Fabric embellishment with Kate Barlow
Simple embroidery can enhance commercially printed fabric and Kate Barlow gives you a series of great hints and tips. She loves to use pre-printed fabric designs as her inspiration for her embroidery skills and left over threads. This is a great idea for those just beginning embroidery. Indeed, some of the fabrics have a cross-stitch design printed .
She loves to use cotton perle threads. She also uses beads and scraps of gold left over from her goldwork project. Watch Now+
Big Stitch Hand Utility Quilting with Carolyn Forster
Not all quilts need to have small, competition stitches to make them look wonderful. Utility quilting is perfect for today’s modern quilter as it is quick and easy. It’s a way of using thick thread and large stitches to finish your quilt. And being large stitches, it gets finished that much quicker! In this workshop Carolyn shows you how to start the stitching, the stitches themselves and how to finish off. All three of these are important stages of the work. She also goes through the equipment you’ll need and the pitfalls to avoid! Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Little Quilts and Gifts to make from Jelly Roll Scraps by Carolyn Forster
Is your sewing box is full of fabulous fabric that you don’t know what to do with? Then this is the book to use it up and create unique gifts and home accessories. This gorgeous book shows you how to transform jelly roll scraps into stunning little quilts and gorgeous patchwork gifts. Packed with 30 colourful and inventive projects this book contains an abundance of guidance and inspiration for quilters and patchworkers of all abilities.
There are two sections: in the book – ‘little quilts’ and ‘gifts’. Carolyn covers all the essential techniques. These include basic cutting and stitching, layering, basting,
quilting and binding. Clear instructions make this a great book for beginners as well as those with sewing skills. As our Book of the Month for February 2021, it comes with free p&p within the UK Buy Now+
Worms Children quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
This bright fun quilt is made up of simple shapes and perfect for beginners. Children will love to snuggle under this bright quilt. You can make it as big as you like just by making more units. The current quilt is approx 46″ x 52″. There are 6 worms, each made with a different colour fabric.
Workshop notes are also available for those who are subscribed members.
The simple component parts are great for beginner sewers as well as those with some sewing skills; we have simple rectangles sewn together, stitch and flip to create the head and the use of the Thangles method to make the half-square triangles is again perfect for beginners. Watch Now+
Some of you have already been busy making worms. Lynne wrote to us this week, sending this picture of her lovely version of the quilt. She said:
“Thank you for the worms quilt idea. I had some odd pieces of fabric, enough to make a quilt. I changed the directions of the worms to give secondary patterns.”
Double Wedding Ring Patchwork with Jennie Rayment
Jennie Rayment shares with you how to make this traditional favourite with rotary cutting templates. This traditional favourite works well in scraps. It uses 2 1/2″ strips as well as background fabric as well as colour co-ordinated. Watch Now+
The main template is the Double Wedding Ring
set. There is an additional single arc for those who want to cut either from a single piece of fabric (another design option) and/or check your accuracy once all those little pieces have been sewn together.
Magma Quilt with Dawn Cameron-Dick
This quilt is simple in concept which is why it is so stunning. In this workshop Dawn shows you how to make it. She also gives an excellent lecture on colour value, as well as tips on pressing and use of the 45 degree angle on your ruler and her love of spray starch!. So, as always, a great value workshop from her. Watch Now+
The pattern is available to buy in the shop either as printed copy sent out by post, or as a pdf that is emailed to you. Buy Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Project Bag Sewing Pattern by Janet Clare PLUS Bag Handles
Almost every quilter, patchworker and crafter that Janet knows loves a mini charm pack of fabric. So, it is great to have specific projects for them too. This pattern makes a lovely bag which is perfect for all those unfinished objects (UFOs)!
This sewing pattern for a stylish projects bag was designed with that in mind! The pattern also comes with dark plastic fish eye bag handles to fit the bag. All you’ll need to add is a 5″ charm pack (42 squares of 5” fabric) and add a little lining fabric. The finished bag measures 13 1/2″ X 12″. As our Product of the Month it also comes with free shipping in the UK for the
month of February 2021. Buy Now+
Half Treble Crochet Stitch with Jane Czaja
This is the third and final basic stitch workshop from Jane. Here again, she starts her workshop sample with the chain of 10 stitches . She demonstrates how to start your first row; how to turn at the end of the row and how to keep the side of the project nice and neat. Watch Now+
Once you have mastered these three stitches, Jane believes you can tackle any crochet pattern. She has designed an instant download stitch sampler with 36 different blocks for you to practise your skills on. Buy Now+
What’s coming up in February
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway is a panel of 8 robins printed onto white cotton poplin. It’s perfect for applique projects. The panel is 27cm wide by 27cm long. Each bird is 8 – 9cm across.
You can add fusible web to the back then cut out and iron into your fabric creation. Stitch round the robin as desired. They are perfect for handmade Christmas cards, placemats, table runners, and anything else where you would like a robin motif.
Just send an email entitled ROBINS to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for the competition is 28 February 2021
This is one of the basic three crochet stitches that Jane Czaja says you need to know. Watch Now+
A very stunning quilt made of strips the Dawn Cameron-Dick way. Watch Now+
This bright fun quilt is made up of simple shapes and perfect for beginners. Watch Now+
Jennie Rayment shares with you how to make this traditional favourite with the new rotary cutting templates. Watch
A selection of great tips from Jane Rimell at the Bramble Patch’s regular Friday morning workshop Watch Now+
This is a delightful mixed media textile workshop from Kate Findlay in which she shares some of her design ideas to help you create your own wild garden landscape. Watch Now+
Valerie Nesbitt suggests how you could turn the simple cornerstones of your patchwork sashing into something more interesting – easily and simply. Watch Now+
This is one of the basic three crochet stitches that Jane Czaja says you need to know to fully enjoy the craft of crochet. Watch Now+
This is a really easy way of inserting the papers for your tiny EPP hexagon pieces and you can leave the thread in too! Watch Now+
Simple strip piecing sewing creates this delightful pattern with pre-cut jelly roll strips Watch Now+