Introduction to Goldwork Embroidery with Kathleen Laurel Sage
This is a comprehensive workshop from Kathleen where she shows you how to create a bumblebee with texture in the body, created from the purl and check wires. She admits it is a little fiddly but very straightforward and worth taking a little time over. Watch Now+
If you’d like to make our own,
there is a kit available in the Shop which is great for beginners and those who want to expand their skills Buy Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Golden Glamour Gold Work Book by Kathleen Laurel Sage
Kathleen has also written this very informative new book of small golden projects and it is our October Book of the Month . It has an introduction on what materials to use and how to use them followed by 11 varied projects for you to embroider and several designs for you to experiment on, with your new-found skills.
You can then become confident using some of the metal threads and cords that are associated with gold work. It will also allow you the freedom to experiment
with the modern materials of today. Once you discover that most materials are available to use, you can develop and combine them to produce your own unique slant on a traditional technique. If you are just starting out or want to experiment with traditional techniques, then this book is perfect for you.
As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during October Buy Now+
Tucked Up Band with Jennie Rayment
This idea for a textured strip comes from the Victorian era when they used it to fold ribbon. You can of course still do this today. The textured strip can be used for a wide range of embellishments from a choker, to Home Dec ideas like trimming a lampshade. You can also use it for dress straps or add texture to a bodice or a border of a quilt. And like all good ideas, it’s simple to make. Watch Now+
Butterfly cushion Applique kit with Valerie Nesbitt
This is gloriously colourful cushion kit. In this workshop, Valerie talks you through the contents of the kit and the simple instructions. She also has tips on quilting the cushion. If you’re not a fan of free motion quilting, she talks you through using cross hatching as a background stitch, which due to its symmetry gives a very pleasing effect to the cushion Watch Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Butterfly Applique Cushion Kit from Creative Quilting
We have chosen the butterfly kit, from Creative Quilting as our Product of the Month for October. The cushion size is approx 18″ square and the kit comes complete with Butterfly applique templates (by Kjersti Smith), bright fabric for butterflies, 2.5″ fabric strips for background, Heat and Bond, calico, wadding, fabric for the cushion backing and instructions. As our Product of the Month it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of October. .Buy Now+
I want those boots!
For all you fashion aficionados Dolce and Gabanna’s SS21 Women’s Fashion Show was full of patchwork, denim, embroidery and embellishment and as you can see from this picture a burst of vibrant colours. It is a celebration of Sicily. They say the #DGSicilianPatchwork looks feature a union of different colours, forms and fabrics, each one crafted and interpreted manually by skilled hands. We have posted a video from the show on our Facebook page to inspire you with your projects – the work is truly fantastic and we definitely want those patchwork boots Watch Now+
Bamboozle crochet scarf with Jane Czaja
Jane feels this is a great beginner project as well as being enjoyable for those who are more familiar with crochet. She works the scarf with a #6 hook and talks you through the various stages of creating this scarf in Bamboozle yarn. Jane also gives you the option to work the scarf in trebles as well as half-trebles, which she prefers, as she feels it gives the scarf a tighter look (and feel). Watch Now+
In the Shop this week
The Bamboozle scarf has been very popular, and Creative Quilting have put together some kits for you in 3 colours. The finished dimensions are approximately 162cm by 12.5cm (64″ by 5″). Each kits contains 2 balls of King Cole Bamboozle chunky yarn and instructions. You will also need a 6mm crochet hook (not included). Just click on the colour you want below.
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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month we are giving away this stylish project bag pattern from Janet Clare. Almost every quilter, patchworker and crafter that Janet knows loves a mini charm pack of fabric. The pattern was designed with that in mind! With just a single 5″ charm pack (42 squares of 5” fabric) and the addition of a little lining fabric and oval handles, this pattern makes a bag which is perfect for all those unfinished objects (UFOs)! The detailed pattern includes step by step instructions and lots of close up photographs to show how to piece the bag from the 5” charm squares. It also includes lots of close-up photographs to show Janet’s fabric selections. FINISHED BAG MEASURES 13 1/2 X 12 “. To enter the competition just send
an email entitled PROJECT BAG to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition will close 31 October 2020.