Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Kindred Stitches Magazine e-patterns

Kindred Stitches Magazine e-patterns new to Stitching Cow
Just a quick blog post to let you know that four, fabulous new e-pattern/tutorial patterns as seen in Kindred Stitches Magazine have just been released on the Stitching Cow website.
There's a pretty embroidered pillow to make, an easy strip pieced table runner, a cottage needle case and a pinwheel quilt to enjoy.

Here's the page links for each pattern for you;

Have fun!!
Warmly Lenna

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bunny Patterns

Need some last minute bunny patterns for Easter?
check out these patterns and more at Stitching Cow. Download them today!

Have fun and Happy Easter.
Warmly Lenna

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Knit and Crochet Flowers

click here for more about this book on how to knit and crochet flowers
Ever wondered how to knit and crochet decorative flowers? Perhaps you have admired a brooch or seen a bag or purse embellished with a hand-crafted flower and thought "how have they done that?"
I know I have, which is why this book caught my eye.

"100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet" is a delightful collection of flower to make. This work offers the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn or practice using novelty yarns - you can use them to decorate clothing, hats, bags and belts, embellish home accessories, or make a beautiful bouquet as an unusual display piece.
Choose from simple spiral roses, pretty poppies, elaborate layered blooms, and fabulous felted flowers. The flowers are beautifully arranged on the pages, with stitched leaves and embroidered stems, and are cross referenced to a separate section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements. You will also find plenty of inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons, sequins, and embroidery, plus ideas for using them in a range of fun ways, from unusual jewellery to decorating gift-wrapped packages.

The sky's the limit! This book would be a wonderful item to have on any 'crafters' reference shelf.
And the best news is that it is currently on sale for 36% less than normal.

Click here to find out more about how to knit and crochet flowers

Warmly Lenna

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Quilting Rotary Cutter Tips for Success

Rotary cut quilting fabrics - graphic supplied by splityarn

Rotary cutters are probably the most dangerous part of quilting, so here are
a few tips to help with your rotary fabric cutting.

*Always cover the blade with the built-in cover when you set it down.
Get into the habit of doing this every time you use the rotary cutter.
An exposed blade can be very dangerous, and a nick in the blade can cause problems when cutting.

Quilting rotary cutter and ruler - graphic supplied by Laura Dahl
* When using your rotary cutter, always cut away from your body, not towards you.

* Use a quilt making ruler and quilting mat when cutting, don't be tempted to cut fabric
without these.Keep fingers well out of the way.It is best to position your hand flat over
the ruler and then apply download pressure as you cut through the fabric.

Warmly Lenna



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