Dresden Plate Patchwork with Sallieann Harrison
This fabulous quilt is made up of dresden plate patchwork plus some stunning borders. Sallieann takes us through the steps to make the 12 petals with the speedy help of the sewing machine. Her method means that the tips of the plates are already turned and therefore ready for the applique step. She also shows us how to make the centre sunny circle. There is a great tip on how to get this accurate. Finally she shows you her current favourite applique stitch on her sewing machine. Sallieann also tells us about her quilting inspiration which was the backing fabric! Watch
If you’d like to make this quilt, the pattern is available to buy as an instant download in our Shop Buy Now+
Silk Ribbon Roses Embroidery with Lorna Bateman
Lorna loves using Silk Ribbon in her embroidery. According to Lorna if you can do embroidery stitches, then you can work with silk ribbon. In this workshop Lorna guides you through how to make the roses, the petals, rose buds and other lovely flowers which can then be used in your projects. It is particularly fashionable to decorate sweaters and create individual and unique clothing. Watch Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: A Taste of Silk Ribbon Embroidery Taster packs from Lorna Bateman
If you want to see if you enjoy this gentle style of embroidery, then our Product of the Month for March is perfect for you , or a friend. We have 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+
Accurate Patchwork sashing with Valerie Nesbitt
There is quite a trick to getting really accurate narrow sashing to be straight. In this workshop Valerie shares with you a very clever tip to help you do exactly this. Watch Now+
A free download pattern is available for paid subscribers of a super Japanese window quilt which relies on very narrow window sashing. There is also a quilt kit for this available Buy Now+
Making Paper and Fabric Beads with Fran Rose
Fran is a passionate beader. In this little workshop Fran shares with us how to make fabric and paper beads. She suggests you can use fabric from your major project so that the beads co-ordinate. They could then be added to finish off a bag maybe as a zip pull, or other textile project – so not just jewellery. They are so easy that it’s something you might like to try with the children – particularly the paper ones (just add glue!!!) Watch Now+
March Hare Madness from Kate Findlay
New in the Shop this month we have a series of digitally printed panels from Kate Findlay.
There are 2 Hare panels printed onto white cotton poplin. These are perfect for handmade pictures, quilts, bags and cushions. – the companion pieces are called ‘Hedgerow Hare’ and ‘Field Hare‘
She also has 2 new panels which are perfect for applique projects – ‘Hares‘ and ‘Birds‘. These would be great to use on handmade pictures, quilts, bags, placemats, table runners, and anything else where you would like a motif.
Be quick though they could be ‘hare’ today and gone tomorrow (groans!) Buy Now+
We love hearing your stories that you share. Viv contacted us recently to say what a lovely quick simple bag of Jennie Rayment’s video was and so easy to create a ‘boxed’ bottom. It was extremely timely as she was looking after her granddaughter, Florence, who is nearly 5 and in their bubble.
Viv says “Florence loves sewing and I’m so keen to capture this enthusiasm. I had some fabric crayons so armed with plain calico she drew pictures which I then ironed fast, and then we made into a shopping bag for her mum. I’m not sure why the submarine is in the drawing but who knows what goes on in a four year olds mind!!. Her
mum was still thrilled with it! Such a delightful afternoon.” We’re sure you’ll agree – bags made with lots of love and fun. Well done Florence and Viv! See more+
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+
What’s coming up in March
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
Spring is here and there are busy Bees all around!!! This month’s giveaway for Paid Subscribers 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 email@example.com. The closing date for the competition is 31st March 2021.
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+
Jennie Rayment shares with us this very fast and simple bag with with a flat bottom – great for kids too. Watch Now+
This traditional block has come of age with the help of this acrylic ruler and the rotary cutter. Watch Now+
Not all quilts need to have small, competition stitches to make them look wonderful. Watch Now+
Simple embroidery can enhance commercially printed fabric and Kate Barlow gives you a series of great hints and tips.. Watch Now+