTsocial

79 Rypan Designs

97 Sandpiper Creations

65 Spirit of Belarus

65 That Sewing Place

06 The Needlework Pages

65 The Quilt Store

65 The Yarn Guy

07 Unique Knitting & Crochet

75 X's & Oh's


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hooked on books

Sew Your Own Dolls

25 Stylish Dolls to Make and Personalize

Louise Kelly

In Sew Your Own Dolls there are girl dolls and

boy dolls, casual dolls and fancy dolls, and even

a doll in pyjamas! There are four basic body and

head shapes and infinite possibilities for making

them unique. Maggie is going shopping wearing

a chic navy dress coat and carrying a glitter clutch

bag, Louisa is having a casual day and is dressed in

jeans, a flannel shirt and baseball shoes, and dapper

Hugo is a cool sailor in a striped top with tattooed

arms. There is a doll for everyone, and each one has

full-size templates for the body shapes and outfits,

and simple step-by-step artworks and instructions

to help you on your way - the only difficult part is

choosing which one to make first!

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-424-9

Cico Books

thomasallen.ca

Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking

Jeri Simon

Beautiful quilt projects with easy-to-follow and clear

how-to instructions. Complete step-by-step photos,

techniques with a variety of projects. Includes:

getting started, quiltmaking basics, applique basics,

assembling the quilt top, finishing the quilt, projects,

charts, and quilting terms and definitions.

128 Pages, ISBN 978-1-935726-72-2

Landauer Publishing

thomasallen.ca

Pineapple Play Quilts & Projects

Pineapple Play Quilts & Projects

Make a perfect pineapple block every time! Jean Ann

Wright shows how to create gorgeous pineapple

block quilts using the amazing Pineapple Trim Tool

that she designed for Creative Grids®.

With six playful, inspiring patterns and Jean Ann’s

clear, step-by-step instructions for using her handy

ruler, quilters will discover all the fun and excitement

of making pineapple quilt blocks.

Just square up each round of strips as you go to

create perfect 6-, 8-, or 10-inch finished blocks. No

math necessary!

64 Pages, ISBN 978-1-935726-94-4

Landauer Publishing

thomasallen.ca

Joyful Stitching

Laura Wasilowski

Dive into Laura’s delightful world of embroidery and

learn how to create small, free-form embroidery

pieces that are alive with color and texture. With

instructions for 21 basic embroidery stitches and 6

projects, all in Laura’s signature colorful, whimsical

style, you’ll transform a flat, plain surface into a

joyful, design-packed art piece. Stitch on wool,

felt, or silk, and enjoy the simple pleasure of slow

stitching. Includes a gallery of display ideas, as well as

additional ideas for using free-form stitching.

64 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-567-4

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

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Free-Motion Designs for Allover Patterns

Compiled by Lindsay Connor

Endless inspiration from your favorite quilters

Want inspiration for your free-motion quilting? Now

you have the perfect tool! This spiral-bound book

is full of designs–JUST designs–and will lay flat on

your work surface or your quilt to keep your hands

on the quilt and that needle moving! The second in

a new series, this visual guide is filled with over 75

continuous-line designs from your favorite designers

to get you stitching. Perfect for domestic and

longarm machines.

160 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-623-7

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Modern Quilts

Designs of the New Century

The Modern Quilt Guild–Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight

Carlton, and Heather Grant

Traditional craft, modern aesthetic

''Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They

tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or

minimalist. They make a statement." – Riane Menardi,

Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant

Admire large, color photographs of the best modern

quilting has to offer–more than 200 quilts curated by

the Modern Quilt Guild. From quilt empires like the

Amish and the quilters of Gee’s Bend to the first use

of the word "modern” in quilting, trace the history

of modern quilts and learn about hallmarks of the

genre in a concise retrospective.

208 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-598-8

C&T Publishing

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hooked on books

Learn to Crochet

25 Quick and Easy Crochet Projects to Get

You Started

Nicki Trench

Learn to Crochet starts with a step-by-step

techniques section to teach you all the basic stitches

and skills. Once you have learned the basics, there

are twenty-five patterns for accessories to wear,

items for the home, and bags and covers for the

things you carry with you.

96 Pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-432-4

Cico Books

thomasallen.ca

Simply Redwork

Embroidery the hugs ‘n kisses way

Helen Stubbings

Revisit a classic style and create eye-catching

projects with modern appeal. Clear instructions

and stitch guides will give you the basics you need

to easily create redwork patterns that are simple,

charming and fun. With stunning, inspirational

images of each project, author Helen Stubbings of

Hugs ’n Kisses® provides 19 projects you can create

and share. Projects include a change purse, a penny

square quilt, home and seasonal décor.

112 Pages, ISBN 978-1-935726-91-3

Fox Chapel Publishing

thomasallen.ca

Stitching Pathways

Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine

Wendy Sheppard

Get the results you love with this complete visual

guide to quilting on your home sewing machine.

Expert designer, author, and blogger Wendy

Sheppard wants quilters of all skill levels to be able

to say “I made this from start to finish.” From straight

line quilting to beautiful free-motion techniques,

Wendy’s expert advice and proven methods guide

you through every step. Learn new skills and build

your confidence with beautiful projects, step-bystep

stitch guides, detailed diagrams, and stunning

color photographs.

80 pages, ISBN 978-1-935726-93-7

Landauer Publishing

thomasallen.ca

The Rose Quilt

Debut novel by Mark Pasquini

A Steve Walsh Mystery

It is the 1920s, in the world of quilting circles. A

wealthy woman and prominent local quilter is

murdered with a pair of quilting shears during

the preparations for a local flower show, leaving

a dying clue on the lap quilt she and the

executive committee are making as the first prize.

Unfortunately, the clue could point to anyone on the

committee or any of her three adopted children…

A classic murder mystery with a quilty twist, this

historical fiction novel is sure to grab every quilter’s

imagination and make them long for a bygone era.

264 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-635-0

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Floral Abundance Quilt

9 Blocks Plus Borders, Bonus Pillow Instructions

Deborah Kemball

A delightful appliqué bouquet

Craving more gorgeous appliqué from awardwinning

author Deborah Kemball? This pattern

pack includes complete instructions and full-size

pattern sheets for a floral quilt (52˝ × 52˝) in two

colorways, plus instructions to turn any of the 9

blocks into a sophisticated pillow. Stitch the 24

motifs using needleturn appliqué, then embellish

with embroidery stitches. Simpler than they appear,

these detailed projects are a joy to create.

24 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-659-6

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam

Complete Guide to 500 Embroidery-Stitch

Combinations, Perfect for Crazy Quilting

Valerie Bothell

Stitch a seam a day

Choose from over 500 crazy-quilt seam treatments,

each with a detailed photo and guide for the basic

stitches included. Learn 61 basic embroidery stitches,

including silk ribbon and beaded stitches, through

step-by-step photos, plus get crazy-quilt block

piecing instructions and helpful information on tools

and supplies. Then put it all together in a gorgeous,

intricate sampler. Join the author’s popular Facebook

group, Joyful Embellishments, to stitch along with

fellow embroiderers.

144 pages + pattern pullout, ISBN 978-1-61745-551-3

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

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Tree of Life

Photo Frame

As I was working on this project I

was thinking of my mom and her

life. The love of her family (children,

grandchildren and great grandchildren)

and her love of nature were a huge

part of what made this woman such

a special person. I wouldn’t be the

creative spirit that I am today without

the love and support of my mother.

I wanted to include a branch for

every member of her family but that

would involve an entire forest so I

used buttons and embellishments to

represent some of the special people

and things that made her life so special.

Please use the tree design provided or

take this opportunity to design your

own tree. When the picture is added

to your personalized frame it will

complete the story of your Tree of Life.

– Cathy

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Funky Lovebirds

Bolster Pillow

These fun and funky

lovebirds will add a touch of

whimsy to your bedroom or

family room décor.

Use your Brother sewing

machine and ScanNCut to

create this bright and happy

bolster pillow.

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Wedding Memories

designing and stitching

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a wedding wallhanging


KETAN, pronounced “kay-tan”,

is colourful, holiday rice from

Indonesia. Ketan is offered in

an array of colours for every

Indonesian celebration and is

always the food staple that mixes

perfectly into any meal. The

rice motif and its multitude of

colours are the inspiration for

Banyan Batiks’ mixer program.

Similar to the colourful, holiday

rice in Indonesian culture,

Banyan Batiks’ Ketan fabrics

mix perfectly into any batik

project. With a range of 80

beautiful colours to choose

from, this mixer program acts

as the perfect complement

in every quilt project.

Flash of

Flamingo

Quilt

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Dreaming of Spring Cushion Cover

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Olyfun

Purse

Olyfun fabric is one of the easiest, most versatile materials you’ll ever

find. It’s known as ‘the everything material’. You can sew it, glue it,

staple it, pin it or tie it. You can write on it, paint it, embellish it, stamp

it or stencil it. You can cut it with scissors, rotary blade, or use a Brother

Scan N Cut machine. You can use it as fabric or as paper. You can use it

indoors or outdoors. And best of all, the edges won’t fray, tear, or fade so

you don’t have to bother hemming it.

We used Olyfun fabric for our project and found it very easy to work

with. But this project is also very scrap friendly. Choose a fabric that is

preferable to you.

In these instructions two options are offered to create your masterpiece:

• Option A provides you with the opportunity to use your own

creativity and crazy patching techniques to create two panels of your

design.

• Option B is for those who like a more structured approach and

includes pattern pieces to be used.

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Standard abbreviations & terms

alt = alternate

approx = approximately

beg = begin(ning)

BO= bind off

CC = contrast colour

ch = chain

cm = centimetre(s)

cn = cable needle

CO = cast on

cont = continue, continuing

dc = double crochet

dec = decrease(s), decreasing

dpn = double-pointed needle(s)

foll = following

g = gram(s)

inc = increase(s), increasing

in(s) = inch(es)

k = knit

kf&b or kfb = knit into front and back of st (increase)

k2tog = knit 2 sts tog (right-leaning decrease)

K3tog = knit 3 sts together (double right-leaning

decrease)

M = marker

m = metre(s)

M1 = Make 1 stitch: pick up the horizontal strand

between 2 stitches from front to back and knit

it tbl (lifted increase)

MC = main colour

mm = millimetre(s)

oz = ounce(s)

p = purl

p2tog = purl 2 sts tog (decrease)

patt = pattern

pfb = purl into front and back of stitch (increase)

pm = place marker

psso = pass slipped stitch over

RS = right side

rem = remain(ing)

rep = repeat

rev = reverse

rnd = round

sc = single crochet

sl = slip

skp = slip one st, knit next st, pass slipped st over

knit st (dec)

ssk = slip, slip, knit: slip 2 sts knitwise, 1 at a time,

insert left-hand needle into front of both sts

and knit them tog (left-leaning decrease)

Sssk = Slip next three stitches individually, knitwise.

Insert tip of left needle from front to back

into the fronts of these three stitches and knit

them together (double left-leaning decrease)

st(s) = stitch(es)

St st = stocking stitch

tbl = through back loop

tog = together

tr = treble crochet

WS = wrong side

yo = yarn over

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Thoughtful Soles Series

Welcome to Thoughtful Soles Series, a zany collection

of knitted sock patterns to tickle your funny bone

every time you wear them. We start this series with

Dark Mushrooms. Let’s make socks interesting!

Dark Mushrooms

It’s Dark Down Here

I’ve been knitting now for over 30

years and received my Knitting

Accreditation Level 2 through the

Canadian Guild of Knitters. I’m very

thrilled to have my witty socks

published in my Thoughtful Soles

Series. I had a lot of fun designing

this collection of socks over the

years, applying a sense of humour

to the art of knitting.

For this first installment, I

used a mushroom motif and

mushrooms grow in the dark…

The mushroom strip on the leg

is adapted from Jane Dupuis's

Mushroom Kelliemuffs, lovely

fingerless mits, originally

published in Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh

Designs for a Classic Technique by

Mary Jane Mucklestone.

For symmetry the peerie motif

goes in the opposite direction on

the second sock.

Sock 1 has words on the sole.

Sock 2 has mushrooms on the

sole. The mushroom top can be

done in duplicate stitch. The heel

is a honeycomb stitch and I made

a star toe just to try something

different.

– Lorraine

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Allegra

Sunset Shawl

Allegra Sunset is a memory I have of

my first cruise I was on from Basel to

Amsterdam with my mom and friends

just this past September. We enjoyed

a wonderful time on the Cruise Ship

Excellence Allegra and the many

memories of enjoying the beautiful

sunset on the Rhine River.

You’ll notice, the Allegra Sunset Shawl

has lots of cables, these remind me of the

gorgeous Canals in Amsterdam. Look

closely you’ll notice they are distanced

at various degrees. Amsterdam was

surprisingly romantic and we have seen

so little of it. ‘Mutt’ and Friends, thanks

for the unforgettable memories we

shared together.

– Jacqueline

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Lovebirds Fingerless Gloves

These fingerless gloves are

knit in the bright colours

of tropical lovebirds, sure

to give you a warm glow

as you wear them. The

lower and upper edges

are knit in simple feather

stitch patterns, with a

row of hearts just around

the base of the fingers.

Of course, if you would

prefer a bird of a different

colour, try a couple of

shades of brown and a

nice red for robin gloves.

Or white and some pale

grey for doves. These are

excellent candidates for

a little stash busting and

make great quick gifts.

– Denise

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paper embroidery

While paper piercing has been around since the

1700s, and string art has been around since the

1970s, it wasn’t until the ‘90s that designers

began combining the two. I was first introduced

to this art form a couple years ago, but have only

recently begun exploring the technique, and

trying my hand at design – in fact, I just released a

chart of Celtic Knot designs for paper embroider.

I’m so very pleased to offer two designs here,

one easy enough for a beginner, the other

detailed enough to please the enthusiast!

Exploring

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mbroidery

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Embroiderers’

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cross stitch

symbol

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other threads

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skill level intermediate

stitch count 73w x 97h

design size 5” x 7” [17.7 x 20.3cm]

materials

fabric

• 9” x 11” [23 x 28cm] 28ct light blue linen

Confederate Grey or Ice Blue by

threads

• See colour key for threads used.

symbol

beads

¾ Mill Hill bead #02031 green – attach with one strand 772

outlining

everything

310 – 1 strand

Maria E. Gollek

www.marnicdesigns.com

Aspiring

to inspire

before

I expire

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Brenda Franklin

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help@bfdesigns.on.ca

Brenda Franklin designs more

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The Beauty of Texture - Part 1

Most people think of little girls’ dresses when the

term smocking is mentioned. Oh, how many times

have I heard “My mother smocked all my dresses

when I was just a child” or “It’s lovely but a dying

art”. Well I can tell you that neither of these two

statements is true today!

In this series of articles, we’ll explore a different kind

of smocking, a form of fabric manipulation usually

done from the back of the fabric. There are names for

each style we’ll explore but we’re grouping all under the

heading of Fabric Manipulations. You’ll see how we can

create the Beauty of Texture with them. They may be

used in fashion garments, in home decor or simply as

a framed work of art. You will see the basic form of the

style. Then you will see how by making a few changes,

you can create some really dynamic pieces. It is up to

you to ‘crank up’ the fabrics and bring these design to

life in your own way.

So let us embark on this creative journey starting with

a style often referred to as ‘Lattice Smocking’.

Unlike traditional English smocking, this style has

no elasticity. It takes up fabric both vertically and

horizontally but less than English smocking. Note the

width and length of fabric with which you start so you

can calculate just how much the design takes up in your

fabric; then determine what amount is required for a

chosen project.

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Hooking a Colourful Basket-topper

Sometimes the beauty of a craft is in the materials

used rather than intricate design details. Hooking

a basket-topper with colourful sari silk ribbon and

textured yarn is a quick project that packs a beautiful

punch! It can be hooked and put together in only a

couple of days for that kick of instant gratification.

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INTRODUCING THE DREAM MACHINE 2

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