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Birds, critters, kids and flowers all come out to play when spring calls softly, ‘winter is dead’. Flowers are a refreshing sight for our sleepy eyes come the spring. Is it cliché to love flowers so much? Flowers have been the beloved subjects of poems, paintings, photographs, fashion and so much needlework. Their interpretation has been stylized throughout the ages, leaving artists speechless at their beauty, letting the flowers express themselves. For those with a passion for the needle arts, flowers are always in the picture more often than not. Threads come in so many shades that it's possible that an embroidered flower becomes so realistic. There are so many flower prints on fabrics to die for, you know what I'm talking about, whether it's quilting fabric or that dress with the awesome flower print just so...

In this issue, you’ll find several interpretations of spring flowers to herald in the season, using fun tools to make the task easier and many skills to help you make the flowers ‘bloom’. Skills include: learning how to add shading to petals and leaves of a rose using DMC threads, making 3D daffodils and periwinkles with yarn, making fabric flowers using flower makers, joyful blooms expressed in quilt blocks and rows and rows of blooms sewn with fine machine embroidery. I hope you enjoy this issue inspired by spring flowers and the joyful sun that helps them grow. Cheerfully,

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD


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10 Ruby Pearl Quilts / Joy Paolozza quilting Sunshine Stripes Placemats and Chair Back Cover


16 Brampton Sew N Serge / Doreen G. Teasdale quilting Drunken Circles Lap Quilt

22 Cheryl Stranges

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quilting Tea Time Set

28 Donna Housley & Cathy McLean quilting Bed Scarf and Pillowcase


32 Christine Baker

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quilting Quick and Easy Table Runner

36 Sarah Vanderburgh quilting Joyful Blooms Quilt

42 Jackie White

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

The latest in needlework books

59 Knitting

quilting Denim and Dots Quilt

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

98 Business Directory

46 Michele Cheong

sewing Little Red Riding Hood Key Holder


50 Lucy Garvin


fibre art It’s ‘Purse’-onal

56 Cynthia MacDougall

knit together The Tools of a Knitter’s Trade

62 Denise Powell

knitting Spring Blooms Necklace


64 Luigina Baratto

knitting Let Me Sock You 4=6

68 Jacqueline Grice

knitting Friendship Blanket Shrug

70 Red Heart / Michele Wilcox crochet Flower Mitt Scrubby

72 Joanne Gatenby

84 94 In the Loop Ontario Hooking Craft Guild

2015 Annual Conference & Rug Show

cross stitch There is a Season

78 Maria Gollek

cross stitch Spring with Heart


80 Carol Arsenault embroidery Rosa Blanda

84 Brenda Franklin beading Beaded Iris-istible

86 Christine Baker punchneedle Polka Dot Dog

90 Trish Johnson

rug hooking Hooking an Iris Trivet

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April 29 - May 1, 2016 Oakville Quilters' Guild Quilted Expressions OE Banquet Hall and Conference Centre 2245 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 6X8 The Oakvile Quilters' Guild presents, "Quilted Expressions" quilt show and sale. Friday 104pm, Saturday 10-4pm, Sunday 11-4pm. Over 200 quilts will be showcased. Also featured will be a merchant's mall, members' boutique, quilt raffle and demonstrations. Admission: $8.00. Refreshments available. Buses welcome. Wheelchair assessable. For more information visit May 26 - June 4, 2016 Saskatchewan Stitches Conference St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference offers creative classes with renowned fibre and needle work artists and attracts participants from across Canada who love to sew, knit, quilt and rughook. Forms and details at or call 1.800.344.6024. August 18-21, 2016 The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador (RHGNL) Rug School Location: Killdevil Camp and Conference Centre, Lomond, NL in beautiful Gros Morne National Park. From Trans Canada Highway, take Exit 16, Route 430 North to Wiltondale. Turn left onto Route 431, proceed 14 kms; turn right at Lomond/Killdevil, continue for 3 kms to Killdevil Camp and Conference Centre. Watch for Rug School signage. (Killdevil is approximately 40 minutes drive from Deer Lake Airport.) Registrar: Molly White, 709-453-2538, OR Mail to: Box 205, Bonne Bay, NL, A0K 1P0. RHGNL is hosting its Annual Rug School. Classses range from beginner to advanced hooking. Our Guild also hosts various hook-in gatherings throughout the province during the year. For further information visit our website at Show Guide Unlimited, the 2016 edition of the Ontario Show Directory is now available! An extensive listing of the years best shows including art and craft (juried and non-juried), needlework, woodworking, festivals and bazaars throughout Ontario; also craft show tips, etiquette and useful planning calendar; available at $24.99 plus $5.00 S&H. For more info or to order online visit, or call 1.800.671.2272.



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Granny Squares

Sew Scandinavian

Making Clothes for Your Dog

8 basic patterns...20 inspiring projects. Granny Squares shows you how to master the basics of crocheting 8 essential types of squares and then how to turn them into 20 stunning projects for your home. All of these projects exude an appealing retro vibe, taking you back to bygone times and the feel-good comfort of home-made furnishings. From storage baskets to traditional throws, these colorful and cheerful creations are sure to bring a smile to you face. And you can enjoy making them to your heart’s content!

35 step-by-step sewing projects that encapsulate the simplicity and elegance of Scandinavian style. Scandinavian style is perennially popular due to its simplicity and elegance. Sew Scandinavian is a collection of beautiful hand-stitched projects inspired by her Swedish childhood. Included are projects to bring warmth to any interior, handstitched accessories, and adorable projects for the nursery. Finally, there are seasonal crafting ideas, such as forest friends, Christmas stocking and an eye-catching winter mobile to adorn your home. Each project is accompanied by step-by-step photographs and clear instructions.

Everyone loves their pooch, and with this inspiring collection of hand-sewn pet apparel, dog owners everywhere will be keen to invest some time in their canine's style. Featuring dozens of fun and funky designs, there's something here for every doggie personality. Making Clothes for Your Dog teaches how to pamper man's (and woman's) best friend with one-of-a-kind dog clothes and lovely designer outfits, including dresses, shirts, aprons, hats, hoodies, bandanas, capes, scarves, and even a wedding set. Readers will discover plenty of ideas for making both functional and fashionable pet clothing, with pages full of stunning dog photography and delightful color illustrations.

by Susan Pinner

by Kajsa Kinsella

144 Pages, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-86108-970-0 The Guild of Master Craftsman

144 Pages, ISBN 978-1-57421-610-3 Fox Chapel Publishing

Simply Sweet Crochet

The Beading Answer Book

10 Minute Blocks

Keep those dear little ones warm and stylish with Simply Sweet Crochet! Packed with fresh and modern crochet projects for babies, toddlers, and young girls to wear, this book is a fantastic way to learn to crochet. Cute, fun projects are quick and simple to make. You'll love to stitch and share these 18 original easy-to-crochet patterns for making hats, headbands, cowls, and collars. You'll also learn how to create adorable accents and flower embellishments to enhance you creations with a special touch. Irresistible boutique designs are included for infant through preteen, so you can keep crocheting as the little girls in your life grow.

Whether you’re a beginner choosing supplies for a simple necklace or an advanced crafter mastering the details of crocheting with beads, this indispensable reference has everything you need to know to bead successfully. Packed with illustrated instructions and insightful advice, this handy little book is ready and waiting to solve your most vexing dilemmas. Don’t bead without it!

Like speed cutting, the '10-minute' technique is revolutionizing patchwork. Anyone can sew large blocks in just 10 minutes. Sewers who previously avoided quilting because 'it just takes too much time' are getting involved. Fast and fabulous... with flair! That's what you get when you turn large blocks into speedy quilts using this handy technique. You can really make a 19" block in less than 10 minutes. That means you can sew a king-size quilt top in a day, a throw quilt in an hour or two! Imagine how many quilts you will finish this year!

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by Karen Morris

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Quilting with a Modern Slant

Increase Decrease

Modern Cross Stitch

Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to play with traditions and take liberties with fabrics, patterns, colors, stitching, and the ways in which they all connect. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than 70 modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, their quilts, and their tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity wherever it leads.

Increase, Decrease is a comprehensive guide to 99 different methods for increasing and decreasing knitting stitches. Each method is clearly described and includes step-by-step how-to photographs, swatches showing the look of the featured stitch, and a list of best uses. You'll find the best technique for every situation, whether you want to increase from the centre, shape sleeves and necklines, work shaped lace, or decrease for the top of a hat.

Cross stitch is a traditional craft that allows beginners and experts alike to enjoy the experience of creating something, whether it’s for themselves or a gift for a loved one. Here are over 30 beautiful patterns for you. Discover five chapters of fabulous ideas: For a Beautiful Baby; For Big Kids; For a Special Occasion; For a Nature Lover; and For the Home. Make an adorable barnyard scene picture for young ones, or a comic-book style cross-stitched mobile phone case. Add an extra handmade touch to presents with stitched gift tags, and create a Christmas toy sack that will be treasured throughout the years.

by Rachel May

224 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-063-8

99 Step-by-Step Methods by Judith Durant

256 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-331-8 Storey Publishing

by Hannah Sturroch

128 Pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-240-5 Cico Books

Yarn Happy

Baby & Me Knits

Quilt Love

The dramatic icy colors and shapes of beautiful Rosendal, Norway and a Scandinavian antique sock pattern are the inspiration for Yarn Happy. Turid Lindeland gives traditional patterns a modern twist by using non-traditional color palettes, the cool shades of ice and the vibrant colors of summertime. In Yarn Happy, you’ll find more than 30 knit and crochet projects that represent the beautiful, simple, clean designs that Scandinavia is famous for. Easy to follow charts will inspire a beginning or accomplished knitter to explore the beautiful world of Scandinavian color work.

If you like large-scale knits or you appreciate the bigger stitches and open texture you can achieve by knitting with your arms or fingers, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Arm and Finger Knitting. Breaking free from the constraints of normal needle sizes, Laura Strutt demonstrates how to do all the usual stitches and techniques using just your arms and hands, from plain garter stitch to moss stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting with two or more strands of yarn at a time. To make the best use of the unique texture and scale of no-needle knitting, she has designed 35 stylish projects for you to make, for the home and to wear.

Every quilt tells a story. But when scraps from personal items are incorporated--a baby blanket, a vintage T-shirt, Dad's favorite tie--that quilt becomes a cherished keepsake. "Quilt Love "offers today's quilters a modern twist on free-form, scrap, and patchwork quilting by combining a welcome blend of quilting technique and pattern ideas for incorporating fabric mementos into quilts large and small. And with inexpensive stash quilting gaining popularity, this contemporary resource is sure to please. Quilt Love shows quilters how to easily create modern heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation.

112 Pages, ISBN 978-1-4162-4541-4

144 Pages, ISBN 978-1-60085-501-6 The Taunton Press

by Turid Lindeland

128 Pages, ISBN 978-1-4162-4563-6

by Celeste Young

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Joy Paolozza, Bev Mayer, Charlene McTeague, Betty Nelson, Kleo Tobias.

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Tea Time Set

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bed scarf & pillowcases Freshen up the bedroom with a new spring bed scarf and matching pillowcases. The out of the ordinary wedge design is easily achieved using the Sew Easy 10° Wedge Ruler. The wedge design can also be used to make table runners and palcemats to match your home decor. Use the Clover Kanzashi flower maker to embellish the bed scarf with matching flowers.




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quick & easy table runner

This super easy table runner is a great project to make out of left over fabrics from another project or from strips that are cut from fabrics in your stash. It would be great to make for a last minute gift as it could be finished very quickly. Change up the fabric to suit the occasion, or make one to reflect each season. 32



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There are two different sizes of HSTs used to create this quilt. There are many different methods of making HSTs. There are also many different tools and rulers available to make them. We encourage you to use the method you prefer and feel the most comfortable using. The following HST method is the one that we believe is tried and tested, and seems to be the favourite method of quilters, when not using a tool or ruler.


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Little Red Riding Hood key holder I designed this key holder for the love of Little Red Riding Hood. This key holder is fully lined with a thin batting and lining. The cushioned holder prevents keys from scratching other items in your purse. A split key ring placed inside the key holder secures the keys and can easily be pulled down to use. The doll’s face is placed under the opening of the hood and her eyes and mouth are hand stitched with care. Add lace trims, cotton tapes, fur pompoms and tiny buttons to embellish the lovely dress Little Red Riding Hood is wearing. There are many options to play with for this holder. You can hang it on the side of your purse as an ornament. You can also wear it as a unique necklace with a long wax cord or metal necklace at the front of your body for convenient access to your key.




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Woven and stitched fabrics add a modern touch to this retro styled purse. Play with the various strip widths or weave only a portion of the fabrics to create your own ‘Purse’-onal bag. This project is also a great way to use up left over fabric strips.




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We’ve all heard the phrase, “use the right tool for the job.” What are the right tools for knitters? The shortest answer to that question is, “The ones that work best for the knitter.” Not all knitting tools are created equal. When I first began my knitting career, I had two options for needles: Aero or Milward. Oh, if I searched, I could find some Boye, but they were American made, and at the time, most local yarn shops carried either Aero or Milward, both of which were made in England. Boye made a set called Needlemaster. I saw those sets in American craft magazines and dreamed of the day I could spend $60 on a full set of needles!


Straight Needles I tried the Milward, but I didn’t like the shape of the tips – they were similar to the shape of a bullet – rounded down from the shaft to the point – whereas the Aero needles had a nice, straight taper, which made it easier for me to do knit two togethers. I quickly decided that Aeros were for me, and I purchased a full set. This experience with straight needles showed me that there is an element of personal preference involved in choosing knitting needles. As time went on, other manufacturers expanded into the Canadian market. In the early 1980s, I discovered Inox, a European manufacturer which eventually purchased the Aero brand. Inox had a needle called “Tric”. These needles had a full-size shaft for about 4 inches near the tips, but the remainder of the shaft was tapered to a thinner diameter. This was ostensibly to allow a knitter to crowd more stitches on the needle, but it also had the advantages of making the needles lighter in the hands and lighter to ship.

Wood needles

Soon, Clover (from Japan) introduced bamboo needles, and then Bryspun introduced a plastic needle that was flexible and had a concave shape to their tips. Brittany created a beautiful walnut needle with ornately-curved finials, and they later introduced a birch needle with a simpler style stopper. Skacel, a German manufacturer, introduced Addi needles, a metal needle that was chrome, or nickel, plated. Needle tips A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD


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Spring blooms necklace Bring a little early spring into your life with this cheerful necklace. Or if you don’t want a necklace, make one or two daffodils and a few leaves and assemble them as a pin or brooch. Or make many daffodils and leaves and create a hatband, or a flower fairy crown for your favourite fiveyear old.




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! When I asked my friend’s 12-year old daughter whether the identically styled yet different coloured flipflops she was wearing were sold like that or had she actually bought two pairs in different colours, she just gave me « a look » wondering, I’m sure, if I were for real. I guess it meant she had bought two pairs, or maybe not. Regardless, from then on, I decided that with each pair of sock that I would knit, I would add a third one, of a different colour, just in case… And that’s how you get 4 equals 6. In this toe-up spring sock, you have the base pair, in coral, and one additional sock in periwinkle and one in butter yellow. So with 4 socks, you can make three combinations and 3 times 2 socks equals 6!

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This sock is knit in a cotton alpaca wool mix to honour the special place of spring in our calendars: it still carries some of the freshness of winter (wool) and is preparing for summer (cotton). An applique flower and the leaf motif are both whimsical and feminine …it’s as if you were walking through a ground cover of periwinkle.


Flower Mitt Scrubby

The Ontario Hooking Craft Guild is growing but there’s always room for more! We celebrate the traditional art and craft of rughooking with wool fabric & yarn, while embracing new and creative ways to hook rugs. The OHCG turns 50 in 2016, with our Annual Conference & Rug Show at the Deerhurst Resort, April 29-May 2. Hundreds of wonderful rugs on public display Sunday, May 1st; $10 per person admission.

2015 OHCG Annual rugs from top left, clockwise: Featured Artist—Peigi Fairs of Simply Hooked London branch; 1 st prize, Fine Cut—Dorothy Bray of Margaret E Critchlow St Thomas branch; 1 st prize, Original (diptych)—Dorinda Keith of Kitchener-Waterloo branch; 1st prize, Primitive (excerpt)—Helen Barrett of Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild; Honourable Mention, Fine Cut—Carol Collins of Burlington Hooking Craft Guild. more info @


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RosaBlanda Rosa

blanda, commonly known as the meadow, wild rose, smooth rose or prairie rose, is a species of rose native to North America. It's the rose that comes the closest to a 'thornless' rose, with just a few thorns at the base. 80



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Bead Point

Iris -istible

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Polka Dot Dog

This cute little fellow would make a sweet addition to your spring decorating or a wonderful present for a friend! Punchneedle embroidery and felted wool appliqué make it a fun and easy project. Please read through all of the instructions carefully before you begin. 86



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Gardens, springtime and the colour blue are all some of my favourite things. Irises are my favourite flower. I like the contrast between the architectural leaves and those flouncy, frilly flowers. It has leaves like swords and flowers like prom dresses. The finished size of the trivet is approximately 6” x 6” and hooked in a #4 cut. This pattern could be blown up bigger to a 12” x 12” (#6 cut) or even an 18” x 18” (#8 cut) and hung on the wall




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or sewn into a cushion. The directions here are for the trivet size and makes for a good project for a beginner. This project took 3 days, one day to trace the design onto the backing, one day of hooking and one day of finishing. For those who worry about having a lot of unfinished projects stacking up, this project is refreshingly quick to make. If you want to dye your own wool then add on one more day.


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Brother introduces the fabulous new Q-Series, the next generation of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines with amazing embroidery speeds, super-sized workspaces and awesome, high quality sewing functions.

NQ1300 - Designer

Machines that’ll leave you quivering with excitement. Five exciting models designed to quench your creativity. Choose from combination sewing and embroidery machines with tons of beautiful built-in designs (including Disney characters), to a specialized embroidery-only model to three fashion-focused machines, like the Designer above. The Q-Series - it’ll leave you quivering with excitement. Find out more at or visit your local authorized Brother dealer

INSPIRING CREATIVITY FOR GENERATIONS. Award-winning sewing machines, embroidery machines, sergers, and a whole lot of company. Photos are for illustration purposes only. The embroidery designs built into these embroidery machines are for personal use within the home only and may not be used for business or industrial purpose. 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 embroidery machine shown in this brochure has been manufactured by Brother Industries, Ltd., under licensing agreement with Disney Enterprise Inc., through which Brother has permission to use Disney images. ©Disney ©2015 Brother International Corporation (Canada) Ltd. 1, rue Hôtel de Ville, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec, H9B 3H6.


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