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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Kindred Stitches Magazine e-patterns

Kindred Stitches Magazine e-patterns new to Stitching Cow
Just a quick blog post to let you know that four, fabulous new e-pattern/tutorial patterns as seen in Kindred Stitches Magazine have just been released on the Stitching Cow website.
There's a pretty embroidered pillow to make, an easy strip pieced table runner, a cottage needle case and a pinwheel quilt to enjoy.

Here's the page links for each pattern for you;

Have fun!!
Warmly Lenna

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bunny Patterns

Need some last minute bunny patterns for Easter?
check out these patterns and more at Stitching Cow. Download them today!

Have fun and Happy Easter.
Warmly Lenna

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Knit and Crochet Flowers

click here for more about this book on how to knit and crochet flowers
Ever wondered how to knit and crochet decorative flowers? Perhaps you have admired a brooch or seen a bag or purse embellished with a hand-crafted flower and thought "how have they done that?"
I know I have, which is why this book caught my eye.

"100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet" is a delightful collection of flower to make. This work offers the perfect way to use up scraps of yarn or practice using novelty yarns - you can use them to decorate clothing, hats, bags and belts, embellish home accessories, or make a beautiful bouquet as an unusual display piece.
Choose from simple spiral roses, pretty poppies, elaborate layered blooms, and fabulous felted flowers. The flowers are beautifully arranged on the pages, with stitched leaves and embroidered stems, and are cross referenced to a separate section featuring clear pattern instructions and information on yarn requirements. You will also find plenty of inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons, sequins, and embroidery, plus ideas for using them in a range of fun ways, from unusual jewellery to decorating gift-wrapped packages.

The sky's the limit! This book would be a wonderful item to have on any 'crafters' reference shelf.
And the best news is that it is currently on sale for 36% less than normal.

Click here to find out more about how to knit and crochet flowers

Warmly Lenna



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