Sunday, October 26, 2014

Button Dolly



Many years ago I stumbled across a button dolly and was immediately taken in. Perhaps it was the excitement of having a worthy project for some of the many buttons in my button collection, or perhaps it was the simplicity of the doll that appealed to me. Whatever the reason, I decided to have   go at making my very own version for you to enjoy.

Since colonial days women have been making dolls from leftover buttons for their children to play with. These delightful button dolls are still popular today, although are used as decorative items
rather than toys.

The biggest decision was sorting through some of my button draws trying to decide which buttons to use.


The process of making the dolly is quite simple once you get going.


And I couldn't resist in making her a primitive style dress and garden hat.


The good news is that I have just uploaded my button dolly pattern onto the Stitching Cow website. So click here now and download a copy of the Button Dollly pattern.

You could be making your very own button dolly today! 

Have fun!
Warmly Lenna

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Kindred Stitches Christmas Patterns at Stitching Cow

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?

Each year I vow to get more organized, yet still I seem to find myself scrambling to get everything done, including making those special handmade gifts. If this sounds like you, good news. I have some Christmas inspiration for you. Here is a new collection of Christmas patterns just uploaded to the Stitching Cow website. These patterns have all be featured in Kindred Stitches Magazine, but are now available for non digital users to enjoy as well. They can be purchased as PDF downloadable patterns so you could be sewing them within minutes, how exciting!

 There's something for everyone one, and many of them are inexpensive, quick and easy to make, perfect for Christmas swaps and school teacher gift giving.



Hope you find some Christmas projects to enjoy, have fun!
Warmly Lenna




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mug Rug Swap Invitation 2014



Something very special for you today?

You are personally invited to join a Mug Rug swap that has been put together by myself and Michele at the Quilting Gallery. Our swap was so popular last year that we couldn't resist the temptation to do it all again. 

The theme this year is based on neighbours and friends and I have designed two projects for you to sew. If you are interested in having fun and meeting a like minded quilter from another country, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. Head on over to the Quilting Gallery now for all the information.

All you need to do is click the link here to visit the information page

If you have any further question please direct them to Michele, and feel free to pass on this invite to your other sewing friends as well. The more the merrier, but be quick registration closes soon.

Have fun.
Warmly Lenna


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Handcrafted Timber Sewing Items from Stitching Cow



Just wanted to let you know that I have uploaded lots of new handcrafted timber sewing items onto the Stitching Cow website.

Each of these items is unique because they have been skilfully created by my Dad who loves nothing more that spending time in his workshop. All the timbers used are quality Australian timbers that have been selected because of their grain and durability. Lots of time and care has gone into making these items and they are exclusive to my website, most are one off pieces.

So do yourself a favour and check them out by clicking the link here.

Hope you find something special for your sewing room or as a gift for a friend or loved one.
Warmly Lenna

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Japanese style patterns at Stitching Cow


Just a quick post to let you know that I have just added four new Japanese style patterns to the Stitching Cow website. They are all available as e-pattern tutorials so they can be downloaded to your computer as soon as today!
As seem in Kindred Stitches Magazine for Ipad users, these original pattern can now be enjoyed by all.
For more information simply click on each link below, it will take you to the pattern information page.





Happy stitching,
Warmly Lenna


Monday, May 12, 2014

What You Need To Know Before Making Your First Quilt

Patchwork Quilt supplied by Flickr
Here is some advice about what you need to know before making your first quilt.
As a beginner, the task of making your first quilt can seem very daunting.
But have no fear, help is here!

In order to get started, you will require some basic supplies which will aid you in creating your quilt. A rotary cutter will allow you to cut through several layers of fabric. They are quite sharp so it is important to take care when using one.

You will also need to invest in a cutting mat. These come in different sizes, as do the rotary cutters themselves, and are self-healing and include grid lines which help make your cutting much more accurate. In quilting, accuracy is very important in terms of having a clean, streamline finish. In order to get the best accuracy with your cutting, a rotary ruler will help you make your cutting as accurate as possible-especially if you have a steady hand! Other pieces of equipment you will require include cotton fabric,cotton  thread, fabric scissors and a pencil or fabric pen which will allow you to mark out patterns on fabrics ready for cutting. You also need to decide if you will be using a sewing machine or piecing by hand.

Click here for more information about - What is a rotary cutter and tips for rotary cutting success

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler supplied by Flickr

It is a good idea before starting your first quilt to also educate yourself on the different elements of your quilt including fabrics, batting and colourway. When picking fabrics, take into consideration the thickness and quality of the fabrics. It is best to work with quality 100% quilting fabrics. Your choice of fabrics will aid in achieving a completed quilt you can be proud of, so do not rush this process. If you have difficulty choosing fabrics that look good together, choose fabric from the same fabric range, this will ensure a coordinated look.

Batting is a another important factor to consider, your choice will depend on whether you are going to hand quilt or machine quilt your first project. Wool, cotton and bamboo batting are all popular choices for quilters.

These are all important consideration and things you should know before making your first quilt, but above all...enjoy it! Quilting making is a fantastic way to have fun and be creative, whilst also creating something lovely to snuggle into on those chilly nights. And don't be afraid of making mistakes, often they are our best teachers!

If you still feel overwhelmed and need a hand to get going, try my online sewing and quilt making program.
Click here for all the details.

Warmly Lenna

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