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Something about ornaments is indisputably charming. On second thought, ornaments are oversized charms. They take up hardly any space at all, they are fun to hold, to give and oh so fun to make. Each one with its own personality and good tidings ‘wrapped up’ in it. Particularly when we make an ornament, we let our creative nature unfold with the recipient in mind. Strangely enough, a big part of how we see things creatively is fabricated within it. If you’re not one to start your Christmas list in February, you still have a chance to prepare a multitude of ornaments and be ahead of the gift giving season. Part of the beauty of this issue is that there are many different styles of ornaments that you can surely find one to suit every person on your list, thanks to our creative and unique needlework designers. In browsing this spectacular array of ornaments, you might just get intrigued by another form of needlework so much you’re willing to give it a try, learning a new skill in the process. Ornaments are perfect for this purpose. You don’t have to invest in a lot of material, they’re small and not overwhelming, and results can be seen fairly quickly. Like a two-bite brownie, you’re quickly done!

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And then there’s the case where you like one so much you want to make more. One example is My Whole Heart by Olha Khaperska of the Halifax Charity Knitters. It needs to be said that I love hearts, so it was love at first sight (what can I say, I’m quirky that way). I made one to use up left over yarn I really liked, so you can imagine I was in heaven. Furthermore, I was thrilled with the project because I needed something to make and say ‘Voilà!’ within 48 hours. And there was my trifecta: yummy yarn, my favourite shape, and instant gratification. I had more yummy yarn left. So I made another, and another, until I made six. Olha should have put a warning of some kind at the beginning of the instructions – ‘highly addictive’. No matter. As I accumulated these hearts, I had a happy thought of giving these out to my favourite people at Christmas and perhaps dressing them up with charms, and surface stitches. Really, our imagination is our best friend if only we trust it. Cynthia MacDougall knit the heart in a lighter yarn weight, making it itty bitty, perhaps make another 20, and hang them on the tree or a garland. But I’m racing ahead wildly. Enjoy your jour n ey through out th e issue and hopefully you’ll let your imagination fly enough to create great memor y-making ornaments for all your favourite people on your Christmas list. Cheerfully,

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My life is structured such that I am not impacted by a lot of the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Still, as the season approaches, I can feel my anxiety level go up as I try to find the ‘perfect’ gift for my parents or a niece I don’t see very often. So, even with my seemingly simple life, I’ve had to adopt strategies to simplify. With so much going on, it can be difficult to find a minute’s peace to sit down and knit, even though we know that a few minutes of knitting might be just what we need to restore our energy. As an avid knitter, finding knitting time is important to me. I learned years ago not to knit gifts for Christmas, although, for each of the past few years I have made sure that Dad has a pair of handknit socks at Christmas. To avoid a lastminute crunch, I keep a pair of "Dad socks" on the needles year-round. If I can get the 2013 socks done and start the 2014 socks before this Christmas, great! To enjoy more of the season and get as much time for knitting as possible, I’ve taken steps to scale back in other areas too: I decorate the house more simply and have one or two smaller get-togethers rather than one big one. A new tradition I’ve started is a "holiday knit night," which gives some of

my knitting friends an oasis in their holiday bustle. To avoid making extra stops, I purchase an extra gift or two to have on hand for hostess gifts. Locally made honey or handmade soaps (with a hand-knit facecloth, if there’s one finished) are usually welcome gifts. And, because there’s so much food this time of year, I leave the baking to those who are so inclined. Simplification is also part of my knitting strategy for this time of year. Christmas is not the time to be tackling a knitted tablecloth or an Aran sweater. I like to have at least one simple project on the needles over the holidays – a pair of plain socks, dishcloths, or hats that can be finished and set aside for gifts another year. Another of my secrets to "steal" a few moments for knitting (and I do this year-round), is to keep a ‘company project’ in a drawer in the living room, and a "grab-and-go" project in the front hall closet. Most of my friends and acquaintances know about my need to knit and aren’t offended when I stitch away as we converse. Still, as a courtesy to them, I make sure that the project is something that can be picked up discreetly, is simple enough to let me maintain eye contact, and is one that doesn’t require frequent attention to count stitches or cross cables. These are opportune times to work on the "boring" section of a project – a long section of stocking stitch or the ribbing of a cuff. Before rallying yourself for the season this year, sit down with a cup of tea and a notebook and jot down some things that could simplify your season. While you’re at it, note ideas for some easy projects that will help you carve out a little more time to knit or do something else that you love.  z

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At this time of year there are benefits to simplifying our sometimes over-complicated lives. Even in knitting there are times when it’s beneficial to simplify and get back to basics.

When we work on an easy project, our minds can wander and think of other creative endeavours. In the same way that gardeners can find solace by digging, weeding, and planting, a simple project can help us through a stressful time by giving our hands something to do while our minds work through the challenge. There can be joy in the simple lines of a ribbed vest or a garter stitch jacket. A simple project can be used as a canvas to showcase a beautiful yarn or as a backdrop for other techniques such as embroidery or appliqué.

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Another reason for putting a simple project onto the needles is to ‘get back to our knitting roots.’ When one sees the change that time and practice inevitably has on the evenness of stocking stitch tension, or when one compares how much better our seams look than the ones we did on a sweater we made five or ten years earlier, we get to see our growth at a basic level. My grandmother used to tell me to keep the first project you ever make; perhaps this is why. No matter the reason, give yourself a break: find a simple pattern, find a beautiful yarn and step back in time to the beginning of your knitting. You might just fall in love with knitting all over again.


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other stuffing scrap yarn tapestry needle gauge 21 sts and 28 rnds over 4" [10cm] in stocking st Cast on 4 sts using Judy's Magic cast on, 2 sts on each needle. Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: Kf&b. (8 sts) Rnd 3: (K1, kf&b, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (12 sts)

This is a seamless heart that doesn't require any sewing at all. You can use it as a simple pin cushion or to express your love, friendship, compassion or memory. Add a little something to make it extra special for that special someone! Wholeheartedly.

Distribute sts to three double-pointed needles as follows: 6-3-3. Rnd 4: (K1, kf&b, k2, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (16 sts) Rnd 5: (K1, kf&b, k4, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (20 sts) Rnd 6: (K1, kf&b, k6, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (24 sts) Rnd 7: (K1, kf&b, k8, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (28 sts) Rnd 8: (K1, kf&b, k10, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (32 sts) Rnd 9: (K1, kf&b, k12, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (36 sts) Rnd 10: (K1, kf&b, k14, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (40 sts) Rnd 11: Knit. Rnd 12: (K1, kf&b, k16, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (44 sts) Rnd 13: Knit. Rnd 14: (K1, kf&b, k18, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (48 sts) Rnd 15: Knit. Rnd 16: (K1, kf&b, k20, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (52 sts) Rnd 17: Knit. Rnd 18: (K1, kf&b, k22, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (56 sts) Rnd 19: Knit. Rnd 20: (K1, kf&b, k24, kf&b, k1) 2 times. (60 sts) Rnds 21-27: Knit. Rnd 28: (K1, ssk, k24, k2tog, k1) 2 times. (56 sts) Rnds 29-30: Knit. Rnd 31: (K1, ssk, k22, k2tog, k1) 2 times. (52 sts) Put sts 14-26 on the first needle (13 sts) and all stitches on the second needle (13 sts) on scrap yarn, dividing the top of the heart in two parts, 26 sts each. Redistribute remaining sts to 3 double-pointed needles as follows: 9-8-9.

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Rnd 32: (K1, ssk, k20, k2tog, K1). (24 sts) Rnd 33: (K2, k2tog) 6 times. (18 sts) Rnd 34: Knit. Rnd 35: (K1, k2tog) 6 times. (12 sts) Rnd 36: K2tog 6 times. (6 sts) Cut yarn, leaving a 6" [15cm] tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends. Stuff the heart up to the live stitches level, filling the finished top. Pick up 26 sts from the scrap yarn, distribute to 3 double-pointed needles as follows: 9-8-9, starting from the outer edge and join yarn. Repeat starting from Rnd 32, adding more filling as you go. Secure yarn and use the tail to close the gap in the middle. Weave in ends.  

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skill level easy finished measurements 4" [10cm] circumference x 5" [13cm] long. materials 1 skein each of Red Heart Super Saver 319 Cherry A, 512 Turqua B, 656 Real Teal C, and 672 Spring Green D US 8 [5mm] double pointed knitting needles Susan Bates H-8 [5mm] crochet hook Susan Bates yarn needle gauge 20 sts = 4" [10cm], 26 rows = 4" [10cm] in stocking stitch. Check your gauge; use any size needles to obtain the gauge. Notes: 1. Slip all sts as if to purl. 2. The heel is worked in short rows. 3. Carry colour not in use loosely on the wrong side of your work. special stitches bobble – (K1, yo, K1, yo, K1) in next stitch, turn; P5, turn; K5, (insert left needle into the second stitch on right needle, passing it over the previously worked stitch and off the needle) 4 times. bobble stocking With double pointed needles and A, cast on 20 sts, leaving a 12" (30 cm) end for sewing. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round. Round 1 (Right side):  (K1, P1) around. Rounds 2 and 3:  (K1, P1) around. Rounds 4 and 5:  Knit around. Round 6: K5, drop A, with B work bobble, drop B, with A knit around, cut B. Rounds 7-9:  Knit around. Round 10: K10, drop A, with B work bobble, drop B, with A knit around, cut B. Rounds 11-13:  Knit around. Round 14:  K16, drop A, with B work bobble, drop B, with A knit around, cut B. Rounds 15-17:  Knit around, remove marker. Heel Row 1: Row 2: Row 3: Row 4: Row 5: Row 6: Row 7: Row 8: Row 9:

K4, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked. Slip 1, P7, turn. Slip 1, K6, turn. Slip 1, P5, turn. Slip 1, K4, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Knit strand and slipped st tog, turn. Slip 1, P4, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Purl strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, K5, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Knit strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, P5, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Purl strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, K4, place marker to indicate beginning of round.

Foot Rounds 1-3: Knit around. Round 4: K7, drop A, with B, work bobble, drop B, with A knit around, cut B.

Rounds 5-9: Knit around. Round 10: (K2, K2tog) around: 15 sts. Round 11: Knit around. Round 12: (K1, K2tog) around: 10 sts. Round 13: Knit around. Round 14: K2tog around: 5 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a 12" (30 cm) end. Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitches. Draw up firm; fasten securely.

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K4, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked. Slip 1, P7, turn. Slip 1, K6, turn. Slip 1, P5, turn. Slip 1, K4, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Knit strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, P4, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Purl strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, K5, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Knit strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, P6, slip 1, lift strand between needles to right needle, Purl strand and slipped st together, turn. Slip 1, K3, place marker to indicate beginning of round.

Foot Round 1: Knit around. Rounds 2 and 3: With C, knit around, drop C at end of Round 3. Rounds 4 and 5: With D, knit around, drop D at end of Round 5. Rounds 6 and 7: With A, knit around, cut A at end of Round 7. Rounds 8 and 9: With B, knit around, cut B at end of Round 9.

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FLOWER A (make 11) With A, ch 2 Round 1 (RS): 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slip st in first sc—6 sc. Fasten off. Round 2: With right side facing, join B in last sc made, *ch 2, hdc in same st, ch 2, slip st in same st, slip st in next st; repeat from * around, ending with slip st in first st of last round—6 petals. Fasten off. FLOWER B (make 11) skill level easy

Tiny flowers add a soft touch to these delicate ornaments for your tree. Choose the size St y ro fo am® b all you want, make enough flowers to cover, and simply pin them on for a unique decoration.

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finished measurements 2" [5cm] in diameter materials Red Heart Super Saver Ball #1: 1 skein each of 505 Aruba Sea A, 885 Delft Blue B, and 672 Spring Green C Ball #2: 1 skein each of 706 Perfect Pink A, 254 Pumpkin B, and 319 Cherry Red C US G-6 [4.5mm] Susan Bates crochet hook yarn needle straight pins two 4" [10cm] Styrofoam balls fabric glue ball measuring 5" [13cm] in diameter gauge For an ornament gauge isn’t too important. But if you want to finish with a 2" [5cm] in diameter ornament, use any size hook to obtain gauge. Note: Size of wrapped ball may vary. Make enough flowers to cover ball completely. BALL (using colour combination for Ball #1 or Ball #2)

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With B, ch 2 Round 1 (RS): 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slip st in first sc—6 sc. Fasten off. Round 2: With right side facing, join A in last sc made, *ch 2, hdc in same st, ch 2, slip st in same st, slip st in next st; repeat from * around, ending with slip st in first st of last round—6 petals. Fasten off. finishing With C, wrap yarn around the Styrofoam ball, covering the entire ball. Before gluing on the flowers, attach flowers to the ball with straight pins for placement. Add glue to the back of center and petals of each flower, glue to the yarn-wrapped ball. Straight pins can be used to hold flowers in place while drying. hanger With C, ch 24. Fasten off. Fold chain in half and attach ends to the top of the ball. Weave in ends. bow With C, ch 52. Fasten off. Tie the chain in a bow around the base of the hanger. Trim yarn at the ends of the chain. abbreviations: tr = treble crochet; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated; ( ) = work directions the number of times specified.   Photos this page and next courtesy of Red Heart.

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NYC Taxi Cab skill level intermediate finished measurements 3½" x 5" [9 x 12.5cm] materials 1 skein each of Red Heart Super Saver 324 Bright Yellow A, 316 Soft White B, 312 Black C, 319 Cherry Red D, 672 Spring Green E, 341 Light Grey F. US F-5 [3.75mm] crochet hook Susan Bates yarn needle fiberfill gauge 10 sts x 14 rows = 4" [10cm] in single crochet. Check your gauge. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge. Notes

1. Gauge is not critical for this project. Work tightly so stuffing will not show between stitches.

2. To change colour, work last stitch of old colour to last yarn over. Yarn over with new colour and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new colour. Do not fasten off old colour until instructed. Carry colour not in use across wrong side of piece or under stitches of working colour. abbreviations A, B, C, D, E, and F = Colours A, B, C, D, E, and F [] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated. BODY Sides Beginning at lower edge with A, ch 46; taking care not to twist chains, join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around; join with slip st in first sc—46 sc. Rounds 2 and 3:  Sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off A. Round 4 (top edge):  With right side facing, join B with sc in any st; change to C, sc in next st, *with B, sc in next st; with C, sc in next st; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off B and C.

Back of Tire With C, ch 2. Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc, turn—6 sc. Place hubcap on top of back of tire so that wrong sides of the two pieces are together. Round 2: Continue with C, ch 1, working through both thicknesses, 2 sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc—12 sc. Fasten off.

Top and Bottom (make 2) With A, ch 9. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—8 sc. Rows 2–16: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Assemble Body: Use photograph as a guide. Sew top to top edge of sides. Sew bottom to lower edge of sides, stuffing piece before finishing the sewing.

wheel well Row 1: Join A with sc in any sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in next sc; leave remaining sts unworked—10 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Attach Tires to Taxi: Sew two tires to each side of body, taking care that wheel wells are at top, the hubcaps face outwards, and the black portion of each tire hangs below the bottom of the taxi.

CAB Sides Beginning at lower edge with A, ch 26; taking care not to twist chains; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring. Round 1: Join F with sc in same ch as joining, sc in next 2 ch; [with A, sc in next ch; with F, sc in next 2 ch] twice; with A, sc in next ch; with F, sc in next 6 ch; [with A, sc in next ch; with F, sc in next 2 ch] twice; with A, sc in next ch; with F, sc in next 3 ch; join with slip st in first sc—26 sc. Round 2: With F, sc in same st as joining, sc in next 2 sc; [with A, sc in next sc; with F, sc in next 2 sc] twice; with A, sc in next sc; with F, sc in next 6 sc; [with A, sc in next sc; with F, sc in next 2 sc] twice; with A, sc in next sc; with F, sc in next 3 sc; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off F, continue with A only. Round 3: With A, ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc. roof With A, ch 9. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—8 sc. Rows 2–6:  Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Assemble Cab: Use photograph as a guide. Sew roof to top of sides. Sew cab to top of body, stuffing piece before finishing the sewing. Do not center the cab on the top of the body, Place it slightly closer to one end (rear of taxi) than the other (front end of taxi). TIRES (make 4) hub cap With D, ch 2. Round 1 (right side):  Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc—6 sc. Fasten off D.

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WREATH With E, ch 8; taking care not to twist chains, join with slip st in first ch to form a ring. Round 1: Ch 1, 2 sc in each ch around; join with slip st in first sc—16 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew wreath to front of taxi. Cut a length of D, tie small bow to top of wreath. HEADLIGHTS (make 2) With F, ch 2. Round 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc—5 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew headlights to front of taxi, sewing one headlight on each side of wreath. "TAXI" SIGN With B, ch 7. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—6 sc. Rows 2–5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold sign in half, matching stitches of first and last row. Whipstitch first row to last row. With C, embroider "TAXI" to front of sign, making sure that stitches do not show on back of sign. Sew whip stitched edge to top front edge of cab. finishing With D, embroider two taillights on rear of taxi. Cut a 7" (18cm) length of E. Thread the length through the taxi sign and tie ends together for hanging loop. Weave in any remaining ends.  

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hile some Slavic cultures have Christian names for the holidays, the Belarusans name their holidays by their ancient pagan ways. Easter is Vialikdzen as in The Great Day, and Saint Ivan (St. John the Baptist Day) steps aside for Koupalle as in the Summer Solstice Day. And so why should Christmas be any different? Belarusans call it Kaliady.

Kaliady is the pre-Christian celebration of the end of year. It is believed the word Kaliady takes its root from word kola (wheel) symbolizing the sun, seasonal cycle, and winter solstice. Later it was adopted for Christmas celebration by Orthodox and Catholic churches. Celebrating this holiday people get together for frivolous fun and feisty frolics called “going kaliadying”. They go door-to-door singing carols to wish the hosts health, wealth, and great harvest in the year ahead. During this holiday, it’s customary to carry the Kaliada Star – a handmade, ornate, and large rotating beamed ring which symbolizes the sun and seasonal cycle. Later it became symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem. In this Kaliada Star ornament, the blue star represents winter and the red star represents Christmas. Enjoy your stitching and Merry Kaliady, my friends!  z

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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.

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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.

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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 flankerpress.com

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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 thomasallen.ca

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 laurieswim.com

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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.

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Brenda Franklin Designs 7570 Mapleton SR 18 RR 1, Alma, ON N0B 1A0  519.638.9958   bfdesigns.on.ca  help@bfdesigns.on.ca 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   impressionslethbridge.ca  impressions22@shaw.ca 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.

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That Sewing Place 16610 Bayview Ave #10, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3  905.715.7725   thatsewingplace.ca  jaret&liana@thatsewingplace.ca 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   needlesandknits.com 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  thequiltstore.ca 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!

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 mlj@bytownethreads.com 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  https://canadiannationalfabric.com/  info@canadiannationalfabric.com 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  countryconcessions.com  quilting@countryconcessions.com 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   gittas.com  questions@gittas.com 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   tnplisting.com/hardanger-house.html 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  hausofstitches.ca 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   heartfeltfibrearts.com  info@hearftfeltfibrearts.com 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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The Stitching Corner #2, 185 First St E, Cochrane, AB T4C 2E9  403.932.3390   stitchingcorner.ca  nygabe@telus.net Your Needlework Shop in Cochrane. The Stitcher's Muse 99 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5G3  250.591.6873    thestitchersmuse.com  info@thestitchersmuse.com 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  theyarnguy.com   info@sewknit.ca 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    ultimatesewing.com  ultimatesewing@bellnet.ca 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  uppercanadaquiltworks.com 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.


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