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Monthly Archives: March 2015

In the Loop – CreativFestival Catwalk 2013

Coco Fashion Institute 2013 winners
[columns] [span4]   [/span4][span4]   [/span4][span4]   [/span4][/columns] [columns] [span4]   [/span4][span8]   [/span8][/columns] The challenge is issued to contestants one week prior to the event, during which only conceptual and design work can be prepared. The challenge is officially announced at the CreativFestival on the Friday at 11:00 on the Fashion Runway. Work is […]

My Feathered Friend in Rug Hooking: Artist’s Profile – Diane Ayles

My Feathered Friend

Artist’s Profile – Diane Ayles On a winter’s day, in the northern forest, one can hear the call and soft chatter of the Grey Jay. Composing My Feathered Friend on linen, with a special blend of hand dyed and cut woolen fabric, was a direct call and my response to nature. Exploring and going beneath […]

le grand chic ITALIA School of Fashion

European Pattern Making Course students
[columns] [span4] [/span4][span8] [/span8][/columns] Maria Calautti, Founder of the European Pattern Making Course at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, learned to sew in grade 7, like so many of us, in home economics. The road to founding the European Pattern Making course has been unexpected and very fulfilling. Maria was born in Italy in 1956, […]

Sardinian Knot Stitch Snowflake Ornament

Sardinian Knot Stitch Snowflake Ornament

This counted thread embroidery style, called Punt’e Nù (poont-ay-new) in Sardinian, comes from the town of Teulada (tay-oo-lah-dah), which is located along the southern coastline of the Italian island of Sardinia. It’s done exclusively in the town and not taught to outsiders often. The technique uses knots to create sets of traditional geometric designs in […]

Joys of Winter Cross Stitch Wallhanging

Joys of Winter

When designing this charming scene for our winter issue, Maria surely dreamt of the many things that warm the heart during the coldest season of the year. Comfort in winter lies in the cherished memories of the holiday season and how the brightest lights are found on the Christmas tree, and the North Star – […]

You Had Me at …Woof! Cross Stitch

You Had Me at …Woof!
[columns] [span4] [/span4][span8] [/span8][/columns] Working with over-dyed floss is always fun – the trick is to complete both legs of each stitch as you go, so the colour changes flow through the design. The direction you stitch (horizontal or vertical) can change the entire look of a piece! In this design and the one featured […]