Category Archives: stitchery

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Button Sampler Mini Quilt

I recently reviewed a wonderful book called 120 Original Embroidery Designs by Yoko Saito for the CT website.  I am an admirer of Yoko Saito’s prolific work, especially her skillful use of Japanese taupe fabrics, and own several of her books. I was especially drawn to this one because of the way she combines creative fabric selection, patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. You can read my book ...

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Tiny Bubbles Dress in Mammoth Flannels

Hi, I'm Holly! I work at Connecting Threads' sister company Knit Picks. Thought I mostly knit these days, I've been sewing since I was 6. My grandmother was a garment worker and there was nothing I loved more than to sit at the sewing machine with her and sew my own clothes. I now have two young daughters (ages 1 and 2-busy times!), and I love sewing clothing for them even more than for myself. So when Connecting Threads started carrying gorgeous Mammoth Flannels, I knew I wanted to make my older daughter, Penny, an Oliver & S Bubble Dress. I just got finished sewing it. What do you think? Made in Striped Tweed Flannel (color: Flame, item number: 7683), I think it turned out so soft and cozy.

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Valentine Table Topper Idea

Do you need another project to whip up quickly? No? Well, me neither –  but I do love this little table topper! It is called Pretty in Pink by Patrick Lose; I found the pattern in his new book Year Around Quilting with Patrick Lose. I don’t know if I will have time to work on the table topper ...

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Sewing Ninja Boxers

There were many firsts in this project – first clothing sewn, first elastic, first pair of boxers for my son… When Year of the Ninja came out I immediately knew I had to make something for my son. He is in Taekwondo and I knew he would love the fabric. I first thought pajama pants but looking at the patterns I was scared ...

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Sewing for Keeps

I don’t like resolutions. They feel like shouting into the wind because they often are, at least for me. I do love goals, however. I love lists and I definitely love plotting out future actions. I’m the type of person who actually likes filling out forms, I almost can’t resist them… much like a crossword puzzle! And what better time to set ...

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Mini Pumpkins Topper

I am not a huge Halloween fan. I’m not against it, but I just want to decorate for Fall and be done with it.  I do LOOOOOVE pumpkins however, so when I saw Mini Pumpkins Table Treat by Lynne Hagmeier’s design from Kansas Trouble’s, I jumped at the chance to make it. It is only 17 inches and the pumpkins are fusible applique so it is small enough to make ...

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Christmas Candy Ornaments

  I know, I know… it is not even Halloween yet – but it is not too early to start making Christmas decorations! I decided to get an early start with the cute Christmas Candy Ornaments pattern by Cotton Way. The instructions say to layer the top fabric RS up, then batting and a layer of muslin on the bottom. I substituted Solid White for the muslin with ...

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Spooky Blackwork Embroidery Pattern

From the happy jack-o-lanterns to the spider hanging from the K made of bones, it was the little details that made this embroidery project (55830) from Buttermilk Basin so much fun to do. And it was perfect for using some of our new batik novelties: 7037 Frightful Spiders-Licorice, 7038 Spooky Webs-Licorice, 7039 Wonky Dots-Jack-O-Lantern,  and 7041 Chevron-Pumpkin. I ...

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Plethora of Pillows Kick-Off!

Today we begin a really fun ongoing series in which CT staff members will share a pillow project they did. Some may be custom designs, while others are from favorite books or blog posts around the web. Since basic pillows are so quick and easy to sew up, the sky is the limit with how a more embellished pillow can turn out!   To start things out, I want to give ...

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Mug Rugs Thru the Year – October Pattern

I seem to be on a theme of Halloween Cats! (see my post on the Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging here). I really like the look of projects that combine piecing with stitchery, but put a cat on it and it’s almost irresistible. This Mug Rug Pattern was fun and relatively easy to complete.  I finished the stitchery in a couple of evenings while watching TV.  It is ...

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