This week Valerie chats to Kate who has been very busy during lockdown. She has produced a small range of beautiful applique kits featuring birds and also a super little coffee-table style book that features pictures of her landscapes and her textile journey. We also get to learn more about her wonderful plans for our textile retreat in March 2021. Watch Now+
Stained Glass Patchwork with Paula Doyle
This clever idea from Paula Doyle has you making stained glass pictures without using any bias strips. Paula shares this really easy technique with us. All you need to do is be able to trace, cut out and iron. Then you get to sew with a simple zig-zag stitch. This is a super use of scraps of fabric – particularly the bright ones. These will contrast exceptionally well with the black stained glass effect. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Kantha Country Flowers Book by Angela Daymond
Kantha Country Garden is Angela’s sixth self published book. She has taken her inspiration from the multi-coloured world of flowers, using this traditional form of hand stitching. The book can fit easily into a project bag as it is A5 in size. The book contains full instructions and stitch diagrams. It also has a brief history of kantha.
There are ten full size patterns. These include passion flower, cosmos, iris, dahlia, rudbeckia, poppy, anemone, hollyhock, delphinium and geranium.
As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during August Buy Now+
Clamshell patchwork with Jennie Rayment
Clamshells are a mixture of patchwork and applique and last week, Jennie Rayment showed us a couple of methods that you might like to try. This technique can be done by hand or by machine. Whilst traditionally these shapes have been sewn in a row, Jennie now suggests we might like to design our own pattern with this shape. She suggests it lends itself to forming a diamond, or a pyramid blob ! Watch Now+
Box of Stars with Valerie Nesbitt
This workshop today with Valerie is based on a pattern by Stephanie Prescott. It is a great variation on the 54/40 Fight or Flight block that Valerie is so keen on .Valerie explains how to adapt the commercial pattern to use the Tri-Recs ruler and has lots of her other perfect tips to help you make this block .Watch Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Scandi Star Candle Mat Kit
This candle mat kit from Creative Quilting is a lovely simple table centre. It’s a perfect mini-project to try your hand using Thangles or to give as a gift to crafty friends. Thangles are an easy to tear printed paper which give a fast, easy and accurate way to make half square triangles from strips.
Each kit includes all fabric and Thangles paper sheets that you will need to make the project. There are also instructions to help guide you through. You will need to supply your own wadding.
As our Product of the Month for August it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of August. .Buy Now+
Paper Weaving and Transfer Painting with Mary Gamester
This is a very simple but effective technique that Mary demonstrates for us. Mary shows us how to pre-paint papers with transfer paints. You’ll discover just how exciting and unpredictable the end result is. The procedure is very straightforward. Mary gives you helpful tips on how to avoid some disasters and also on how to turn those disasters into embellishment/design opportunities! Nothing here is wasted as she also likes to recycle her papers. Watch Now+
New in the Shop this week
To keep you busy at home, this week, we have some Christmas colourways of the Thangles candle mat kits featured above. There are also some interesting stained glass patterns from Paula and a pretty new cushion from Gail Penberthy, for those of you off in your camper vans. We have also added some new EZ Quilting templates from the lovely Zakera at Romaisaa Craft room. Learn More+
If you enjoyed Kate Findlay’s interview this week, you might like to treat yourself to her beautiful brand new book – Landscape in Textiles, or one of these lovely Apple or Cherry blossom applique kits Learn More+
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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month we are giving away this lovely Owl Kantha pattern by Angela Daymond.to paid subscribers. Kantha is a traditional technique that uses running stitch – suitable for everyone from beginner to expert. This pattern is for a hand sewing project and comes with full written instructions and also a stitching diagram and the pattern is also full size printed onto A4 paper. In addition, there is a full requirement list on the back of the pattern detailing threads and fabrics needed.. It finishes approx 10cm x 18cm.
To enter the competition just send an email entitled OWL KANTHA to email@example.com. The competition will close 31 August 2020.