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Come fly with me as we dream about our favourite destinations! We asked our expert designers to choose their favourite spot in the world and bring the destination to life in their needlework. See various renditions of favourite destinations through quilting, machine embroidery, beading, rug hooking and embroideries. The humble flip flops are recreated as beaded designer footwear, and the common towel is transformed into a personalized lounging chair cover. Let's not forget the shawl, beach cover up and Fair Isle Cardigan reflecting the art of gorgeous vacation knitwear.qui

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Editor's letter

I've been fortunate to have travelled a lot in my

lifetime, travelling since the young age of three. I

was born in Uruguay and before my parents settled

in Montreal, we travelled by ship back to their home

town of Aosta in the Aosta Valley, Italy, to visit family.

I summered in Aosta every other year and got to

bond with relatives. That is where my fascination for

beautiful fabric started. I was introduced to pure wool,

cotton, linen, and all forms of embroideries. A cousin

had a suit and garment boutique to die for. All textiles

and yarn were from Biella and surrouding areas. Yarn

mills there are still opened today.

I miss the place and its majestic Alps, and well, family

too.

Although I've travelled to other destinations around

the world, recently my favourite spot seems to be

anywhere in the tropics. I can always look forward to

lounging on the beach listening to the ocean, making

it my favourite destination for the time being.

Wherever I’m planning to go, I plan my knitting first.

The idea is to take along a very portable knitting

project that doesn’t take much carry-on space. See

what Cynthia MacDougall has to say about her

knitting and how it played a large part in discovering

knitting cruises. Craft cruises are very common today,

making these trips the best of both worlds, crafting

and vacationing!

Destinations

And then there’s always visiting fabric and yarn stores

while on vacation. How much fun is that?! I remember

the excitement of visiting Purl Soho and String in

New York City on two separate trips. It’s a sense of

excitement amplified to a level difficult to explain

in words (or maybe you do understand me?). The

day will start as an adventure, the subway trip there

and walking a few blocks to get there is part of the

anticipation. Question. Are we going there before or

after lunch?

In this issue, projects were inspired by favourite

places, roads travelled, and journeys remembered. For

some participants, home is the destination, and days

of relaxation is paramount. What is your favourite

destination?

Cheerfully,

Make & Be Happy

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10 Cathy McClean

sewing

Reversible Hawaiian Placemats

Quilt-as-you-go

14 Christine Escances

sewing quilting

To Pin or Not to Pin

18 Clodagh Coker

quilting

True North Quilt

25 Lynn Swanson

sewing

Paris, here I come!

Garment Bag Set

28 Margaret Sweete

sewing

Lounging on the Beach

36 Elaine Theriault

quilting

X Marks the Spot Quilt

42 Christina d'Eon Crowell

quilting

Bargello Wave Bag

50 Sharon Fenlon

digitized embroidery

Iorana Digitized Photo

54 Jean Stephens

fibre art

My Loot Business Cards

66 Lorraine Thompson

knitting

Thoughtful Soles Series

High Fibre Socks

70 Denise Powell

knitting

Georgian Bay Cardigan

74 Jacqueline Grice

knitting

Ocean Sands Cover Up

76 Nancy Lekx

knitting

Whitecaps on Georgian Bay

Shawl

78 Red Heart, Lorna Miser

crochet

When in Rome Shawl

82 Jo Gatenby

cross stitch

Happy Place

86 Patty Brake

cross stitch

Gros Morne Dory

88 Iryna Varabei

embroidery

The Lure of Birchwood

90 Nubia Moreira

beading

Beaded Designer Flip Flops

Artist Review

56 Fuzzy Mall

Tandem

58 Bill Stearman

I Wish I had a River

Surviving January

80 Christine Walker Bird

Red Shoes

3 Editor’s Letter

6 Mark Your Calendars!

6 Advertiser Index

8 Heather McArthur

The Quilter's Connection

Put a Little Quilt in Your Vacation!

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in

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issue

62 Cynthia MacDougall

Knit Together

Destination: Knitting!

69 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations

& Terms

98 Business Directory

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Special Features

92 Pulled Thread Pastries Part 4

Kim Beamish

46 In the Studio with Ana Buzzalino

Hand-dyeing fabrics with rust

Ana Buzzalino

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52 Youth Challenge 2020

Canadian Quilters’ Association/

Association canadienne de la courtepointe

Marcy Horswill

in the loop

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99 Brother

98 Business Directory

69 Canadian Guild of Knitters

21 Canadian Quilters' Association

69 Crochet Designs by NanaRuth

40 Dueck's Sewing Centre

81 Embroiderers' Association of Canada

17 eQuilter.com

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39 Northcott Fabrics

81 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild

13 PFAFF

40 QUILTsocial

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23 Red Heart

69 Rypan Designs

06 Sandpiper Creations

40 Sew Inspired

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85 Spirit of Belarus

40 That Sewing Place

40 The Quilt Place

40 The Quilt Store

06 The Yarn Guy

07 Unique Knitting & Crochet

83 X's & Oh's

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Reversible

Hawaiian

placemats

Quilt as you go!

Aloha! Working with the new

Banyan Batiks Baralla collection

took me back to an evening of

candlelight dining on the beach.

Create your own Hawaiian ‘Dream

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– Cathy

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Several years ago, we purchased a

property in Muskoka which quickly

became the destination we retreat to

on weekends, for summer vacation and

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The theme quickly became the motif for

the cottage décor. The first time we saw

the True North fabric line by Kate &

Bird for Moda, we knew this had to find

a place in our lives. The design of the

quilt was inspired by the simplicity of

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quilting, giving the appearance of a quilt

with a bed runner all in one.

– Clodagh

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Paris, here I come!

Garment Bag Set

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Lounging on the Beach

towel

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X marks the spot Quilt

We may not always be able to pack

up and leave for Paris! So here’s

a quilt that can be made up fairly

quickly for that quick Paris fix!

– Elaine

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Bargello

Wave Bag

with optional zipper pocket

I was born in West Pubnico, Nova Scotia, a

small French Acadian fishing village. A mother

of three grown sons, I now live in Woods

Harbour, NS with my husband. Having lived

by the Atlantic Ocean all my life, I appreciate

the constant change of the ocean waves and

the daily rise and fall of the tide. A short 20km

away is Cape Sable Island, it has lovely white

sand beaches and waves that constantly pound

the shoreline. South West Nova Scotia is

perfect ocean destination with lots of fishing

boats, wharfs and exquisite scenery.

I was asked by a local sewing group if I could

design a project introducing the Bargello

technique. The Bargello Wave Bag is the perfect

project to learn to make a bag, learn to sew in

a zipper and to try out the bargello pattern.

After making the bag and enjoying the Bargello

technique, a full size quilt might be your next

project. – Christina

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Instruction photos by Christina d’Eon Crowell


High Fibre

Socks

Sock 1 ALL YOU NEED

Sock 2 IS MORE YARN

Picture a large hall with rows of spinning

wheels up and down the center, each

with a spinner wearing a handknit. Now

imagine around the outside of the room

to see vendors’ tables filled with handdyed

yarn, carded fleece, bags of raw

fleece and even a cage of angora rabbits.

What you’re imagining is The Gathering

– an event held every year right here in

Port Hope, my town.

I chose this event as my destination to

celebrate because for me it has become

a glorious, extravagant day of shopping

and visiting with other fibre enthusiasts.

My High Fibre Socks were knit with

purchases made at The Gathering.

The variegated yarn is Rambouillet wool

and mohair created by Alison Brown.

The purple is wool and silk hand-dyed at

Yvie Knits in Ottawa.

The mauve and green are my handspun

wool and alpaca fibre from a farm near

Lindsay.

Even now I can remember the purchase

experience of each.

The sentiment on the soles is simple and

can be a statement or a question:

ALL YOU NEED–IS MORE YARN

IS MORE YARN–ALL YOU NEED

– Lorraine

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All garments are designed and/

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Baptismal sets, dresses, suits,

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Are you a Canadian knitter?

A Needle Pulling Thread 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)

hdc = half double crochet

inc = increase(s), increasing

in(s) = inch(es)

k = knit

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

(increase)

ktbl = knit through the back loop

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

k3tog = knit 3 sts together (double rightleaning

decrease)

m = marker

m = meter(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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Georgian

Bay

cardigan

We spend a few weeks each

summer at the family cottage

in the Thirty Thousand Islands

area of Georgian Bay. It’s a

beautiful place with wind

swept trees, gorgeous views,

great channels to canoe or

kayak, and excellent sailing.

However, it can get a little

chilly, particularly at the

beginning and end of the

summer. This cardigan gives

just enough warmth to keep

me cosy in the evenings, with

a large shawl collar that can

be turned up against a windy

day. The sleeves are generously

sized to allow for layering.

This design is knitted

circularly whenever possible,

using steeks (bridge stitches)

to form a cylinder that is cut

open for the cardigan front

opening. Steeks are also used

for the sleeve openings and

even the neckline, all to keep

you knitting with the right

side facing you. The only purl

stitches are in the ribbing, top

section of the sleeves, bands,

and collar. – Denise

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Ocean Sands

Cover Up

I love walking in the warm

sand by the ocean,

listening to the waves,

looking for shells.

I find it so soothing, feeling

the water on my feet.

My face and skin

kissed by the sunshine,

wind blowing through

my hair,

watching the sandpipers

running up and down the

beach.

Experiencing the evening

sunsets is so breathtaking.

With all this in mind I hope

my Ocean Sand cover up will

make you feel like you are

right there with me enjoying

these moments of sheer

happiness.

Peaceful moments by the

ocean.

Moments of Happiness.

Memories of Peace.

– Jacqueline

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Whitecaps on Georgian Bay

I live in a small

town on the

southern shore

of Georgian Bay,

so my hometown

IS a destination!

Returning home

after some time away

is wondrous. You

come over a hill on

the escarpment, and

suddenly there’s the

bay in front of you,

stretching out to the

horizon. Georgian

Bay’s moods are

mercurial: calm

and placid one day

with barely a ripple

on its glassy, blue

surface; rough and

angry the next with

waves pounding

the shoreline. In

winter, it can be

packed with ice, cold

and implacable, but

beautiful when it

reflects an ethereal

turquoise colour.

This design is

evocative of one

of the bay’s more

playful moods, with

whitecaps sparkling

in the sunlight

and waves lapping

rhythmically on the

beach. The shawl is

the perfect size to toss

over your shoulders

when the breeze off

the bay turns cool

after sunset.

– Nancy

skill level Intermediate

finished measurements

One size: 75” across at widest point x

15” deep at center back

materials

yarn

• approximately 5.25oz [150g] heavy

fingering weight yarn

• sample used 660yds [600m] of a

short change variegated sock yarn,

75% wool / 25% polyamide

needles

• US 6 [4mm] circular knitting needle,

at least 32” [80cm] long, or size to

obtain gauge

• US 7 [4.5mm] circular knitting

needle, at least 32” [80cm] long

other

• stitch markers (recommended

to define border stitches and to

identify pattern repeats)

• yarn needle for weaving in ends

• rust-proof pins for blocking

gauge

16 sts and 29 rows = 4” [10cm] square,

blocked, in stocking stitch on smaller

needles

special abbreviations

s2kp Slip 2 stitches together knitwise,

knit next stitch, pass slipped stitches

together over knit stitch (central

double decrease).

Instructions

With larger needle, loosely cast on

325 sts. A knitted cast on will stretch

and works well for this project.

Do not join. Shawl is worked back

and forth on circular needle to

accommodate the large number of

stitches.

Knit 1 row (WS).

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FREE

When

in

Rome

Shawl

Inspired by the travel and destination theme for this issue,

I used Red Heart Colorscape yarn in the colourway called

Rome. The yarn conjured thoughts of Roman columns and

archways for me. I played with stitch patterns that would

look like pillars and have large openings. The results are a

shawl with a beautiful curved drape that can be worn so

many ways. – Lorna

skill level Easy

finished measurements

41" across top edge x 18" long (104 x

45.5cm]

materials

yarn

• RED HEART® Colorscape 2 balls

9856 Rome (4 medium) Art. E874

available in 3½oz [100g], 187yd

[171m]

hooks

Susan Bates® Crochet Hooks

• US K-10½ [6.5 mm]

other

• yarn needle

gauge

12 sc = 4" [10cm]; 7 rows = 4" [10cm].

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook

to obtain the gauge.

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Photos courtesy of Red Heart


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Happy Place

Jo, and her husband Bill, used to travel

in September, till they realized they

took holidays in the fall because it was

their favorite time of year at home.

Today they still vacation in September …

they just don’t go anywhere!

That was the first thought that

occurred to her when she found

out the theme for this issue is

‘destinations’; this led to the idea of

a stay-cation design. We hope you

enjoy My Happy Place! – Jo

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cross stitch

skill level Easy

stitch count 140W x 120H

finished size

11ct – 12¾”W x 11”H [32 x 28cm]

14ct – 10”W x 8½”H [26 x 22cm]

16ct – 8¾”W x 7½”H [22 x 19cm]

materials

fabric

• 28ct Lugana (Springfield Sage)

floss

• DMC embroidery floss

Notes: Depth has been added to this piece

by working the background with a single

strand of floss. Three strands (3x) of floss

were used for the foreground of this design,

based on a 14ct stitch being used. This

gives the foreground a deeper, richer look,

and covers the fabric well. However, if the

fabric being used is a smaller count (16ct

or less), then reduce the foreground to

two strands, though all backstitching can

remain the same at one strand of floss.

colour key

symbol DMC colour

. 001 white

* 318 steel grey - lt

W 319 green - vy dk

¤ 321 Christmas red

5 350 coral - med

k 367 green - dk

9 433 brown - med

G 437 tan

ì 738 tan - vy lt

V 739 tan - ult vy lt

j 754 peach - lt

Q 758 terra cotta - vy lt

0 762 pearl grey - vy lt

Ò 783 topaz - med

O 797 royal blue

¿ 815 garnet - med

[ 820 royal blue - vy dk

S 838 beige brown - vy dk

Š 950 desert sand - lt

p 970 pumpkin - lt

a 972 canary - dk

3778 terra cotta - lt

background colour key

symbol DMC colour

¨ 001 white

b 319 green - vy dk

Ù 367 green - dk

A 414 steel grey - dk

m 415 pearl grey

g 433 brown - med

† 435 brown - vy lt

1 437 tan

z 471 avocado green - vy lt

‹ 738 tan - vy lt

D 838 beige brown - vy dk

X 3858 rosewood - med

half-stitch (grass) colour key

symbol DMC colour

/ 319 green - vy dk

A note from Jo

When the model was framed, she decided the

darkest red used in the hammock was too dark,

and the lightest tan used in the hat was too

light. The red listed here is a shade lighter than

the sample, and the tan is a shade darker –

which means your design will look even better

than hers!

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Gros Morne

Dory

I was lucky enough to live in Woody Point,

Bonne Bay in the middle of Gros Morne

National Park for six years as a child. My

love for the area has never declined. This

design is from a vivid memory from my

childhood: a dory with the evergreen

mountains in the background accentuated

by the flat, red Tablelands Mountains even

further back. This spectacular rock is an

ancient sea bed, forced by tectonic pressure

to meet the sky. - Patty

skill level easy

design size 52W x 92H

finished measurements

1.9” x 3.3” [4.8 x 8.3cm]

materials

fabric

• 28ct white Monaco

threads

• DMC embroidery floss according

to the colour key

needle

• size 26 needle or preferred

tapestry needle size

other

• small sharp scissors

Notes:

• Use two strands of floss

• One strand of black DMC 310 is used

for the backstitch except on the rope

holding the dory which uses two

strands of black DMC 310 floss.

• Backstitching is all done in 1 strand

using DMC 310 except on the rope

holding the dory which uses 2 strands.

• The rope is one long stitch pulled up

and down at the points indicated on

the chart and secured with Bargello

Tucks at either end.

TIPS

Professional Framing

When visiting your local framing shop

to have a cross stitch framed, enquire

about how the cross stitch fabric will be

stretched. Pins and/or lacing with thread

are the preferred options.

Needle Minder

Magnetic needle minders are useful

tools to ensure you don’t lose your

needle or scissors in the couch cushions!

However, it’s important the magnets

used on the needle minder are in good

condition, free from dirt and without

chips on the magnet edges. Chips on a

magnet can cut your fabric and dirt can

mar it permanently.

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Photos by Maggie Langer Photography


The

Lure of

Birchwood

From afar, details disappear and

only silhouettes remain.

Sharp corners of my memory

have softened over time.

The greater picture of things

past remain and become more

valuable.

From afar, everything is seen

differently.

Although, I remember everything.

The birches and the beauty

of the birchwood are one

of the natural symbols of

Belarusian culture besides the

cornflower, the stork and the

zubr (European bison). The

Belarusians love their forests,

especially birchwood, the same

way as the British love the

ocean, the Arabians love their

desert, or the Tibetans love

their mountains.

My design is a tribute to

my memories and love for

the splendor of Belarusian

nature, which I remember

with all my heart. – Iryna

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Beaded Designer

Flip Flops

While vacationing in my home country

of Brazil a few years ago, I kept seeing

these beautiful beaded flip flops I

just ‘needed’ to have. I asked a local

craftswoman if she could make some

for me, but unfortunately, she was

unable to. I was so disappointed, I really

wanted some! I decided that if I wanted

them that much, and couldn’t get them

in Brazil, I had no choice but to learn

how to make them myself. When I

came back to Canada, I made my first

pair, and then another and another and

yet some more. I became obsessed.

I was so excited when I was asked to

share how to make a simple beaded

pair of flip flops. I hope you enjoy it as

much as I do!

– Nubia

skill level Intermediate

materials

• 1 pair of good quality flip flops

• size 0.3mm fishing/nylon beading

thread for bracelet and jewellery

making

• approximately 100 pearlized glass

round beads for jewellery making,

• size 8 or 10mm

• approximately 50 glass round beads for

jewellery making, size 4mm

• sharp hand needle

• curved needle nose pliers

• small pair of scissor snips

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