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Hand Embroidery Workshop
Stranded thread is the thread most often used for doing embroidery work. It is widely referred to as embroidery floss – ‘floss’ is simply thread that is divisible. Embroidery floss has six strands of thread. The number of threads you need is dependen
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Speckled HEN
• Two squares, 20cm (8in) calico or cream homespun (embroidery background and backing) • DMC Stranded Embroidery Cotton in Ecru, Blanc (White), Dark Tin (4), Black (310), Red (321), Light Shell Grey (453), Bright Orange Red (606), Dark Burnt Orange (
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Getting to know … CHLOE REDFERN
Where do you live and work? I live in the suburbs of Birmingham, England, and work from home from a small workspace in my bedroom (though I confess I often find myself in the living room stitching in front of the television!) It is only a very small
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Love to Stitch PROJECT TOTE
Whether on holiday, on retreat or just enjoying a stitching day with your friends, this tote is perfect for all your necessities. The front features a sewing-themed stitchery design and the tote opens up to reveal a roomy pocket for storing patterns
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Pin Interest
This is essentially a Block of the Month club using Cottage Garden Threads, Liberty of London fabric, vintage-inspired stitcheries and journalling. When you join the Field Journal club, each month you will receive four Cottage Garden Threads variegat
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Getting to know … LESLEY MCCONNELL
Please describe where you live and your workspace. Shorncliffe is a pretty bayside suburb of Brisbane – a bit of a backwater in that it hasn’t caught up with the coming of age of our growing city. It’s one of the region’s special places, languishing
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Book REVIEWS
This reference is a completely revised full-colour edition of Thomas's 1934 classic, Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. This comprehensive dictionary offers more than 400 stitches, including 100 new stitches, all described and pictured in full-colour
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Bonnie Baby Quilt
• 48 squares, 5in of assorted print fabrics (hexagons) • 15cm ( 1/4yd) each of three tone-on-tone print fabrics (diamonds) – Marilyn used turquoise, red and yellow • 45cm ( 1/2yd) multi-coloured striped fabric (border) • 30cm ( 3/8yd) pink spot print
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Selvedge DESIGNER EDGE
Merrin Shaw’s tea cosies are about so much more than keeping a teapot warm. They’re an invitation for storytelling and a laugh. She lovingly refers to them as her “beanies for kettles” and says they are full to the brim of personality and charm. But
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Flower Necklace
• DMC Natura Just Cotton: 1 ball of each Yarn A – Lima (Colour N15), Yarn B – White (Colour N01), Yarn C – Rose Layette (Colour N06), Yarn D – Rose De Meaux (Colour N94), Yarn E – Bougainvillea (Colour N93), Yarn F – Pistache (Colour N13) • Crochet h
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COOKIES & CAKE
• 50cm ( 5/8yd) each of 12 assorted print fabrics (Layer Cake blocks) • 60cm ( 5/8yd) solid cream fabric (Layer Cake blocks) • 65cm ( 3/4yd) mid-green solid or chambray fabric (Cookie blocks) • Batting at least 255 x 200cm (100 x 77in) • 1m (1 1/8y
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Aldershot Meadows
Finished quilt size: 203cm (80in) square Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics used in this project. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in
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Detour Ahead
• One Jelly Roll or 36 strips, 21/2 x 42in of assorted print fabrics • 90cm (1yd) each of solid red and solid aqua fabric • 50cm ( 5/8yd) red print fabric (binding) • 3.4m (4yd) backing fabric • Batting at least 170cm (66in) square • Rotary cutter,
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Inspirations And Influences
My love of English paper piecing all started with a very simple quilt pattern by fellow Aussie designer Leanne Beasley, which featured hexagons and embroidery. Leanne introduced me to English paper piecing at a time when I had three young children an
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THIMBLE and THREADS STITCHING SET
• Fat quarter light blue tone-on-tone print fabric (pincushion and outer folder) • Fat quarter light blue stripe print fabric (inner folder) • 20cm ( 1/4yd) off-white handkerchief linen (embroidery background) • 10in square pale pink tone-on-tone pri
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Getting to know … VAL LAIRD
What’s your idea of the perfect stitching day? My perfect stitching day would begin with an early rise (it’s no good wasting time in bed!), a walk with my husband down to the beach, followed by a leisurely breakfast. Then it is into the studio to spe
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Part 3 Block Of The Month Aldershot Meadows
203cm (80in) square Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics used in this project. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in the magazines, but yo
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Beautiful BLOOM
• 10in square of solid white fabric • 10in square of light fusible stabiliser • Six squares, 2 1/2in of assorted pink print fabrics • Six iron-on 3/4in pentagon papers or one sheet of Hugs ’n Kisses appliqué paper or template plastic and stiff paper
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My Castaway Creations
If I were stuck on a desert island and magically granted three crafting wishes, I would wish for: • Notepad and pencil – to sketch, draw what inspires me from my surroundings and see what designs come from the pencil meeting the paper. • Needle and t
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