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Traditions are the threads that weave the fabric of our lives, connecting us to our roots and shaping our shared identity. They bridge generations, providing continuity in an ever-changing world. In a fast-paced society, traditions anchor us, reminding us of our true selves. They bring communities together through customs and rituals, fostering belonging and unity. Whether it's a holiday celebration, a cherished family recipe, or a cultural ceremony, traditions hold a special place in our hearts. They preserve our history and allow us to pass it on to future generations. In this issue, we celebrate the rich tapestries of traditions that influenced needlework projects. With a modern spin, designers use bright colors, vintage fabric, and embroideries to create contemporary designs. From ancient rituals to modern practices, we explore how traditions shape needlework and enrich our craft. Cynthia MacDougall's article, "A Knitting Pattern Primer," reveals the improvement in pattern writing over the recent decades. More valuable information makes knitting enjoyable for all skill levels and accessible to new knitters. Join us as we delve into captivating stories behind cherished customs, inspiring you to embrace and cherish your own extraordinary traditions.
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Embark on an exciting mission into the cosmos of needlework design! Discover new and favourite techniques to create projects inspired by the planets and stars. The night sky offers a boundless source of inspiration for needlecraft enthusiasts. In addition to the stellar projects, the issue also includes fun and inspiring horoscopes for quilters. Projects range from a starburst quilt to quilts that re-imagine the universe, playful knitted socks inspired by Carl Sagan's Mars Jars experiment, and an elegant shawl that mirrors the galaxy. So, cross-stitch the moon, embroider the stars, and blast off to new creative heights. Get the issue today and break free from your earthly rut!  
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From the practical and ordinary tiles to the most sublime tilework designs created in the world, tilework is an abundant source of ideas to apply to the needle arts across all categories. The designers in this issue have drawn from cultural influences and modern tilework to explore the techniques to interpret tile designs into lovingly crafted needlework projects. Quilting techniques explored in this issue are appliqué, free motion quilting, working with half-square triangles, and machine embroidery. Consider one tile as your quilt block and you have the starting point for your quilt pattern. In knitting, tilework is expressed using lacework and mosaic knitting. Mosaic knitting can be daunting for some of us but trying it out by making a cushion cover is like knitting a larger swatch. You must try crocheting Ruth Forbes’s Spring Posy Cushion Cover. This is an advanced skill-level project but worth sinking your crochet hook into. It’s made up of four “tiles” or “swatches” that display beautiful bouquets of posies in relief, mimicking embossed tiles. Breaking the project down to making one swatch at a time is an excellent way to learn intricate stitches. The issue wouldn’t be complete without embroidery options. It seems to me that embroideries in general look sculpted or chiselled, where the work is raised from the background as in many tile examples. We just scratched the surface of design possibilities! I hope you enjoy tilework as an inspiring source for your needlework designs.  
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"Inspired by Oceans"...Drop your to-do list and sail away with us as together we explore this dreamy nautical issue! Imagine the possible ocean imagery that can be interpreted in the needlearts. Our designers created projects inspired by waves, sea changes, nostalgia, and a comical take on the ocean waters. Tutorials include how to make waves in your quilt design with easy curved piecing and using your sewing machine and white thread to create foamy waves for art quilts – to name a couple. We have you covered with the ever-soft Aran Inspired Scarf and the exquisite must-knit-now Seafaring Cables Pullover. Take your pick, the pullover pattern is offered in a cropped and unisex version in multiple sizes, offering two options for the back, and several options to make the collar. Both are knit up using Fibra Natura Donnina offering the perfect drape for a pullover that you can wear affectionately for three seasons out of the year!  
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Issue 59 (print version)
"Inspired by Gardens"...A Needle Pulling Thread Issue 59 explores a wide variety of blooms and leaves beautifully embroidered, quilted, and knitted too! Inspired by gardens and meadows, many techniques are used to accomplish delightful projects you’ll love! Double-knitting, intarsia, and lace work are used for creating excellent knits! Find out how to make an easier-than-it-looks stain-glass effect appliquéd flowers, a curved checkerboard background for appliquéd blooms, and see the easiest way to piece together hexagon quilt blocks by machine! You’ll find breathtaking embroidered pieces depicting lush gardens and realistic blooms. The idea is to create beauty with needle and thread, soak in the good vibes, and feel refreshed again!  
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Issue 58 (print version)
"Inspired by Landscapes"...In this issue we are fascinated with depicting landscapes across a variety of needle arts! Join us as we show you how to recreate your favourite landscapes using methods of all skill levels and artistic interpretations. We capture the essence of famous landscapes found in fine art and explore these in knitting and show you how to use your favourite photos as the basis for your original pieces of fibre art. You’ll find the content a good place to start! Only you can imagine how far you’ll take it. Before you know it, you’ll be in the zone, running across the plentiful fields of creativity with fabric and thread in hand.  
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Issue 57
"Inspired by Words"...this heartwarming issue includes projects featuring words inspired by the Covid experience. The projects offer quilting and sewing techniques that show you the many ways to express words in your projects like working with metallic threads, ribbon machine embroidery, and creating words using quilting techniques. Words are also incorporated in knitting, embroidery, and rug hooking projects, all related to the designers’ experience of the lockdown.  
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Issue 56
Join the fun as we explore neutral colours as the perfect backdrop for highlighting a pop of colour! In quilting it looks a lot like modern quilting, and in knitting, crochet, embroidery etc, it just simply looks divine! As usual, this issue is chockful of gorgeous projects!
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Issue 55
Join us as we explore the beauty of trees through the fascinating realm of needlework. Our dedicated contributors have created outstanding projects from various perspectives with this theme in mind. See what sewing machine features and notions make the projects possible and easy to make. Enjoy!
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Issue 54
Read all about it! This issue is dedicated to exploring faces in needlework, starting with exploring several ways of making quilted portraits. Quilting may be a ton of fun, but even the simplicity of patchwork has its learning curve. Outside of the quilt block is a whole new set of design and quilting skills just waiting to be explored. I encourage you to join our designers in their captivating quilting portrait adventures and give making a quilted portrait a whirl! Some skills to explore involve a study in colour and shading, curve piecing, and photo editing capabilities. In knitting and crochet we offer three dog coat patterns, and a special feature on how to go about designing a dog coat to fit your dog. The fun never ends in the company of awesome needlework ideas!
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Issue 53
Welcome to another thrilling Issue of ANPTmag! Architecture is the word by which all projects in this issue are inspired, exploring the shape of things and how to reproduce structures on fabric. Herein are several tutorials by our quilting experts to show you how to work from a photo of your favourite structure and the methods and products to use to accomplish the right look for the quilted piece. Architecture is also explored in knitting and crochet, talking about how the structure of a garment is key to a polished, professional look. As for cross stitch, we have castles for you!
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Issue 52
At ANPTmag, we hope you are in good health. This new issue highlights projects inspired by the special people in the lives of our expert needlework contributors. It's a heartwarming issue, with more than 20 inspiring project ideas to make for yourself or a loved one. While we're sew at home, we're there with you in spirit talking about how the needle arts have healing properties, as you may already have experienced. Sit comfortably and enjoy articles about working with transfer artist paper, a look at the mind-blowing embroidery on a 1911 wedding dress, and what's to love about pinnies. We have your list of favourite relatives covered. Project ideas like a reading cushion for the avid reader, a cross stitched diploma for mothers, a quilted waterproof lunch bag, and the itsy-bitsy patchwork of the excellent quilter Olesya Lebedenko, just to name a few. Stay home and stay creative! Until the next Issue - Carla
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Issue 51
Come fly with me as we dream about our favourite destinations! We asked our expert designers to choose their favourite spot in the world and bring the destination to life in their needlework. See various renditions of favourite destinations through quilting, machine embroidery, beading, rug hooking and embroideries. The humble flip flops are recreated as beaded designer footwear, and the common towel is transformed into a personalized lounging chair cover. Let's not forget the shawl, beach cover up and Fair Isle Cardigan reflecting the art of gorgeous vacation knitwear.
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Issue 50
This issue is dedicated to those who hold on to cherished textiles in the hope that one day they will be enlightened on how to repurpose them in a new fashion. Call it an upcycling issue if you will, you'll find original ways of transforming knitted and sewn clothing, threads, and cherished items into something new. Also in this issue, are topics like the Monk's cloth crisis, and which cloth is used instead for Swedish weaving, and, Diamond Petals by Judith Marquis, another tutorial on fabric manipulation that looks very much like dragon scales. It's a pleasure to announce we have a new quilting column, The Quilter's Connection, written by Heather McArthur. See what she has to say about what to do with old and worn quilts. And you don't want to miss the solution to the conundrum about stashing yarn, 'To Stash or Not to Stash' written by Knitting Contributor, Cynthia MacDougall. This is a topic we all struggle with, see how Cynthia's experience helps to put what we think of our yarn stash into perspective and clear the yarn clutter without feeling like we're giving up something precious. Enjoy the issue!
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Issue 49
Although a rainy day can be very gloomy, it can instantly become an opportunity for crafting bliss! Imagine, raindrops on the window pane and you’re engaged in your favourite needle craft! Let us offer you some exciting suggestions of projects inspired by rainy day activities. In this issue, you’ll find quilts of all sorts inspired by games like dominoes, I spy, hopscotch and word puzzles. Cozy knits, perfect for lounging around the house, including the In the Mood Tunic, the Comfort Crescent Shawl (in the very soft Chic Sheep merino wool yarn) and Colourwash Socks from the Thoughtful Soles Series which will have you singing 'You are My Sunshine' the whole day long! There’s also a tutorial on how to attach buttons using the Designer EPIC, this in a cushion cover project that was born out of sheer button love! And then there’s the cutest duckling wearing cute red boots in the rain – can you resist it? Rainy days are a great opportunity for reorganizing your sewing studio or craft room. Let Cynthia MacDougall help you with great tips on how to sort things out and finish the job for crafting bliss! Join us for a terrific issue!
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Issue 48
Just in time for merry-making comes our Ornaments Issue! All ornaments are a great way to learn techniques, use up our leftover fabrics, yarn and threads, and are fantastic for making last minute little commemorative gifts. They are also great for mixing and matching the techniques from one ornament to another - this is quite an adventure! Warning: all ornaments can become an addiction, as it can be difficult to stop at making just one when you find your favourite. Also in this issue, is Part 3 of Judith Marquis's, exploring Arrowhead Smocking and all of its possibilities! And check out the new series in pulled thread work, Pulled Thread Pastries. This is a series meant as a learning tool to learn pulled thread work, but see these adorable cushions! They look like pastries, but they also work well as ornaments. Plus, what will you do with the pulled thread patterns? See what we have to say about taking a trip with Eat Your Heart Out Tours as we travel to the Kutch Desert region to experience a vibrant textile way of life!
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Issue 47
Chakras, mandalas, meditation are the topics for Issue 47. Take a journey to self-discovery through the meditative world of the needle arts. In this issue we offer several ways to interpret mesmerizing mandalas whether they be knitted, crocheted, quilted, embroidered and rug hooked. We joyfully encourage you to add your interpretation to these patterns so they represent who you are entirely. You'll be the talk of your yoga class wearing the Solar Plexus Vest ideal for meditation, and the Wiggle Room socks from the Thoughtful Soles Series with the words 'Free Your Mind, Free Your Toes' cleverly knit in the soles. See the second installment of The Beauty of Texture and all the simple stitches offered to create intricate smocking - it's easier than it looks. Judith Marquis uses prints, various fabric textures and lines to create stunning smocking patterns. All graphs, charts and full instructions with photos are always provided in every stunning and informative issue! Enjoy!!
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Issue 46
Welcome to another exciting issue as we explore so many stitches together. We begin two series you don't want to miss: The Beauty of Texture, and Thoughtful Soles. The Beauty of Texture explores the evolution of smocking in what today is referred to as fabric manipulation. Written by Judith Marquis, Part 1 explains this concept in depth offering how-to charts and showing how smocking is featured in trendy decor items. Now you can make your own trendy accessories. The Thoughtful Soles series is a collection of witty socks designed literally to tickle your funny bone, starting with Dark Mushrooms Socks. We also take a look at the old art form of Paper Embroidery, the old is new again? We have two paper embroidery projects that spell 'love'. Last but not least, the projects in this issue from quilts to shawls to needle rolls have all been expressed with brilliant colour as inspired by the colours and nature of lovebirds. Enjoy the issue!
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Issue 45
What to say about our new issue? Pay attention to the details! Details abound and enhance projects taking them from really nice to super special. Take the Purple Cornflower Quilt for example. You'll find loving words like family, love, happiness etc. We encourage you to machine embroider your favourite words across the petals and leaves. Two extraordinary teapot cozies worth taking notice of, one sewn and the other crocheted. This isn't all. There are quilted projects to make using appliqué, free motion quilting, and adding details a little out of the ordinary. Adding bling to our knitted projects, and making the Eggli Vest for a feeling of versatility, wear it 2 ways! Make the Nutcracker Tree in time for Christmas - using only black floss and a little metallic thread for stars. AND we showcase two fascinating women in the world of quilting: Lise Belanger and Galla Grotto. Don't miss their extraordinary pieces of fibre art! You know there's more in this issue...get it, enjoy it!
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Summer 2017
You may have guessed this Red and White issue of A Needle Pulling Thread is a beautiful compilation of ideas to commemorate Canada's very special birthday. Between quilts and knit wear, there are 10 projects created in our patriotic colours, however, project ideas are eternal, once they are suggested you can modify these to suit your favourite colours and decor scheme. 2017 has been for me a year of knitting shawls, it just happened this way, and by synchronicity Cynthia MacDougall designed the Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl for this issue. This is an appropriate culmination to her posts on KNITmuch.com where she reviewed Fibra Natura's Flax Lace and designed the Knitted Lace Stole for the bridesmaids or mother of the bride, you can get the pattern to it in her Flax lace yarn makes this exquisite knitted lace stole perfect for weddings post. In the same vein of exploring the Flax Lace yarn, crochet designer Ruth Forbes designed a delicately textured crocheted tank top that can so easily be dressed up or down, but it will always be very elegant. Finally, follow the journey of one artist who transformed a wedding dress bought at a thrift store into a fairy tale prom dress for her daughter Josephine. Make & Be Happy indeed, enjoy the issue.
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ANPT Spring 2017
Spring 2017
The theme of this spring issue is using scraps and you'll be stunned at the amount of techniques covered in this stellar issue. See 4 ways to create captivating quilt blocks using foundation piecing, string piecing, paper piecing and curved piecing, using step by step pictures to show you these rather easy quilting techniques, that offer a lot of punch! Explore all 8 sensational quilting projects. Furthermore see how to make a charming rug using rare crochet stitches that looked layered! Knit the Woven Transverse Twill pattern to add real interest to your knitting projects using scraps. In My Heart is a gorgeous cross stitched heart that will inspire you to use your creativity to finish cross stitch projects to really make them your own. And did I tell you? Audrey Hepburn is in this issue too...check it out! There's so much more!
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Winter 2016/17
In this winter issue, we take the blah out of frosty scenes and add sparkle and hot colours! You'll find several exciting quilts that explore several quilting techniques such as: making a free motion quilted Zentangle Self Portrait, making a Quillow, try an easy way to make the stain glass effect, play with half square triangles using different intensities of printed pattern fabrics, and how to pair up stenciling and machine embroidery. Then warm up your wardrobe with 2 Fair Isle sweaters, a child's crochet cardi with bobbles and vines, and the exquisite trio of winter accessories using the sparkling bead knitting. There's so much more...including 3 cozy cushion tops using punchneedle, smocking, and Swedish weaving. Stay warm this winter!
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Fall 2016
The day the weather cools down, our hands are inspired to get busy. Our Fall 2016 issue is the solution to keep you inspired and in love with your favourite needle craft. Don't miss a full tutorial on Small Batch Ice Dyeing - you'll want to make your own printed fabric. Aside from the projects, we explore techniques like English Paper Piecing, machine embroidery, using the Brother ScanNCut, and using specialty quilting rulers. Then join us for an adventure on discovering Mystic Knitting - something we can all identify with. Included in this hot issue, are decorating ideas for the Thanksgiving season and you'll want to get started on. Get Christmas ready with the special Christmas cross stitched project: Jasperware Wedgewood Nativity Ornaments. All this is just the tip of the iceberg...
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Summer 2016
In this issue, we’ve picked the freshest and zaniest fruit for you to enjoy making in the summer. We’ve included the juiciest colours, the sweetest designs, and techniques that are ripe for helping you improve your needlework skills and discover new ones. Here are a couple of cool things to try: vintage stitches using the sewing machine, making the most of printed fabric in a quilt, sewing a stitching portfolio, needle storage solution including a pattern for a knitted circular needle organizer, a knitted lacework baby blanket, 3D crochet, funny cross stitched baby bibs, and you know there’s so much more. Enjoy exploring a great issue! Enjoy your summer!
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ANPT Spring 2016
Spring 2016
Let's herald the end of our winter slumber with fresh and floral spring projects! Embrace all that is floral using many techniques to achieve stunning needlework projects. It's essential to your needlework skill set to know the techniques included in this issue including machine embroidery tips, curved piecing, quilting with denim and quilting cotton, 3D knitting, and colouring with thread, to name a few. Also, don't miss our essential guide to knitting needles, and a step by step tutorial on how to make your own purse - it's easier than you think. Enjoy spring, enjoy this new issue!
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Fall 2015
It's been 10 glorious years featuring all crafts in every issue of ANPTmag! This issue celebrates 10 years with some of the greatest projects that reflect the fall and winter season, including some of the most exquisite sweaters, shawls and ornaments perfect for the holidays ahead! There are 4 exquisite shawls to make, one for every activity, dressing up for a party, walking in the woods or just for lounging around the house when the weather is cold outside. Don't miss on making the 9-patch re-vamped quilt, so easy to make you'll want to make one in every colour-way... perhaps give a few away as gifts. Plus, I've included must-make accessories like a poncho, scarf and hat set, socks for yourself or for gift-giving. Add panache to your holiday decor with our exceptional Halloween and Christmas ornaments and needlework galore that spell out I LOVE stitching! Get the 10th Anniversary issue today and join the celebration in stitches with these great seasonal projects!
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ANPTmag Summer 2015
Summer 2015
Summer, summer, I love you! Summer shines on all that we do, our hearts are light and happy times roll. Our summer issue is all about making things that we can take to a day at the beach like quilts and bags. There are 5 different kinds of bags to sew, crochet, knit - you don't want to miss these! Knit up a gorgeous lacy cover up you can almost use as an evening dress. And what about an easy and quick-to-knit-up summer shell that keeps the sun shining well into the evening? Gotta make it! Every magnificent project in this issue spells out SUMMER! Also, in this issue is the big reveal of the Quilt Challenge, see these quilts and read about the 7 ways to incorporate design elements in your future quilts! Let the sun shine on!
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ANPTmag Spring 2015 issue
Spring 2015
It's light, bright and beautiful! Our spring issue is not to be missed, filled with projects that reflect the soft and tender colors of spring. Make quilts and banners that celebrate waking up from winter's slumber, and gets you ready for the season with adorable knit and crochet items. Learn about useful techniques and tools to accomplish the projects with ease. Also not to be missed, is Cynthia's MacDougall's Seams Important - a comprehensive article with pictures about the different types of seams when finishing your knitting project. Learn which seams to use on your knit project that will make you look like the professional knitter you always dreamed to be.
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ANPT Winter 2014 issue
Winter 2014/15
This issue is chock-full of heartwarming projects you don’t want to miss! The one thing all projects have in common is to warm up the winter season, and your heart! A quilted checkerboard and other toasty quilts are only a portion of the projects included in this winter issue. Start now, make scarves, mug rugs, cowls, hats, sweaters and a teapot cozy, to mention a few from the plethora of stitching ideas for gift giving. It’s never too early to start!
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ANPTmag Fall 2014 issue
Fall 2014
The Fall season comes in a multitude of colours and textures, and there’s nothing like this issue to explore them. Prepare for the cold now, make cardigans, wraps, capes, and quilts, to celebrate this golden season.
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