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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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Summer Sunshine Shell
It's going to be your favorite summer top, using cotton or linen yarn. The I-cord is knitted on while finishing up the garment.
Designed by Ruthie Snell
Roll On Summer Trips Bag
This is brilliant pattern to hold your valuables when you travel. Designed to be a sleek bag, it can also work for your needlework accessories.
Designed by Nancy Devine
You can smell the salt air just looking at this beautiful rendition of a day at the beach! Perfect for a lake house or a beach house.
Designed by Joanne Gatenby
Picnic Bag & Table Cloth
This isn't your typical picnic bag, it's a well thought out picnic bag that holds all the necessary items AND opens up to be a tablecloth!
Designed by Donna Housley
Large Ndebele Sailboat
Perfect for summer! This brooch is fully bead woven with Ndebele-inspired sails. This herringbone stitch is ideal because of the interesting weave created by how it is constructed. It is further accentuated by turning the smaller sail on its side for textural interest. Follow these directions and illustrations for a simple way of decreasing the sail. This brooch was created specially for the readers of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. This 9-page pattern has a photo overview with Maria’s famous fully detailed step-by-step illustrations for creating the large 10-bead Short and Tall Ndebele sails. Select photos of beadweaving and decreasing the sails enhance illustrations. Then, photos show how to assemble the sailboat and add your choice of pin to the back.
Designed by Maria Rypan
A Day At Beach Mug Rug
This is a super quilted postcard perfect for sending in the mail to a friend, or use it as it was intended as a mug rug for coffee and cookies!
Designed by Jennifer Houlden
Traven Table Centerpiece
Perfect project to practice nizanka, a very close relative to Swedish or huck weaving.
Designed by Iryna Varabei
Summertime Fun Craft Bag
This nifty craft bag is the perfect size to hold your project in progress. See-through walls lets you enjoy the beauty of your work.
Designed by Carla A. Canonico
Beach-y Keen Bag
A funky and fun bag to take to the beach. Crocheted in this size it holds towels, flip flops, sunblock, your favorite book, and more!
Designed by Laura Gebhardt