Red Robin Ornaments with Nancy Adamek
We continue with our Christmas in July theme and this week Nancy Adamek has a lovely workshop to show us how to make an English paper pieced robin ornament – our favourite red breasted friend. These are also great to go on the front of Christmas cards, or even inside them as a little present for your friends Watch Now+
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Folded Potholder with Valerie Nesbitt
All you need to make this traditional potholder is straightforward folding and sewing. And at Christmas you could think about adding some spices (such as cloves). Most of the sewing is large, out of sight and tacked onto a background fabric – so anyone can do it!. Valerie shows you how to make sure all the creases stay in place and on the right lines as well as helping you to avoid having Vesuvius at the end – with the bias binding! Watch Now+
Jennie Rayment shows us a simple and ingenious way of using up scraps of fabric to produce toys or decorations which could be used for any festivity, including Christmas. If you have a wavy cutter blade or pinking shears, you could also use them to give the edge of the fabric a little more interest. Other possibilities might be to make the balls and then leave them as a garland? Watch Now+
Festive Tree Skirt with Gail Penberthy
Gail talks you through some of the stages to make this lovely tree skirt or table centre. She also gives you some things to think about when constructing it . Made from simple strip piecing, you do need to pay attention to your seam allowance. Gail also gives you some handy tips on how to keep your sets from bowing into a rainbow. Watch Now+
The pattern for the Skirt is available in out shop and is easy to buy for too – just 7 Fat
1/4’s! Buy Now+
Quilting wholecloths designed by Sean Edwards
Karen Cocksedge, who many of you know from www.karensquilts.co.uk and www.finishmyquilt.co.uk , recently had the privilege of quilting some wholecloths designed by Sean Edwards for his current exhibition. She wrote a lovely article about her experiences and we thought you like to hear about it. Read Now+
Creating Embroidered Flower Stems with Lorna Bateman
Did you catch Lorna’s excellent new workshop last week on how to create stems for flowers and trees, using just threads. She shows us two techniques – whipping and overcasting. These produce quite a different effect, the first is whipped over with backstitch or stem stitch, and overcasting covers your threads completely. Watch Now+
This is one of the techniques from Lorna’s new book, which is our Book of the Month for July – Embroidered Country Gardens by Lorna Bateman. You can learn how to embroider all the elements of a typical English country garden and then apply your knowledge to create twelve exciting projects to keep or give as gifts with this beautiful book by Lorna Bateman. And it’s suitable for beginners as well as accomplished embroiderers.
As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in July 2019 Buy Now+
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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
Have you entered this month’s giveaway for paid subscribers? In celebration of ‘Christmas in July we are giving away this Wreath Christmas Ornament kit by Lina Patchwork. We want to get you up and crafting for Christmas!!! This lovely EPP Christmas tree ornament is made with medium-small Hexagons (5/8th inch) as well as sumptuously sparkling red and green Christmas fabric.
To enter the competition just send an email entitled CHRISTMAS WREATH to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition will close 31 July 2019
Talking of getting ahead for Christmas, our product of the month for July is this very stylish Scandi Advent Calendar in Grey from Makower.
It will be useful for years to come and will appeal to all ages and we love it because it’s nice and easy to make.
It comes pre-printed with the lovely Scandi inspired background design and the pockets to make and sew on. Finished size is 24″ x 44″
As our Product of the Month for July it comes with FREE P&P in the UK Buy Now+
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Lorna Bateman shows us how to create a variety of flower stems with simple embroidery stitches, that can be used in your embroidery projects. Watch Now+
This is a delightful tree skirt pattern from Gail Penberthy, which could also work as a table centre, and is created with simple strip piecing and looks good in a wide variety of colours.Watch Now+
These miniature pictures are created with the patchwork technique called shadow applique which means they are very quick and easy to make.. Watch Now+
Also known as Disappearing 9 Patch this is a very quick and easy quilt to make and could make a great dent in your fabric stash..Watch Now+
More easy kitchen-top dyeing ideas from Angela Daymond – this time using Brazilwood to create a pink effect on the fabric plus a touch of shibori.. Watch Now+
Creating half square triangle patchwork units, quickly, easily and accurately, with Valerie Nesbitt. She shares with you several different ways of doing this with the help of today’s rotary cutting equipment and the sewing machine…Watch Now+
This is such a clever technique which allows you to work with the accuracy of foundation piecing, but without having any papers to remove at the end – so no mess; no distortion or tearing of stitches. Watch Now+
Caravans and Beach Huts are a couple of truly iconic themes throughout the summer and Gail Penberthy shares with you some of her projects using these themes as her inspiration.Watch Now+