Monday, November 6, 2017

Making Room


 Making changes. Good changes.
A sneak peak into my studio. 

My collection of sewing machine drawers finally has a home.
They are great for holding small things.  
The knob at the end makes for a great hanging spot for my thread cutter.

Check out the wood "heart in hand" down on the lower left. 
It's one of my favourite helping hands.  
David Schump of the Art Tramp made it for me.
It's a floss holder and a pin cushion... 
you'll have to look closely so see the little velvet cushion sitting on the ledge, 
it is attached with a ribbon.



Smiles,
Colleen

Friday, September 8, 2017

In the Nick of Time

Just in time to stitch up for Christmas!

I have finished compiling, editing, drafting, and packaging.
All six primitive stocking patterns of Cee Rafuse's collection.
These stocking are huge and wonderful.

Finished size is 27" long x 6" wide.

They are a great stitching project.









Use up your scraps for the characters,
 find an old worn wool blanket for the stocking.
These patterns are listed in my Etsy Shop 

Check out Cee's website.
From time to time
she will be offering her wonderful overdyed string for stitching 
and bundles of her wonderful dyed wools.

Maybe you'll be lucky enough to get some.

Keep on Stitching!

Don't forget to join us on Facebook in our penny rug group,
the Ladies and Gents of the Wool Circle Club.

You are invited,
 Colleen

Friday, March 10, 2017

Make a Pillow from a Finished Applique

Do you have a finished applique 
that you thought you might frame, and didn't?
That's the story behind this gorgeous gift from 
my good friend Cee of Early Style Penny Rugs.

Lucky me!
I think it's going to make a great pillow.
basket applique by Cee Rafuse of Early Style Penny Rugs
basket applique by Cee Rafuse of Early Style Penny Rugs

 I am making a button closure with a green lightweight wool

 I have measured and placed two pieces with an ironed edge hem of 1 3/4" on each piece.
These folds will cover each other creating the opening for a pillow form.
(Give some thought to your pillow form, measure and trim fabrics to fit)
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Once you have measured two pieces that will be the back of the pillow,
hem sew the folds.

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Space evenly and make buttonholes markings on one hem only.
I will use 3 x 1 inch buttons.
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Here I am using the auto buttonhole feature of my Bernina! 
I love my Bernie!
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 Place the buttonhole piece right sides to right side of applique 
and then the second hemmed piece right side down.


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Sew all four sides and trim corners
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Turn right sides out and press.
 Mark the centre of each buttonhole for button placement.
Sew buttons in place on the right side of the hem of the covered hemmed piece.
 
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basket applique by Cee Rafuse of Early Style Penny Rugs
 


Fill with fibrefill or a pillow form and enjoy.
Thank you CEE!

Pattern now available for this wool applique in my Etsy shop
Colonial Basket Wool Applique