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May 2015

Did you win? And a little eye candy...

Thank you so much!
I feel so touched and encouraged in my designing after reading each of your comments on my giveaway. I really, truly wish I could send every one of you a Daisy Dance pattern.

Two winners have been selected randomly. Drum roll please....

Congratulations to Jeanette W and Kerry E !!

I love making small things that you can start and complete in a day! Loving cottage garden threads! Xx
I love the colours of the Cottage Garden Threads and this design brings them out beautifully. The threads are so easy to use and there isn't any wastage. The design of the needle keep is gorgeous and I will love the chance to make this if I win.
I will send you both an email shortly for your address.
Last month I was able to spend a day at the Australasian Quilt Convention in the magnificent Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
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It was super busy on The Patchwork Tea House stand, where I was working, so I wasn't able to to have a good browse this year.
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On my way out the door though, I couldn't resist a quick look at a couple of stands. (How could I help it... really? You can see it can't you? A rushing woman desperate to go home with something special and only a few minutes to spare.) Well, I think I managed to find some of the best treasure there was to discover, despite my brief shopping quest.
What do you think?
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I found these antique button sample cards at Chrissie's Timeless Treasures... and I love them!! I could never use them and take them off the cards, but I'm pretty tempted... especially by the red ones.
Directly opposite Chrissie's stand, was the L'uccello stand... and I couldn't help myself. Mother of pearl buttons are a weak spot of mine, and the other things pictured? Well, they begged to come home with me and I couldn't say no. If you are ever in the centre of Melbourne and you have a love of vintage, haberdashery, fabric and oh so much more... a visit to the L'uccello store is a must!
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Thank you again, for taking the time to enter my giveaway... and for taking the time to read my posts.
Until next time,

Let's have a GIVEAWAY!

(Pattern giveaway details at the bottom of this post.)

It feels great (like coming home kind of great) to have been more creatively productive recently. I love having a finished project and pattern in my hands, knowing the process it took to get to that moment. Usually I have a whole lot of projects underway at once, with all of them at different stages. We all enjoy the beginnings of a project don't we? Well, I sometimes get a bit stuck in the "exciting beginning part"... the excitement of a new idea and then another one, leads me to patterns half written, designs half stitched, ideas sort of played with then put aside. And that's kind of where I was for most of last year.

In recent months though, I've gotten a little strict with myself... its been more about the finishing and less about the beginnings.
I'm slowly working though my ideas and bringing them to the finish line. And that makes me happy. In fact, I think its just as exciting as the "exciting beginning part".
I wonder if the neighbours saw my little happy dance, when these patterns arrived on Friday.

Introducing "Daisy Dance - Needlework Keep" ~

A compact yet pretty way to store and carry your needlework essentials.
Finished size ~ approximately 6" x 7 
½when closed.

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Late last year I was given a wonderful bundle of Fat Quarters to play with by Two Green Zebras... two beautiful fabric ranges by Tilda named Apple Bloom and Spring Lake.
"Daisy Dance ~ Needlework Keep" uses 3 fabrics from the Spring Lake collection, combined with a subtle off white print from the 2014 Bread and Butter range by Lynette Anderson and beautiful woolen flannel and thread from Cottage Garden Threads.

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Daisy Dance ~ One Day In May

All the embroidery in "Daisy Dance" is stitched with just one skein of variegated thread... stranded 210 Tropic Sea by Cottage Garden Threads. The tones compliment the Spring Lake fabrics perfectly, don't you think? The daisy panel on the cover has the added features of woolen flannel leaves and double-sided fabric leaves. The double-sided fabric leaves are simple to create and are only partly attached to the panel. This allows the leaves to sit up a little from the background and cast a small shadow, giving the panel a dimensional quality. Over time, the leaves also fray just a little, adding another textural element.
The daisy panel design is also suitable as a standalone project. Simply add a border and binding or a small frame.

Daisy Dance has a double fold, allowing for 3 panels, inside and out. This means plenty of pockets!
Lift the cover and you'll find a large pocket, perfect for a little fabric, notebook or even a small needlework project you're working on. To the right you'll find 6 pockets, perfect for thread storage, no matter the packaging style.

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Open the needlework keep completely to reveal more... a home for a fabric pencil and a divided patchwork pocket (under the butterflies) for buttons and other notions. To the right there's another tall pocket for an applique glue pen, small ruler or tapemeasure. There's also a place to attach and store your embroidery scissors and two needlekeeps for your pins and needles.

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In the centre, two butterflies play, “...and they danced amongst the daisies to celebrate the Spring.”

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I couldn't leave the back cover plain, so added a little friend there too.

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Here's a look at the outside of the keep when fully open...

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"Daisy Dance ~ Needlework Keep" patterns have begun to arrive in stores.
I will edit this post to add stockists as I become aware of them.

For now, you can purchase a PATTERN or FULL KIT from  The Patchwork Tea House.
The kit includes all fabric, threads (for embroidery and ties), woolen flannel, fusible stabiliser, fusible webbing, freezer paper, batting and button.

Patterns are also due to arrive today at Mrs. Martin's Quilt Shop. Please email or call Karen to order.
Patterns are also on there way to Stitches from the Bush. Please email Perri to order.

If you are a store and would like to stock "Daisy Dance", please email [email protected] to place an order, as "Daisy Dance" won't be on the Pattern Press website until Helen's return from the US, in late May.

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As always, the pattern includes full sized pattern sheets and comprehensive instructions, with lots of photos and illustrated detail.
I hope you enjoy "Daisy Dance" as much as I have.

To celebrate the release of "Daisy Dance", I have TWO patterns to giveaway!
Would you like one?

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. If you feel like it, tell us what kind of neeedlework you enjoy.
I'm a bit partial to embroidery. Can you tell? Actually, I do love needleturn applique a whole bunch... and dimensional work.... ok, so I can't choose. 

National and international entries welcome.
Entries close at 
10pm on May 11th,  Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Winners will be drawn randomly on May 12th.


Until next time,