The Challenge: A Floral Crewel Stumpwork Design
While Bunny Goodman was taking the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada (EAC) Crewel Advanced course she was given a challenge by Helen McCrindle, her EAC Crewel Course Counselor at the time. She asked Bunny to design and complete a project by combining two methods of embroidery: stumpwork and crewel yarn work. Thus began a journey into the design of this project she appropriately named The Challenge. Before the invention of the camera, traveling salesmen would take along hand-drawn pictures or better yet a scaled-down model of what the full-sized project would look like. The Challenge’s first embroidery is the small, miniature salesman’s model; the second embroidery is the full-sized larger project. The Design Bunny incorporates motifs that are common and popular in crewel designs surrounded by an embroidered border. Everyone can identify carnations, pomegranates, and bumblebees. Nature at its best! The stitches used: stumpwork, crewel, couching, Turkey knot stitches, double buttonhole stitch, fly stitch, Pekinese stitch, vertical satin stitches, horizontal weave, and straight stitches Includes: design template, materials, instruction photos, and instructions are offered alongside the photos in an article format. It does not include how to make the stitches. Bunny Goodman EAC Seminar 2019 Recipient of the EAC Original Design Awards – Professional Division [email protected]
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Cottage Garden Needlebook
An old English cottage surrounded by a lush floral garden is the inspiration for Kim Beamish’s adorable needlebook. The stitches used to make the needlebook are Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, Wrapped Back Stitch, Lazy Daisy, Lattice Stitch, Bullion Knots, French Knots, Eyelet, Straight Stitch, Whip Stitch Includes: material list, flower diagram, order of stitching, and a tutorial on interesting ways to finish your punch needle embroidery. Designed by Kim Beamish www.craftycreations–beamish.blogspot.ca [email protected]
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Garden Lady Hooped Wall Hanging
Inger Waage, a Norwegian artist (1923-1995), explored whimsical garden scenes in her functional dinnerware and serving pieces for the Starvangerflint company in the middle of the last century. They were seen as very avant-garde and somewhat bohemian even then. Her work has enjoyed growing popularity among midcentury modern collectors today. In this homage to her work, Nancy Devine created a garden that begins in the gardener’s imagination and flows out to the world. She created her Garden Lady design on Essex linen and a myriad of variegated threads and embellishments that have lived in her stash for long enough. I hope you try this free-flowing design that holds heaven, wildflowers, and a sense of bliss. None of the stitches used are complicated, and even the placement template is just a guideline. Make this garden lady your very own. The stitches used to hand embroider the Garden Lady Wall Hanging: satin stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, lazy daisy stitch, French knots. Thread painting by machine was used for the leaves and flower centers. Nancy Devine nancywhiskeynancyo.blogspot.com
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Mini Flower Bouquet Cushion
During Michelle Hartrick’s journey to create a memory of her mother and their shared love of colour she was inspired to create a project with a large monogram letter filled with small, embroidered flowers. The Design Appliqué feature on her HUSQVARNA® VIKING® sewing and embroidery machine allowed her to create a template for the small floral designs in the shape of the letter M. Of course, the Design Appliqué feature on the HUSQVARNA® VIKING® allows one to choose their own letter for your project. Once the machine embroidery part is completed, there are several options for using this machine embroidery piece, as a decorative cushion in this case. Includes: full material list including sewing feet, step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish this pattern using HUSQVARNA® VIKING® DESIGNER EPIC™ 2 or DESIGNER RUBY™ 90 or DESIGNER SAPPHIRE™ 85 sewing and embroidery machine. Instruction photos for piecing together the cushion cover.
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Mountain Meadow Smocked Landscape
This piece was a total experiment, stitched freehand as a challenge to break free of the normal boundaries of graphed smocking pieces/designs. Judith recreates a landscape painting in a smocked piece of art that has a different orientation than the original painting. Included in the instructions is how to convert a painting into a smocked landscape and diagrams for embroidery stitches used. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca
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All You Need Is Less Wall Hanging
Using appliqué and simple running stitches, this stitched piece is quick to make. This piece was Olesya Lebedenko's response to the pandemic where needing less was inspired by living a quiet and simpler life. The design size is 7"x 8". Designed by Olesya Lebedenko Patreon.com/olesyalebedenkodesign [email protected] Instagram Facebook
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Woven Diamonds
Woven Diamonds is a smocked work of art inspired by the knitting technique, Entrelac. It's a great exercise on spacing and colour changes in smocking that create the challenge, making the final product an Entrelac look-alike to cherish forever. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca
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Slutsak Belt
Inspired by the luxurious damasked belts of medieval Belarus, Iryna creates her own beautiful design in this reversible belt stitched in the meditative Belarusan Nizanka style. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design
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The Folktale of Baba Yaga
The Folktale of Baba Yaga
Iryna Varabei depicts through string art, cross stitch, and blackwork embroideries, a millenium-old Belarusan folktale. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design
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Moroccan Mug Rug
Moroccan Mug Rug
The inspiration for this design was a window grate in a photo of an old door in Morocco. But in this feature, Judith also gives you many options for capturing design ideas to embroider. The Moroccan Mug Rug instructions include design options on the same theme and diagrams, including diagrams for embroidery stitches used. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca
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Tooth Fairy Cushion
This little cushion is simple and so perfect for trying your hand at the art of smocking. Make this little tooth fairy cushion for the precious little ones in your life. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca
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Talisman for Good Luck
In this talisman are three ancient magical symbols to bring luck, success and happiness to all who wear it on their person. A different design on each side, it measures 2" x 2". Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design
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Spring Bliss Doll & Book Cover
In this show-stopping embroidered set, you'll learn the art of stumpwork. Stumpwork makes stitching look rich! Full instructions and templates for the doll, and instructions for the embroidery for both, the doll and book. Designed by Lucy Garvin & Sherry Del Rizzo Toronto and Oakville, Ontario
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Hramavik the Thunder Spirit
Hramavik the Thunder Spirit
My Hramavik - Thunder Spirit design is the result of three sources of inspiration: a Belarusan motif pattern, the Trianglepoint stitch technique and the colour palette proposed. This can make an extraordinary placemat and by repeating the design, can also be adapted into a runner. Instructions and charts included. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus 2203 – 40 Teesdale Place Toronto, Ontario M1L 1L3 416.691.3993 [email protected] www.iv.belaruscanada.com
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Pulled Thread Pastries Part 4
Pulled Thread Pastries Part 4
This is Part 4 of the Pulled Thread Pastries. This series is about introducing you and getting a good feel of what pulled thread embroidery is all about. The whole series focuses on the basic and essential pulled thread stitches reviewing in detail three in each of the four parts. In Part 4 Kim Beamish gives instructions with charts and photos of the steps involved in executing the Cobbler Filling, Step Stitch, and Pebble Filling. Designed by Kim Beamish craftycreations-beamish.blogspot.ca [email protected]
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My Loot Business Cards 2
My Loot Business Cards
Imagine finally getting around to making good use of those 'treasures' you've saved up for years to make your personalized cards. Oh joy oh bliss! Use your favourite pieces of fabrics, yarn, buttons, paper snippets, threads, trimmings to make this 'loot' represent who you are in the fibre world. Jean Stephens Quilting/Fiber Artist [email protected]
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Beaded Designer Flip Flops
Beaded Designer Flip Flops
In this feature, the humble flip flop is transformed into a glitzy accesssory when the occasion calls for it! Your flip flops can be transformed using needle, thread and beads into your own special designer footwear. Designed by Nubia Moreira That Sewing Place 16610 Bayview Ave # 10 Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3 905.715.7725 thatsewingplace.ca facebook: TSPNewmarket
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The Lure of Birchwood
The Lure of Birchwood
Nostalgia strikes in this piece embroidered with love for the birchwoods of Belarus. Embroidered using straight stitches, it's a contemplative piece, as contemplative as birchwood. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design
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Pulled Thread Pastries Part 3 Pattern
Pulled Thread Pastries Part 3
This is Part 3 of the Pulled Thread Pastries. This series is about introducing you and getting a good feel of what pulled thread embroidery is all about. The whole series focuses on the basic and essential pulled thread stitches reviewing in detail three in each of the four parts. In Part 3 Kim Beamish gives instructions with charts and photos of the steps involved in executing the Diagonal Cross Filling, Framed Cross Filling, and Mock Faggot Filling. Designed by Kim Beamish craftycreations-beamish.blogspot.ca [email protected]
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Diamond Petals Pattern
Diamond Petals
Inspired by costume designers Michele Carraghere and Gillian Conahan, Judith explains her way of making dragon scales. Full instructions, graph and examples included and references for further explorations. Then, your imagination can be limitless! Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca
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Starry Sky Bag Pattern
Starry Sky Bag
Swedish weaving instruction par excellence, Christine Allan, uses upholstery fabrics for weaving purposes. This, in light of the Monk's Cloth shortage. See what she has to say about working with upholstery fabrics, and make this lovely bag. Designed by Christine Allan Christine’s Swedish Weaving www.funandfastpatterns.ca
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Serendipity Colour Play Cushion Cover Pattern
Serendipity Colour Play Cushion Cover
Sometimes leftover yarn and fabric can create an outstanding, beautiful piece of embroidery. Such is the case with this project, as Iryna pulls together a stash of leftover yarn to create a cushion cover. She encourages you not to follow her colourway, but to look at your stash of leftover yarn to create a unique piece. Includes full charts and instructions for this mesmerizing design. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design
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Party Favors Pattern
Party Favours
How adorable are these? They made from fine Hardanger work and leftover plastic spools from a ball of DMC pearl cotton! And you can stuff them with goodies for your next party! Full instructions and charts. Designed by Betty Stokoe Hardanger House 4708 52 Street Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0 403.742.2749 [email protected] www.theneedleworkpages.com/listing/hardanger-house.html
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Knit Cuff Bracelet Pattern
Knit Cuff Bracelet
Full instructions for how to repurpose a favorite cabled sweater you can't seem to let go. Also included in the instructions is how to make a dorset button. Photos and diagrams. Designed by Joanne Gatenby www.xs-and-ohs.com
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Rainy Day Mug Rugs
Rainy Day Mug Rugs
Here's what raindrops look like when made up in Hardanger and satin stitches! Worked up in 2 colourways to show how colour changes the look of the same pattern. Choose your own colourway or make several in several colours. Stitches used: nun stitch, satin stitch, Algerian eyelets, woven bars and branched spokes. Designed by Betty Stokoe Hardanger House [email protected] etsy.com/shop/HardangerHouse
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Pavouk Talisman
Pavouk Talisman
Very much like the dreamcatcher, this Belarusan Talisman is created to protect the household and the family within it. It's the stitched version of the same Pavouk made up of straw. Frame this gem or make it to hang on your window, doorway, car or on the cradle. It is believed it catches and transmutes negative energies. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus ivarabei.wixsite.com/spiritofbelarus Facebook
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The Beauty of Texture Part 4
The Beauty of Texture Part 4
The last installation of The Beauty of Texture reviews with full instructions Flower Smocking and Popcorn Smocking. Complete the 4 parts of this extraordinary smocking series. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca [email protected]
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Pulled Thread Pastries Part 2
Pulled Thread Pastries Part 2
This is Part 2 of the Pulled Thread Pastries. This series is about introducing you and getting a good feel of what pulled thread embroidery is all about. The whole series focuses on the basic and essential pulled thread stitches reviewing in detail three in each of the four parts. In Part 2 Kim Beamish gives instructions with charts and photos of the steps involved in executing the Waffle Stitch, Window Filling, and Wave Stitch. Designed by Kim Beamish [email protected] http://craftycreations-beamish.blogspot.com/
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The Beauty of Texture Part 2
The Beauty of Texture Part 2
Join smocking designer Judith Marquis in this series of fabric manipulation and explore the texture that smocking can bring to today's decorating styles and infinite project ideas. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca [email protected]
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The Beauty of Texture Part 3
The Beauty of Texture Part 3
Here's Part 3, another exciting instalment of The Beauty of Texture, and all its possibilities and variations smocking can have. This instalment focuses on Arrowhead Smocking. Designed by Judith Marquis Amberlane & Amberpetites www.amberlane.ca [email protected]
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