Spring Hare Cushion with Anne Baxter
With the clocks going forward and the sun coming out this week, Spring has definitely arrived. What a great time to refresh your home decor and Anne Baxter has a timely workshop for this very seasonal Spring Hare cushion. She takes you through her fabric selections and choices to make this modern rectangular cushion – which would look lovely in any home. She also talks you through the method of fused applique that she like to use – but reminds you that practise makes perfect! Watch Now+
The cushion pattern is available in our Shop as an instant download, so you can start today!. Buy Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Stitch into Spring by Mandy Shaw
Put some spring in your stitching with this brilliant book from Mandy Shaw which is our Book of the Month. With this book, you can enjoy a selection of projects from Mandy. There is Debra the cheeky chicken, a springtime felt garland, and also a bunnies and bunting cushion that can be personalised, to make a lovely gift. Mandy Shaw’s hallmark style is brimming in this irresistible collection which combines blanket stitch appliqué in muted shades of wool felt, with a mix of linens and dotty fabrics. You might just spot a little jumbo ric rac too! This is a 24 page
paperback that is perfect for celebrating Easter and welcoming Spring. It’s designed to help you choose fabrics and embellishments with confidence. There are top tips and also clear templates which will make each project a breeze
As our Book of the Month for April 2021, it comes with free p&p within the UK Buy Now+
Tulip Log Cabin patchwork with Valerie Nesbitt
These tulip blocks are simple to make and combine with an even simpler plain block in this delightful little quilt. Valerie guides you through the various parts of this delightful design. You could easily use up several scraps of fabric to create a wide variety of tulip colours. And it is very easy to make a larger quilt – just make more blocks!!! (plus a few more setting triangles). The quilt was designed to use 2 ½” strips for the tulip logs and 2 ½” squares with the stitch/n/flip sewing method, so you could use up your jelly roll; you will need other fabric, though for the alternative plain block. Watch Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Kaffe Fassett Hound Kit! – Digger Dachshund Kit from Lady Sew and Sew
Everyone loves a Dachshund! With this great kit from Lady Sew and Sew for our Product of the Month, you can make Digger with his cute upright ‘puppy’ tail which waves around in the air whenever he digs up the garden beds! And he’ll look very stylish in his Kaffe Fassett fabrics. The kit includes Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics to make Digger Dachshund, felt, ribbon, safety eyes
pattern by the Funky Friends Factory. you’ll just need to provide the toy stuffing. Finished Digger is approx: 25cm (10 inches ) tall and 36cm ( 14 inches) long. As our Product of the Month it also comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of April 2021. Buy Now+
Hexagons Crochet series Part 1 with Jane Czaja
In this workshop, Jane creates a plain hexagon crochet shape with a 5mm hook using aran weight yarn. She says you could also work it in double knitting with a 4mm hook. You will see how to start the centre of the hexagon with a ring, which can be a little tricky.
Then Jane takes us through the 1st and 2nd rounds, at which point the hexagon shape starts to appear. Jane says to keep an eye on the stitch count, which increases on each round up to 9 on the final, fourth round.
This is one of three different hexagon crochet shapes that Jane Czaja is going to share with you. We have a flower hexagon and a star hexagon to come in the series. They are all made the same size, having 9 on the final round count.
To make the finished project more interesting, Jane suggests you could think about using several colours. Watch Now+
like to make a throw / rug like the ones Jane shows in the workshop, there is a pattern available in the Shop as an instant download. Buy Now+
Meet Tess Grace from The Arty Craft Place
If you’ve been watching our recent Block Printing series, this week we get to meet the lovely tutor Tess as she chats to Valerie. We learn how passionate she and her colleagues are about block printing. We also learn about her contemporary blocks, which they design themselves – so you could even have one made for you, Watch Now+
Schultz & Wiremu Fabric Effects – A new direction
The current pandemic has made people look in all different directions as lives change. Schultz & Wiremu Fabric Effects are one such business. They are a family-run business, run by husband and wife team Miriam Schultz and Kevin Wiremu, who have been creating fabric effects for Film and Theatre since 1983. But as the pandemic struck, they found they were having little or no work. So, they turned tide a little and have invested in building an online shop. We will be shortly be selling some of their new products here, so if you are a keen textile artist, keep an eye out on our Shop in the coming weeks. Check out our Blog in the meantime to read more about them. Read Now+
What’s coming up in April
Now that the clocks have gone forward, Spring has arrived and April gives us 5 Fridays to fill with inspiration. Featured tutors this month include Anne Baxter, Carolyn Forster, Craig Joubert, Dawn Cameron-Dick, Jane Czaja, Kate Findlay, Nancy Adamek, Sallieann Harrison, Tess Grace, Valerie Nesbitt
Don’t forget, we have new videos on justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £5 a month. Learn More +
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway for Paid Subscribers is a stunning fabric bundle designed by Libs Elliott from the Stealth range. It’s a range of neutrals in low volume white, grey, buff and black. A great modern “neutral” that mixes really well with super bright collections! You will receive 20x 5” squares (2 each of 10 colours) and 10x 2.5” strips.
This bundle is from one of the recent Precut Club mailings run by Creative Quilting. The Precut club is sent out every other month and is taken from ranges on the shelves so is always unique to at Creative Quilting. They have 4 different fabric clubs and you can find out
more about them – click here. To enter, just send an email entitled STEALTH to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for the competition is 30th April 2021.
This is one of three different hexagon crochet shapes that Jane Czaja is going to share with you. Watch Now+
These tulip blocks are simple to make and combine with an even simpler plain block in this delightful little quilt .Watch
Personalised Easter cards made easy with Tess Grace. Watch Now+
Fiona Goble has knitted these lovely little pets. There is a chicken and egg you could enjoy too which are free downloadable patterns Watch Now+
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+