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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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Thread and Fibre Art
It's such a pity to throw out scraps of thread, especially when we love those the threads to quilt and sew. In this feature are the instructions on how to repurpose them to make a runner and bowl as keepsakes.
Designed by Clodagh Coker
The Quilt Store
17817 Leslie Street, Unit 40
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 8C6
Made with repurposing in mind, Colleen takes this piece of barkcloth, saved for some time now, and turns it into a vintage runner. Using HSTs, and lots of fun!
Designed by Colleen MacMahon
The Sweater Vest
Denise Powell usually has a knitting pattern, but in this issue she shows you how she transformed an old favourite Aran sweater she knit 30 years ago into a vest! In this article she also explains how she achieved the ombre effect when she dyed it in a denim blue. Super! A sweater you can keep loving to wear...
Designed by Denise Powell
Summer Sampler 2019
Can you smell the freshly cut grass? I can just looking at Jean's summer sampler! But besides the vibrant colour, this is a great quilt to make to bust your fabric stash and a great sampling of quilt blocks. Schematics included.
Designed by Jean Boyd
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
Second Hand Rose Table Runner
Repurposing shantang silk can turn into an exquisite experience. Piecing it and machine embroidering it using PFAFF performance icon can turn an ordinary runner into a piece of beauty. Find out what settings to use on the performance icon to make it happen. Also included are cutting and piecing details.
Designed by Kerrin Brookes
Freelance Educator and Sewing Specialist
SVP Canada Inc.
Seams Sew Special
Thoughtful Sole Series – Wool Stew Socks
What do you do when your refrigerator is crowded with little dishes of leftovers? Make a hearty stew for supper. What do you do when your yarn basket is overflowing with little balls of leftover wool? Knit socks. Problem solved! I knit these socks with a variety of leftovers and I added a generous garnish of buttons.
Designed by Lorraine Thompson
The Suede Tote Bag
This is an extraordinary way to make the perfect craft bag! It's large and it's strong, but oh so stylish! Using upholstery fabric and a suede jacket, see how to make it. Also included are tips for what to look for when searching for suede and other fabrics in thrift store to maximize the project!
Designed by Lynn Swanson
Excellent tutorial on how to make chenille fabric. Using the Olfa Chenille Cutter, follow along to make a shawl. Step by step photos.
Designed by Cathy McLean
The Wool Bucket
This is typical of fabric kept from days gone by and cherished, pulled out of a stash to couple with modern quilting fabric! The marriage is exquisite! Here's a fabulous idea for a bucket to store your favourite things.
Designed by Elaine Theriault
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
The waves of the ocean remind me of a stitch pattern knitters know, Feather and Fan. The gentle breeze on the face, So tranquil and peaceful. Memories of the past, Moments of the future, Let's embrace some styles from the past. I remember pictures of ladies in convertible cars with light scarves that fluttered over their hair to not get their hair blown by the wind...
Designed by Jacqueline Grice
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
Hat & Mitt Set for Baby
The little ones grow up so fast they hardly wear out there cute sweaters. See how to transform a favourite baby sweater into this even more adorable hat and mitten set for a toddler. Can't get any cuter!
Designed by Joanne Gatenby
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
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