The Festival of Quilts 2018 competition theme will be 'Stitch(ing) through time'. This theme has been chosen to celebrate 300 years since The Guild's famous Silk Patchwork Coverlet was created in 1718. This is the oldest known piece of patchwork in the British Isles - it's very rare! Why don't you start thinking about what … Continue reading Festival of Quilts competition: Stitching through time
This cute little coaster is easy to make. You will need:- Pale background fabric 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" 5 patterned squares 1 1/2" inches square Wadding 5" square Backing 5 1/2"square Scrap for the bird and Bondaweb 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" Some Embroidery thread. All seams are 1/4" To Make this … Continue reading Quick little coaster
I've found a new 'go-to' website for whenever I'm starting a new project, so I thought I'd share it with you all. I am not the kind of person who instinctively knows which colour goes with which, so I've found a website that does the legwork for me by putting together loads of beautiful colour … Continue reading Colour-icious!
I have been wandering around Pinterest. It is just full of inspiration about so many things. I was looking for stitched chickens for a YQ workshop when I found this 'Lucy Chicken'. Here is the link to a free pattern. Well, Easter is coming 🙂 Here's one that I made!
Check out the inspirational work of the American Social Justice Sewing Academy. From their website: SJSA empowers young people to use sewing to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change. Work made by members of the Academy addresses social justice issues in the United States, such as racism and police brutality. Some of … Continue reading Social Justice Sewing Academy
The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester is currently still showcasing the work of Barbara Brown, a major designer for Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and 70s. She had originally wanted to be a sculptor, but because she was a woman, her tutors at art college encouraged her to get into fabric design instead. Her incredible graphic … Continue reading Last chance to see: Barbara Brown fabric design
How amazing is this tiger embroidery??? I have been following the extremely talented Janine Heschl on instagram for a few months now and her work is simply stunning. See the tiger emerge from scratch and check out her other wildlife embroideries at: https://www.instagram.com/textile_wildlife_art/
Fancy a fun and quick sewing project? Then check out Hideous!Dreadful!Stinky! It's a fab crafty blog with lots of free tutorials to get your creative groove on. One of my favourite tutorials is this monster tote bag. The instructions were simple to follow and I am really pleased with the end result. You can design … Continue reading Monster Tote Bag
Anyone else feeling the cold? We've had hail, snow, freezing winds. So top of my to-do list are these adorable handwarmers from Rae Ann Kelly. They are super-cute, ....and super-cozy!! They're also valentine themed so perfect for today!! Click on the image to take you to her tutorial.
Make a case for storing your needles using the ‘stitch and flip’ technique sewn onto a foundation. You can make it in whatever fabric you like – you only need small pieces so it’s a great project to use up your scraps, as well as being a useful item for your sewing box. Requirements 1 piece … Continue reading Strip-Pieced Needle Case