For the Love of Sunflowers Wall Art
A punch needle wall hanging depicting a colourful sunflower finished on a country-style wooden plaque. Designed by Christine Baker Fairfield Road Designs P.O Box 64 Brockville, ON K6V 5T7 613.342.1042 www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com www.uppercanadaquiltworks.com
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ANPT Issue 59 Cover
Issue 59 (print version)
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"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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ANPT Issue 59 Cover
Issue 59 Digital 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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Blooming Beauties Rug
This stunning rug was inspired by Lorna’s backyard gardens. Lorna was also very inspired by rug hooker Deanne Fitzpatrick and her method of hooking rugs. Lorna faithfully watches her live show every Thursday afternoon. Deanne’s painterly style of hooking is very impressive to Lorna. She checked her stash of yarn about two months before she started hooking the rug and visited her local thrift stores to purchase yarns to complement her stash. This experience added greatly to the fun we often experience when contemplating making a new rug. Ultimately, this rug was entirely hooked using yarn from thrift stores. Lorna is known for her love of bright colours which shows in most of her rugs. Lorna Vogel
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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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Cross Stitch Black Rose
This design is based on a pencil sketch Jo Gatenby did for an art class. She always thought it would make a cool cross-stitch pattern, so the theme for Issue 59 gave her a chance to try it out! If you’re not a fan of black, she suggests, of course, to choose only 6 shades of your favourite colour to stitch this beauty. Select complementary colours from palest to darkest and go for it! Designed by Jo Gatenby X’s & Oh’s RR 3 Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0 613.478.5599 www.xs-and-ohs.com
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Leafy Vines Wrap
One’s first thoughts about gardens are often about colour, flowers, and the birds and butterflies that they attract. But gardens are also about foliage and various calming shades of green. In this design, foliage takes center stage. Vines span the length of this wrap, enhanced by a twin leaf motif along the lower edge. The yarn is Universal Yarn Bella Cash, a soft, round, fine-weight yarn with good stitch definition, and a luxurious feel thanks to the cashmere in the blend. With instructions for two widths, you can knit the design as a scarf or a wrap and personalize the length by adding or subtracting 8-row repeats. Includes: material list, instructions included to make a scarf or a wrap, pattern instructions are written and charted. Designed by Nancy Lekx [email protected]
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Sunflower Socks
Hand knitted socks pattern with a sunflower running up the calf and the words Be a Flower and Stretch in the Sun knitted into each sole respectively. This is the 13th sock pattern in Lorraine Thompson’s Thoughtful Soles Series where she was inspired by one of the mindfulness magazines she admired. It had a full-page photo of a field of sunflowers with the following caption. “When you are busy, it is calming to remember that somewhere out there is a vast field of flowers just stretching in the sun.” Knitting these socks is her tribute to that bit of advice and working with such luscious yarns like Universal Yarn Bella Cash and Donnina makes it easier to be mindful. Includes: material list, instructions, charts for colorwork. Designed by Lorraine Thompson 905.885.0347
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Fractured Flower Trivet
This trivet design is the culmination of the last several Knit Together articles: the adaptation of the flower in Issue 57 Creative Options in Knitting, the striped I-cord from Issue 58 Edgy Knitting, and the double-knitting piece Fractured Flower Trivet that follows in this issue. The piece can be used before or after a wash to full the fabric. Includes: material list, flower chart, instructions. Designed by Cynthia MacDougall www.CGKnitters.ca blog: cgknitters.ca/blog/ ravelry name: macknitnow
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Making Hexagon Quilt Blocks by Machine
Join Ana Buzzalino in her studio as she is inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s floral fabrics to make a hexagon quilt. This is a tutorial on how to make the hexagon quilt blocks instead of using English paper piecing. Includes: the material list, photos, and instructions on how to prepare, cut, and piece the hexagon quilt blocks together. Ana Buzzalino www.anabuzzalino.com Instagram: ana_buzzalino Facebook: anabuzzalino
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Owl-Flower Pencil Case
Elements of flowers as animals have been floating through Olesya Lebedenko’s imagination for several years. But one day walking by a garden full of gerberas she envisioned them with owl faces surrounded by colorful petals. She created this pencil case to carry with her wherever she goes. “I love flowers and wildlife! I always have a flower in my pocket!” says Olesya. This Owl-Flower pencil case is made using sewing and quilting basics and appliquéing the flower on the front side of the case using blind stitching by hand or sewing machine if you prefer. Includes: material list, instructions, templates, and order of stitching, step-by-step instruction photos. Designed by Olesya Lebedenko Patreon.com/olesyalebedenkodesign [email protected] Instagram Facebook
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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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Garden Therapy Quilted Banner
Every spring Clodagh Coker, owner of The Quilt Store, can hardly wait to check out what new growth is poking out from the previously frozen ground and plan the annual trip to the local nursery to buy annuals and seedlings for a veggie garden. There’s nothing more rewarding and delicious than a fresh garden salad. Several years ago, she received a gift of a wooden sign with the saying “Gardening is Cheaper than Therapy and you can get Tomatoes”. It has been hanging in her kitchen ever since and is the inspiration for this quilted project which she discovered is equally as therapeutic. Blanket stitching around all the appliqué seemed like a daunting task at the outset, however, once she found the rhythm of the machine stitching, she found it to be very relaxing. Includes: material list with links to shopping, Garden Therapy Quilted Banner appliqué templates, instructions diagrams for constructing banner, order of stitching. Designed by Clodagh Coker The Quilt Store 17817 Leslie Street, Unit 40 Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 8C6 www.thequiltstore.ca 905.853.7001
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Flower Power Wall Quilt
Elaine Theriault loves learning new tools and keeping things simple, which almost sounds like an oxymoron. While she’s very comfortable with her Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC 2 for the piecing and the appliqué, she decided to learn how to cut the appliqué shapes with the Brother Scan N Cut. These can be cut by hand if you don't have a Scan N Cut. There are numerous ways to construct this wall quilt but for this project she decided to make three small quilts with one flower per quilt and tack them to a quilted base. Remove the tack stitches and switch out the small quilts for something else. If you prefer to make a table runner, piecing the flower blocks right into the sashing will make the project flat, preferable for a table runner. You could make just the flower quilts or add more or fewer blocks to suit your needs. The appliquéd flowers are large, with gentle curves, so the appliqué is FAST and easy. It's a super easy project and will add a fun splash of colour where you need it. Designed by Elaine Theriault crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.ca
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Hope Springs Eternal Wall Quilt
In this timely wall quilt, Paul Léger uses the stain glass technique to appliqué a modern quilt, giving it a whimsical cartoonish feel. While selecting the fabrics, he decided to use colours that show his support for Ukraine. Includes: material list, petal and leaf templates, instructions and instruction photos. Designed by Paul Léger www.paullegerquilts.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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On the Other Side of the Picket Fence Wall Quilt
A row of Gerber daisies pops up above the picket fence to say hello! Appliqué, piecing, curved checkerboard piecing, thread play, and colour wash are exciting quilting methods used to make this sunny wall quilt. This quilted piece has a pieced background with green at the bottom behind the fence moving into the blue for the sky. It has a colour wash effect, and the sky is a curved checkerboard pieced design. Designer: Jennifer Houlden Quilts by Jen FB QuiltsByJen 705.835.3064
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ANPT Issue 58 Cover
Issue 58 Digital 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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ANPT Issue 58 Cover
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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My Lake View Rug
Inspired by escapes to her cottage in the Kawartha Lakes, Lynn Fraser-Sumler was inspired to create this hooked piece using exquisite colour and shading. It's an 8" x 8" piece which packs a lot of possibility for learning to create water, land, and trees, and lend a sense of movement and life to these elements. Lynn Fraser-Sumler Woolyoubmine Instagram https://etsy.com/ca/shop/Woolyoubmine
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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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Elemental Fractal Series – AIR Part 4 of 4
For as long as she can remember, Jo Gatenby has been fascinated by fractals in nature. Inspired by this fascination, she has designed Air, the last in a 4-part series of fractals in nature. Sample design measurements 11¼” x 11¼” [28.6 x 28.6cm]. Designed by Jo Gatenby X’s & Oh’s RR 3 Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0 613.478.5599 www.xs-and-ohs.com
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Monet’s Haystacks Shawl
The beautiful self-striping colours of Universal Yarn Colorburst create a stunning chevron shawl. Lace border can be worked from written instructions or chart. Designed by Nancy Lekx [email protected]
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Turner’s Sunset Blanket
Nancy Lekx offers key information for blanket, crib/lap, throw, twin blanket sizes and queen bed runner. Knit using three shades of Universal Yarn, Adore. Designed by Nancy Lekx [email protected]
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Lazy Daisy Socks
Lorraine’s favourite landscape would always be floral. In her Lazy Daisy socks, she includes rows of cables and flowers. The cables are to represent the pathways between the flowers in a flower bed. For the first time in designing socks, she cabled without a cable needle, embroidered symbols, and used duplicate stitch for the words. Designed by Lorraine Thompson 905.885.0347
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Simple Landscapes with Stitch and Paint Tutorial
Fibre artist and quilter Ana Buzzalino explains in detail how she creates exquisite landscapes in her fibre art pieces. Ana Buzzalino www.anabuzzalino.com Instagram: ana_buzzalino Facebook: anabuzzalino
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Abstract Quilted Landscape
Quilter Elaine Theriault encourages you to take a break from rules and regulations of most quilting patterns and enjoy the process of quilting ad lib to create original one-of-a-kind fibre art quilted pieces. She explains the process of creating scenes according to your wishes and colour choices. Enjoy the flow! Designed by Elaine Theriault crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.ca
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A Simple Spring Landscape Quilt
Sometimes simple shapes can be very effective in conveying a spring-like landscape. Tania Denyer puts the fun into quilting by creating a colourful idyllic spring scene. Designed by Tania Denyer Instagram: tania.creates
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Harvest Time Glasses Case with Clasp
Reminiscent of her favourite place in the world, the Ukrainian countryside where her grandmother lives, is Olesya Lebedenko’s source of inspiration for this stunning and practical landscape project. The Harvest Time Glasses Case is a showstopper and a conversation starter wherever you take it. Designed by Olesya Lebedenko Patreon.com/olesyalebedenkodesign [email protected] Instagram Facebook
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