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There's so much to tell you about this issue I'm not sure where to begin.

Talking about extraordinary, how about the Blooming Tea Pot Cozy by Laura Coia from Sew Very Easy? How imaginative is that to sew a cozy that blooms before your eyes!? Crocheter Ruth I. Forbes added what looks like stitches laid over the crochet work, turning a simple tea pot cozy into a fascinating one, all the while sharing a unique crochet stitch. For those who enjoy meditating you'll love Édith Choinière's Heart2Heart Mandala Wallhanging with two stitching options: using free motion quilting or the appliquéd version. Explore both! I thought it would be a lot of fun to have Olesya Lebedenko participate with her Purse Pop! A round bag, relatively easy to make she says, using a positive and happy attitude!

I had a lot of fun photographing Jacqueline Grice wearing her Eggli Vest. I love her story about her vest and her extraordinary love of dyeing her own yarns; such a desire for colour! Where do I stop? There's so much more. Kathy McClean's 'LOVE' banner is a project where buttons have joined the appliqué party, like I said, extraordinary is in the details. In the embroidery section of this issue are the cutest, itsy-bitsy needlework projects, you'll want to make more than one. Details abound in the art quilts of Galla Grotto. Let your eye wander from detail to detail then be amazed how it all comes together.


It's not only about the projects but the details within the projects that make them special. Christine Baker added loving words in the appliquéd petals in her Purple Cornflowers Banner, I mean talk about making that quilt even better. Using words like Family, Love, Happiness to name a few, can really take your quilts from really nice to unforgettable. Maybe because my world revolves around words that it struck a happy cord!

Join us and explore how to take your needlework projects from very nice to indeed, extraordinary!


You'll find some bling within this issue's pages. Sequined yarn makes for light and sparkly accessories ready for a night out. See Denise Powell's out of this world Shooting Star Wrap and Flo Flory Trellis Dreams Wrap, where they let the sequins do the talking…



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quilting LOVE! In fall appliqué button art

14 The Quilt Store, Clodagh Coker quilting Fall Welcome Wreath Banner

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18 Christine Baker

quilting Purple Coneflowers Banner

24 Elaine Theriault

quilting Birds of Paradise Quilt


28 Édith Choinière

quilting Heart 2 Heart Mandala Wallhanging

Editor’s Letter Mark Your Calendars! Advertiser Index Hooked on Books

The latest in needlework books

61 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

98 Business Directory

36 Laura Coia


sewing Blooming Tea Pot Cozy

40 Olesya Lebedenko

sewing Purse Pop! Round Bag

48 That Sewing Place, Sharon Fenlon sewing Mug Caddy

58 Cynthia MacDougall knit together Joining In Part 2

62 Charles Voth

knitting 4 cast-ons for knitting circular lace

64 Jacqueline Grice knitting Eggli Vest

68 Flo Flory knitting

Trellis Dreams Wrap

70 Denise Powell

knitting Shooting Star Wrap

Artist Review 50 Lise Belanger

Le Petit Chapeau Rouge 52 Galla Grotto Mother Earth

In the Loop

56 Quilt Canada 2018 Canadian Quilters' Association


72 Red Heart, Nancy J. Thomas knitting Wrapghan

76 Ruth I. Forbes

crochet Autumnal Tea Pot Cozy and Mat

80 Jo Gatenby

cross stitch Nutcracker Tree

84 Kim Beamish

cross stitch Leaves Needle Roll

86 Carolyn Mitchell canvaswork Owen Owl

90 Jayne Styles

embroidery 4 Seasons Mug Cozies

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Monster Hats

Hygge Knits

Nicki Trench

Angela Lawrence

These hats certainly make a statement and that statement is “Rawwwwwwr!” Not for the fainthearted, these beautifully designed knitted hats will keep you cozy while turning some heads. Hopefully not right round though... Fun and vibrant, these 15 designs for both adults and children are just the thing to get you noticed on a chilly night. Projects include a creepy zombie, an enchanting griffin, an amusing yeti and a stylish demon.

It seems that suddenly everyone wants to be Scandinavian, and to "hygge" (pronounced hueguh) which means "a sublime state of cosiness" felt when you are with friends or loved ones. It can be enhanced by the addition of a log fire, a sweet treat and a cozy knit. So spread the love, and keep things cozy, by knitting yourself – or your family – a warm and beautiful sweater, hat, gloves, or socks, with a Scandi feel.

144 pages, ISBN 978-1-78494-212-0 The Guild of Master Craftsman

128 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-478-2 Cico Books

The author of best-selling Wool Appliqué Folk Art presents a treasure trove of 12 seasonal wool appliqué projects, with 3 for each season. Her Americana aesthetic, although very true to early decorative arts, would look great in many homes today. Presented in a lovely antique color palette, these simple and elegant projects include a journal cover, pillow cover, wallhangings, storage boxes, table rug, and more, perfect for your home or to give as gifts; includes a basics chapter and an updated chapter on the collection, storage, and use of wool.

The Fussy Cut Sampler

The Versatile Nine Patch

If you are like authors Nichole and Elisabeth, your favorite part of quilting is fussy cutting – and it usually involves figuring out how to enhance an interesting quilt block by framing a favorite element in your mostloved fabric! Let fussy cutting become more than just showing a single design. By following along with how Nichole and Elisabeth create drastically different samplers from each of their 48 unique patchwork blocks, see how those same 9'' blocks can easily be adapted to your own personal taste.

Often, the nine patch is one of the first blocks taught to beginners learning to quilt. But the nine patch is also one of the most diverse blocks, offering many different design options. In ScrapTherapy® The Versatile Nine Patch, quilt designer and teacher Joan Ford offers gorgeous designs using the traditional nine patch block plus more challenging and creative patterns that turn a nine patch into something entirely new.

Nichole Ramirez & Elisabeth Woo

Joan Ford

144 pages, ISBN 978-1-940655-22-2 Lucky Spool Media


Bright and Bold Wool Appliqué

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224 pages, ISBN 978-1-63186-675-3 Taunton Press

112 Pages, ISBN 978-1-935726-81-4 Landauer Publishing

Improv Patchwork Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape

Maria Shell

Explore new options in improvisational piecing and empower your creativity! Cut and combine solidcolor fabrics to create your own "prints" - stripes, polka dots, chevrons, plaids, and more. Forget the rules (and even your ruler) as you piece colorful solids into compelling quilt designs. Use color, pattern, and repetition to develop your personal design aesthetic as you stitch freely to create unique quilts that pack a punch! 96 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-496-7 C&T Publishing

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I Remain, Your Loving Son: Intimate Stories of Beaumont-Hamel

Edited by Frances Ennis and Bob Wakeham

This is a compelling book that contains deeply personal stories of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel launched July 1st, 1916. The story is told by the soldiers themselves and their relatives back home. Remembering with Rugs, the price pwaid, is a chapter within about how textile artist Frances Ennis helped initiate and facilitated several large group rug hooking projects. This stunning collection of rugs depicts the war in general through the eyes of women who became involved in creating traditional Newfoundland hooked rugs. 138 Pages, ISBN 978-1-77117-568-5 Flanker Press

Crochet Bears and other Animals Emma Brown

Adorable animal friends to crochet for children of all ages. A world away from mass-produced plush toys, Emma Brown's hand-crocheted creations live on the make-believe island of Shady Bay. The animals all have their part to play in island life. With 25 gorgeous patterns suitable for beginners through to experienced crafters, you're sure to find a unique toy in Crocheted Bears and Other Animals that will spark a child's imagination and become a firm friend for life. 112 Pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-430-0 Cico Books

Hope and Survival: A Story of the Halifax Explosion

Story and Quilt Art by Laurie Swim

This brand-new children’s book was written and illustrated by Laurie Swim to accompany the monumental community art quilt project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Hope and Survival tells the story of Jess, a young girl caught up in the aftermath of the disaster. It is richly illustrated with Laurie’s unique quilt art, on snowdyed fabric, and the book acknowledges the legacy of hope and survival that continues to this day. It is a beautifully original gift – perfect for those young and young in spirit. Each book is personally signed by Laurie. 48 Pages, Hardcover, ISBN 978-0-9783548-3-1 Art Quilt Publishing

One-Block Wonders of the World New Ideas, Design Advice, A Stunning Collection of Quilts

Free-Motion Meandering A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting

Angela Walters

Jeanette White & Erin Hamilton

Transform a single fabric print with marvelous piecing magic! Best-selling author Maxine Rosenthal and Linda Bardes share stunning One Block Wonders quilts. Learn how to choose the right 60-degree ruler, pick the most useful fabric, and change the look of a quilt with a different strip size. See what others have done - the beginning fabric and the ending projects - and courageously cut into that beautiful yardage! Sew simple pieced hexagon blocks with no "Y" seams, and enjoy the thrill of arranging and rearranging them on your design wall.

Finishing your own quilts is easier than you think. Turn the corner to free-motion success with a meandering makeover! Angela Walters shows you that free-motion quilting doesn't have to be scary - with a couple designs in your pocket, you can finish almost any quilt on your home machine and enjoy the process. Practice 8 meandering stitches for beginners, plus creative variations on each, with step-by-step visuals and quilted samples. Start your free-motion journey on the right foot with proven techniques to help you disguise mistakes and transition between designs with ease.

Grow your skills, row by row! Dresden plates, pinwheel blocks, and flying geese... piece like a pro with The Piper's Girls! Starting with the simplest patchwork squares and working your way up to more challenging appliqué and paper piecing, you'll sew through a cheery, 11-row sampler quilt and 2 bonus projects. Build 25 specific quilting skills such as getting an accurate ¼" seam, constructing on-point squares, and using the 45° angle on a ruler. Straightforward how-to photos and full-size patterns are included. Gain confidence and learn new tips along the way, whether you're just a beginner or a more experienced quilter.

80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-518-6 C&T Publishing

80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-520-9 C&T Publishing

72 pages + pattern pullout, ISBN 978-1-61745-592-6 C&T Publishing

Maxine Rosenthal and Linda Bardes

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17. Using Unique Gem-tak; add the buttons, covering as much or as little of the letters and the flowers as you like. Leave to dry overnight. TIP Gem-tak goes on white and will dry totally clear- so don’t worry about having too much. Note: I totally covered the “O” and the “V” and I applied just a few buttons to the flowers on the bottom. Remember it is your button art so apply as many or as few as you like. TIP When applying the buttons, I started with the larger buttons working down in size. 18. Trim away extra fabric on the back. Optional: I glued double fold bias over the raw edge to give a nicer finish. 19. Hang on your wall and Enjoy! Start making one for each season or use the same techniques to embellish a pillow. Free motion work When doing free motion work start with simple shapes and work up to intricate shapes. Make sure your work is stable with either a hoop or an iron-on stabilizer. Start writing “e’s or O’s”, then move on to flowers and leaves before stippling, so that you can train your brain with the techniques involved along the way. I find it helpful to draw the desired design with a pencil and paper first before going to the machine.

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Fall Welcome Wreath




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Birds of Paradise quilt

A mixture of Northcott’s basic collections including Toscana, Stonehenge Gradations Brights and Artisan Spirit Shimmer. Joining the blocks into rows transforms this ordinary block in a garden bursting with colour to brighten up any day. This quilt is also a great opportunity to try out a new quilting design and because the quilt is made in rows, it’s super easy to quilt.


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Since I was 10, I wanted to learn about quilting, but I didn’t know anyone that could teach me. It was only in 1984, at 22 years old, that my dream of learning to quilt came true. I had joined the Canadian Armed Forces where I met my husband, an Acadian from Rogersville, New Brunswick. We had received our posting to the Base in Gagetown, New Brunswick and that’s where I learned the basics of traditional quilting. My mother-in-law was my teacher and at the time, no quilting tools were yet available on the market. In 1993, we were posted to Portagela-Prairie, Manitoba. During this period, besides quilting, I created 28



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Definition of mandala. 1: a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe; specifically: a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation.

many oil paintings. To meet people in my new community, I exhibited my paintings at the Arts Council in Portage and later, taught classes to meet more people.

In hindsight, painting and Native Art gave me a new perspective that would drive my passion for quilting and designing into a new direction.

Soon after arriving on the air base in Portage, I met two inspiring artists that would share their teachings with me as well as the Native arts and crafts. So for the following three years, Aimée, an Algonquin from the Ottawa region and her husband, a Lakota Sioux from Long Plain, Manitoba, showed me how to work raw hides and make drums, shields, beadwork, moccasins, mukluks, mittens and bags as well as dream catchers and other ceremonial items.

We moved back to Quebec in 1996 and since raw hide is a bit more difficult to find, I returned to my love of quilting. At this point I longed for something different, more challenging. I had found a quilt book from Pam Bono’s collection that was quite different from the traditional quilting style of the day. I contacted her and we became friends over the years. She became my mentor and invited me to visit her in Pagosa Spring, Colorado. She taught me the

Blooming Tea

Pot Cozy

Tea pot cozy patterns have been around for many years and most recently there’s been a resurgence in the interest in tea pot cozy patterns. The idea was more on who could make the most whimsical tea pot cozy sort of won the prize, in a manner of speaking. Quite by instinct, here’s my version of a tea pot cozy that does more than just keep your tea hot, it blooms! It will fit any size pot, is reversible, turns into a table topper, has a built-in hot pad, is easy to store and is sew very easy to make. Make it in solid colours that fit your décor or use your favourite printed fabric. 36



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PURSE POP! round bag Hello fellow crafters! I’m happy to share with you the instructions for the adorable Purse Pop! My love and passion for colours, fabrics, positive energy, and beauty allows me to transform functional everyday items into pieces of art that make our days brighter and happier. Let’s sew! With love, Olesya




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Mug Caddy

These Mug Caddies are great for keeping everything handy in one place by your sewing station. We made variations of them to use for our sergers, sewing machines, and embroidery machines. Our technicians also have larger versions to hold the tools they constantly need. Oh, maybe we should have one on our cutting table to hold the rotary cutters, pens and papers – or have an office version close to the cash register! There are so many more possibilities for them. You could make one to hold cooking utensils in the kitchen, or how about one in the bathroom for hair brushes and/or cosmetics. The list is as long as your imagination. We’ve had so much fun creating these – and we hope you will too. This fatquarter friendly project is a great way to bust a bit o’ that stash!


Flat perspective of caddy sample

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Eggli Vest I was inspired to design the Eggli Vest by the mountain in Switzerland of the same name. Eggli is in the Bernese Oberland in Gstaad. As a child I would ski down this mountain so many times. Then as a young adult I actually lived and worked at Restaurant Eggli, which is at the top of the mountain. At night, when the tourists had gone down into the village, I was lucky to enjoy the peacefulness and the mountain view, listening to the wind blowing over the much bigger mountains nearby. Even then, knitting was a big part of my daily life. The colour featured in the Eggli Vest was inspired by my dad. He had a love for breeding Cockatiels and Love Birds ...many of the Love Birds had this teal colour like the one I used to dye the yarn for the Eggli Vest.




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Shooting Star is a fun little decorative scarf that you can throw on to add a little bling to an outfit. The tail of the shooting star is knitted with some sections done only in the sequined carry along, giving an open, gauzy effect. It would make a perfect present for any stargazing friends!







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Afghans are popular any time of the year. Here's one that's perfect for throwing over the legs as the cooler weather comes in waves.

skill level Intermediate finished measurements 63" x 81" [160 x 205.5cm] materials yarn • 1 skein each RED HEART® With Love™: • 1914 Berry Red A • 1623 Mallard B • 1601 Lettuce C • 1321 Chocolate D • 1252 Mango E • 1621 Evergreen F • 1207 Cornsilk G

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Autumnal Tea Pot Cozy and Mat

Small & Large Mats

2 cup cozy

Add a little pizzazz to your afternoon teatime with matching tea cozies and mat sets. The cozies are a perfect fit for your favourite Brown Betty teapots and the mats are a nice complement to your table.




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NUTCRACKEr TREE Over the years designer Jo Gatenby has admired the various stylized Christmas trees that so many artists and designers have come up with, whirls and swirls, words and themes, and wanted to try her hand at creating her own. A long-time lover of the Nutcracker Ballet, when she saw another artist’s version of this tree, she just had to create her own… The hardest part was turning actual photos of dancers into silhouettes that still provided enough detail to show their characters!




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Whooo is Owen? He's an ornament providing a lot of satisfaction when decorating for the fall season. He packs a lot of needlework skills worked on a small canvas area. Whooo-nderful idea for gift-giving.




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Embroidered Hot Drink Cup Sleeves

The only thing that feels better than holding a hot drink in your hands on a cold day is holding a hot drink wrapped in fabric. The paper drink sleeves are good, but when you start using a fabric sleeve, you’ll never go back. This project gives you one sleeve for every season and they are for hot or cold drinks. Make one or all four using your choice of fabric and threads. The stitches used can be found in most stitch books or online. The sleeves are reversible so pick a fun fabric for the back. This is a great gift idea for anyone who drinks coffee or tea on the go.




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Sweet Begonia This delicate piece of embroidered begonia was initially designed using variegated threads, which takes the work out of shading. In these instructions are the colours that should be staggered to give the variegated effect. Feel free to use variegated threads, so you can focus on the stitching. Sweet Begonia uses the general techniques for long and short stitch shading with a few subtle differences. Follow the diagram for the angle and placement of your stitches.




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Super Power requires Super Stretch!

Eloflex is a new innovative thread from Coats that sews soft, secure, stretchable seams that will not pop! Whatever the super power, you can suit up your little hero with confidence. Coats & Clark, Greer, SC 29650

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Brenda Franklin Designs 7570 Mapleton SR 18 RR 1, Alma, ON N0B 1A0  519.638.9958    More than 500 charts available for counted needlework, latch hook rugs, beadwork, beaded knits and knitting patterns. Mail/fax order or ask for our products at your local shop. Contact us for custom designs or needle felted sculpture.

Impressions Embroidery & Engraving #8-449 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3L8  403.942.3934    Our shop does embroidery and laser engraving. Laser engraving is a beautiful process for fabric, as nothing cuts cleaner and more precisely than a laser. We now carry a nice array of fabric as well to compliment the abilities of the laser.

Sew Fancy Inc. Guelph, ON  519.824.4127    Your Premier Canadian Source for Specialty Sewing Supplies including Smocking, Heirloom Sewing, Goldwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Needle Tatting, Swarovski Crystals, Sashiko, Quilting and more. Visit the website for the latest in sewing supplies.

Brampton Sew & Serge 289 Rutherford Rd S, Unit 7, Brampton, ON L6W 3R9  905.874.1564    Welcome to Your One Stop Sewing Centre! We are authorized dealers of Baby Lock, Husqvarna Viking, and Singer sewing machines and sergers. We also offer a full schedule of sewing classes for everyone.

My Sewing Room 148-8228 MacLeod Trl SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B8  403.252.3711    Canada's Largest Independently Owned Quilting Store with fabric, patterns, kits, notions, sewing machines and more! My Sewing Room boasts over 10,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabric from designers and manufacturers from around the world.

That Sewing Place 16610 Bayview Ave #10, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3  905.715.7725    jaret& Introducing That Sewing Place as your sewing source and Authorized Dealers for Bernina and Brother machines. Jaret & Liana focus on placing your sewing needs first, providing outstanding support, service, and training.

Needles & Knits 15040 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M4  905.713.2066   Fabulous selection of yarns. Extremely knowledgable and expert help. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Classes. Guild night every first Tuesday of the month. Tea with Tove, the owner, every Thursday from 6-8pm.

The Quilt Store / Evelyn's Sewing Centre 17817 Leslie St, Unit 40, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C6  905.853.7001 or toll-free 1.888.853.7001  Evelyn's Sewing Centre in Newmarket is your Quilt Store Destination! The staff here at Evelyn's is always on hand to provide Quilt Wisdom, Quilt Inspiration and most of all we pride ourselves as the place to make... All Your Quilt Dreams Come True!

Bytowne Threads - Ottawa, ON

 1.888.831.4095  

 Featuring AURIfil® thread from Italy. Extra-long staple Egyptian cotton threads: 12wt, 28wt, 40wt & 50wt - 252 colours. Bobbin threads, black & white: 60 and 80wt. Polyester threads 240 high-sheen colours. Wool threads 180 colours. Canadian National Fabric - Melancthon, ON   We are an online fabric shoppe offering a wide variety of fabrics, patterns, books and notions for all your sewing needs. Flat rate Canada wide shipping of $5 with FREE SHIPPING for orders over $75. Shop in person available by appointment!

Country Concessions 1 Dufferin St, Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0  705.458.4546 or toll-free 1.888.834.4407   Visit our lovely and unique quilt shop in the quaint village of Cookstown. We have over 7000 bolts of cotton fabrics plus a wide selection of patterns, books & notions. You will be so glad you came for a visit. Gitta's 271 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1G8  905.274.7198    Gitta's, nestled in the east village of Port Credit, is the place where stitchers meet with their stitching friends, shop for stitching supplies and see the new stitching designs from Europe and the United States. Hardanger House 4708 52 St, PO Box 1223, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0  403.742.2749 or toll-free 1.866.742.2749  Patterns from Canadian, American and European designers, linen and evenweave fabrics from Zweigart, DMC pearl Cottons, Caron Collection threads, and all the related stitching accessories are kept in stock. Many additional items can be special ordered. Haus of Stitches 626 Main Street, Humboldt, SK  S0K 2A0  306.682.0772 or toll-free 1.800.344.6024  Our one of a kind store offers everything you need for sewing, quilting, knitting, rug hooking & needlework. Authorized dealers for Janome and Elna. Heartfelt Fibre Arts 42 Industrial St, Toronto, ON M4G 1Y9  647.920.3616    Canadian Fibre Arts supply store specializing in high-quality, unique fibre and tools for all of your knitting, felting, rug hooking and stitching needs.




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Needleworker's Delight / Silkweaver Fabrics Plaza K 181 Route 1 South, Metuchen, NJ 08840  732-388-4545    Standard & specialty Zweigart Fabrics & canvas, hand-dyed fabrics, floss, fibers, towels, tableware, leaflets/designs, painted canvases, notions, tools, baby items, home decor, and so much more! Pine Ridge Knit & Sew 17477 Hwy 2 PO Box 68, Trenton, ON K8V 5R1  613.392.1422   We have knitting machines by Artisan and Silver Reed, embroidery machines by Husqvarna/Viking & White. Sewing notions and supplies, books and software. Hands-on lessons and classes. Wide variety of yarns, threads, dress and pant zippers. Ruby Pearl Quilts 500 King St W, Suite 8, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K9  905.436.3535    We are your full service source of professional quilting equipment, products, & courses. Led by 44 years of sewing experience & more than 20 years of quilting experience, we have the experience necessary to help you push your hobby to the next level! Ruti's Needlebed 10 Thomas St, Mississauga, ON L5M 1Y5  905.821.9370   Mississauga's Finest Quilting and Knitting Store!! Come see our huge selection of yarn, fabric, supplies, sewing machines and knitting machines…a local store for all your quilting, sewing, knitting needs! We offer a wide variety of classes. Serenity Knits 525 Brooker Ridge #102, Newmarket, ON L3X 2M2  905.710.3283    We offer a wide selection of high quality yarns as well as needles, hooks, patterns and notions. We also offer a large variety of classes from beginner to the more advanced.

The Stitching Corner #2, 185 First St E, Cochrane, AB T4C 2E9  403.932.3390    Your Needlework Shop in Cochrane. The Stitcher's Muse 99 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G3  250.591.6873     A divine little shop with supplies for all your hand stitching needs! Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. Cross stitch, canvaswork, needlepoint, embroidery, counted thread, lace making and more. Books, patterns, fabric, threads, tools. The Yarn Guy 15 Gower St, Toronto, ON M4B 1E3  416.752.1828 or toll-free 1.800.836.6536    See us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter! Knitting machines, sewing machines, repairs, parts for Passap, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed, Superba, White. Sewing notions and supplies, books, ball yarns, coned yarns, TAMM yarns, Paton's yarns, Bernat yarns, Phentex yarns, Bernat kits & crafts. Ultimate Sewing Centre 191 Bloor St East, Oshawa, ON L1H 3M3  905.436.9193     For all your sewing needs be sure to call Durham’s largest one stop shop: Janome and Elna Sewing Machines, Sergers, & Embroidery machines, over 3000 bolts of first quality cottons, Floriani Embroidery supplies, the latest notions, books, & patterns, year round classes, and so much more! Upper Canada Quiltworks PO Box 64, Brockville, ON K6V 5T7  613.345.3956 Fax: 613.342.3327  Visit us online for a wide selection quilt patterns and books. Techniques include felted wool, fusible appliqué, punchneedle, rag quilting and printing photos on fabric.


Luxury in every detail Enhanced, fine-tuned and graced with refined new features giving serious enthusiasts like you an incomparable sewing, embroidery and quilting experience. Dream big!


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Innoveye® 2 technology For precise positioning. It’s like having a built-in camera and scanner.

Enhanced My Design Center New design capabilities to make your projects unique, all without a PC.

Large LCD screen 10.1” built-in high definition LCD screen with intuitive user interface.

Disney is in our DNA Only THE Dream Machine 2 has the magic of 166 Disney embroidery designs built right in.

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INSPIRING CREATIVITY FOR GENERATIONS Photos are for illustration purposes only. The XV8550D shown in this ad has been manufactured by Brother Industries, Ltd., under a licensing agreement with Disney Enterprise Inc., through which Brother has permission to use the Disney images. The embroidery designs built into the embroidery machine are for personal use within the home only and may not be used for business or industrial purposes. Brother and its logo are trademarks of Brother Industries, Ltd., Japan. All specifications are subject to change without notice. All registered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective companies. The Best Buy Seal and other licensed materials are registered certification marks and trademarks of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. For award information visit ©2017 Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. 1, rue Hôtel de Ville, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec, H9B 3H6. ©Disney 06/2017 94607

A Needle Pulling Thread Issue 45 Sampler  

What to say about our new issue? Pay attention to the details! Details abound and enhance projects taking them from really nice to super spe...

A Needle Pulling Thread Issue 45 Sampler  

What to say about our new issue? Pay attention to the details! Details abound and enhance projects taking them from really nice to super spe...