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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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Celebration Tulip Cowl
Inspired by the Canada 150 Tulip this is an extraordinary cowl. It starts by creating 3 triangles using the garter tab cast on, joining these together, then knitting the cabled part of the cowl and then the edge of the cable piece is sewn to the joined triangles.
Designed by Jacqueline Grice
Follow Erla Wilson as she explains the history of redwork and highlights its charm in this fun picnic table cloth. Templates provided and loose instructions on how to make the table cloth once the redwork is done.
Designed by Erla Wilson
Red and White Celebration Lap Quilt
In this lap quilt, Lynn Swanson explores the stunning designs on each of the blocks using the Brother Entrepreneur® Pro X PR1050X Embroidery Machine. She sews and quilts the rest of the lap quilt on the NQ900 Brother Sewing Machine. The 4 patch blocks really tie the blocks together!
Designed by Lynn Swanson
Sarcasm and Wine
Taking a cue from the old saying, Jo Gatenby puts a twist to it to reflect what could a reality at times… fun to cross stitch and hang on your wall for a daily dose of humour.
Designed by Jo Gatenby
My Canada! Quilted Runner
Inspired by our beautiful Maples in all seasons, you can adapt this runner into a quilt by making it bigger. Also you can applique as many or as little maple leaves as you wish.
Designed by Doreen G. Teasdale, Brampton Sew N Serge
289 Rutherford Rd. S. Unit #7
Brampton, Ontario L6W 3R9
Canada 150 Dreams Quilt
What a beautiful and delicate way to commemorate Canada 150!! Templates provided for the maple leaf applique design, and suggestions on how to work the free motion quilting veins on the leaf by machine. This is a queen size quilt, but you can make it smaller if desired...
Designed, pieced & quilted by Clodagh Coker
The Quilt Store
17817 Leslie Street, Unit 40
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 8C6
Double Horseshoe Wedding Shawl
In Great Britain, and some areas of North America, a horseshoe is considered a symbol of good luck. An ornately decorated, fabric horseshoe is often given to a bride to carry down the aisle at her wedding. It has double the luck, because not only is it knitted in the shape of a horseshoe, the lace pattern in this piece is called the horseshoe pattern. The challenge for this piece was ‘bending’ the lace into a horseshoe shape. I achieved it by doubling number of stitches on a repeat at intervals around the curve.
Designed by Cynthia MacDougall
ravelry name: macknitnow
This feminine top is perfect for summer weather, knit up with Fibra Natura Cotton True Sport, it will keep you cool and pretty all day long. Fitted knit with lacework on the armscye, neckline and bottom edge, can also be worn with a light skirt for an elegant evening out.
Designed by Denise Powell
Ravelry: Doctor Knit
The Landscape Vest
Although the project calls for Burda 6986 vest pattern (not proveded in the instructions), you can use your favourite vest or coat pattern to use the landscape technique to make your fabric. Use your favourite fabric and colours to suit your wardrobe. The instructions include the landscape technique to create the 'fabric' and how to finish the garment.
Designed by Donna Housley & Cathy McClean
Redwork for Canada
What a charming way to commemorate Canada 150, using surface embroidery stitches, cross stitch and redwork to complete this keepsake.
Designed by Maria E. Gollek
Bluebird Birth Announcement
Judith Marquis designed this free style embroidery using stitches like bullion stitch, colonial knots, French knots, fly stitch, stem stitch, to name a few. You can add to it by filling in more of the smocked piece.
Designed by Judith Marquis
Summer Fun Swing Tank
A very comfortable summer top to knit and to wear! Wear it over shorts, a short skirt or with a slim belt as a fashion accent. Knit up using Red Heart's Soft Touch yarn, always soft and comfortable.
Designed by Jodi Lewanda