Block Printing Easter cards with Tess Grace from The Arty Crafty Place
Personalised Easter cards – what a lovely idea. Tess shows you how you can print onto both card and fabric to create some delightful Easter cards (and later in the year for other occasions). She reminds us that you should always practise first on a small piece of fabric (or waste paper) and also shows how easy it is to change colour, or have a two-colour block print. Watch Now+
New in the Shop this week we also have Block Printing Tea Towel kits from The Arty Crafty Place available. These contain the cute chicken blocks that Tess demonstrates with in the workshop. You can use the blocks for the towels and then for lots of other projects, like the cards, matching napkins, table runners – the possibilities are endless. We also have a lovely Leafy Lemon Tote Bag Printing kit. We think this would be perfect for going back out again, or sitting in the park with a friend having a picnic. More Info+
How to Marble with Craig Joubert
Alternatively, if you are still feeling crafty, watch this very comprehensive workshop from Craig as he shows you how easy it is to marble. Like the block printing, marbling can be be applied to most surfaces – from fabric, to tiles, leather, wood, cork, paper and cotton canvas. He talks you through the equipment and demonstrates how to create the Spanish Moiree design on paper. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Cottage Gardens by Gail Lawther
Create a series of gorgeous cottage gardens in fabric and thread.
Use Gail’s quick and easy methods and you can easily create your own glorious gardens.
Created in fused applique Gail takes you through all the steps with clear diagrams and full size templates
As our Book of the Month for March 2021, it comes with free p&p within the UK Buy Now+
Folded Japanese Patchwork with Lesley Brankin
Lesley shares with us her secret passion for Folded Japanese Patchwork and makes good use of the double sided patchwork to create two patterns simultaneously. She also shows you how to stitch the double sided pieces together with the really useful ladder stitch. This can also be used to close up any project that has been fast turned. Watch Now+
If you enjoy the video, you might be interested in trying these instant download patterns from Lesley: Butterfly & Kimono; Bluebirds; Sunset bag.
Knitted Amigurumi pets with Fiona Goble
Fiona shares with us her trio of delightful little pets that can be knitted (they are more usually found crocheted). She assures us that they are easy for beginners, as just simple knitting stitches are involved, together with standard yarn – preferably with some wool content – and small needles. In addition – just in time for Easter – she has shared with us a little chicken and his (or her) egg – again simple to knit, with patterns available to download. Watch Now+
Fly Stitch Embroidery Workshop with Niamh Wimperis
Niamh believes the fly stitch is a close cousin to the lazy daisy embroidery stitch. This is because it is created with a V stitch rather than a loop. She has used it here in the centre of leaves, to create pine branches and flowers. In this workshop you also get to see how to sort out a really knotty problem without having to cut your thread. Watch Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: A Taste of Silk Ribbon Embroidery Taster packs from Lorna Bateman
Our Product of the Month for March are a series of Silk ribbon embroidery taster packs in different colours from Lorna Bateman. These simple starter packs are great for trying out silk ribbon embroidery.
Each little starter kit contains a choice of these 4 simple designs, together with patterns. You will need to trace these onto a 7 inch or 17cm square of cream cotton fabric supplied with muslin for backing. Also included are chenille needles;
ribbon for roses and leaves; a crewel or embroidery needle; a length of green stranded cotton and matching thread for the roses; a full set of instructions including a full set of colour photographs of step by step stages. A stitch glossary is also supplied. Lorna presents the pack with a colour photo of roses on the cover in a clear cellophane bag. This makes it a perfect small gift to add to someone’s birthday present or for a special occasion. You can choose from 4 colours – just click on the colour you want: yellow, pink, purple and peach.
As our Product of the Month it also comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of March 2021. Buy Now+
JUST ADDED – More weekend sewing fun with Valerie Nesbitt
In celebration of being able to sew together again at long last, Valerie Nesbitt is running an extra special session at our weekend retreat at Denham Grove, Bucks on 22 -23 May 2021. You can bring along your own UFO’s, WIP’s and PhD’s, or be inspired by one of Val’s projects. If you are interested, please book as soon as possible as spaces are limited. We couldn’t think of a better way to mark being able to get back together again, than a weekend of sewing fun. See more+
What’s coming up in March
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
If you have a paid subscription to the site, don’t forget to enter our March giveaway. It is this lovely Busy Bee cushion pattern from Lina Patchwork. ‘Bee’ inspired by Lucy Bostons ‘Patchwork of the Crosses’ (POTC) and make your own colourful version of this cushion. This delightful pattern comes complete with the papers and is created in English Paper Piecing. The cushion project finishes approx 16 inches square and is constructed from honeycombs and squares over papers; Fabric is not included
To enter, just send an email entitled BUSY BEESto firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for the competition is 31st March 2021.
Niamh Wimperis shows how simple this embroidery stitch is to master. Watch Now+
Lesley shares with us her secret passion and makes good use of the double sided patchwork to create two patterns simultaneously. Watch Now+
Sallieann Harrison shares with you her modern sunny version of this traditional patchwork block, which includes applique. Watch Now+
Lorna Bateman loves working with silk ribbon and shows how easy it is to create her ribbon roses and other flowers. Watch Now+
In this short workshop Valerie Nesbitt shares with you an excellent way of getting really accurate, narrow sashing in your project. Watch Now+
Simple, easy but effective for jewellery and for adding the finishing touch to a project – such as to the zip pull of a bag. Watch Now+
This is a great workshop that will add features to your textile work in more ways than one!Watch Now+
This delightful little project has been designed by Jane Czaja and gets you to use all three basic crochet stitches – double, half treble and treble stitches. Watch Now+