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March 2015

Two new patterns for you!

(Warning! Long blog post ahead!)
For the first time in quite a while I have new patterns to release! I have to say I'm pretty excited to have these completed and ready. I hope you like them.

The first is...

~ Heartfelt Trio ~
A trio of small projects, for the home or gifts
Finished project sizes
Hanging Heart – 8” x 8”, Wallhanging – 7 ½” x 14”, Framed Heart – to suit a 8" x 10" frame
-  Choose a colour.
- Choose a Heartfelt Panel, “Home”, “Welcome” or “Family”.
- Choose which project to make, Wallhanging, Hanging Heart or Framed Heart.

The process of designing "Heartfelt Trio" began over a year ago. I wanted to just make a simple framed version... but you know you start one thing, and the ideas come more quickly than you can stitch. I wondered if the design might be better used in a wallhanging. Actually, maybe it would be great as a cushion or "a 3 dimensional, filled with stuffing kind of thing".
As you can see I couldn't choose so I made all three ~ a trio!

So, one panel design, three heartfelt sentiments and three projects to create with it.

Heartfelt trio all 3

The Heartfelt Panel Design is created with a back-stitch filled word, satin-stitched dots and dimensional flowers. Each flower is made with a layer of double-sided fabric and felted wool. The smaller flowers are completed with a clear glass bead in the centre.

Heartfelt trio all 3
Heartfelt trio all 3
Heartfelt trio all 3

Each "Heartfelt" project offers different techniques to try.
The Hanging Heart has a fabric tie and a ruched edge which adds a lovely textural quality.

Heartfelt Trio Welcome1
Heartfelt Trio Welcome1

The Wallhanging features a little patchwork, quilting and threaded back-stitch.

Heartfelt Trio Home1

The Framed Heart is needleturn appliquéd and then edged with threaded back-stitch.
(You can see a closeup of the threaded back-stitch in a closeup above.)

Heartfelt Trio Family1

The pattern includes full sized pattern sheets and comprehensive instructions, filled to the brim with illustrated and photographic detail.

Heartfelt Trio Pattern Cover

My second release for this week is...

~ With Thread in Hand - Framed Stitchery ~
Finished design size to suit a 10" x 13" frame.

Vintage sewing tools and fully wound thread cards rest on a partially stitched doily, waiting for the embroiderer to return. This One Day In May project is reminiscent of embroidery design and tools of a bygone era.

With Thread in Hand framed2

"With Thread in Hand" was shared with Cottage Garden Threads Collectors Club in February and is now ready to be released as one of my pattern range. I loved designing this stitchery. I have quite a "thing" for all things vintage, but especially anything sewing related!

With Thread in Hand collage

This project is completed with Back-stitch, French Knots, Detached Chain-stitch, a little Satin-stitch and the tiniest of cross-stitches for a simple, yet textural alternative to the French Knot. The finished design fits comfortably in a 10” x 13” frame but would also work well bordered and bound as a miniature quilt.

With Thread in Hand Photos closeup4

 Only 4 different skeins of variegated, stranded cotton are needed to complete this project.
I have used stranded Cottage Garden Threads.
- 708 Plum Pudding for frame outline, spirals & detail on embroidery cards
  - 203 River Gum for leaves, stems & wound thread on the 1st thread card
  - 310 Carrot Seed for scissors, thimble, needle threader & card outlines
  - 1002 Kangaroo Paw for all text & wound thread on the 2nd thread card
Maybe you already have these colours in your collection.

With Thread in Hand Photos closeup6

With Thread in Hand Photos closeup5

With Thread in Hand framed3

“With Thread in Hand”  includes a MULTIPLE-USE TRANSFER so you won’t have to spend any of your stitching time tracing. You’ll also find a full sized pattern sheet and comprehensive illustrated and photographic instructions.
Add a touch of sewing nostalgia to your creative space... “With Thread in Hand”.

With Thread in Hand coverBoth of these patterns are available now and will be filtering into stores soon. Please get in touch with your local patchwork store to order, or you can find it HERE today.
For store owners, please get in touch with Helen or Lori of Pattern Press to place a wholesale order.
I will be having a giveaway of these new designs very soon, so keep an eye out.

Until then, happy stitching...